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First Steps Nursery

First Steps Nursery is located at the Cauldon Campus and provides outstanding childcare and education in a safe, caring and happy environment. All of our staff team are highly qualified professionals who are committed to working in partnership with parents/carers to ensure that the individual needs of the children in our care are met.

First Steps Nursery is Ofsted registered and inspected every 3 years to ensure that we are providing high standards of care and education for all of the children in our setting. We were delighted to be awarded ‘GOOD’ by OFSTED which evidences the very high quality care that we provide.

First Steps Nursery can accommodate children from 12 weeks to 5 years and we welcome applications from learners, staff and local community.

Our Rooms

Caterpillars: 12 weeks to 1 year

Ladybirds: 1-2 years

Bumblebees: 2-3 years

Butterflies: 3-5 years

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sarah Wilshaw
Contact Position
Nursery Manager
01782 603507
Secondary E-mail

Where to go

First Steps Nursery
Stoke on Trent
Stoke Road,
Stoke on Trent

Other Details


£40.00 Full Day £25.00 Half a Day


Other notes

Our nursery is all ground floor with a ramp for pushchair/wheelchair access. Corridors and rooms are wide and accessible. We have a disabled toilet facility for adults.

We cater for college students, staff members and the local community offering 2,3 and 4 year old funding.


Local Offer

Local Offer

Secondary Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
0-4 years

Schools Extended Local Offer Response 

How does this setting know if their children/young person needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

Staff will observe and assess childrens development against standards from the EYFS. If children need additional support the settings SENCO will advise and work with the child's keyworker to identify ways of supporting the child effectively. The SENCO is also responsible for involving and liaising with other agencies that may offer support to individual children.

If parents have any concerns they should share them with their child's keyworker.

How will the setting support my child/young person?

The SENCO will consult with the child's parent and keyworker to develop a support plan to identify different strategies to assist the child's development. The SENCO can contact other agencies and the area SENCO for additional support and advice.

How will teaching approaches and the curriculum be matched to my child or young person's needs?

The keyworker and SENCO will devise a support plan that will help to develop the child's additional need in accordance with the standards set in the EYFS.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support their learning?

Your child's keyworker will liaise with you on a daily basis, offering support and advice where needed. The keyworker will liaise and recieve support from the settings SENCO.

The support plan is updated at every milestone your child achieves, involving you in the decisions in setting new targets.


What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?

Your child will be allocated a key worker who is responsible for not only pastoral care but the child's development needs. They are responsible for providing age and developmentally appropriate activities for your child.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?
  • In house SENCO
  • Translators
  • Speech and Language
  • Physiotherapist
  • Area SENCO
  • Portage.


What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?
  • Role of the SENCO
  • SMART target setting
  • Local Offer Training
  • Forum Report Training
  • Early Years Foundation Degree.
How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

All children are included in all activities that take place in and out of the setting . A risk assessment is completed and activities adapted to suit individual needs to maintain inclusion.

How accessible is the environment?
  • We are on the ground floor.
  • We have an access ramp.
  • Doors and corridors are extra wide for accessibility.
  • Disabled toilet.
  • Access to outdoor play area from 3 rooms.


How will the setting prepare and support my child/young person to join the next stage of education and life?

We  provide a transition sheet that we send to the next room within the setting  as your child ages.

If your child leaves us to attend another setting we provide a transition for the nursery/school of your choice.

For children making the transition to school, they will be introduced to a school theme. We invite school teachers in to visit your children for familiarity.

How are the setting's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

All resources are accessible by all children on a daily basis, for them to chose from. Resources are age applicable in each of our 4 rooms, but can be interchanged from room to room to suit developmental needs if required.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

You will discuss this with the settings SENCO and your child's keyworker and you will decide as a collective on the amount and level of support your child will recieve. This will also depend upon how often your child attends the setting.

How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?

We encourage parents to be as involved as they would like to be. A parent of a child who has SEN will be encouraged to assist with target setting and supporting their child at home. 

Upon registering for our nursery you will be provided with a welcome pack that  provides you with information about the nursery and the staff. Details of what you need to supply us with ie napies/wipes. We provide you with a book for you to complete with information regarding your child so that we can help them to settle in.

We have stay and play sessions through out the year which you can arrange with your child's keyworker.

We do:

  • Mothers Day Afternoon Tea
  • Fathers Day Breakfast.

We send out termly news letters from each of the rooms to keep you updated of activities in the room, forthcoming events and how you can help us to support your child's development.


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