First Steps Childcare Limited opened in 1993.

The nursery is a limited company and operates from a purpose built building in the rural town of Shepton Mallet in Somerset. The property is licensed to care for up 42 children at any one time and is registered to operate from 8am – 6pm each week day all year except for Christmas and bank holidays.

The property also has access to a large, secure and enclosed garden and a side area used as a forest school.

Children in our Setting

All children are given a online learning journal upon enrolment this is used to monitor and record your child’s development against the seven areas in the Revised EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage 2012)

These are made up of 3 prime areas:


Personal, Social and Emotional


Physical Development


Language and Communication

And 4 specific areas:






Understanding of the World


Expressive Arts and Design

The online learning journals are available for your review at all times and parents and guardians are encouraged to contribute to and share in their children’s experiences from outside the setting.


What Ofsted had to say

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Excellent relationships have been established ….. children’s behaviour is excellent.

Communication, Language and Literacy

A phonic scheme is used well to encourage children to identify letters.

Mathematical Development

Children are confident to use numbers… children use language of time well.

Physical Development

Children move confidently in a variety of ways… children show good co-ordination.

Creative Development

Children play imaginatively and use props to support their role play.


The provision is acceptable and is of high quality. Children are making ‘very good’ progress towards the early learning goals.

Get in touch...

Please feel free to contact us with any of your questions or to arrange a visit – we are proud of our nursery and love showing people around.