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Childcare & Early Education

Our Framework

Children inspire our imagination, so at Derwent Stepping Stones we deliver the early years’ curriculum in a creative way that best captures young minds and helps them learn everything they need to be ready for school.

Book a Visit

Visit one of our four community-based Derwent Stepping Stones nurseries, and see for yourself our modern facilities and flexible packages of local childcare and early education designed to help meet your family’s needs.

Work with Us

Learn more about the benefits of joining our highly qualified and skilled team. We offer amazing training and progression opportunities, whether you’re beginning a career in local childcare or looking to take an exciting next step.

About Us

We believe that early education is the foundation for lifelong learning. Derwent Stepping Stones nurseries strive to combine local outstanding early learning and affordable childcare to give children the best start on their educational journey.

Originally established in 1988, Derwent Stepping Stones began with a group of women who came together when they were unable to work due to a lack of affordable, local childcare. Since that day, community has remained at the heart of everything we do. We deeply care about and support the communities in which we work, providing high quality early education and local childcare to families, and opportunities and traineeships for young people wanting to develop a rewarding career in childcare.

Our locations have modern facilities and an engaging and creative learning programme, we are able to help as many families as we can in and around Derby city. If you think Derwent Stepping Stones might be the solution to your local childcare needs, we’d love to speak with you and discuss the variety of affordable and flexible childcare packages we have available.

From October 2022 Derwent Stepping Stones has become a wholly owned subsidiary of YMCA Derbyshire and joined a network of over 80 YMCA nurseries across the country. This new partnership will assist us in further expanding our services and support for families.