Footsteps Nursery

Ochil Terrace, Billingham TS23 2QL

Footsteps Nursery is a Pre-school Learning Alliance childcare service located in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees. The nursery offers 57 Ofsted-registered places and was assessed as 'Good' by Ofsted in October 2017.

A friendly and well-qualified nursery team provide high-quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between 12 weeks and five years.

The nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), with a focus on learning through play, and the team actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of the nursery.

Extensive play and learning resources serve to inspire children, who have secure indoor and outdoor environments to enjoy.

Footsteps Nursery is open from 7.30am until 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, for 52 weeks of the year, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days per year. Footsteps offers free childcare for qualifying two-year-olds and all three- and four-year-olds.

Group: Pre-school Learning Alliance

Person in charge: Stacey Kitching (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Number of Staff: 14

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Voluntary / Not for Profit Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Registered Charity Number: 1096526

Total Places for Children: 57

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

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Staff Profiles

Stacey

Stacey Kitching

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2012

Description:

I started my journey at Footsteps Nursery in 2012 and now with almost 15 years of experience I have progressed into being the nursery manager.

I have always been passionate about working with children and families. I enjoy making Footsteps a safe, stimulating and enjoyable experience for children and I am always working to enhance the setting further.

My Colleagues would describe me as:

Knowledgeable, Dedicated, Approachable and a caring member of the team

Maria

Maria Milford

Job Title: Deputy Nursery Manager

Joined: 2004

Description:

I have worked at Footsteps Nursery for 14 years and am currently the nursery SENCO and lead on Behaviour management.

I work with all ages of the children to help implement the continuous development of children's learning and I gain a lot of pleasure from making a difference to the children's learning.

My colleagues would describe me as:

Enthusiastic, hard working and a fun member of the team.

Melissa

Melissa Leeson

Job Title: Senior Nursery Worker

Joined: 2010

Description:

I have worked at Footsteps Nursery for 8 years and am currently the Senior Nursery worker of the Baby room, however I have experience of working with all age ranges throughout the nursery.

I have built strong relationships with parents and children. I enjoy watching them grow as they continue their journey in the nursery.

My colleagues would describe me as:

A strong, enthusiastic member of the team who is always willing to have fun with the children.

Emma

Emma Bowers

Job Title: Nursery Worker

Joined: 2013

Description:

I have worked at Footsteps for almost 5 years and have successfully completed my degree in early childhood studies.

I currently work in the baby room and enjoy creating relationships with children and their families.

My colleagues would describe me as:

Friendly, caring and a reliable member of the team.

Sabhina

Sabhina Hussain

Job Title: Nursery Worker

Joined: 2009

Description:

I have worked at Footsteps nursery for almost 9 years and have a lot of experience working with children of ages 0-5 years.

I currently work in the Baby room and enjoy taking part in a variety of activities such as messy play and sensory play.

My colleagues would describe me as:

Very caring, trustworthy, happy and a team player aswell as using my own initiative.

Sharon

Sharon Arthur

Job Title: Senior Nursery Worker

Joined: 2014

Description:

I have worked at Footsteps Nursery for the last four years and I am currently working in the 2-3 years room. Since starting my employment at Footsteps I strive to take part in courses that extend my knowledge and work ethics.

I enjoy seeing the children become settled, happy, comfortable and having fun whilst I help them through their development stages.

My colleagues would describe me as:

Passionate, professional, loyal and determined.

Beth

Beth Dodd

Job Title: Nursery Worker

Joined: 2015

Description:

I have worked at Footsteps nursery for 3 years and I currently work in the 2-3 room, however have worked with children as old as 5 since my journey began here.

I enjoy working with all of the staff as a team and providing activities to develop the children further whilst having fun.

My colleagues would describe me as:

fun, outgoing and a caring member of the team.

Louise

Louise Marsh

Job Title: Nursery worker

Joined: 2014

Description:

I started my level 3 childcare diploma at college and attended Footsteps as part of the course. I then seen an opportunity to apply for a post at Footsteps and went for it and have been employed for 4 years.

I have continued to develop my professional status by completing my early year's foundation degree and enjoy extending my knowledge.

My colleagues would describe me as:

organised, supportive and caring

Jade

Jade Corner

Job Title: Nursery Worker

Joined: 2016

Description:

I have worked at Footsteps nursery for nearly two years and have worked with children of all ages along the way.

I have been based in the 2-3 years room and enjoy building relationships with the children and parents and making their time at nursery enjoyable.

My colleagues would describe me as:

A reliable and caring member of the team who is always willing to strive further.

Ali

Ali Jarrett

Job Title: Nursery Assisstant

Joined: 2016

Description:

I have worked at Footsteps for nearly two years and I am currently working towards my level 2 qualification.

I really enjoy working at Footsteps, especially helping to develop children's imagination through play.

My colleagues would describe me as:

A Friendly, supportive and caring member of the team.

Sam

Sam White

Job Title: Senior Nursery Worker

Joined: 2010

Description:

I have worked at Footsteps nursery for 8 years and I am currently the senior in the Pre-school room, however, I have worked across all age ranges within the setting. I have attended many courses to improve my professional background including SENCO training.

I enjoy getting very messy with the children in activities such as gloop, flour and paint. I also enjoy making a difference in children's lives

My Colleagues describe me as:

A Reliable, friendly, Loyal and patient member of the team who will give my time for anyone.

Katie

Katie Miller

Job Title: Nursery Worker

Joined: 2009

Description:

I started my journey at Footsteps nursery 9 years ago and have met a lot of families and children along the way. I have worked with all age ranges however I am based with children aged 3-5 years old.

I enjoy working at Footsteps as we are like a big family sharing lots of happy memories together.

My colleagues would describe me as:

An emotional, caring person who has built good relationships

Wendy

Wendy Hughes

Job Title: Nursery Cook

Joined: 2016

Description:

The children at Footsteps named me as Wendy Woo, which is an amazing feeling when I hear the children call my name. I am the setting cook who provides healthy nutritious balanced meals for the children and support those with allergies and preferences.

I enjoy baking and cooking meals with the children and showing them the end result which is so rewarding to see.

My colleagues would describe me as:

A Maternal, happy and jolly member of the team.

Donna

Donna Patterson

Job Title: Nursery Administrator

Joined: 2015

Description:

I have worked at Footsteps in this role for 3 years, however I have a background in childcare with over 12 years experience working within settings and I have completed my Early years foundation degree. I am also a flexible worker, therefore, I can also work In the nursery rooms with the children.

I enjoy popping in the rooms to say hello to the children and talking to them about their day and I also enjoy taking part in really messy activities.

My colleagues would describe me as:

A Helpful, approachable and happy member of the team.