Stepping Stones 20th Birthday Party
On Saturday 1st April Stepping Stones celebrated their 20th Birthday. They held a big party and invited staff and families from over the years. Over 200 people attend and everyone had a great time. In the afternoon staff tucked in to a yummy afternoon tea at The Hilton Hotel in Southampton. Photos can be found in our Gallery section soon.
Queens 90th Birthday Garden Party
On Saturday 11th June we held a Garden Party to celelbrate the Queen's 90th Birthday. We played traditional garden game and had a Raffle and Tombola Stall. The weather was kind to us and we even enjoyed some yummy scones and cakes, as well as ice creams! We rasied an amazing £506.10 profit! We will be making a donation to the Simon Says charity, who support bereaved children and families in the area. The rest will go towards new reources for our wonderful garden, fo all our children to enjoy. The winnder of our dressing up competition is pictured above. Thank you to everyone that supported our event.
Children in Need
This year we were lucky enough to have another visit from Pudsey and we even made it on the local TV news! We all dressed up and raised lots of money making cakes and doing a sponsored matchbox hunt. Our families raised a staggering £802 pounds, which is incredible. Well done everyone.
On Wednesday 29th October 2014 we had an OFSTED inspection and I am thrilled to be able to tell you, that we have been graded outstanding in all areas.
You can view a copy of the report on the OFSTED website here
A big thank you to all of my fabulous staff who work incredibly hard, every day, to provide the best opportunities for your children. Here are a few quotes from the report:
Children are offered a substantial range of challenging activities and highly stimulating resources that engage their interest and which cover all areas of learning to a high standard
Staff are enthusiastic and put the children at the heart of all that they do. Children thrive under the care of this inspiring staff team, so their needs are met exceptionally well, their welfare is protected and they make excellent progress.
Staff have an extensive knowledge of how young children develop and learn which allows them to plan an exceptional range of experiences that help every child reaches their full potential.
The enthusiasm and passion of all the staff is evident, team work is strong and teaching is of a consistently high quality. Monitoring and evaluation drive improvement successfully, for the children's benefit.
Children's behaviour is outstanding. Children respond well to adults expectations, and interact cooperatively with each other. Staff are extremely sensitive to the needs of the children.
Staff plan the nursery environment to provide children with highly stimulating spaces, indoors and out. The garden is a child's wonderland of readily accessible varied resources, which include a range of natural materials, such as logs to balance on.
Partnership with parents and others is exceptional and is a significant strength of the nursery. Parents are extremely happy with the nursery and state that their children, 'love coming here'. They are fully aware of their child's progress and state the staff are excellent.
The leadership and management of the nursery is inspirational. Leaders have an excellent understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and of their responsibility to ensure that they meet all the requirements. This they achieve to an excellent standard. The owner has extremely high aspirations and all aspects of the provision are carefully monitored.