Hello, I’m Karon, and I set up Sunshine Pre-School nearly 25 years ago when my second child was three, feeling that there was a real need in the area for high quality pre-school experiences. I started Sunshines at St Gerard’s in the January of 1996 offering three sessions a week to 15 local children. Since then, Sunshine’s has continued to grow, opening School House in Whitchurch in 2003 and finally St Martin’s in Knowle in 2012. We now cater for an average of 120 families in south Bristol and have a wonderful staff team of over 20 members.
As a family business, I am passionate that families are at the heart of all we do, recognising that education starts in the home and that parents and carers are the most important educators of their children. Currently, as well as being highly qualified and experienced, all of our staff have families and children of their own, and therefore we all understand that leaving your child in the care of others is a difficult and tricky decision to make, and we aim to make the transition into pre-school as smooth and as successful as possible. Once children have settled into pre-school, parents are actively encouraged to remain part of the Sunshines’ family by coming in as a “Secret Reader”, sharing home cultures and traditions with the group, attending our yearly summer trip and other events that we put on throughout the year such as coffee mornings, Christmas singalongs etc.