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We are opening our doors to the public for you to come and see what a great Nursery we are!
 
Ofsted rated'GOOD' in May 2018.
 
We are situated in a purpose built setting with a fantastic garden.
 
We offer ....
 
- Childcare for children 6 months to 5 years.
- Childcare 52 weeks a year only closing on Bank holidays.
- Holiday club for children up to 8 years.
- Funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year old's.
- Wrap around child care for before and after school for all local schools.
- Flexible sessions to meet your requirements.
- Childcare from 8am to 6pm.
- Early drop off 7.30am to 8am.
 
Our open sessions on held on Wednesday 14th and Wednesday 21st November between 9.30am-11.30am.
 
 
 
 

Grandparents Day 2018

Thank you to all the Grandparents that joined us for Grandparents Day on Monday.

The children enjoyed showing them their rooms and our lovely garden before afternoon tea was served!

Please see our Facebook page for the photographs!

Newsletter October 2018

Newsletter October 2018

Dear Parents

The children at Stepping Stones have been making the most of the glorious weather we’ve been having lately, but I’m sure the cold and rain will be upon us soon, so if your child doesn’t have wellies and waterproofs (named), please bring them in soon.

We had a wonderful Grandparents’ Day yesterday with twenty two Grandmas and Granddads joining us for a delicious afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes! Thanks to all who joined us, especially those who came from a long way away e.g. the Forest of Dean and Portsmouth! I think judging by the look on the children’s faces, it was worth it.

Hannah is enjoying being back in the pre-school and is doing a wonderful job. She, Addie and Lindsay (Ladybird room) are planning to have parents’ evenings on 12th and 13th November between 6.00p.m. and 7.00p.m. Appointment lists will be available on the notice board in the main hall way nearer to the time, but if you would like to arrange a different day or time, please contact Jane or Bernadette in the office.

Following our Ofsted inspection in May we have been asked to follow up any absences therefore can we please ask that you send an email or phone in should your child not be coming into nursery for whatever reason.

Other notable dates:

Wednesday 31st October - Halloween party, 4.00-5.00p.m, for pre-school and Ladybird room. Please dress up if you would like to. We will be enjoying a special Halloween tea with crafts and games. If your child doesn’t attend on a Wednesday you can either bring them along at 4.00 and stay with them or book them in for the afternoon.

Monday 5th November - The children will be making colourful firework and bonfire pictures to celebrate fireworks night.

Week commencing 5th November - Nursery Rhyme week! We’ll be posting a list of nursery rhymes that the children will be learning off by heart, maybe some of the more unusual ones for the older children. Please feel free to help your children practise them at home and even post videos on Tapestry. We’ll do the same.

Week commencing 5th November – The children will be painting and making Poppies during the week, ready for Remembrance Day on Sunday 11th November, making sensitive references to their significance.

Wednesday 7th November – We will be celebrating Diwali by making candle holders and paper lanterns.

Friday 16th November Children in Need – We will be fundraising for this worthwhile charity by asking the children to come to nursery in their pyjamas or onsie and donating £1 for the privilege. We will be baking cakes and selling them during the day for when parents/carers pick up children. Cake donations would be very much appreciated!

 

Thanks for reading!

Jane Kelly

 

Grandparents Day 2018

We will be celebrating Grand Parents day on Monday 8 October 2018.

All children are invited to bring their grand parents along for afternoon tea at 4pm.

Please let Bernadette in the office know numbers and names.

 

Newsletter September 2018

Dear Parents

Welcome to a new term at Stepping Stones. There’s lots going on with all rooms learning about autumn and enjoying activities based on an ’All about me’ theme.

Some news about staff- the nursery continues to be managed by Jane Kelly with Lindsay Turner as deputy. Lindsay is also room leader of the 2-3 or Ladybird room.

Sian Hanley has returned three days a week to our baby unit, which continues to be led by Louise Kelly.

Helen and Addie remain in the 3-5 or Bumble Bee room with Linda and Jasmine helping out where needed.

Hannah Partridge will be returning from maternity leave in the week commencing 24th September and will be working three days a week.

Sarah has sadly left us for a change in career. We wish her well.

Ellie Smart has joined us for her work placement from college. She will be here for two weeks and then every Monday until half-term.

