Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery

105 Penn Hill Avenue, Lower Parkstone, Poole BH14 9LY

Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery, Poole, Dorset
Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery, Poole, Dorset
Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery, Poole, Dorset

Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery has almost two decades of experience in offering top quality educational care for children aged two months to five years. Skilled professionals pride themselves on providing a caring, happy atmosphere and a ‘home away from home’ environment. They encourage every child to develop naturally and provide every opportunity to maximise their potential.

Group: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Person in charge: Kerrie Podesta (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Borough of Poole Council

Number of Staff: 10

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

Total Places for Children: 42

Age Range: from 0 years 2 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week Christmas

Vacancies

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Reviews

8.9 Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery has a Review Score of 8.9 (8.947)

The Review Score of 8.9 (maximum of 10) for Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 17 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.2 out of 5 from 4 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 4.721 for Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (148 Excellents x 5) + (55 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 204 Ratings = 4.721

  • 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 4.226 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery is based on 4 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.75

    2. Target of 8.4 positive Reviews (42 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 4 Reviews ÷ 8.4 Target = 0.476

  • 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
    15
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

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

  • Extremely LIKELY
    15
  • Likely
    2
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    15
  • Father of Child
    2

Our little family love Stepping Stones and Pebbles Nursery. All of the staff are super friendly and it is a really welcoming environment to play and learn. Our son has a great time, he particularly likes the visitors that come in to teach dancing and playing bikes in the garden. The communication between nursery and home is fantastic. The nursery keep a 'learning journey' of all key developments for each child which they invite you in to review. My husband and I enjoy seeing what he's been up to while we are at work and its great to see the many activities they do (that the children cannot tell you about). We are really happy with our choice of nursery and would highly recommend to others.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Montessori 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 child has attended Pebbles for the last 6 months and has received excellent personalised care from the word go. The staff communicate well with me and each other. My child settles well each day and likewise always seems very happy at the end of the day.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter goes to Pebbles nursery and loves it. The staff do everything they can to help. They do lots of different activities with the children and have a nice outside space. They also take them out of the nursery to the woods or the pet shop which is lovely. The staff take the time to give you feedback each session verbally and written down. We are very pleased with it.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

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

The staff at Stepping Stones could not have been more supportive to us as a family while settling my daughter into the nursery. They have done it with love, care and a smile.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Montessori 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 moved to the area in Feb 2015 and needed a place for both of my sons and Stepping Stones has such a good reputation that I knew this was the place for them to go. Stepping Stones in all aspects is second to none! The standard of education is simply amazing and perfect for my two little sponges! The staff are so friendly, feedback each day is fantastic, the environment is clean, educational and always happy. My children have been given the best start to their education before school. I honestly couldn't be happier and have recommended to many friends who's children now attend the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Montessori 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

A fantastic nursery, all staff are fully supportive and welcoming. My daughter always enjoys each day and comes home with lots of fun pictures. They were very good with her lactose intolerance when she was younger!

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Montessori 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

The development and support for our child was excellent. I think as she is now approaching 4 years old her learning and further development has now become limited. I cannot fault the staff/team over the first 3 years of my child's time. Stimulation/learning skills need to be further encouraged with more feedback to parents especially with school on the horizon.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our first child was in this same nursery. The staff are very professional and caring, always helping us and informing of our child's progress and what has happened during the day i.e nappy changes, food and drink intake and activities. They are very hands on and creative.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Both my daughters have attended Stepping Stones since 2012 and love/loved it.

The staff are all always so friendly and warm towards both parents and children. It is a homely environment with excellent learning opportunities both inside and out. Children are given the opportunity to partake in sports and dancing too as part of their varied day.

I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Stepping Stones.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Montessori 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 daughter joined the nursery in 2013 when she was 6 months old and is now in pre-school preparing for 'big school' next year. She loves nursery and has gained so many lovely experiences from being at Stepping Stones. The staff are kind and caring to both the children in their care and the parents trusting them to provide a safe and happy environment . All the children seem happy and my daughter has made lots of good friends at nursery. She will miss it when it's time to move on to school.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son absolutely loves Stepping Stones. As a full time pupil a nursery that were caring and honest was an absolutely must have for us. I am so impressed with the effort all the staff making with the kids and the parents to make everyone feel welcome. I never have to worry that my son may not being having a good day or that he isn't being learning and having fun with his second family.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

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

My child has been extremely happy at Stepping Stones. He has been gently nurtured and has a most lovely bond with his key worker and the other staff which makes him feel secure and always happy to attend nursery. Their care for the children is heartfelt and sensitive.

