How long has the First Steps Childcare Limited been open?
First Steps Childcare Limited was established in March 1993. In 2018 we celebrated our 25th year.
What are the age groups of the children?
The setting is divided into 4 main areas, ‘Our Baby rooms’ for our younger toddler and babies – children are usually in the area until they can walk with ease. When they move to the ‘Toddler Stars’ rooms on the ground floor with open access to the garden. At around 2 and a half the children move into the ‘nursery’ room with assess to the side garden and the large back outdoor space, then in the year before children go to school they enter our ‘Preschool’ rooms.
What is the staff ratio?
For babies and toddlers under two, the staff ratio is one member of staff to every three children. In the main nursery we work on a 1:6 ratio which continues into the preschool room.
Can children play outside?
Yes, we have a large, secure garden at the back of the nursery. The pre-school has its own grassed area and a small vegetable plot to encourage children to plant and eat a healthy diet. Babies and toddlers have a small secure garden with an area for pushchairs which also offers a safe sleep outside in the fresh air good weather permits. All exterior areas are only accessible from the nursery and the children are supervised at all times.
What items do I need to bring for my child for outdoor play?
First Steps provides ‘hats’ for days when the sun is out and sunscreen is provided for all children unless we are informed to the contrary by the parent or carer. For winter and chilly/wet days, please provide a warm waterproof coat, a hat and wellington boots.
Is there anywhere for the children to sleep?
We have a dedicated sleep room where we provide a selection of cots, small beds and pushchairs. There are also cots available in the quiet room where babies are constantly monitored.
What do the children do throughout the day at the nursery?
At First Steps, we provide a broad and varied range of engaging activities toys and safe play equipment to help stimulate your child and encourage them to develop to their full potential.
Does the nursery provide hot meals?
Yes we have recently been awarded 5 stars for our Food hygiene. Our cook works to provide nutritious healthy meals that are low in salt and sugar, and meets children’s varied dietary requirements.