Notices from the rooms:-

Ladybirds

Please make sure your child has a wetsuit, wellies and a drink bottle- all named please. Please check daily diaries, communication books and notice board to see if your child needs more nappies or wipes. If your child is potty training, make sure you supply plenty of spare clothes.

 

Bumble Bees

A reminder to parents not to bring toys that don’t fit in your child’s drawer, as they are more likely to get lost.

Please remember to bring named wellies, coats and waterproofs so that the children can enjoy the garden whatever the weather.

On a more general note, we have places available in all rooms, but our baby unit is very quiet at the moment as most of the children have moved to another room. Please tell all your friends and relatives what a lovely nursery Stepping Stones is and let them know that we have a special offer. Anyone whose baby starts here in September or October will have the first month half price! Please pass it on.

Thanks for reading

Jane Kelly

 

Staff News!

We are delighted to welcome back Sian!

Sian originally joined us back in 2008, taking maternity leave in 2015 when she had her daughter.

Sian left us earlier in the year to work for another nursery but after 5 months decided Stepping Stones was the place for her!

She will be primarily working in the baby unit but may be seen in the other rooms when required.

Her days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the year.

 

Leavers Day 2018

We will be having a picnic for the children leaving us who will be starting school in September.

This will be held at the nursery on Friday 13 July at 3.30pm.

Children who do not attend this session are welcome to come along and join in provided a parent/carer stays with them.

Sports Day 2018

We will be holding our annual sports day for pre-school children on Friday 29 June 2018 at 2pm.

This will be held on the field behind the nursery.

Children who do not attend this session are welcome to come and join in provided a parent/carer stays with them.

Holiday Club

We have lots of fun activities planned every day and children are encouraged to join in, however if a child does not want to join in an activity there are always lots of other things to do! As well as planned activities we have a wide range of art and craft materials, quiet places for book reading, puzzles like Sudoku and word searches etc. All these resources are accessible at any time.

We are also lucky enough to have a large garden area complete with a nature garden and bug hotel and the children are able to play in these whenever they want! In fact we encourage outdoor play as much as possible (so you can expect a few muddy patches on clothing – especially if they play in our large, well equipped mud kitchen!) All activities are weather dependent BUT we don’t let rain spoil the enjoyment of our garden so please bring appropriate clothing! J 

Prices available from the office and session times are flexible between 7.30am and 6pm.

For further details call or email us – Office 01993 708822 / steppingstones5@btconnect.com

 

Thursday 26th July – Welcome games and a trip to the park.

Friday 27th July Junk modelling and baking biscuits

 

Monday 30th July- Crayon paintings and butterfly cakes

Tuesday 31st July –Nature craft and bubble painting

Wednesday 1st August – Toast making and parachute games

Thursday 2nd August –Sports in the park and magic marbling

Friday 3rd August – Print painting and lolly making

 

Monday 6th August – Make, decorate & float paper boats and make rice crispie cakes

Tuesday 7th August – Sports/races and Pitta pizzas

Wednesday 8th August - Nature walk and crafting

Thursday 9th August – Races/sports and gingerbread men

Friday 10th August –Paste painting and scrapers, banana sprinkle cakes

 

Monday 13th August – Paper weaving and cheesy bread rolls

Tuesday 14th August –Weaving (continued) and lolly making

Wednesday 15th August – Nature walk and a bug hunt

Thursday 16th August –Chalk painting and playground games

Friday 17th August –Hopscotch/skittles and biscuit making

 

Monday 20th August – Natural art and crafts and lolly making         

Tuesday 21st August – General paper skills crafts and peanut butter bears

Wednesday 22nd August –Printing and playground games

Thursday 23rd August – Wax crayon painting and cheese straws

Friday 24th August– Make and play with your own skittles and races in the park

 

Monday 27th August –Bank holiday

Tuesday 28th August – Papier mache and flapjacks

Wednesday 29th August – Nature walk and natural art

Thursday 30th August – Parachute games and making banana sprinkles

Friday 31st August – Crumpled paper printing and general art and crafts

 

Monday 3rd September- Weaving and paper folding (flowers and bracelets) and biscuit making

 

News flash !!!!

We are pleased to advise that our Ofsted report from 14 May 2018 has now been published.

You can view the report by clicking on this Link

 

We did it !!!!

