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Stepping Stones Day Nursery

The Stepping Stones Day Nursery, which opened in 1991, is situated within the grounds of our Ardleigh Green site. The nursery aims to provide the highest quality of care for the children while ensuring that their experience is fun-filled and educational, enabling them to develop to the best of their potential.

The nursery caters for children aged from 3 months to 5 years and is open to staff, students and the general public between the hours of 7.45am to 6.15pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and the Christmas closure, in line with the college.

Staff take pride in providing a very homely setting which ensures the transition from home to nursery is as smooth as possible. They are committed to working with parents so that the children get the most out of their time at the nursery and they are dedicated to providing a safe and stimulating environment for the children to explore all that is on offer. Both the individual care and education (via the Early Years curriculum) is provided in an environment that is supportive and developmental. There is an experienced and qualified Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) whose role is to support children with additional needs and offer guidance to staff and parents.

The nursery received a ‘Good’ grade from the most recent 2018 Ofsted inspection and all nursery staff hold childcare qualifications that exceed the requirements laid down by Ofsted.

The menus for all children are based on healthy options. Breakfast is provided for those children who arrive between 7.45am and 8.30am.  The children have a two-course lunch and afternoon tea, with snacks both morning and afternoon.