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Childcare & Early Education

Our Commitment

We are committed to providing the best early education possible to all families within our communities, letting children reach their full potential and preparing them for school and the educational journey beyond.

At Derwent Stepping Stones, our mission is ‘to help children and families recognise their full potential and encourage them to be ambitious’. High quality care and early education is vital in preparing children for school and encouraging them to be inquisitive learners.

Our staff team is driven and focused on providing the best care for your child. We are committed to continually bettering ourselves through formal and informal learning, giving them a sound understanding of child development and early education. By developing positive and supportive relationships with children and their families, we are able to provide care which is inclusive and celebrates the strengths of the unique child, regardless of gender, ethnicity, background and life experiences.

School Readiness

School readiness means each child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from the learning experiences there that will best promote the child's success. Preparing children for school is therefore a really important part of any child’s early education, as it means that once they reach school age they will have more opportunities for building skills and knowledge. There will be gaps in readiness between different children, but we work with all children in our care individually, ensuring they have all of the support necessary to achieve to the best of their own ability.

Additional Needs

We have many years of experience of working with children with existing and emerging additional needs. Whether from a disability, developmental delay, or disorder and communication issues, our staff are able to assist children and families with support and guidance so all children can thrive in their early education. Under the observation and assessment of our highly-trained staff, it may be that additional needs come to light while your child is in our care. If this is the case, we will be able to help you access diagnosis and effective support, which is vital in improving long term outcomes.


We consistently stay up to date with the latest developments in early education and childcare best practice through our networks and involvement in local and national initiatives. Through our own constant learning, we are able to ensure that the early education your child receives at a Derwent Stepping Stones nursery is always to a high standard and your child has the best opportunities as we prepare children for school. We are currently part of TALK Derby, a Government-funded project to help local children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to succeed in life.

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A Positive Transition

Many children find transitions difficult and some are more vulnerable than others. Starting school in particular can be very scary, but we strive to ensure that children understand and are comfortable with this milestone in their life. When preparing children for school, we work to make sure they have all of the essential skills they need to enjoy the next stage of their early education. From communication to confidence to personal hygiene, we cover all aspects that will help provide a smooth transition into a school setting so that your child gets the best possible start.

Emotional Wellbeing

We have the crucial job of supporting children’s emotional wellbeing from a young age. Emotional wellbeing is closely linked to a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others and develop positive relationships. It is essential to avoiding behavioural difficulties which will hamper a child’s early education and may lead to further issues in the future. We therefore put a big emphasis on ensuring that children feel safe and content while they learn and play in our care, and that they are able to express their feelings in appropriate ways.

Safeguarding / Welfare

Safeguarding covers the actions taken to protect individuals from abuse, harm and neglect, and is an important part of all early education settings. Our policies and procedures reflect our responsibility to ensure all children in our care are safe and protected, and we can take action to enable them to have the best possible outcomes. We have vast experience in working with families with social care involvement, and have had much success in helping children from these families to begin their early education and feel ready to take their next steps at school.