Children can be admitted to the nursery from the day of their 2nd birthday, subject to availability. They can remain with us until they start primary school.  We are an over-subscribed nursery and it is advisable to register your child via our online application form as soon as possible.  Please note, there is no fee for this but it does ensure your child’s place on our waiting list.

Open Mornings

We hold regular Prospective Parents’ Mornings which provide parents with an opportunity to see the nursery during the school day and also to meet with the Headteacher who explains how the nursery operates. There is also a ‘Question and Answer’ session.  If you would like to visit the nursery it is essential that you register first via the Stepping Stones website application form.  There is no fee for this.  We will then contact you to invite you to the next available nursery tour.


Once your application for a place has been confirmed, a deposit and registration fee of £100 will be required.  Please note that the registration fee is non refundable and the deposit will be returned to you after your child’s last term at Stepping Stones.  We are an oversubscribed nursery and it is essential that we receive confirmation of your acceptance of your child’s place as soon as possible.

A registration pack with form will then be sent out.  Please ensure that all sections of the form are completed and accurate.


How are the fees organised?

Stepping Stones is an independent, private nursery school. We subscribe to the Early Years Grant Scheme which entitles all children to a contribution of approximately a third off the nursery fees from the government. This applies from the term following the child’s 3rd birthday.

We are also registered with several childcare voucher schemes. However, we ask that you register with any scheme in advance so that you have accrued money in your childcare voucher account as we do ask for full payment of fees at the beginning of each term. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more details if necessary.

Fees per term before Early Years Grant deductions for 2017/18 for Caterpillars and Butterflies:

 2 morning sessions per week – £960
3 morning sessions per week – £1,431
4 morning sessions per week – £1,818
5 morning sessions per week – £2,247

Please contact the office for the additional termly fee for Bumble Bee Class, our extended day class for children staying on until 3pm and for the fees for Dragonflies and Ladybirds, our two pre-school classes.

Parents are invoiced for the term’s fees at the beginning of each term. A deposit of half a term’s fees is required when your child begins which is refunded after your child’s last term.

Contact our office for bank details.

Application Form