At our Brackensdale nursery, purpose-built facilities help children thrive and build an appetite for learning that continues into school, while daily nature walks allow children to take advantage of the expansive Brackensdale school grounds and natural environments.
Our Derwent Stepping Stones Mackworth nursery is set in the heart of Brackensdale school and offers a high quality childcare service from 8am to 6pm during the school term, and holiday club provision during each school holiday. Our staff will work with you to create a package of childcare that works for your family.
The building that is home to our Mackworth nursery facility is situated within a secure fenced off area, next to a large playing field which also has a lovely nature trail and pond area. All of our resources at this setting align with the Early Years Foundation Stage, and the team use these resources effectively to create amazing learning experiences both indoors and outdoors. Ofsted graded us as Good at the last inspection in June 2019.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is followed with activities that follow the children’s interests. Children have regular shared assessments and staff identify key next steps to support ongoing progression. Our highly qualified, graduate led team offer children aged 2, 3 and 4 years a fun and stimulating experience that supports them to build the skills they need for the next stage of their early learning. Data shows that children who attend this Mackworth nursery setting achieve significantly higher levels of development in their first year of primary school than children who do not attend our setting.
The setting opened in 2013 with funded 2 year old sessions and expanded in 2017 to add a second room for 3 & 4 year olds. A holiday club was also added in 2019. Childcare is available as funded only sessions, funded with wrap around or purely fee paying, we work in partnership with the school nursery to offer the extended entitlement.
If you’d like to learn more about your options or come and see our fantastic Mackworth nursery for yourself, please get in touch. We are more than happy to help find the right childcare for your family.
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Derwent Stepping Stones @ Brackensdale
Brackensdale ER Primary School
12 places for children aged 2 years
26 places for children aged 3 & 4 years
Available during each school holiday
Nursery: 8am - 6pm
Holiday Club: 8am - 6pm
Please be aware that times may change due to covid restrictions and guidelines.
I do not know what i would have done without your support - you provided me with a safe space.
As a parent we were always made to feel fully informed about their progress and completely happy that our children are in a structured, secure and caring nursery.Paul's mum
As soon as Holly saw the room she would be in I could tell by her face it was where she wanted to play. It was bright and welcoming, and the staff were extremely nice.Holly’s mum