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YMCA Stepping Stones Nursery St James Centre

Our YMCA Stepping Stones Nursery St James Centre was originally created to support the English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners within the local community. Today it is open to all families in the area looking for flexible childcare for children aged 12 weeks to 4 years. We offer both funded and fee-paying sessions, and our staff will work with you to create a package of childcare and early education that suits the needs of your family.

Our skilled team at the nursery have a wide range of early learning resources right at their fingertips, which helps all the children in our care to develop the skills they need for the next stage of their education. For parents who are studying in St James Centre with Derby College’s ESOL classes, we provide childcare on-site to enable them to focus on their studies with the peace of mind knowing that their children are well cared for. Ofsted graded us as Good at the last inspection in December 2016.


YMCA Stepping Stones, St James Centre, Malcolm St, Normanton, Derby, DE23 8LU

8:30am – 4:30pm


01332 372245

Our Rooms


6 weeks to 2 years

15 places for children aged 6 weeks to 2 years


2 – 3 years old

16 places for children aged 2-3 years

Bumble Bees

3 – 4 years old

24 places for children aged 3-4 years

Breakfast, After School & Holiday Club

Our Testimonials 

“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


“Staff are knowledgeable and skilled. They have support to complete professional qualifications, but also have training that is relevant to the needs of the children.”



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Important Information

Please read the important information regarding our nursery below, to ensure your child has everything they need.

Paying for your Childcare

We have a number of flexible options when planning the best childcare to suit your family, and the same is true of the nursery fees at all of our Derby settings.


All childcare and nursery fees must be paid in advance, but you can make payments by cash or card at Reception, by standing order directly to our bank account or by card over the phone. 


We have a Safeguarding and Child protection policy in place that provides clear guidance on the actions required if a safeguarding/child protection issue to arise. A copy of our policy is available on request.

Our Designated Safeguarding Officers are:

St Marks Road

Jenny Seagrave
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Natalie Woodhouse
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

01332 372245

St James Centre

Donna Marrow
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Karen Lacey
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


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