Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd

Unit 26, Werdohl Business Park, No 1 Industrial Estate, Consett DH8 6TJ

Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd, Consett, Durham
Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd, Consett, Durham
Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd, Consett, Durham

Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd is a vibrant facility with a large and secure outdoor play area, staffed and equipped to support all key areas of early years learning while offering parents a service they can feel confident in.

The nursery is a non-profit making organisation, looking to direct all resources into quality childcare and learning, enabling each child to reach their potential.

There is a focus on making sure each individual gets the most out of their time at Stepping Stones as they begin their journey through life.

Owner: Workers Cooperative

Person in charge: Christine Proud (Business Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Durham County Council

Number of Staff: 15

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

Total Places for Children: 43

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1815

When Closed: Bank Holidays

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Reviews

8.8 Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd has a Review Score of 8.8 (8.813)

The Review Score of 8.8 (maximum of 10) for Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 5 out of 5 from 21 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.8 out of 5 from 3 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 4.964 for Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd is calculated as follows: ( (243 Excellents x 5) + (9 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 252 Ratings = 4.964

  • 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 3.849 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd is based on 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.5

    2. Target of 8.6 positive Reviews (43 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 3 Reviews ÷ 8.6 Target = 0.349

  • 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
    21
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    21
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
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  • Extremely UNLIKELY
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Reviewer Connection to Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd

  • Mother of Child
    19
  • Father of Child
    2

My daughter has developed lots since attending Stepping Stones and the staff in all of the rooms are excellent at knowing each child really well and understanding what they need to develop and how.

They encourage all types of play and interactions. The outside play area is great. They have varied indoor activities.

I would definitely recommend this nursery as it’s so friendly. I like the fact that it’s a co-operative which means that any profit will be put back into the nursery to constantly improve it for the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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 little boy has attended this lovely nursery since he was ten months old. He loves it and I'm very happy with our choice to attend. The staff are lovely, caring and supportive of each child, helping them to their potential. My loved one is very sociable, happy and loves attending, speaking fondly of his friends. It really has helped him a lot and I feel like our needs are respected and his requests personalised. The indoor and outdoor spaces are great - clean, tidy and appropriate to the children's needs. The food is fab and I love the parent updates and newsletters.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

As a new mum to twins needing to return to work I visited every nursery within the area and as soon as I walked into Stepping Stones I knew it was the right one for us!
8 months on and my little boy and girl still love going in every morning, I cannot fault the staff and the care they give, such a caring and friendly atmosphere! The little ones have come on so much since they started, long may the fun continue!

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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

The moment I walked into Stepping Stones I felt at ease, the nursery is so cosy and warm and the smell of home cooked dinners in delicious as you walk through the door! I knew after the first visit with my son that he would settle and love going. The staff are so friendly and nothing is a bother for them. I really do feel at ease when I leave him to go to work. Overall I feel the nursery is fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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 attending Stepping Stones for two years now, since she was 8 months old. She absolutely loves going to nursery and we have felt reassured leaving her there since day one. The staff are all lovely and make both us and our daughter feel welcome and at ease. She has made lots of friends, the environment is perfect for learning and play and the food is great. I can't believe some of the things she eats that she would never try at home! They helped with weaning and potty training. Attending Stepping Stones has helped turn our baby into a confident little girl.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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 attending Stepping Stones Nursery since August 2013 and I have nothing but praise for the nursery. My daughter is settled, happy and incredibly well looked after. Had it not been for the staff at Stepping Stones, however, then this might not have been the case. My daughter has been diagnosed with autism after a long assessment process. I have the nursery to thank for spotting and connecting subtle early signs and raising the alarm. Thanks to them, my daughter will now get the support she needs for when she starts school. Not only did they pick out that something was amiss but they have supported us throughout the whole process and done their utmost to implement any suggested strategies to ensure my daughter is not only settled and happy but making progress. I could not have wished for a better nursery! Child-centred, caring and nurturing yet also sharp, knowledgeable and 'on-the -ball'. Although many reading this review will not have a child with 'extra needs', what I would like to emphasise is the fact that ALL kids are given this level of care. They know their stuff and they know their kids!

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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 attended Stepping Stones since she was 9 months old, she began in baby room where the staff were fantastic making sure all of her needs were met and closely followed my home routine, they made me feel very comfortable when I popped in on my lunch break to breast feed my baby.

In the toddler room the excellent quality of care continued with activities to keep my curious toddler entertained and stimulated, staff were always on hand to give advice and support.

In preschool room the staff began preparing my daughter for school introducing a more structure to day but still allowing her to follow her own interests.

