Stepping Stones Pre School

Children learn to work and play together in our safe friendly pre- school. The curriculum can be accessed inside and outside all year with wellingtons provided if needed. Situated in the School grounds we have good links and transitions into school. Well trained and friendly staff ensure that all children’s needs are met.


Venue address
William Barnes Primary School Bridge Street
Sturminster Newton
DT10 1BZ
North Dorset


Opening times
Mon: 08:45-15:15
Tue: 08:45-15:15
Wed: 08:45-15:15
Thu: 08:45-15:15
Fri: 08:45-15:15

Service Details

Vacancy information
Please phone for an informal chat or to book sessions for children. Visits can usually be arranged. If you would like a space for your child please phone us or email us.
£16.50 per Session
Cost variations
£16.50 a session (3 hours long). £2.75 for lunch session - children bring a packed lunch. We charge a consumables charge of £25 for 15 hours funding and under and £40 for over 15 hours. This is a termly charge.
Additional Information
Stepping stones pre-school is a friendly group run by a committee of volunteers. We aim to have all staff members trained to level 3 and above with frequently updated courses on First Aid and Child Protection. We have excellent links to the community and local schools. Sessions are fun and include a wide range of activities all geared to the development of each individual child. Parents can use their early education funding entitlement at any time during sessions. Provision has an inclusion / equal opportunities policy. Please note that a place in at Stepping Stones does not guarantee admission to the local school but we are the main feeder Pre School for William Barnes Primary School.
Age Range
2 years 0 months to 4 years 11 months

Ofsted Registered Details

Ofsted inspection result
Date of last inspectionInspection resultOfsted report
08/03/2018 Good View here
Ofsted Report notes
If a childcare provision is run by a school they may not be separately registered with Ofsted, therefore the link to their report will be for the school.
Registration details
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Early Education

Free early education places
15 Hours For 2 year olds
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15 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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30 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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Wheelchair accessible
Ramp to main door. Level inside. Rear door to ramp. Accessible toilet with hand rails. Our outside area is sloping but has a tarmac path.
Parking availability information
Parking nearby at the recreation ground accessed down Ricketts Lane. No parking on-site unless a parking permit is acquired from William Barnes School.
Toilet facility information
Ground floor toilet with grab rails, wheelchair accessible toilet.
Other Facilities
Level tiled surface. Wide doors. All areas of the eyfs available inside and out. Two linked rooms with same level flooring with quiet areas inside and out. Good links with local school including transition arrangements. Close working with Speech and language therapist and local health visitor team. We will also work with Portage and other agencies. There is a defibrillator on the William Barnes site.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities
We can support children with additional speech and language needs. Ranging from children who start with no language, those who need support with the development of certain sounds or missing elements and children who have English as a second language. We use the narrative pack in small groups to support their development. We are working with Portage to support children who may be on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder or need support at home and in the setting to make good outcomes. We are also working with children to develop their core and fine muscles to help their physical development and develop their pencil grip. We would be happy for you to come in for a visit and discus your individual needs so that we can determine the suitability of the setting for your child''s needs.
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Address: William Barnes Primary School  Bridge Street  Sturminster Newton  Dorset

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