Stepping Stones Brislington is a newly built nursery that opened June 30th 2014, There are 3 main play rooms on the ground floor with a large entrance hall and stairs leading to the first floor. On the first floor is the manager's office, sleep room, kitchen and staff room.
The toddler room leads off to the side of the nursery into their own garden with an all weather play surface. In addition to this play space there is a large enclosed front play area next to the ample off street parking.
We have outside caterers called Early Years Catering who prepare fresh well balanced and healthy meals for your child. They provide a two course hot lunch, a variety of mid morning snacks and a light early evening tea. We place a lot of emphasis on a healthy balanced diet and can adapt meals to suit individual dietary needs.
We hope you will find us to be genuinely interested in putting children before profit. We have tried to offer flexible hours and competitive fees,while continuing to maintain an excellent standard of service. The nursery staff are dedicated to offering your child a warm and caring environment, with stimulating and fun activities. At Stepping Stones your child will always be seen as an individual.
We have an open door policy, which means at any time you can come into the nursery no appointment is necessary. We feel it's very important for parents to feel part of the whole process and look forward to hearing your ideas and comments.
I have been in child care for over thirty years and have the best job in the world. Here at Stepping Stones not only do I have the opportunity to watch our children grow and develop, we believe every child deserves the very best in thier early education which is the ethos of this company. I look forward to many more years doing a job that brings something new and exciting every day.Jayne Devlin, Manager
On the first floor we have a new addition to our building, a large baby room. This room will mainly cater for the younger babies as it is closely located to the cot room, the room is bright and airy with air-conditioning. The equipment is age appropriate and offers the babies areas to safely explore and discover.
The sleep room is close to the manager's office and equipped with cots and sleep mats, there is a baby monitor system, in addition to the staff carrying our 10 minute sleep checks which are recorded on our sleep charts. This restful space is away from the noise of the ground floor to enable the children to sleep peacefully without being woken form their normal sleep routine.
The Ground Floor
Baby Room: Ages 3 months - 24 months
Our baby room is a spacious, bright and airy, specifically designed for our youngest age group. The room is set up to encourage children to become inquisitive and confident learners. We provide plenty of opportunity for hands on exploration and learning through play. As this age has a varied developmental stage, we have an open plan room to support them from rolling to crawling to taking their first step. Toys and equipment are stored at the children’s levels to encourage independence.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for all ages, and activities are planned according to this and also to the children's individual ability.
Toddler Room: Ages 20-36 months
The toddler room is spacious and bright, with large double door leading onto their own rubber surface play area.
The toddlers have great free flow and can choose when they wish to play outside, as staff are able to see the children at all times.
There is a toilet area and nappy changing facilities, children can access the toilet with an adult.
In the toddler room your child will be offered many different activities to help with every stage of their development, puzzles, colouring, role play and small world. Children are encouraged to join in with small group activities and circle games too. We like to allow young children room to express and develop; we will be helping your child to share, socialize and communicate, in many different ways such as, stories, singing, music and dance.
Pre-school Room: Ages 3 - 5 years
This is a large room with access to the front outside play space, there is a bright and cost feel to this large room, with a mezzanine play space built to allow the children a quiet area for rest, books & puzzles.
The pre-school toilets are directly off the main play room, allowing the children independent access, staff will be on hand to help if required.
Within their room the children have access to a computer, an ever changing role-play area, learning zones, with literacy and numeracy equipment and games. They have small world and construction toys all at their levels for them to access at their leisure.
In addition to our pre-school children having free flow they are also offered adult lead activities which are carefully planned to stimulate and interest your child and help on-going development. We incorporate the early learning goals which are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy; Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Physical Development and Creative Development.
We have a safe enclosed garden for all the children to enjoy. There is an all weather area which can be used by small groups, The toddler room open directly onto this area, To the side of the nursery just off the pre-school room there is a narrow space for sand and water trays
The larger play space to the front of the nursery is used for den making, sit and ride toys, herb and vegetable gardens etc.
There is ample parking to drop off and collect your child.
Our curriculum is based upon the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) listed below.
