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Sunshine Montessori logo  Frequently Asked Questions

How do we contact you?

By post – Please address all correspondence to:

Mrs V. Roden,
The Old Village School,
Bullocks Farm Lane,
Wheeler End,
High Wycombe
HP14 3NH.

By telephone : 01494 880607 (nursery) or 01494 442057 (out of hours)

By email : or


What are the staff ratios?

Staff ratios are in line with the regulatory guidelines: one member of staff to three children for children under 2 years of ages, one to four for 2-3 year olds, and one to eight for 3-5 year olds.


How many staff do you have?

We have 18 members of staff, 13 of whom work at any one time.


Can my child receive government funding if he/she attends Sunshine Montessori School?

Yes. Some families will be eligible for 'Tax credits for childcare'. Some families will be eligble for 'Tax-free childcare' to help pay for childcare fees. Some children are eligible for funding from the term after he/she reaches 2 years of age.

All children are eligible for 15 hours of FREE education per week for 38 weeks of the year from the term after he/she reaches 3 years of age. 

Some children will be eligible for 30 hours of FREE education per week for 38 weeks of the year from the term after he/she reaches 3 years of age.

Go to Childcare Choices to find out and apply.



Can my child stay all day?

Yes, this is a full day-care nursery.


Do you have part-time places?

Yes, we offer full-week, full-day, morning sessions 8am-12.00pm (inc breakfast), Early Bird sessions from 7.30am-8pm, Lunch club from 12noon-1pm, afternoon sessions 1pm-6pm, Montessori sessions for 3-5 year olds (9am-12noon or 1pm-4pm) and occasional hours. See Montessori Nursery session times for more details.


Do you offer the full Montessori curriculum?

Yes, we offer a curriculum for 0-5 year olds that encompasses all areas of the Montessori curriculum. This includes our practical life activities; sensorial exercises; language (including speaking, listening, reading, writing, spelling, grammar, prose and poetry appreciation), numeracy, science, history, geography, art, craft, cookery, drama, music, PE and dance. We have adapted our curriculum to ensure that we comply with the requirements of the Education Department’s Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This curriculum is designed for children aged 0-6 years and sets out the learning goals which it is hoped that most children should have achieved by the time they enter Year 1 of their primary school. We are inspected regularly by Ofsted inspectors to ensure we are providing a high standard of provision


Can we see your Ofsted Report?

Yes. Please look for the relevant section on the ‘Reports’ page or visit the Ofsted website (N.B Look or search under provider type: Childcare on non-domestic premises).
Montessori Nursery Ofsted Report


How will I know how well my child is doing?

We aim to keep you fully informed about your child’s progress at all times. This is achieved in a number of ways. We record your child's progress via our online 'learning journal' that you can access and add to 24/7. Secondly, we have an open-door policy in which you are able to observe your child during a session. Thirdly, each term you will be invited to a confidential formal feedback session in which your child’s progress will be discussed in detail. Other confidential meetings can be arranged on request. A newsletter is distributed every week and other information is pinned on the school notice board. There is also time at the beginning and end of the session to pass over information. A Parent Information Evening is arranged each term in which a particular area of the Montessori curriculum is explained and ideas imparted for extending your child’s learning at home. And finally when children move into full time education parents receive a written report.


Do you organise school outings?

Yes, we aim to organise an outing each term. These outing are often related to the cultural topic we have been investigating at the time. In the past we have been to The Natural History Museum in London, the magnificent Hindu Temple at Wembley, Odds Farm Park. Beale Park classical music concerts for children, our local dairy farm (to find out where the milk that we drink at break really comes from!) and the ever-popular Legoland.


Can I come and see the nursery?

You are most welcome to come and view a session in action. Please contact us to make an appointment.


Is there a waiting list?

We are a popular nursery. My advice is that if you are sure you would like your child to attend you should book as early as possible. However, places do become available from time to time, so please do not let this put you off applying if you are looking for a place at short notice.


Which Primary School do the children transfer to?

Our children transfer to a great variety of schools. Many who live locally move on to our excellent range of local state schools. Some parents choose to send their children to nearby private schools. Other children who travel from further afield transfer to schools in their own district. We have details and personal knowledge of many of the primary schools in and around the High Wycombe and Lane End areas and are able to discuss the range of choices and their suitability for your child at the appropriate time.


From which locations do children attend?

We have children attending from a number of locations in and around Wheeler End, including; West WycombeBledlow RidgeStokenchurchLane End, Frieth, Hambledon, High Wycombe, Fingest, Turville, Saunderton and Radnage to name a few.

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"All staff fully understand their role in safeguarding children. They provide a high quality nursery which is welcoming, safe and stimulating."


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