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First Steps - We offer educational nursery and and pre-school care
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Conveniently located in the heart of Shepton Mallet in Somerset, First Steps Day Nursery offers educational nursery and pre-school care for your child in a safe, loving and caring environment.


How long has the First Steps Day Nursery been open?

First Steps Day Nursery was established in March 1993.

What are the age groups of the children?

The baby and toddler room take up to twelve children from the age of three months.

Children stay in this area until we feel they are ready for the next stage - this might be at around eighteen to twenty four months old.

Children are then cared for in our main room until the year before they start school. Your child is then transferred to the pre-school classroom.

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 keep a ratio of at least one to six, whilst in the pre-school classes, the ratio is one to eight.

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?

We have shaded play areas in the summer; therefore, we do encourage children to wear a hat for outdoor play in the garden so we request a hat is provided.

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?

Weather permitting, babies often sleep in prams outside in the secure baby area; 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, and we have recently been awarded 5 stars for our food and hygiene.


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All our nursery staff are qualified in the provision of early years education and are committed to offering your child, a rich and secure learning environment.

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Recent Testimonials

"Meal times promote social experiences well, as children learn to relax and develop their conversation skills."
Ofsted 2013

"Children are animated and enthusiastic as they make choices in their play."
Ofsted 2013

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Our Ofsted Reports

Our parents are thrilled with the high standard of early years education their children receive at First Steps Day Nursery.

First Steps - Our Food Hygiene Rating

Our Rating

First Steps Day Nursery has been awarded a Food Hygiene Rating 5!! Our kitchen staff are very proud of this accolade and continue to maintain the very high standards expected to provide great home hearty and healthy cooked meals for all our children