We are delighted to announce that following our Ofsted Inspection on 14 May 2018 we have been awarded GOOD!

The full report will be published in the next few days.

Thank you for those who have supported us over the last 5 months.

Staff news!

Welcome back to Lindsay and Keely.!

 

BABY UNIT - Caterpillars.

Louise is the room leader in the baby unit and is supported by Kayleigh and Samm.

Louise, Kayleigh and Samm (who is here on a Tuesday morning) are core staff for this room. 

Due to Louise and Kayleigh working school hours Jane and James takes care of the baby unit at both ends of the day with support of our other staff.

 

2-3 ROOM - Ladybirds.

Lindsay is the room leader in the 2-3 room and is supported by Keely, Linda, Sarah and Debbie.

Lindsay and Keely are core staff for this room.

 

PRE-SCHOOL - Bumble Bees.

Helen is the room leader in the pre-school room and is supported by Addie, Sarah, Linda and Debbie.

Helen and Addie are core staff for this room.

 

When not working all day Kayleigh, Keely and Debbie cover the lunch time period..

 

We do our best to keep the same staff in the same rooms for continuity however; at times we do have to move staff to other rooms to ensure the correct ratios and qualification levels are maintained..

Summer is here !!

Now that the weather is improving, fingers crossed, can we please ask that you bring in a sun hat and sun cream, both clearly named, for your child.

Please let the staff who you hand over your child to know if sun cream has already been applied before arriving at Nursery.

It would be very helpful if all children arrive with sun cream on :)

 

Frogspawn!

We have kindly been given some frogspawn for the children to watch develop into frogs which are located in the Pre-School - feel free to have a look when you are in there! The children have work sheets that show the different stages of development.

 

 

People who Help us

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Thames Valley Police who came and let the children see their police car and police buggy (the only one in Oxfordshire). The children were allowed to sound the siren and the officers talked to the children about being kind and helpful. We had dressing up and pictures to colour in and the children had a great time!

Happy Diwali! 19/10/2017

Happy Diwali! We are celebrating the Festival of Light with the children today :-)

We are decorating henna hands, having a light show, colouring in flags and pictures and talking about the holiday and the country.

Mandy our chef has also prepared (all homemade!) an Indian feast including samosas, poppadums', dips and an Indian dessert :-)

Photographer

Steve our photographer will be at Stepping Stones to take the children's pictures on Wednesday 8th November and prints will be available shortly after - ready for Christmas!

Diwali 2017

On Thursday October 19th we will be celebrating Diwali, the Indian Festival of Light. We will be having an Indian lunch and the children will be doing all sorts of activities centered around India to help them understand diversity.
We would love it if your child could wear colours from the Indian flag - orange, white and green :-)

Fire Drill September 18 2017

Well done to all the children and staff this morning - James surprised everyone with a fire alarm drill and we are pleased to say we were all safe and sound at the fire assembly point in just over 2 minutes!

Bumblebee Sports Day

Dear parents and carers

 

Remember it’s the Bumblebee sports day this Wednesday 21st June and you’re more than welcome to come along and watch!

 

It will be at 2pm in the fields directly behind the nursery. As it is going to be hot this week we’ll keep it short and I hope everyone is ok with that!

 

Look forward to seeing you there and as always if you are going to take your child home afterwards and they should be at nursery please let a member of staff know!

 

Many thanks

 

James.

Fire Drill 04/05/2017

We had a fire drill this morning and are very pleased to report that we evacuated all 47 children in just over 1 minute :-) Well done to all the staff and children!

5* Food Hygiene rating   10/04/2017

We are pleased to say that after our Food Standards Agency annual inspection last week we have once again retained our 5 Star food hygiene rating.

Comic Relief March 2017

Many thanks to all those who donated for our Comic Relief cake sale and 'guess the weight' competition - we managed to raise £40.86 for many a good cause :-)

St David's Day 2017

We will be celebrating St David's Day - we shall show children where Wales is in relation to where we are, talk about the country and do lots of activities relating to St. David and Wales. Hannah Smith in our Ladybird room has also been learning a song in Welsh to sing to the children!

World Book Day March 2nd 2017

We are celebrating all that is literal on World Book Day and we invite all children to dress as their favourite literary character.

