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Stepping Stones Pre School

Stepping Stones Preschool is situated in the grounds of Uppingham C of E Primary School, specifically designed for our younger children. We provide an enjoyable, caring, stimulating and flexible education for your pre-school child.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Andrea Dean or Michelle Bright
Contact Position
01572 821879

Where to go

C of E Primary School
Belgrave Road
LE15 9RT

Stepping Stones is situated at the rear of the primary school. We have our own entrance which to the right hand side of the school.  Please look for the signs and follow the path.

Time / Date Details

Time of day
Session Information
8.00am - 3.30pm

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£6 Per Hour
£18 Per Session
£30 Per Day

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision

Dietary Needs

Has Provision

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
We currently have a limited amount of vacancies please ring for details

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Mon - Fri 07.30 6.00
Sleeping Area
Outdoor Play Area
Visits and Outings
Play Equipment
Rhyme Time
Arts and Crafts
Refreshments Snacks

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
27/11/2008Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
11/04/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
08/06/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer


Stepping Stones is all on one level throughout, with disabled access and facilities.  We will set up Individual Health Care Plans with yourselves and other professionals, and will create a diverse environment for your child to suit their needs and abilities. If you are a parent who does not have English as your first language, we can involve another family member who may speak English, or if possible arrange for an external interpreter.  We have signs and posters around the setting with pictures to direct children and adults. We offer places for 2-5 years and offer all available funding.

Stepping Stones Preschool is situated in the grounds of Uppingham C of E Primary School, specifically designed for our younger children. We provide an enjoyable, caring, stimulating and flexible education for your pre-school child.


Contact Name
Stacey Robb
Contact Telephone
01572 821879
Contact Email
Rutland's Local Offer

Schools Extended Local Offer Response 

How we identify if your child / young person may need additional help and/or has special educational needs (SEN)

At Stepping Stones each child has a key worker.  Their role is to develop a trusting sensitive relationship with both the parents and the children to enable respectful sharing of information.  If you have any concerns about your child’s development you can ask for a time when you can discuss this in private with them.

Reports from health care professionals, such as health visitors, speech and language therapists, identify your child’s individual needs.  We welcome parents and professionals sharing these reports in order to plan appropriately to meet these needs. 

Ongoing observational assessments are made of all the children and are linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage and to the development matters ages and stages of development.  This in some cases identifies individual needs.  These observations will be discussed with the SEND (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) Stacey Robb, and with the manager, Andrea Dean and deputy manager Michelle Bright.  If your child’s key worker has identified a possible individual need, they will discuss this with you in private, and plan together to support your child’s learning and development.  Our SEND will offer support and advice to your child’s key worker and other staff in our setting.  She will also liaise with other professionals to seek advice and support in identifying individual needs if necessary.  Support and advice can be sought from the area SEND with your permission.

How we involve parents and carers in meeting the individual needs of their child / young person and in whole Setting / School / College developments

We encourage you to be involved from the first visits to preschool, to register your child at our setting.  The child’s strengths, needs, likes and dislikes are discussed at this time to help us make the settling in process go smoothly.  You are involved in identifying needs, information sharing, identifying targets and next steps to focus on at home and in our setting and reviewing progress towards these targets at EHP review meetings.  Your permission will be sought before involving outside agencies, and you are able to volunteer to help in sessions if you like.

Assessment systems are in place such as the 2 year old check, ongoing observational assessments, and the Rutland Record of Learning and Development tracker, which are all linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development.  We have review meetings of your child’s EHP carried out in partnership with you.

Our open door policy means that you are always welcome to tell us how your child is doing on a daily basis, ask questions, seek advice and provide ongoing two way communication between us.  Telephone calls can be used if parents work and are unable to bring/collect your child from preschool.  Each child has a 2simple software account, which is an online assessment programme where we can track your child’s development; however we encourage all parents/carers to discuss their child’s development and interests at any time, and to stay and help to see your child in context of our preschool.

We have a facebook account where updates are available daily, sharing information and future dates, alongside letters and our notice board.  We have a noticeboard which contains our keyworkers and our planning themes, which enables you to take part in future activities and to share your own experiences.

How we provide additional support and how we match the curriculum, teaching and learning approaches if your child / young person has SEND

We offer a flexible settling in routine that enables you to stay with your child until we are all comfortable that they are happy.

Ongoing observational assessments will be used as a starting point within the first few weeks of starting linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development.  Targets will be set on EHP’s if necessary to support the learning and development of your child. This enables planning for individual needs and learning goals.  Your child’s key worker and our SEND will work together to make sure that the environment, routines and activities support your child’s needs, and they will communicate with the rest of the staff to provide consistency and understanding within our team.  We will ask for copies of assessments from other professionals before your child starts, and advice from the area SEND will be sought with your permission and if necessary.

How we measure and review your child / young person's progress against their targets and longer term outcomes

Every child will have an allocated keyworker who will oversee your child’s development and plan accordingly, but other staff members will also observe and offer support to all of our children.  Each child has a 2simple software account, which is an online assessment programme where we can track your child’s development; however we encourage all parents/carers to discuss their child’s development and interests at any time, and to stay and help to see your child in context of our preschool.  Regular meetings will be held for children with SEND.

External support and expertise we can call upon to help us to identify and meet children / young people's needs

We are able to offer advice about other professionals who will be able to support your child, such as the Families Information Service, Health Team, Speech and Language therapists, and the Early Years Inclusion Officer for our area, and can access support from the area SEND with your permission.  If your child’s need has been referred to a specific team, we will support you in accessing support from them.  Our SEND is also one of our practitioners for behaviour management, and can offer advice and strategies to cope with unwanted behaviour.

