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    Derwent Stepping Stones is a long standing, well established and respected organisation working in partnership with local communities to deliver high quality and effective services for children and families. Our core service is full day care for children from 12 weeks to 14 years including funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Various projects have been delivered over the last 25 years including family support, youth programmes and a wide range of initiatives supporting children.

    Quotes from Ofsted

    ''Staff know children well and recognise the uniqueness of each child. The manager and staff observe and support children's play and learning well.

    Staff use their experience and qualifications well to develop effective ways to support children who are learning English as an additional language. The management team reflects on the quality of the provision well.''

    Inspection report St James Centre, December 2016

    "Children are confident and settled at the nursery. They behave well, understand routines and know what staff expectations for their behaviour are.

    All children, including babies, show interest in their play. They concentrate well and take pride in the results of their efforts."

    Inspection report St Marks Road, December 2015

    "The nursery is well led and managaed. There is a strong team of adults who work effectively together to provide for children's individual needs. They understand the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Well.

    Children are happy and settled. Staff are kind and encouraging, helping children to grow in confidence and to feel valued. They interact enthusiastically in children's play and provide praise and encouragement. Children have made strong attachments with their key persons."

    Inspection report Brackensdale, December 2015

    "Teaching is rooted in a robust knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage. All staff have a good awareness of how young children learn and provide a wide range of stimulating activities that engage children.

    Children for whom English is an additional language are sucessfully supported. Their home languages are respected and used effectively to help them learn English. Consequently, they make good progress in developing their communication skills."

    Inspection report St James Centre, January 2013