Stepping Stones Day Nursery is in a convenient location, just minutes away from the Metro Centre and the A1 and also very accessible from Newcastle, Gateshead & the Team Valley. We are registered to care for up to 94 children between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years and we are open from 8:00am until 18:00pm 5 days a week, our half days are between the times of 08:00-13:00 or 13:00-18:00. We also offer a pre arranged 07:30am early start if you wish to start that little bit earlier. We are open for 51 weeks per year with the exception of public bank holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year. All of our staff are fully qualified and experienced and provide warm, caring and safe enviroments for your child to thrive in.
Our nursery has four different rooms all with CCTV, the Baby Room, Duckling room, Cygnet room and the Pre-School room which have a range of equipment and toys that are stimulating and educational while also being age-appropriate, we also have a large outdoor area that contains a hard, grassed and soft surface so the children get plenty time outdoors as we believe it is a big part of their learning environment.
Each child in the nursery is given a key worker, this staff member is responsible for their planning and to ensure that each child is developing well, if you wish to have a chat with your key worker please do not hesitate to ask for an appointment to talk about their development.
We also accept many nursery voucher schemes/tax free childcare and also 2 & 3 year funding, if you have any questions or are unsure about if you qualify please contact us.
We would be happy to invite you to come and look around the nursery via appointment, feel free to give us a call or email us!
At Stepping Stones we believe that a healthy lifestyle is key to a happy child, we have an in house fully, insured personal trainer (Kathryn) who works with us in the setting. Kathryn provides daily exercises throughout the rooms such as zumba classes and baby bootcamps which involves songs, music and movement to get your child to dance and move around! The activities are held indoors and outdoors and the children are always eager to join in with the fun aswel as our motivated staff team!
We also have little kickers who attend our setting once per week for our pre-school room. This gives the children many physical skills and also lots of exercise and fun outdoors.
We have an on-site cook who provides freshly cooked meals daily, if your child has any allergies or dietary requirements please let us know so we can cater for your child, we offer:
Below is a sample menu of our meals, they are rotated on a three week menu:
Does my child recieve any taster sessions?
We offer pre-visits for your child to transition into nursery. We initially offer two previsits but are flexible in offering more if needed. We usually offer a 1 hour session where you stay with your child, chat to the staff and ask or answer any questions, and the next session you will usually leave them for around an hour and a half to see how your little one gets on.
What do I need to bring?
We ask that you bring nappies/wipes/cream in bulk if possible, they will be kept in a basket with your childs name on and a member of staff will inform you and/or write in their diary when we need a top up. We also ask that you bring in a labelled spare change of clothes incase of any accidents.
During the summer months we also ask that you bring in a labelled sun hat to stay at nursery with your child, we also provide sun cream for an extra charge (Nivea Factor 50) or you can bring your own in.
How do I pay my nursery fees?
We ask that nursery fees are paid on the first of every month via standing order. When your child starts nursery you will recieve a statement of account explaining how fees are to be paid, we also accept all childcare vouchers and tax free childcare payments.
Can I put my child in for an extra one off session
Extra sessions are available if we can accommodate, contact nursery for availablility.
What happens if my child is poorly?
If your child is unwell at nursery we will try to contact yourself or other family members on the registration form to inform you, we can adminster prescribed medication from the doctor, we cannot administer any medication that has not been prescribed, we do ask that if your child does have an illness then they are kept at home.
Thank you for the time you have cared for both our children, they have enjoyed nursery and we have felt very confident and secure with the care they have received over the past 4 years, my children are prepared for school and have developed good social skills whilst in your care. We think you are a brilliant team and are very grateful for everything you have done.
My son has developed so much during his time at nursery, his social and communication skills especially, together with pretend play using his imagination and recognition of numbers, he also speaks very highly of the staff working with him!
You have given my daughter a great start to her experience in a classroom environment and she's developed some lovely relationships