Who we are

First Steps

“At Stepping Stones, children develop a real sense of belonging. They are confident to explore and they really enjoy their time at the playgroup.” Latest OFSTED report.

Report Here at Stepping Stones, we provide an adventurous, happy and nurturing environment which enables your child to safely explore and develop as they take their first steps on their learning journey. Through play, we aim to mix plenty of creative, imaginative and physical play with more specific skills involved in preparation for your child’s future education. Children leave Stepping Stones happy, confident and ready for the next step of their journey.

“When you walk into Stepping Stones, you can’t help but notice the caring and happy environment and the sense of adventure and purpose to the childrens’ play.”

Step Into Our World…

“Children are motivated and keen to learn, due to the stimulating play environment and responsive interactions from staff.” Latest OFSTED Report

Our playgroup is open from 8.30am-4pm from Monday-Friday during term time and we accept children aged from 2 years to school age. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, exploring an inspiring range of topics created in response to childrens’ interests. Our building offers low-level facilities, with a free-flow system to encourage children to choose activities independently. In order to enhance our teaching and learning experiences, we also make the most of our beautiful outside areas; our garden, mud kitchen and outside play areas as well as the wider school grounds are much-used resources!

Zoe and the children keep our garden in bloom – Gold Medal winners – Wells in Bloom We have an incredibly experienced, friendly and professional team of staff here at Stepping Stones; our small-scale setting means that everyone gets to know your child, ensuring that their individual needs are met throughout their time with us. Your child will be assigned to a Key Worker, who will be your main point of contact. They will use ‘Tapestry,’ a secure online learning journal, in order to share your child’s learning journey with you. We encourage you to add information and photos to it to enable us to create a more tailored curriculum for your child. “The staff are so friendly and caring – and they absolutely have the measure of my daughter! She has blossomed since being here and is so confident and happy.”

As well as our much-loved weekly Forest School sessions (run by Carly, our Forest school leader), children also benefit from specialist sport and music provision.

All the children enjoy participating in our annual Sports Day – and are well supported by their friends in the Reception Class!

Stepping Out

“Staff are friendly and attentive. They get to know children well and spend good-quality time supporting them in their activities.” OFSTED Report Children quickly pick up our daily routines; these help children move through the day and prepare them for greater independence and responsibility as they move towards their Reception year. Children who attend Stepping Stones are very well prepared for the transition to ‘Big School’. Due to our excellent links with Stoberry Park School, those who go on to attend will already know the Reception Class staff, be familiar with the lunchtime routines in the School Hall and know the grounds; all of this makes for a smooth transition. Choosing the right playgroup for your child is a big decision; why not pop in and see what we are all about?

Call 01749 677 011  to book your visit.

Stepping Stones Playgroup is a parent / committee, charity playgroup. The day to day running of our establishment is the overall responsibility of the Playgroup Leader in cooperation with staff. They are then supported by a Parent Committee.

This is a very unique opportunity for parents as they can have direct involvement in how the Playgroup is run.  They can decide how they want their children to be cared for and educated.

Daily Routine

Every parent / carer and child comes into the cloakroom area where they take off their outer clothing and put them on their allocated peg, which has a picture of them on it. When ready, you all enter the main playgroup where the parents / carers sign in their child and talk to staff if necessary and settle in. The child signs themselves in by putting the picture of themselves on the shape of their keyworker. All lunch boxes need to go in the box provided.

Drinks go in the drinks tray which is accessible for the children to help themselves throughout the day.

A typical session contains a mixture of adult led and self chosen activities, including, craft, painting, drawing, puzzles, home corner, dressing up, books, sand, water, construction, playdoh
and much, much more! The children are always encouraged to choose their own activities and support is given where needed. .

The table above is to give you an idea of how a general playgroup day is structured. However some activities may take longer to do or if the children are particularly enjoying a task the keyworker(s) will make sure the children receive the maximum benefit from it and give them time to enjoy it. Therefore there is often a fluidity to the day.

Also extra sessions are fitted in to this structure on different days in the week, these are;

Forest School

Sports Sessions

Music/Dance

Musical Instruments

Cooking