Stepping Stones (SW) Ltd

Stepping Stones is situated within the grounds of Staplegrove Church School at Hudson Way, Staplegrove. TA2 6UP. Telephone 01823 324566.



Stepping Stones is approached via a separate access gate which is adjacent to Hudson Way play area. (A child at the Playgroup will not automatically go to Staplegrove Church School. It is necessary to register a child at the school of parental choice).

Stepping Stones aim is to provide a warm, friendly  and caring environment, in which children, from the age of 2 years can socialise and learn through free-play and various adult extended activities. The Playgroup runs a full day program which means children can come mornings, afternoons or all day, depending upon the personal needs of child and parents/carers.

The trained and experienced staff are led by Paula Lukins, the Supervisor, who is a qualified teacher; and all staff are level 3 or above, apart from our apprentices. The adult/child ratio is 1:4 for children age 2 to 3 years and 1:8 for 3 years and above at the very least.

Observations and assessments of each individual child are used, with parent permission, to plan the next steps to their learning, completing a Personal Lines of Development (PLOD) which is shared with the parent/carer regularly.

The curriculum is rich, varied and based around stimulating child-led themes offering holistic experiences encompassing the EYFS framework (Early Years Foundation Stage).

 Purpose and aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A Child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. When parents choose to use early years services they want to know that provisions will keep their children safe and help them to thrive. The EYFS is the framework that provides this assurance.


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
  • Communication and Language.
  • Physical Development


  • Literacy.
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World.
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

There are seven areas covered by the early learning goals and educational programmes:-

The Playgroup has all the policies required such as Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety, Special Educational Needs and Admissions etc. A copy of all of the policies and procedures is available for your perusal in the main foyer.

 For details of current fees please click on the link to the playgroup website above.

Early Years Entitlement – all 3 year olds that live in Somerset will be entitled to claim their entitlement from the term after their third birthday. This grant is paid directly to the Playgroup from the County Council. 2 year old funding is also available when certain criteria is met.  Stepping Stones offers 30 hour funding.  Application forms are available on request.

Please contact the Playgroup directly for further information, prospectus or registration

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