Stepping Stones Nursery is a nursery for ALL children 2-5 years old. We are a mainstream nursery with inclusion for children with additional needs. We are an independent nursery which we feel allows us to provide care which can be tailored to each child’s individual needs.

For more information please see our prospectus click here 

We are Ofsted registered on the Early Years Register, Compulsory ChildCare Register and Voluntary Child Care Register – Registration Number EY281815. Our latest Ofsted report (February 2016) observed that:

“Children are happy and enjoy their time at the setting. Staff provide a warm and welcoming environment that is well resourced. Children make friends, build relationships and learn how to share and take turns.”Nursery1

“Staff know the children very well and are very responsive to their individual needs. They accurately assess what children know and can do. This helps them to plan interesting activities which present challenges and help children to achieve their next steps in learning.”

“Staff support disabled children and those with special educational needs well. They work closely with other professionals to put consistent approaches in place.”

Nursery Opening Times

Monday, 12.30 – 3.30
Tuesday, 12.30 – 3.30
Wednesday, 9.30 – 3.30
Thursday, 9.30 – 3.30
Friday 12.30 – 3.30

A ‘Breakfast Club’ is available from 9.00 – 9.30 for children attending a nursery session and is charged at £2.50 per child. This includes a healthy breakfast snack, e.g. toast, cereal or fruit. Breakfast Club needs to be pre-booked. A hot lunch can be provided at a cost of £1.50 per child, this can be booked on the day. please speak to Sarah-Louise Chivers – Manager to book your place.

Nursery Fees

£12 for a morning session – 9.30 – 12.30
£12 for an afternoon session 12.30 – 3.30
£24 for a full day 9.30 – 3.30
(Children become eligible for nursery education funding from the term after they are 3 years old, which pays for up to 15 hours of nursery care. We also accept children participating in the 2 year funding programme and accept childcare vouchers).

Here At Stepping Stones We Aim To:

Provide high quality inclusive care and education for all children from two years old 

work in partnership with our parents to help children learn and develop
offer our children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity

At Stepping Stones We Ensure That Each Child:

is in a safe and stimulating environment
iNurserys given generous care and attention with our high ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteer parent helpers
has the chance to join in with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together
is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do. Every child is treated as an individual
has a key person who makes sure that their child makes satisfying progress
is in an environment that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop; and in which parents help to shape the service that we offer


Parents In Partnership

Parents are regarded as members of our nursery who have full participatory rights. These include a right to be:

valued and respected
kept informed
included at all levels

How We Provide For The Children’s Development And Learning


Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our nursery helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.

The Areas of Development and Learning comprise:image

personal, social and emotional development
communication, language and literacy development
problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
knowledge and understanding of the world
physical development
creative development
For each area, the practice guidance sets out the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know and be able to do by the end of the reception year of their education. The practice guidance also sets out in ‘Development Matters’ the likely stages of progress a child makes along their learning journey towards the early learning goals. Here we use this information when we plan for each individual child’s learning.

Key Persons And Your Child

Stepping stones uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child’s key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at Stepping stones she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child’s time here, she/he will help your child to benefit from all of our activities.

Snack And Meals

The setting makes snacks and meals a social time at which children and adults eat together. We plan the menus for snacks so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. Do tell us about your child’s dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met. We encourage children to bring a healthy lunch and staff model a healthy range of foods. Children are encouraged to try new foods. All children are asked to bring a named water bottle to each session.


Copies of our policies and procedures are available for you to see at the group. Stepping stones policies help us to make sure that the service provided by us is a high quality one and that being a member of the group is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and her/his parents.

The staff and parents at stepping stones work together to adopt the policies and they all have the opportunity to take part in the annual review of the policies. This review helps us to make sure that the policies are enabling us to provide a quality service to our members and the local community. Please pass any suggestions for changes of policies to Sarah-Louise Chivers  – Group Manager.

Safeguarding Children

imageHere at stepping stones we have a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’. All staff have up to date Safeguarding training and our Designated Safeguarding Officer isKerry-Anne Underwood

. The Deputy Safeguarding Officer is Sarah-Louise Chivers. Please feel free to discuss any concerns you may have with either of them at any time.

Special / Additional Needs

As part of our policy we make sure that our provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. Stepping stones works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001).

We will always work with parents and carers to make sure all children receive the best care and education they deserve. Please talk to us if you have any worries or concerns about your child.


The fees are payable monthly, you will be invoiced at the beginning of the month and fees must be paid by the end of the month. Fees must still be paid if children are absent without notice for a short period of time. If your child has to be absent over a long period of time, please talk to Sarah-Louise Chivers – Group Manager. To keep your child’s place secured at stepping stones, fees must be paid on time.

We can also take children into our nursery on a casual basis, if you require one off child care, or work irregular shift work. we pride ourselves in being as flexible as we can- Please speak to Sarah-Louise Chivers  – Group manager for further information.