My daughter has an egg allergy, all staff were very professional and adapted activities so my daughter could still join in and feel part of the group. The cook made delicious meals to fit around my daughters allergies.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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 little girl has been going to stepping stones since she was 9 months old. She would cry when being left, the staff were always amazing and put my mind at ease, I was told I could ring anytime and call in to see what she was doing at any time. She was always giggling and playing within 5 minutes of me leaving as I would often sneak back in. She loves her time there and it has brought her along so well. I feel happy leaving her there and know she is well cared for.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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

Nursery is a lovely, warm, caring and positive environment for our children. We are completely confident to leave our children in the care of the staff knowing that they will be well cared for and be happy. Thank you to all the staff who work so hard to make it such a lovely place.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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 attending Stepping Stones since January 2015. Since our first visit we have felt very comfortable at the care given to our child. She hadn't been in any childcare before so was very teary when she first started. The staff were very understanding towards myself and always encouraged me to phone to see how she was getting on if I was worried. They were also very caring towards my daughter which made her settle in easily.
My daughter has really come on since attending and enjoys the range of activities that are set out out for her. The staff have supported us through toilet training which has been really helpful as they have stayed consistent with what we have done at home.
We are always well informed about the kind of day our daughter has had (good or bad!) and they take in what we tell them when we drop her off (bad nights sleep, away for the weekend, unwell) which helps understanding in her moods.
We haven't had any experience of any nursery before this and we are very happy with stepping stones and the experience our daughter is having with them.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our daughter has been attending the nursery since she was 7-months old. She was very attached to us when she first started so it did take her a while to settle in. During this time, the staff were very reassuring and we were never in any doubt that she was well cared for. She has now been at the nursery for a year and loves it. She walks in happily and quite clearly has bonded with several members of staff (particularly her favourites are two staff members in the baby room). She is developing so quickly and we are certain that the nursery has a large role to play in this. I would highly recommend the nursery to others.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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

This is fantastic nursery. My children have been coming to Stepping stones for the last 4 years and they love it! I couldn't be happier with the care provided here. The staff are so very friendly and helpful and always happy to see the children. The facilities are fantastic inside and out and it is always clean. My children have always been happy at Stepping Stones and I would highly recommend this nursery to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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 such a lovely friendly nursery! All the staff are fantastic with the children and so friendly and helpful. The nursery provides excellent care and facilities and I love that all the food is home made. There is a fantastic outdoor play area with lots of things for the children to do and there is also a lovely rabbit which my children love! I couldn't recommend this nursery enough!!

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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's has been at Stepping Stones for over 2yrs now and she loves it. She has so much fun with lots of different activities. The staff are great. They are fun and caring, always let me know what my daughter has been doing and worked well with me when my daughter was a baby to keep her routine the same. The food is fab. I couldn't have asked for a safer, more caring environment for my daughter to go to.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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 youngest daughter currently attends Stepping Stones Nursery and my elder daughter went there too. We have never been anything other than delighted with the care, attention and attitude of all members of staff, and both of my children enjoyed every minute. This also extends to bumping in to members of staff outside of the nursery, they always have time to stop and chat, talking to the children, and genuinely being pleased to see them. It will actually be a shame when my daughter leaves next year to attend school as we will all miss the nursery experience! I would recommend this nursery to anybody and everybody!

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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

The nursery staff are amazing and have greatly helped my child develop with speech and potty training in particular.

I could not be happier with the childcare at this nursery, there are no negative comments that I could make.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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

My child has been going to Stepping Stones for the last two years and loves it, has made some genuine little friends. The staff are friendly and helpful with advice for us, the food is all made in house and is very nutritious and he very regularly has seconds he loves it so much. The activities he loves, whether it be playing in the sandpit and garden to painting, he enjoys every second when he is there.

I would recommend to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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 little boy has been attending this nursery for over two years and enjoys every moment, it was recommended by another mum I knew. From the moment he started the staff showed genuine care and attention to all of his needs, i'm sure he see's most of them like family now, he loves their trips out to Jumbo Jungle etc. He just loves being outside in their garden, painting, singing and dancing, most days he doesn't want to come home with me he has so much fun. Which is very re-assuring as a mum who works full time.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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 Stone's for over 2 years now and loves it. He settled in straight away which eased my mind being a first time parent. The staff are amazing and so friendly, my little boy has become very fond of them all and talks about them all the time as if they were his family. I love that my son gets a varied diet and all the meals are homemade. The nursery has so much to offer a child from home made meals to the outdoor play area which my son loves, days out and a lot of messy play and fun activities which I think every child loves. I cannot recommend this nursery enough to everyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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 the nursery for over three years, during that time the staff have become her extended family. They show genuine interest and care which has enabled her to form strong relationships and bonds with them. Other aspects of the nursery are great too, the home-made meals, a focus on education and the fun times and friends my daughter has made. However when placing your child in a nursery your mind must be at ease with the care which is provided and mine certainly is at Stepping Stones.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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

My little boy has been attending this nursery for just over a year now. He has settled in very well and all of the staff have made a big effort to make sure he is happy. There are lots of fun activities for him to participate in and he is developing very well.

How likely would you be to recommend Stepping Stones Co-op Nursery Ltd? 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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