How we provide additional support if your child / young person has social and communication needs

Activities will be adapted to ensure your child is able to interact fully with their environment, and visual strategies are on the walls to help them understand our routines.  We will also create smaller groups or 1:1 sessions.  All staff has accessed specific training on Makaton and speech and language courses.  We will try to make your child’s key worker present for these times.

How we provide additional support if your child / young person has physical, sensory and/or medical needs

Our preschool is fully accessible to wheelchair users, we are all on one level throughout with disabled toilet and changing facilities, and we will explain the limitations of the building we use to you on your visit.  We provide multi sensory activities as part of our planning, and Individual Health Care plans and Allergies lists are displayed within the setting so they can be seen by all staff.

How we provide help to support your child / young person's emotional health and well being

At Stepping Stones each child has a key worker.  Your child’s key worker would be in the same sessions your child attends, foster a relationship with an understanding of your child. Our practitioners are welcoming and friendly, providing an inclusive, sensitive and positive approach for your child to feel welcome into our preschool.  They provide good role models for positive behaviour, and we are consistent in our day to day care of all of our children, and our happy children at preschool are testament to this. 

We are flexible in our routines to provide a positive environment for your child’s needs, and provide personal care, such as changing nappies, respectfully.  Personal health care plans can be adopted if necessary. All staff are first Aid trained, but will be trained in giving the appropriate medication for your child if required.  Circle time is the most appropriate place for our children to express their feelings and emotions.  It builds their confidence and enables discussions about how they are feeling.

How we promote developing independence and preparation for adulthood

All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they achieve their best to become confident individuals living fulfilling lives and to make a successful transition into adulthood. At Stepping Stones we give the children opportunities to develop their independence from many activities, such as child initiated play, independently having access to the toilets and hand washing facilities, preparing their own snacks, serving their own lunches and dressing themselves.

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think.

How we ensure that all our staff are trained and supported to meet a wide range of children / young person's needs

Our SENCO has completed training and is looking at going to further education to progress this and attends network meetings and a regularly basis, and uses this information to give other staff training at staff meetings.  All of our staff are qualified to level 3 and above.  We are all First Aid trained, which includes the use of Epi-pens.  We attend regular courses/meetings, keeping up to date with recent legislations.  Different staff have attended different training in all areas of SEND and there records are held on file, and relevant training can be viewed on request to the manager.

How we prepare children / young person to join our Setting / School / College

On starting at Stepping Stones Preschool the manager, and/or the child’s key worker, will give you an All About Me booklet to fill in about your child, to help us share information about your child’s strengths and needs.  Children are at the heart of all that we do, and we will work with you to support your child together, listening to you as well as your child.  Our SEND will explain how children’s individual needs can be met by planning support using an Education Healthcare Plan (EHP), and the advice from the area SEND, she will also explain who may be involved and their roles.  Observations, assessments and evaluations all contribute towards EHP’s and your child’s key worker would oversee the targets on the EHP.

How we prepare children / young person to move on to a new Setting / School / College

If your child should attend another setting whilst with us or leave to go to another setting or primary school, we would invite your child’s new key worker/teacher and SEND to attend sessions with your child to help them become familiar with them and to discuss your child’s likes, interests, strengths and needs.  We would hold a transition meeting at your convenience, to plan transition for your child into their new setting/school, giving the new setting time to make necessary plans for any changes they may need to make, sharing targets on your child’s EHP’s, and minutes of review meetings along with any other information that may be relevant to your child.  At Stepping Stones we are privileged to be able to share all of Uppingham C of E Primary Schools facilities.  It may also be possible to arrange for your child’s key worker to attend settling in sessions at your child’s new setting with them, to help promote a smooth transition.

How we deploy our resources to meet the needs of children / young people with SEND

Our SEND will advise you on the process of applying for extra support, and the inclusion funding process will identify the level of need based on the evidence submitted by the setting and other professionals who are working with you and your family to support your child.  Any extra age related and developmentally appropriate equipment needed to support children with special educational needs could be secured using funds from Pupil Premium, 1:1 funding, and the Early Years funding.

How we adapt the learning environment and ensure that our school facilities are safe and welcoming to children / young people with SEND

Our preschool is fully accessible to wheelchair users, we are all on one level throughout with disabled toilet and changing facilities, and we will explain the limitations of the building we use to you on your visit. Policies and risk assessments are updated regularly and are available for parents in the waiting area.

How we include children / young people with SEND in the life of our Setting / School / College including trips and off site visits

Every child is unique and every child matters, so through the observation process linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development, and in discussion with you we will identify what support is required. We will identify individual needs, implement appropriate interventions, oversee your child’s development and plan accordingly, accessing additional support from other professionals where necessary.   Extra support will be put in place if necessary with the aim of enabling your child to become independent within their environment.  Ongoing partnerships with both you, other professionals and ourselves, will support the discussion making process.  Our SEND will give advice on meeting your child’s needs within our preschool in consultation with you, and other professionals where necessary with your permission. 

Who can I contact for further information?

Your child’s key worker is your first point of contact if you would like to discuss your child’s needs, although the Stepping Stones Send Stacey Robb is available on 01572 821879 or

If you would like to view the Rutland’s Local offer

This page was last updated on: 13/02/2019

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