30 hour funding now accepted
First Steps is a privately owned nursery and out of school facility that has been established in Pitsea for 16 years, Our well experienced staff are all fully qualified with DBS checks and excellent references.
Their aim is to provide a warm caring environment in safe secure surroundings whilst allowing your child to have fun, make new friends and develop their skills by having their individual needs supported by a key person. We work closely with families, local children centre and schools to provide the best possible support for every child whilst on their journey to independence. We follow all regulatory requirements, are rated GOOD by OFSTED (2013) and have a Food hygiene rating of 5.
At First steps nursery, we are committed to serving our local community and endeavour to prepare our children to live in the wider community. Our Motto is ‘We are all friends at nursery’. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. Our ethos is that we underpin our children’s learning on the fundamental british values. We actively encourage children to learn and play following these values. At first Steps Nursery we follow the anagram BRITISH: Boundaries, Respect, Individual, Tolerance, Influence and Show of Hands.
At First steps nursery, we follow the equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. We are dedicated to preparing children for their adult life and ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to all our pupils.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The four key British Values are:
The rule of law
Mutual respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
First steps Nursery uses strategies within the EYFS and beyond to secure such outcomes for pupils. The examples that follow show some of the many ways we seek to promote British Values.
In the EYFS, the interests of the children are taken into account when planning topic areas and interest tables are always evident in the areas of the nursery. Here are ways within the setting that we promote taking turns, sharing and making decisions.
We are all friends at nursery
We all share at nursery
It’s your turn next
What shall we do next?
At every opportunity, the views of other children are encouraged and children are actively taught to listen and take count of others views.
The Rule of Law
This is about learning to manage our own feelings and behaviour: about learning right from wrong: about behaving within agreed and clearly defined boundaries: about dealing with consequences.
Visits from the police, fire services etc.
Consistent behaviour rules
Consistent behaviour management
Praise for positive behaviour or accomplishments
Within nursery, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a nursery, we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and the children are encouraged to learn through play. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely.
We develop individual liberty by:
Encouraging children to play responsibly in our grounds, giving them freedom to choose where they want to play within some restrictions.
Developing the children’s ability to assess risks and make informed choices about the equipment they use; how they use the playground equipment and where it is sensible to play.
Giving children lots of choices within the nursery day.
Staff relying on children to be part of important jobs in nursery i.e. giving out the snack trolley, keeping the nursery areas tidy.
Mutual Respect Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
All members of the nursery community treat each other with respect and care.
We develop and promote mutual respect through:
Our behaviour policy
We celebrate different faiths or religions and those who speak English as an additional language. They are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance the children’s learning.
We develop tolerance of different faith and beliefs through:
Trips and residential visits
Charity work throughout the school year.
Encouraging parents to read or sing to the children in their home language whilst at nursery.
Celebrating different festivals.
Come and see for yourself if we offer what you want for you child
Our motto is "We are all friends in nursery"
Our Ethos is that we underpin our childrens learning
based on the Fundemental British Values. We actively
encourage children to learn and play following these