Stepping Stones Day Nursery

152 Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead, Wokingham RG40 4JA

Stepping Stones Day Nursery, Wokingham, Berkshire
Stepping Stones Day Nursery, Wokingham, Berkshire
Stepping Stones Day Nursery, Wokingham, Berkshire

Stepping Stones Day Nursery is a smaller scale and very personable style children’s day nursery.

Set in a home with expansive gardens, there's lots to do for all ages from three months to five years.

Home-cooked meals, cook school, French, boogie mites for all ages and outdoor learning for the pre-schoolers are all included. All professionals are well-trained to support key EYFS goals.

The nursery received an 'outstanding' grade in all areas from Ofsted in August 2017.

Group: Complete Childcare

Person in charge: Kirsty Cordery (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Wokingham Borough Council

Number of Staff: 11

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 50

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0745-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Directions:

If you are coming from Wokingham, Bracknell area, at the double roundabouts which has Cresswell garage on head in the direction of California Country Park and we can be found on the left hand side.
If you are coming from Arborfield direction, go past California Country Park and we can be found on your right side of the road before the double roundabouts.

Parking:

Please use the entrance and exit as advised on the signs.
Parking can be allocated outside the front of the nursery.

Vacancies

9 Child Vacancies

posted 29 Nov 2017

1 vacancies in Explorers (0-12 months)2 vacancies in Adventurers (12-24 months)5 vacancies in recently expanded Pre-school (24 - 36 months)

Reviews

9.9 Stepping Stones Day Nursery has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.939)

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Stepping Stones Day Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 26 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Stepping Stones Day Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 12 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.939 for Stepping Stones Day Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (293 Excellents x 5) + (17 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 311 Ratings = 4.939

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Stepping Stones Day Nursery is based on 12 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 10 positive Reviews (50 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 12 Reviews ÷ 10 Target Reached = 1

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    26
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    26
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Stepping Stones Day Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    24
  • Father of Child
    2

Staff are always enthusiastic, cheerful and accommodating to children's needs.
Stimulating environment for the children and helps develop skills.
The environment helps with good behaviour of the children as well.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My twin daughters have been at Stepping Stones for two years and have loved it. They are welcomed each morning by a friendly face and when it comes to home time they usually don't want to leave!

Each member of staff has been wonderful towards them and have really helped them to flourish in all aspects.

The girls key workers have really listened to what we (the parents) want for our children. They have even helped one daughter with her physio stretches!

Nothing was ever a problem for them. One daughter had a milk intolerance and they were very happy to adjust all meals to support that.

We couldn't have asked for a better nursery for our girls to start at.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Mr Alec Hodson, MD at Stepping Stones Day Nursery responded to this review on 25 Aug 2017:

Thank you for those kind words. We don't expect it, but it's always great to be able to pass your thanks on to the team, who I know will appreciate it.

Our daughter started at Stepping Stones just after her 2nd birthday and is now leaving to start school in a couple of weeks.

We chose the nursery as of all the visited, it seemed the most relaxed and loving environment which suited our needs. Other nurseries were closer to home but Stepping Stones seemed a much better fit for us.

Having joined as a shy and fairly quiet girl, she quickly gained confidence and has now thrived into a confident little pre-schooler and we feel she is definitely ready to take that next step in her education.

There has been a good range of activities and learning opportunities along the way, and although there has of course been a few staff changes over the time, she has always developed great relationships with all her carers.

Although she is now off to school, our son will be starting at Stepping Stones almost immediately, so we can't really give it a better recommendation than that.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son started at Stepping Stones in January 2017 as part of his introduction to Pre School. As I am a nanny and have worked in nurseries I was apprehensive but the staff were just fantastic with him. When he started at 3 years and 3 months he was primarily non-verbal with a speech delay and used basic Makaton signs and singular words to express himself. He has been encouraged, supported and loved throughout his time and now has thrived to the point of being discharged from Speech and Language Therapy. I owe that to the amazing interaction and support of the Stepping Stones team. My boy ADORED his key person, we would often have to pretend to be her at home in order to play "pre school" on the days he didn't attend.

I cannot praise the staff enough, it is very sad that we have had to move on and I know that the girls will be missed.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

My daughters have been at Stepping Stones for the last 6 years. We chose the nursery as we liked the close knit, homely feel of the nursery and we were also impressed with the extensive outdoor space.

