About Us

Stepping Stones Nursery is situated in a quiet location in Consett, close to all major road links.

We are Derwentside’s only non-profit making co-operative nursery. This means that all profits are invested back into the Nursery, to the best benefit of the children.

Established in 1997 our qualified and experienced staff are committed to ensuring your child has a fun and educational time with us.

Our Board of Directors comprises of staff and parent members who volunter their time to help take the Nursery forward.

To ensure that your child gets the most out of their time with us, we aim to:
  • Create an environment in which every child feels secure.
  • Provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which focuses on every child’s individual needs.
  • Give each child a positive start in their journey through life.
  • Ensure that each child is offered a safe and stimulating environment within which they can have fun, be happy and flourish.
  • Promote good health and take necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection and appropriate action when they are ill.
  • Manage each child’s behaviour effectively, in a manner appropriate for the stage of their development and particular needs.
  • Take necessary steps to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The children have year round access to our safe and secure outdoor area designed to encourage your child to explore, discover and enjoy!

We have outings and visitors to the Nursery, to stimulate and support your child’s learning. We celebrate different festivals throughout the year and have an annual day at the beach, to which parents are invited to join us.

We follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Durham County Council, Flying From the Start (FFTS).

Every child has an individual Learning Journal which documents your child’s development. We will use these to discuss your child at parent evenings but you are welcome to look at them anytime.

"I feel very confident with my child’s learning and development within Stepping Stones Nursery."

- Parent

"Partnership with parents is outstanding with exceptional collaboration between parents and nursery staff."

- Ofsted