About Footsteps

Footsteps Pre-Nursery seeks to provide a welcoming atmosphere where children can participate fully in an educational curriculum based on learning through play.
We aim to nurture and inspire the children in our care, and will guide them as they grow in independence, imagination, and ability.
We strive to fulfill this mission through listening, understanding, communicating and planning. We will respect individuality while fostering a strong sense of community and developing the bonds of friendship.

Learning through Play

Through the medium of play, we aim to provide a curriculum which will develop language, develop conceptual skills, aid physical development, help children learn about life and feelings and encourage mathematical, scientific and artistic understanding.

Early experiences are a preparation for life. We provide encouragement, praise, love, and cuddles to help in this transition period and throughout your child’s time with us.

Footsteps is fully Ofsted registered and inspected. The report from our very successful inspection can be viewed on the Ofsted website

Ofsted Registered

No two days are the same at Footsteps but to get a feel for the routines we have in place, please come in and see us

Examples of recent activities include; Understanding our Senses, the world around us, summer trip to a farm, baking, art, helping create decorations for fundraising events, Easter show and Nativity, Divali and Halloween.

Day in the Life of…

9.15 Self registration with name recognition, Free Play
10.30 Story time, Snack time
11.00 Out side play
12.00 Circle time, songs and magic box
12.15 Home time or lunch and home time

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework

Footsteps follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework as set out by the government. This is a single coherent development and learning framework for all young children from 0 to five years. Our staff regularly attend training courses and keep up to date with curriculum development and recommended best practice.

This gives structure, guidance and goals as to the standard of care and development offered to your child.

Learning journals are regularly updated and shared with you to record your child’s experiences.

The framework

EYFS

Our History

Launched in 2002 at the Scout Hut, for just three mornings a week, for 3 hours. There was no kitchen, no home corner, no garden, or fence or garden toys! With considerable efforts from staff, parents and committee we have successfully moved to be where we are today.

Footsteps often hold fundraising events such as fetes, parties, quizzes and messy play sessions. As a “non-profit making” business any fees and fundraising are put back into the pre-school.

As a registered charity, Footsteps depends on the goodwill of many people to ensure that the Pre-Nursery can continue to provide the safe and fun environment for the children in which to begin their education.

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Policies and Procedures

Please click on the following links to see our policies. Note you will require Adobe PDF reader to view these documents.

 

Fundraising

We run different events throughout the year to help us maintain our Nursery by updating equipment and training our team.

Our traditional events are:

April: Quiz Night

May: Rideathon

June: Summer party

October: Halloween disco

December: Christmas party

We occasionally orgainse extra events like Silver Smarties.

Other ways to help raise money for the Nursery:

Co-op Local Community Fund – sign up to Co-op membership here and select Footsteps as your chosen charity. Every time you shop at Co-op, 1% of what you spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.

 

Term Dates

2018/2019

Autumn Term

Wednesday 5th September 2018 – Friday 21st December 2018
Autumn Half Term
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018

INSET Days
Monday 3rd September 2018
Tuesday 4th September 2018

Spring Term

Tuesday 8th January 2019 – Friday 5th April 2019
Spring Half Term
Monday 18th February 2019 – Friday 22nd February 2019

INSET Days
Monday 7th January 2019

Summer Term

Thursday 25th April 2019 – Wednesday 24th July 2019
Bank holiday – Monday 6th May 2019
Summer Half Term
Monday 27th May 2019 – Friday 31st May 2019

Occasional Day
Monday 24th June 2019
INSET Days
Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Wednesday 24th April 2019

2019/2020

Autumn Term

Wednesday 4th September 2019 – Friday 20th December 2019
Autumn Half Term
Monday 28th October 2019 – Friday 1st November 2019

INSET Days
Monday 2nd September 2019
Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Spring Term

Tuesday 7th January 2020 – Friday 3rd April 2020
Spring Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020- Friday 21st February 2020

INSERT Day
Monday 6th January 2020

Summer Term

Tuesday 21st April 2020– Tuesday 21st July 2020
Bank holiday – Monday 4th May 2020
Summer Half Term
Monday 25th May 2020– Friday 29th May 2020

INSET Days
Monday 20th April 2020
Friday 26th June 2020
Occasional Day
Monday 29th June 2020

 

Would you like to get in contact with someone from Footsteps?

Please telephone our admissions secretary on 08707 606736 or email info@footstepsprenursery.org.uk.

Or contact us using our contact form

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