The staff throughout our time at Stepping Stones have been great and provided a caring, nurturing environment for the children. Both my girls have learned so much since being at nursery and it has given them a great head start for school.

I would thoroughly recommend the nursery and we will be sad to leave.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I've had one or both of my children at Stepping Stones for the last 4 and a half years. The level of care they have received throughout has been outstanding. As a reasonably small setting, it has a homely feel and every member of staff knows every child.

As well as great staff, Stepping Stones benefit from fantastic outdoor space, which the children love spending time in! The nutritious meals provided by their chef have also always been very well received by my children!

We moved house 3 years ago, further away from the nursery but continued to send our eldest there and when the time came our youngest too because of how confident we felt leaving our children in their care.

When our eldest left to start school, she did so very well and was prepared for the learning ahead of her and now our youngest is about to do the same. We will miss the nursery and the staff terribly but we can leave them safe in the knowledge that by sending them both to Stepping Stones we have given them the best possible start.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My Daughter has been at Stepping Stones since she was 11 months old and will be leaving after nearly 4 years. Stepping Stones has been a fantastic nursery for her and I would recommend Stepping Stones to anyone. She has had stability from the staff who are very kind and supportive, some who have supported her throughout the whole period and whom she has created a real bond with. The staff are friendly and really have helped my daughter to learn in many areas, including French. The nursery has been developed over time to create excellent nursery and pre-school buildings which create a safe environment for the children. The food provided is healthy and lots of variety is provided. The outside play area is excellent. Overall, Stepping Stones is a great place for children to be.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been at Stepping Stones for 9 months now and I love the homely feel of the nursery and outdoor space. He receives excellent attention to his development and well-being and settled in quickly as the staff are friendly, caring and attentive.
The online portal is really useful to check into throughout the day and I receive an informative handover when I pick him up about what he's eaten, activities he's done plus a highlight of the day which is a nice touch.
Finally, the menu is great and the chef has been more than happy to cater for allergies and diet preferences. Overall I know he is very happy and well looked after at Stepping Stones so would definitely recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We moved from Australia in April and needed to find a pre-school for my son to go to. Stepping Stones was local and when I enquired about availability I was invited to meet some of the staff and view the centre.
It is a new centre with lovely, new furniture and equipment. It is clean and welcoming and the outside gardens and woods are just beautiful.
My son had some difficulty settling in due to such big adjustments - new country, new school, teachers, children etc.. and he became a little withdrawn at home. I discussed my concerns with the manager and his teacher and we came up with a plan to help him settle into the centre in his own way and his own time.
They were so accommodating to my child's needs, even to the point of preparing special meals for him that we knew he would eat. I have also been impressed with the "day in the life" reports we can view on our child each day and the communication we receive when we pick him up.
He now comes home so happy every day.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Since my 2.5 year old son started at Stepping Stone nursery just over a year ago he has really come out of his shell and literally runs to the door when I drop him off. The outdoor area is fantastic, the best I've seen at a nursery, and the staff are lovely.
It's not a huge nursery which we loved but the rooms are a good size, clean and modern. The food is always varied and healthy and the staff are always keen to share with you what your child has been up to, both when they see you, as well as online (via a 'parent portal').
Can't recommend Stepping Stones enough.
We wish we weren't temporarily leaving the area, otherwise, we'd stay at this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

After moving to the area a year ago and my son not being in childcare for a year prior, I was looking for a small, friendly nursery, but one that would still offer everything that a larger one could. Since my son started at Stepping Stones, I have not been disappointed. My son was a little apprehensive when he first started, but they soon made him feel at home. I can honestly say in the last twelve months we have watched him flourish. He has learnt so much and has become a very articulate little boy, who's made some great friends. I would recommend Stepping Stones to anyone. The staff make every drop off easy and they provide healthy food every day and a great variety throughout the year. The lessons help children to learn the educational bits but also teach self-confidence and how to respect other children. A great all round nursery, with great facilities inside, an amazing outdoor space and brilliant staff. Well done Stepping Stones.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I would highly recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery to every parent and have already done so to my friends. My daughter settled in very quickly and loves to go to nursery every morning.

