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Why choose First Steps Nursery?

First Steps is committed to providing a stimulating environment and valued community

First Steps Nursery, established in 1994, is a family-run childcare facility operating from a purpose built converted church. First Steps has always been committed to providing a stimulating environment in which all parents and children feel valued as part of the nursery community.

First Steps Nursery is set over two floors and is situated on the edge of Dane Park, just a short walk from Margate town centre. It has a baby annex and two outdoor play areas.

The Nursery is Ofsted registered for 100 children and is open from 07.30 am until 17.30pm Monday – Friday for 47 weeks of the year. First Steps is closed on Public Bank Holidays and for two weeks during the summer. First Steps is also closed over Christmas and New Year.

We support children with learning difficulties and disabilities and children for whom English is not their first language.

The nursery has 25 staff, all of whom are qualified in early years and hold a current DBS check. First Steps also has a full time Early Years teacher and a full time SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and three managers. All of our staff members are first aid trained.

Viewing our facilities

At First Steps Nursery we have an open approach and are happy to show parents and children around the setting at any time. If parents wish to make an appointment to view the setting we are more than happy to do so.

Secure and well-equipped facilities

Our excellent facilities include full CCTV coverage, Easydentic finger print recognition for entry and exit, qualified caring staff, outside decking areas and garden, and a separate sleep/sensory room.

Free early education

The nursery accepts free early education for all 3 and 4 year-olds and also accepts the Free for Two’s funding for 2 year olds, which is subject to criteria checks.

All funded children receive 15 hours per week free of charge term time only.

Our staff team

Managers

  • Mark Warren

  • Emma Warren

  • Clair Sear

Early years teacher

  • Callie Taylor

Supervisor/SENCO

  • Sian Chamberlain

Floor supervisors

  • Amy Hart

  • Leigh Paige

  • Monique Chandler

  • Becky Pilcher

Key people

  • Andrea Mardell

  • Carol Sear

  • Jasmine Sturgis

  • Sheena Stevens

  • Lisa Bayley

  • Kerry Keita

  • Sharon Sturgis

  • Louise Davies

  • Gabby Brewer

  • Dawn Crysell

  • Melissa Thain

  • Jade Osborne

  • Sarah Dawson