We love promoting literacy in the early years (hence our lending library in the foyer for children to use) and to celebrate we will be giving all our children book tokens so they can choose a book to keep and cherish.

We look forward to seeing your costumes! :-)

Parent's Evening

We are having parent's evening on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th February in our Ladybirds and Bumblebees rooms. This is a great opportunity to discuss your child's progress and the next steps we are working on. You will be able to book 10 minutes slots between 6pm and 8pm.

Chinese New Year

We have been celebrating the Year of the Rooster with various arts, group times and a Chinese meal. The children have taken home some wonderful creations!

The dangers of winter coats and car seats 19th December 2016

A lot of parents and carers are not aware that strapping your child in the car seat whilst wearing their winter coats could be very dangerous - this link helps explain why ===> http://www.goodeggcarsafety.com/blog/winter-coats-and-car-seats-the-winter-facts-every-parent-needs-to-know.html

Nativity, Singing and Fayre!   December 13th 2016

We had a great day yesterday celebrating all things festive - the Ladybirds sang for their parents and the Bumblebees performed perfectly in their Nativity play. Lots of raffle prizes were won, Christmas crafts made and mince pies consumed! We even had a couple of special visitors in their magical grotto giving presents to all the children!

Thank you to all the children, staff and families for making it such a wonderful afternoon!

St. Andrew's Day 30/11/2016

Happy St. Andrew's Day :-) As well as being the patron saint of Scotland he is also the patron saint of Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople,San Andres Island, Colombia and Saint Andrew, Barbados!

Children in Need 17/11/2016

It's Children in Need day tomorrow at Stepping Stones and if you want to come all 'spotty' you are more than welcome! We are having a cake sale throughout the day so please help yourselves and donate as much as you can to this worthy cause :-)

'GOOD' Ofsted report!

We are very pleased to announce that our Ofsted inspection in October resulted in a grading of GOOD in all areas.

The staff have worked very hard in the last year and we'd like to thank our families for their continued support :-)

We are now aiming for Outstanding at our next inspection!

A copy of the report can be found here.

Pumpkin sponge cake 27/10/2016

Hannah, Ruby and the rest of the Bumblebees decided not to just throw away the pumpkin innards but instead made a delicious sponge cake with them! The children really enjoyed helping to weigh out and mix the ingredients :-)

Photographs 27/10/2016

Steve our photographer will be at Stepping Stones to take the children's pictures on November 16th between 9am and 4pm. The prints will be available to order online shortly afterwards so well in time for those extra Christmas presents!

Fire Drill 28/09/2016

We had a fire drill this morning and we are extremely pleased to inform you ALL children and staff were evacuated safely in just over 1 minute! Well done to all the staff and children - we are very proud of our efficient fire procedure :-)

Congratulations! 22/09/2016

Huge congratulations to both our Hannah's for gaining their Level 3 Childcare qualifications and to Holly for gaining her Level 2! We are just waiting for the official certificates for both Hannah's :-)

Roald Dahl week 08/09/2016

Next week it's Roald Dahl week at Stepping Stones!

We have all sorts of activities (linked to the Early Years Curriculum) based on his books. We even have snozzcumber sandwiches and worm spaghetti on the menu... :-)
On Tuesday, which would have been the authors 100th birthday, we invite the children to dress up as their favourite Dahl character all in aid of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity - please donate if you can.

Welcome! 06/09/2016

A big "welcome back!" to all the children who are returning from their summer hols and to all the new starters "welcome to Stepping Stones!"
We also hope the children who left in the summer and have started school are settling in ok - we miss you!

Den Making! 11/08/2016

Our Holiday Club children have had great fun making a den - they even made a junk model x-box to go in it! We've lots more activities planned throughout the summer hols including cooking on the fire pit, clay pot making and nature crafting :-)

Toasting our tea :-) 28/07/2016

Our Holiday Club children toasted their own tea tonight on our fire pit - we had a great time, it was just like camping! We've lots more activities like this throughout the summer too!

Pre-School Leavers party 12/07/2016

Hannah and Ruby put on a great leavers party this week! We had face-painting, a photo-booth, party games and lots of party food. A great time was had by children, staff and parents alike. We shall miss all of the children who start a new phase in their life and families too, some of whom we have known for many years. We are proud to have been a part of their early development x

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