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YMCA Stepping Stones Nursery

Welcome to YMCA Stepping Stones Nursery. We offer local and affordable childcare and outstanding early learning to give your child the best start on their educational journey. 

Established in 1988, as Derwent Stepping Stones, it began with a group of women who came together when they were unable to work due to a lack of affordable, local childcare. The result was Derby’s first community business, combining being a Limited Company and a voluntary organisation, providing the local area with flexible childcare and nursery places for all families.  

Our Nurseries

St Marks Road

St James Centre

YMCA Stepping Stones Nursery Mission & Values

Our Mission

To deliver high quality early years childcare, which helps all individuals recognise their full potential and enables them to be ambitious in achieving it.

Our Values

Quality – From the training of our staff to our learning environments, we deliver quality in every aspect of our childcare. Both our nurseries have been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Honesty – We are honest and transparent and strive to build lasting and trusting relationships with the children in our care, their families and our wider community.

Passion – A genuine love for what we do drives us to perform at our best to deliver excellent early years education and support.

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Our Curriculum

We believe that children grow and develop when they have access to a stimulating learning environment and engaged adults. The teaching and learning of new skills and knowledge are delivered both indoors and outdoors. We focus on the importance of knowledge and skills that will support children to make the most of opportunities and fulfil their potential and independence.  

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework to make sure that your child is fully prepared for the next stage of their education. The framework covers seven key areas of learning: 

  • Communication and language 
  • Physical development 
  • Personal, social and emotional development 
  • Literacy, reading and writing 
  • Mathematics 
  • Understanding the world 
  • Expressive arts and design 

The curriculum guidance is a working document, which is shared with practitioners and parents, which is regularly reviewed and developed. Children’s contributions, thoughts and ideas are included to further enrich how we work. Parents contributions will also be encouraged to help them support their child’s learning at home. 

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