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Childcare & Early Education

Our St Marks Road setting provides high quality childcare in Derby to give all families in the local community a place of affordable early education for their children. With available places from 7.30am to 6pm, our staff will help you find nursery and childcare that works for your family.

St Marks Road nursery in Derby is our Derwent Stepping Stones hub, purpose built for our needs in 2006. It has remained open throughout the Covid-19 pandemic with new ways of working to allow all of the children in our care to continue their early education and for us to support their families with safe and secure childcare. Our aim at this time is to continue to provide children with an early years’ experience that is as close to ‘normal’ as possible, whilst teaching them how to keep themselves and others safe.

The light and spacious rooms at St Marks Road nursery in Derby offer creative free flow and opportunities for children to explore, learn and develop. Our children thrive under the guidance and care of our highly skilled team with lots of exciting and important activities, indoors and outdoors. Our forest garden, which was developed in 2018 by our partners at Pattonair, allows children to explore nature and their own abilities, and to understand our environment all year round.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is followed in all rooms with activities developed that follow the children’s interests. Resources align with the curriculum and the team use these resources effectively to create amazing learning experiences. Children have regular shared assessments and staff identify key next steps to support ongoing progression. Our highly qualified, graduate led team offer children aged 0-14 years a fun and stimulating experience that supports them to build the skills they need for the next stage of their learning. Ofsted graded us as Good at the last inspection in August 2018.

During term time, we operate a before and after school club for children aged 5-14, with drop-off and collection from local schools. During school holidays, our Holiday Club opens from 7.30am - 6pm. We plan a full programme of seasonal activities including crafts, cooking and sports, as well as trips to the cinema, roller-skating and local parks.

If you’d like to learn more about your options for childcare in our Derby setting, including the different types of funding available, please get in touch. We’d be very happy to help you find the right childcare to suit your family’s needs.

To see full details of our admissions policy for the Derwent Stepping Stones St Marks Road nursery in Derby, please click here.

Derwent Stepping Stones
St Marks Rd
DE21 6AH

Baby unit:
18 places for children aged 6 weeks to 2 years

Provision for 2-3 year olds:
36 places for children aged 2 – 3 years

Provision for 3-4 year olds:
51 places for children aged 3 and 4 years

Out of Schools & Holiday club:
For children aged 5 – 14 years

Opening Times:
Nursery: 7:30am - 6pm
Holiday Club: 7:30am - 6pm