We offer 15 hours Early Years Free Entitlement which is available for all children commencing the term after their third birthday. We also offer some extended (30 hours) funded places for three and four year olds if applicable. Enquires regarding FEET funding for 2 year olds are welcome.
More funding information can be found at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Stepping Stones Curriculum
All children follow The Early Years Foundation Stage. This curriculum continues when a child starts school and is completed during the last term of Reception Class.
The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) is broken down into seven areas of learning: Prime Areas being Personal, Social & Emotional, Communication & Language and Physical Development and the Specific Areas being Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design.
Tapestry (Online Learning Journals)
At Stepping Stones we use Tapestry, a secure online learning journal, to record photos and observations in line with the EYFS to build up a record of a child’s time with us. This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information on children’s progress and record their learning and development through play and focus activities.
Parents and carers will create their own log in password and then use their email and password to view their own child’s observations and progress. Parents are welcome to add comments and observations of their own.
When a child leaves our nursery they will receive a copy of their learning journal on a CD rom to keep.
We have access to an enclosed garden area which the children use daily in all weathers. Children are encouraged to free flow from the large downstairs hall into the garden.