Stepping Stones is a small nursery caring for children aged 0-5 years. Here at Speedwell 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 over two adjoining houses; Down stairs in the front of the property is a well-equipped toddler room, and a pre-school room, both these rooms access a shared conservatory. Upstairs we have a baby room and a sleep room. There is also enclosed rear garden which is suitable for all weather play.
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.
There is off street parking for safely dropping off and collection of your child.
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.
Ella Ferguson - Manager
Sarah Johnson - Deputy Manager
Terry Rodgers - Area Manager
Sarah Dibben - Floating Manager
The First Floor
This room is set up to take babies between the ages of 3- 24 months. We like to keep to small groups as the children could be at different stages, some learning to sit, others crawling and many will be taking their first few steps.
We aim to offer your child the attention they need at this young age, whilst allowing them to explore and develop at their own pace. The rooms are equipped with toys and equipment specifically for these age groups. Most of the toys are within easy reach for the children so they can make choices of their own. Within this room the children will take part in many sensory activities, such as gloop play, finger painting, and heuristic play.
As well as going out to our nursery garden daily the children are often taken for walks around the community or to the local parks.
There is a separate sleep room adjoining to the baby room, equipped 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, and so the activities are planned according to this and also the children's individual ability.
Toddler Room: Ages 18-22 months
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.
Our toddlers have shared use of our conservatory area. This is where all the messy play happens! Lots of water, sand, sticking, finger and brush painting, lots of textured activities and creative play. Water, sand and painting are available every day, as we believe that this type of exploration aids their learning.
The Ground Floor
Pre-school Room: Ages 3 - 5 years
As well as having daily use of the conservatory area, to join in with all the activities mentioned above our pre-school have their own room.
This room is set out for the children's safe use to allow them to become independent learners ready for "big school". They have their own toilets next to their room, which they can access by themselves, (but kept an eye on by staff), they are able to have free flow to the conservatory and through to the garden. This again helps them in their decision making and gives unlimited experiences and many learning opportunities.
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.
The Garden & Allotment
We have a safe enclosed garden for all the children to enjoy. There is a decked area which the conservatory doors open directly onto, this allows for pre-school free flow. To the side of the nursery there is an area specifically dedicated to our youngest children. There is sensory equipment such as mirrors and sound makers and a small climbing frame with a slide. In the lower part of the garden there is a sand pit in the shape of a boat and plenty of space for ride on toys and lots of running about! Under the decking there is a den area for role-play, and other outside activities.
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.