Learn, Play and Make Friends

We are Stepping Stones

We understand that your priority is choosing the right childcare setting and it is one of the most important decisions that you will make for both you and your child.

We encourage you to come and visit Stepping Stones and experience our superb purpose-built facilities we have to offer you.

Friendly team

Committed, motivated and professional staff team with a warm friendly and happy attitude.

Room for all

Custom designed with your child in mind, with playrooms designed for smaller age groups.

Security

Secure and safe environment, Stepping Stones were the first nursery in the city to install a Biometric fingerprint entry system. All outdoor areas are fully covered by CCTV.

Come on in

Open 51 weeks a year from 7.45am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

Sessions to suit you

Flexible sessions – Offering 2 year funded sessions and both the 15 and 30 hour funded 3 year schemes.

Easy to get to

Within close walking distance of Nottingham University, only 2 minutes walk from the Nottingham High School tram stop.

Learning Through Play

Our philosophy at Stepping Stones is that children are active learners in the Early Years Foundation Stage and they learn best though play. We believe each child deserves the best possible start in life, and that children who experience high quality early years provision achieve better outcomes and develop abilities that are needed to become lifelong learners.

We do this by – A Unique Child
We work closely with parents/carers and carry out detailed observations to ensure the needs of each child is met.

Positive Relationships
Each child has a key worker and we build positive relationships with between them and other adults and children.

Enabling Environments
We provide exciting environments inside and outside to support children to have interesting experiences, we also support children to lead their own learning through child initiated activities.

We want children to be confident and independent learners, we plan exciting open ended activities as highlighted in the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Playing and Exploring – Engagement
We plan activities that are interesting and exciting that children are keen to engage in.

Active learning
Motivation – we provide interactive activities that promote active learning.

Creating and thinking critically
Thinking – We provide activities that support children to not only think for themselves but also give them the opportunity to problem solve.

Stepping Stones operates an equal opportunities policy and have children from many cultures, each child will be treated as an individual. We try to find out as much as possible from each culture and celebrate these through our curriculum, so that our children from an early age value diversity and grow up making a positive contribution to society.

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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage throughout the Nursery. We plan activities to meet individual children’s needs. We plan activities inside and outside each day. We focus on the 3 Prime Areas of Learning until they are about 24 months old.

Communication and language development
We give children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development
We provide opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food

Personal, social and emotional development
We work with children as individuals to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; helping them to form positive relationships and develop respect for each other. We support them to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings. We also support them to understand how to behave in groups; and to also have confidence in their own individual abilities.

We introduce the four Specific Areas of Learning during their time in the 2-year-old rooms and focus on them in the Pre-School rooms, where activities around the four following areas are planned for them each week.

Literacy development
We share a wide range of books with children, story books, factual books, rhymes and poems. We teach phonics and encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.

  • Mathematics – We provide children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.
  • Understanding the world – We teach children to make sense of their physical world and their community giving them opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment .
  • Expressive arts and design – We enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, they are also free to express their ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology

We work in partnership with parents, carers and other agencies to ensure individual children’s needs and interests are being met. We share information with them daily and meet regularly with them to set children’s next steps in learning, this includes events such as parent’s evenings, book readings and performances put on by our Pre-School.

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