Pre-school is a large free flowing area that provides the children with the best opportunity to learn through a focused, rich and stimulating environment. All equipment is on low level so that it can be accessed with ease and practitioners are continuously providing opportunities to keep children motivated to learn effectively through playing and exploration. The nursery has the added benefit of an Early Years teacher that delivers focused activities with the children including letters/sounds, literacy and numeracy groups.
Arrange a visit when it suits and enjoy a free session with your child
Healthy food and snacks
A healthy snack is provided during each session as well as milk or water, snack time is encouraged to be a social time for the children where they can be independent by self- selecting their own choice of fruit or carbohydrate and help to prepare it alongside an adult. We have a separate canteen for the children to use at lunchtime which has a large fridge to store lunchboxes, a microwave, kettle and toaster to prepare hot meals for the children if needed.
Sensory & creative area
The sensory and creative area allows the children to explore a range of media and materials to create their own art work such as paintings, sticky pictures and creative models. Sand and water is accessible daily and we also provide playdough, gloop, food tasting and a range of other various activities to promote their sensory experiences.
Well-equipped literary area
A designated book corner and cosy area is provided for the children to use so that they can develop their literacy skills by enjoying a range of books, audio books or select puppets/props to re-tell their favourite stories with their peers. We also have an interactive whiteboard that is used for story/singing time, music and movement sessions or group times with their key-person.
The pre-school has five, fully-qualified staff members and our fully-qualified early years teacher, Callie.
We have a home corner area which is where the children can expand their imagination and extend their learning through role play. A range of resources including a community play things kitchen, dolls/cots and high chairs along with dressing up outfits, shoes, bags and a full standing mirror are available daily and additional equipment is added depending on children’s interests.
Specialised toilet facilities
Easy access, low level sinks/toilets are provided which encourages the children to be more independent and promote their health and self-care.
Nursery allotment trips
The Pre-School children also benefit from regular trips to the nursery allotment on the nursery mini bus to participate in gardening, growing and exploring the outdoor world and the insects and mini beasts that live within it.
You have made our daughter’s path into school life the best experience she could have asked for. Thank you all so much.
I started of at first steps when i was only one the staff were very friendly but i sometimes missed my mum.
At two when i was walking, my favourite thing of all was going to the local park and playing with a ball.
At three it was time to go upstairs and leave the baby toys with new adventures to be had with all the boys and girls.
When i was four pre-school was there to help me on my way the early years foundation stage taught me something new each day.
Now i am off to big school at nearly five years old, i will always try my very best to do as i am told.
The last four years at nursery have been packed full of surprise so thank you mark and hazel and all the first steps guys.
It only seems like yesterday that you welcomed our son into your First Steps family. It’s going to be so hard to say goodbye.
Congratulations on your outstanding Ofsted inspection report, this was clearly an all round team effort and is a reflection of the quality service and education that the nursery provides. We are very pleased to have our second child Harry at First Steps and will continue to recommend your nursery.
Our family and friends have seen Jack’s confidence and social skills grow so much. You are a brilliant team who clearly love what you do.
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