Stepping Stones Nursery and Preschool
The nursery offers ample parking for drop off and collection, and an out of hours childcare service between 7.30am and 8.00am.
“Thank you Stepping Stones for all that you do for our child." - Parent at Stepping Stones Nursery
Stepping Stones is a beautiful red brick building, which used to be a dairy, and provides a homely welcoming environment. With a self contained baby unit featuring a separate milk kitchen and changing facilities, babies can follow their familiar routines just as they would in their home. The nursery offer activities providing learning experiences to support their growth and development.
For nursery children over 18 months old we have an abundance of activities and resources to encourage the further learning development and growth of skills. Stepping Stones children enjoy story time, messy play, singing, music and movement, arts and crafts, cooking and dancing.
“A big thank you to everyone who has helped to make our move much easier over the last year and the transition to school. it is great that we don't have to worry and have such trust in you all and helped my 3 year old settle in" - Parent at Stepping Stones Nursery
The nursery’s preschool children receive an introduction into subjects such as reading writing maths science, ICT and Music Monster Singing sessions, which help to develop their confidence in and prepare them for school.
“Children's early communication and language skills prosper due to the attentive staff. They play alongside the children, offering gentle support and encouragement, extending children's learning with individual attention. Staff provide commentary on children's play, ask simple questions and model language well. Staff use gestures and picture timetables to help children know what comes next in the daily routine.” – Ofsted November 2014
Our spacious garden offers opportunities for the children to explore the outdoors environment in a safe and secure way. Within the garden space the children are able to grow their own vegetables and plant throughout the seasons.
The nursery staff encourages the children to explore all types of weather and learn about the environment around them.
Included in Stepping Stones nursery fees are nappies, wipes, nappy cream, bottles and, should parents wish, a formula milk of your choice.
“Children have an excellent understanding of safety, which they explore through the nursery toy, 'Candy Floss, the safety hero'. He stimulates children's interest in safety and they take responsibility for creating a safe environment. This supports children to handle equipment carefully, walk around the indoor area sensibly, and hold hands together when going down the steps into the outdoor area. Staff are clear of their role to provide a safe and secure environment for children.” – Ofsted November 2014