I appreciate the structured education provided and daily activities recorded and published to parents on a timely basis. In addition, the staff are professional and supportive, they give my daughter enough attention/cuddles and also encourage her being independent to make sure she is happy and confident. My daughter always has balanced meal/snack and enough sleep during the day in the nursery so when she gets home, she is still happy and playful (it's not uncommon to see my friends complaining their children getting stressed/exhausted after getting home so very difficult to stick to the routine). I feel quite lucky that we never have this issue with her. Also, the French lessons, spacious garden and separate sleeping room are all making Stepping Stones outstanding to others.

Thanks Stepping Stones!

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter had a lovely time at Stepping Stones Day Nursery. She found it hard to adjust at first as she was only coming one day a week but the staff were very attentive and always gave her extra attention to make sure she was happy. She made lots of friends and talked about her teachers a lot.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter recently left Stepping Stones to start school, after 3.5 happy years. She loved her time there, she settled in quickly it was clear that the main priority was to ensure she felt happy and secure. The activities such as French, Great Little Movers, cook school make the nursery stand out, and friends often say they wish their nursery did the same.

The garden is fantastic, space to run free, get muddy, and have fun! I recently looked back at her Learning Journey book and it was brilliant to remember how much she had done: she made friendships, learnt about topics such as the seasons; singing in French, looking after a caterpillar and watched it turn into a butterfly (which she still talks about!)

Our son is now at nursery, and he is thriving. I have always been happy with the care they have received and know they are happy at nursery. I would recommend the nursery to anyone looking for a fun, nurturing environment for their child, and the staff are fantastic.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Both my sons (4 1/2 and 2 1/2 year-olds) have been attending since they were around 6 months old and have been thriving at Stepping Stones. It is a relatively small structure with very friendly and attentive staff and management, creating real bonds with the little ones and clearly focused on making them happy.
The nursery has a great big garden and outdoor activities are encouraged. A couple of years ago, a purpose built preschool and dedicated play areas were added to the site too. The activities are very structured with weekly french lessons, great little movers and cook school among other special celebrations. I don't think my children could ever get bored!
Now my elder son is leaving to the big school and I believe he enjoyed every single day playing, learning and discovering at Stepping Stones. My younger son will get to continue enjoying it :)

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has been attending Stepping Stones nursery since she was 6 months old, and she'll soon be leaving for Big School! We're very happy with her progression through the years as we've increased her attendance, and our daughter has thrived with the varying activities, including Cook School, Great Little Movers, French and so many more. I couldn't recommend the nursery more and will be sad to say goodbye when the time comes.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I can't recommend stepping stones highly enough. The staff are warm, friendly and welcoming and genuinely care for all the children. My daughter has thrived in this small nurturing setting and I think she has been really well set up for the next step of big school. She has particularly enjoyed doing the french sessions and loves playing in the big gardens. She also enjoys cook school.
The manager is open, approachable and deals with any issues well. Thankfully these have been few and far between!
I have always felt confident in leaving my daughter at stepping stones, assured she would have a lovely day.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son started attending Stepping Stones nursery last September. With the arrival of his younger brother in the July, I went from doing something everyday with him to very far and few between! I wanted to give him a permanent fixture in his life, somewhere that was like a home from home, where he could make new friends and explore his need to learn new things. He has always been a very sociable, friendly little boy and I didn't want that to stop as I had less time on my hands. I didn't want him to be a recluse so thought nursery would be a good idea for him. It was a tough decision for me to make that jump and let him go and find his independence. But, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. His self esteem has rocketed and he is a confident self assured 2 year old! He has found his independence and self belief to do things on his own. Singing, learning french (and shouting 'pomme'), painting me daily pictures, he never fails to surprise me with his ever growing knowledge! He has loved the dressing up days (especially as a monster), being the postman at Christmas and baking cakes to raise money for jeans for genes day. It has given him structure in his little world and he has honestly thrived on it. I could see when I dropped him off and picked him up how comfortable he was to be there, and as a parent, that told me everything I needed to know. His daily reports, were a lovely insight to me as to how his morning went. I have made him a little folder of his time at stepping stones, as I have lots of pictures of his experiences and little things he's made. Thank you for keeping me so informed. I cannot thank all the staff at stepping stones enough. From the bottom of my heart thank you so much for looking after my little boy. You went above and beyond your normal job to help me out when my car broke down and I am ever so grateful for that. We are all so sad to leave. It will be hard to find another nursery to match this one.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Stepping Stones is a lovely nursery, run by a great team of staff. My little boy attended full time from when he was just over 2 until he went to school. He had a great time there and was really well cared for. The staff are very good at working in partnership with parents and keeping you informed about what your child has been up to during the day. They all know the children well, across the whole setting - rather than just the ones assigned to a particular age group. There's a fantastic, huge outdoor space and the children get to spend lots of time outdoors, with lots of activities taking place outside. They also have a great range of activities for the children to get involved in, including: cook school, French, great little movers and outdoor school. My little boy loved all of these!
Overall I would definitely recommend Stepping Stones as a lovely setting to send your little one too :-)