He has thrived and development flourished with encouragement and stimulating ideas for learning.

We would highly recommend the nursery to other parents.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The staff at Stepping Stones are wonderful and they're always pleased to see the children each day. The consistent approach by all staff is second to none.They show a keen interest in the child's development whilst delivering the care and comforting they sometimes need.The children always have lots to tell us about the many fun activities they have been doing.The development in our children has been amazing. Each week our two year old comes home with new words - his vocabulary is amazing for his age. Recently they have been practicing their Christmas play and the enthusiasm is fantastic.The fact that the staff have been at Stepping Stones for a long time speaks volumes!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Such a fabulous nursery, could not recommend it highly enough! The staff are extremely professional and friendly. They treat your child as an individual, listening closely to their needs, routine, likes and dislikes.

My daughter loves her sessions at Stepping Stones and surprises me on a daily basis with the things she has learnt. Her Key Worker and I often have chats about the areas she needs to focus on and the nursery staff always feed back to me what she has enjoyed that day. Not to mention their commitment to Early Years Foundation Stages of Development.

The nursery is also keen on outside play and taking the children on walks to the local woods or pet shop. I am also regularly given pictures of her handy craft work to take home which proudly I display on the fridge!

Since she started at the age of 8 months I have never felt anxious about leaving her and have always found a loving and warm atmosphere, with plenty of cuddles on offer. What more could you ask for!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

All 3 of my children have been to this nursery and I would never consider another. The staff are always happy and friendly and they provide the best care possible. My children have always looked forward to going to nursery as they always have so much fun. My oldest is now 10 and we are applying for secondary school and the grammar school is where we have applied for and I'm crediting this nursery for a part in this due to the amazing start he had. Amazing place, amazing staff!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter started at Stepping Stones as a baby in 2010 and my son has been going since 2013. We are long serving and very happy customers! I have personally recommended Stepping Stones to a number of friends over the years (who have all been happy) and wouldn't hesitate to say what a brilliant start in life Stepping Stones provides. The friendly, highly trained and caring staff are all extremely professional and yet approachable. The space itself is warm, welcoming and full of happiness and fun, with a safe and spacious outside area for the all important fresh air. While the fees are not inexpensive, they do reflect the high standard of care and level of service at this Montessori led nursery, and in my experience it helps children develop at their own pace but ensures they are ready to thrive in a school setting.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our son has been at stepping stones since September and we are so pleased with our choice of nursery. Staff are extremely friendly and professional. My son enjoys his time at the nursery and we feel the nursery have really helped his development.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Montessori 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

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Staff Profiles

Louise

Louise Morrish

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2005

Description:

My name is Louise and I am the Deputy Manager of Stepping Stones. During 2017 I will be Acting Manager whilst the current nursery manager is on maternity leave. I have been at Stepping Stones Montessori since 2005 and during this time I have gained a degree in Early Years Education, Early Years Professional Status (EYP) and Montessori certificate. I am very passionate about working with children, providing them with exceptional care and opportunities for them to achieve their full potential. My hobbies include skiing, crochet & crafting and also spending time with my family, friends and many pets.

Kayleigh

Kayleigh Oliver

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2005

Description:

My name is Kayleigh and I am the Deputy Manager of Stepping Stones Montessori and I have been seconded from Talbot Woods Day Nursery – Bright Horizons. I became a modern apprentice in 2005 to pursue my dream career - working in childcare. I have lots of cousins and younger siblings that I enjoy looking after and I have been babysitting since I was 14. I love to watch children grow and develop and I look forward to the year ahead – getting to know the children, families and staff. I have a lot to offer the nursery and endeavour to continue to provide excellent care and education for all the children and families that come to the nursery.