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Childcare & Early Education

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 Brackensdale Spencer Academy grounds and natural environments.

Our Derwent Stepping Stones Mackworth nursery is set in the heart of Brackensdale Spencer Academy 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.

To see full details of our admissions policy for the Derwent Stepping Stones Brackensdale Mackworth nursery, please click here.

Derwent Stepping Stones @ Brackensdale
Brackensdale Spencer Academy
Walthamstow Drive
DE22 4BS

Provision for 2 year olds:
12 places

Provision for 3-4 year olds:
26 places

Holiday Club:
Available during each school holiday

Opening Times:
Nursery: 8am - 5pm
Holiday Club: 8am - 5pm

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Explore, learn, discover.

The Derwent Stepping Stones Brackensdale nursery in Mackworth is a centre of early education and childcare support within the Mackworth community. To learn more about how all of our settings develop and nurture young children, take a look at the pages below.