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been attending Stepping Stones Day Nursery since he was 11 months. From the moment he started, he settled in extremely quickly and being a first time mum, I felt completely at ease leaving him with the staff. They are friendly, professional and work extremely hard to ensure that all the children are looked after and cared for. I would like to say that both myself and my husband have a fantastic relationship with all the staff and nothing is too much trouble. My son absolutely loves his time whilst at Nursery, there is so much for him to do, the extensive garden is amazing, being an outdoor boy, he loves it. He gets the opportunity to learn French, keep fit and play with lots of fun things. Overall, the whole Nursery has a family feel which we love and really would recommend a visit! Thanks Stepping Stones:-)

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My 2 sons have been at Stepping Stones for over 2 years and I am very pleased with the environment and all of the staff. The brand new pre-school building is purpose-built and fantastic. It has every facility necessary to assist the smooth transition from a caring, play-orientated nursery setting for the younger children, up to the classroom set-up of a reception class in school for the older ones. The staff are always very friendly and welcoming, and eager to discuss my child's day. We even receive emailed daily reports on their eating, sleeping and activities, often including a photograph - which is lovely to see when I'm in my office environment, as well as to keep as a record for future reference. I haven't had cause to complain, but I know that the manager's door is always open for a chat if I felt I needed to discuss my children's progress. The long back-garden provides plenty of space for children to run about and the new decking area is ideal when the grass gets a bit muddy. Feedback sessions/parents evenings are always very productive. The staff have prepared for them and back up their discussions with the child's progress/achievement folder. Parental input is actively sought out, which I find reassuring. I'm very pleased with the nursery and would definitely recommend it to others.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Fabulous safe environment, educational and friendly environment. Excellent staff and outstanding facilities and service. Extra activities; GO club, French and Great Little Movers. Large wooded outdoor area. Additional numbers catered for due to the recent expansion.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

My 18 month old has only been going to Stepping Stones for 6 months and the staff are all so lovely helping him settle in. It's so important to leave your children in the care of someone you trust, and I am totally confident that my little boy is safe and cared for to an excellent standard here. My boy is an energetic eating machine so I picked this nursery for the great quality food and the extensive outdoor space. As he grows I know this nursery and the brilliant staff will cater for his needs and I always look forward to the new things he learns there every time he is in!

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our boy has been going to Stepping Stones since June 2015, and he has settled in so well. Each member of staff are so professional and friendly at the same time! He gets a lot of one on one time with his key worker which he loves, and the massive variety of activities is just outstanding! Definitely recommend!

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Fantastic nursery, and well recommended. Not only were the staff great at settling Liam into school, but also was very understanding on how hard it was as a parent having to leave him. Always very friendly and welcoming.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our children have attended Stepping Stones Day Nursery every week since they were 8 months old, both girls settled quickly in their early days and continue to thrive in the setting. Having visited many nursery settings over the years (I previously worked in Childcare and Education recruitment) I knew even before I was pregnant that that Stepping Stones would be my preferred setting. On his first visit, my husband completely agreed.

The level of care our children receive has always been consistent. From the moment you walk through the door your family is welcomed into the family of Stepping Stones. The Manager’s door is always open, we are kept well informed of our children’s progress both verbally, and in writing and we know they are both safe and secure in their ‘home from home’.

Most importantly, they get lots of cuddles!

Our eldest is about to start school; we are sad the time has come for her to leave but so grateful for the many positive experiences she has had in what has been a wonderful start to her learning journey.

I really couldn't recommend this setting more.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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