First Steps Nursery was originally established in 1997 and was taken over by the current owners in 2004. During this time, the setting was extensively modernised and refurbished to provide a more open plan and child friendly environment.
Our nursery welcomes all young children whatever their cultural, ethnic, religious or social backgrounds with or without additional needs.
We are registered and approved by Ofsted to provide childcare and education for children aged from 3 months to 5 years of age and are proud members of the National Day Nurseries Association.
We also boast a large, natural outdoor play area, comprising of a jungle area, wigloos, various climbing equipment, separate baby and creative areas, as well as our own vegetable patch. The children access this area every day, with various entrances to provide free-flow access.
The nursery provides a complimentary car park for parents and carers to park with ease and operates a thumb-print access entrance for additional security.
We are open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 6.00pm throughout the year, closing only for Bank Holidays, and during the Christmas and New Year period.
A range of play equipment is available to help children develop an array of skills, and great care is taken to choose materials that will create an inspiring sensory experience. As well as toys, we use;
Real life props, such as brushes and gardening tools
Small-world toys to help build a child's imagination and language skills
Construction play such as building blocks, to help children develop fine motor skills, spatial awareness and problem solving
Physical play equipment such as tricycles, balancing beams and tunnels to encourage physical activity
Creative play to build a child’s imagination, creativity and co-ordination
Supporting social interaction, including role play, den making, and small group activities
A friendly atmosphere is created within our nursery environments, based on warm and caring relationships between our nursery staff and the children in their care. Babies are encouraged to communicate, and their attempts at conversation are valued to ensure they receive an affirming experience, encouraging development, confidence and security. Our nursery staff all act as role models within the setting, and recognise that children lead by example and are constantly learning through observation. Common courtesy, mutual respect and patience are demonstrated at all times throughout our settings.
Your child is allocated a 'Key Person' within their room, who is responsible for your child's well being, ensuring your child feels individual, secure and cherished while they are away from home. Your child’s Key Person will liaise with you at the end of each day, keeping you informed of your child’s experiences at nursery and ensuring you don’t have to miss out on any aspect of your child's day.
Nursery staff carry out regular observations of every child in our care, ensuring your child’s learning and development incorporates their interests and needs. These observations cover all areas of learning according to the framework, as well as records of special moments, like kindness towards others or eating something for the first time, and spontaneous moments, which captures your child’s response to certain activities or events as they happen. All of your child's experiences at nursery are recorded in their unique Learning Journal, enabling you to look over your child’s time at nursery for years to come.
Children attending First Steps nursery will experience a variety of healthy balanced and nutritious foods. The quality of foods served in our nursery is such that we believe it will give them all of the energy they need for a busy day of play, learning and development.
Menus are carefully planned and freshly prepared on site by our chef. Menus are displayed in our nursery rooms and our chef works closely with parents if there is a specific dietary requirement to their child.
A typical day at First Steps starts off with breakfast followed by an mid morning snack of fruit . A healthy two course lunch follows around mid day. Tea time is around 3.30pm where the children experience another healthy two course meal.
First Steps makes every effort to make meal times fun and an opportunity to learn. Meals are served family style, so that children can experience the social aspects of meal times, setting the table, talking about the foods they are about to eat and then clearing away after themselves
First Steps believe in educating children about food to encourage them to make healthy choices.