Stepping Stones is a small nursery with places for 40 children aged 0-5 years. Here at Stepping Stones we are dedicated to providing the highest standards for day care, while still maintaining a caring homely, atmosphere, where your child will feel happy, safe and secure.
The nursery is set out in a large house there are 5 well equipped play rooms, a sleeping/rest room and kitchen, and two safe enclosed garden areas.
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.
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 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.
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.
Managing Stepping Stones Day Nursery is both enjoyable and rewarding. I have been with the company for 7 years and have been in the child care profession for 11. Being part of a child's first years, encouraging and helping them to develop is very rewarding. Our nursery team gives each and every child the very best start in life. I am very proud to be a part of this.Mandy Punter, Manager - Over 10 years working for Little Acorns/Stepping Stones.
Stephanie Blinman - Manager
Zoe McPhail - Deputy Manager
Terry Rodgers - Area Manager
Sarah Dibben - Floating Manager
The First Floor
We recognise that children within this age range will be at different stages so, our baby room is specially designed to promote the physical development of our youngest children to help them to sit, crawl and achieve their first few steps.
Our room is well equipped with age specific activity toys and they are stored at a child appropriate level, to allow children to choose and explore for themselves.
We aim to offer your child the attention they need at this young age. This is achieved by allowing them to explore and develop at their own speed but always being available to them for support and comfort.
There is a separate sleep room, with cots and a baby monitor for your child to continue the routine you have set at home.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for all ages, so activities are planned according to this and also to the children's individual ability.
Toddler Room: Ages 18-22 months
In the toddler room children are encourage to develop and learn as individuals. Your child will be offered different activities to help with every stage of their development, puzzles, colouring, finger and brush painting and lots of hand on interactive activities. We like to allow young children the room to express and develop, we will be helping them to learn, share, socialise and communicate, in many different ways.
Pre-school Room: Ages 3 - 5 years
The pre-school is set out in a well-equipped playroom, with an extension, which we call the Arch Room. We use the Arch Room as a role-play and dressing up area, along with space for our interactive ICT screen. This is also used as a area we can split into smaller groups to play games or take part in circle time.
In the Main Room there is daily access to sand, water and painting as these are seen as an integral part to children's learning and development at nursery. We have other areas area for group activities and socialising, a book corner, and a learning zone, with equipment for, maths, science, writing and literacy.
The pre-school room opens out to a decked area which is perfect for extending our creative activities onto, this then leads onto our main garden. This enables our staff to offer the pre-school children a mixture of free play and adult lead activities which are carefully planned to stimulate and interest your child and help their on-going development.
The Garden & Allotment
We have two enclosed safe garden areas, one of which is located to the front of the nursery and this is mainly used by our babies and toddling children. This space allows them to explore the wider environment around them.
To the back of the nursery there is a larger garden, which is perfect for running games and other energetic activities. We have a nature and growing area, this is where our children are able to plant seeds, learning about growing and help to nurture their own vegetables, which they often later use for cooking activities.
We also have a garage which is accessed from the garden, this is used as an outdoor all weather classroom.
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.