While your child is with us we shall aim to continue developing the areas listed below:
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Communication & Language
Understanding of the World
Expressive arts and design
Partnership with parents
We place a lot of emphasis on self-evaluation, training and re-investment. Feed back from parents/carers is always sought and valued and acted on.
We believe that partnerships with parents is of the utmost importance as, after all, who knows your children better!
Whilst at nursery, your child will be allocated a Keyworker and a buddy through our Key person and buddy system. If for any reason your child's Keyworker is not in, then the buddy will take over the care and well being of your child.
Your child's key person will be responsible for the day to day care of your child ensuring routines are regularly reviewed and updated and for keeping records of your child's achievements and ongoing development.
They will provide you with progress reports on a regular basis, and of course meet with you to discuss your child at a time to suit you.
If your child is under three, they will be provided with a daily diary. This will include all information about your child's day and any comments from their key person. These book are sent home with you at the end of your child's session and have a large space for you to write any information or comments you feel may be useful.
If your child is over 3 years of age, verbal feedback will be given about their day at the end of each session.
More detailed information can be obtained regarding EYFS from the staff.
Times & Fees
Fee Increase 1st September 2018
We need to give you advanced notice that from 1st September 2018 the nursery fees will be increased as follows. Unfortunately we have to increase our fees as we have struggled to keep up with the financial demands of increased wages, pensions & cost of living etc.
A deposit of £ 50.00 is required to secure a place.
0 - 3 Years
3 - 5 Years (NO NEG)
07:30 - 08:00
07:30 - 13:00
08:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 17:00
13:00 - 18:00
07:30 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
07:30 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
07:30 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
07:30 - 18:00 (Full Week)
08:00 - 18:00 (Full Week)
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00 (Full Week)
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 18:00
08:30 - 17:30 (Term Time Only)
The above fees include the costs for lunch, snacks, tea etc.
There will be a 15% discount for older siblings, where siblings attend the same days & sessions.
Additional costs to your free funded hours i.e. 2 year funded places, NEG nursery education grant the new 30 hours will be as follows:
Breakfast Club* £4.50
Lunch cost £2.00 or you can provide a cold packed lunch
Tea cost £1.60 or you can provide a cold packed lunch
Snacks 50p or you can provide a snack of fruit
Additional hours £7.00 per hr
* Breakfast Club will include a selection of nutritious cereals or toast with a fresh fruit selection & milk or water.
NEG sessions for funded 3 year olds - TERM TIME ONLY
We offer FREE funded hours as detailed (these are subject to availability)
9:00 - 12:00 or 1:00 - 4:00 TERM TIME only 38 weeks per year.
Please see your nursery for the term dates, these may not always match school term dates.
Link Hour - No Lunch
12:00 - 1:00
Link Hour - With Lunch
12:00 - 1:00
You can attend your FREE 9:00 - 12:00 session / pay for a link hour with or without lunch / use another FREE grant session 1:00 - 4:00 / collect your child at 4:00.
Funded 2 year old places - TERM TIME ONLY
We offer funded 2 year old places for 3 hour sessions 09:00-12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00.
These sessions are subject to availability, and may be changed each term.
You are required to provide a packed lunch or tea and light snacks, if you prefer you may purchase a cooked lunch at £1.80 or a light tea at £1.20, to cancel our meals we require 24 hours notice, otherwise we will have to charge you.
Increasing Hours & Leaving
If you need to reduce your child's hours at the nursery, the nursery requires 4 weeks written notice.
Should you need to increase your child's hours, please advise us in writing with at least one weeks notice, it may be possible to offer additional hours without notice if the staffing levels allow.
If you book extra sessions you will be charged for these even if you fail to turn up. There will be no charge if we are given at least 48 hours notice to cancel.
If you are leaving the nursery please give us one months notice in writing.
Holiday & Sickness
Full fees are still payable if your child is away from the nursery due to holiday or sickness. If your child is away from the nursery for 4 weeks or more without payment or prior agreement with the nursery manager, we regret their place may be given to another child on the waiting list. The nursery is closed during public and bank holidays, full fees are still payable.