The background behind First Steps is to implement a good standard of teaching from a very early age and by raising the standards of childcare we are confident that a child will stand on good merit prior to reception school entry.

By providing the Child the best possible opportunity to learn and develop, the operation of the Nursery is geared more towards going back to basics from indoor to outdoor activities. By implementing teaching methods the child can learn and participate within a more relaxed and focused environment.

Early education is as important through the ages of 6 months to 5 years, as it provides a child with the skills and knowledge to take the step from Nursery to School.

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First Steps opened in February 2013 and it occupies a secure secluded spacious and fully refurbished building set back from the main roads which provides full & part time spaces for a maximum of 52 children between the ages of 6 months to 5 years.

First steps are geared towards implementing the strongest support team from Management to Assistants. The staff team is made up of Board Directors, Nursery Managers, Qualified Teachers, Nursery Nurses, and external Support Groups with Admin and Building Services bodies.

The nursery operates from 5 rooms:>
Buzzy Beez (6 months to 2 years) with a maximum capacity of 6 children
Ladybirds and Dragonflies (2 to 3 years) with a maximum capacity of 20 children
Caterpillars and Butterflies (3 to 5 years) with a maximum capacity of 29 children

Within our detailed designed rooms, they are bright, airy and stimulating environments in which your child will be relaxed and inspired. The rooms take in a variety of activity areas including role-play, science and discovery, construction, art, water play and literacy. The outdoor is a secure and well planned landscaped area comprising a large covered outdoor class area, play equipment and grow patch area. We have an external stage area with seating, ball and sand pits. Plenty to exercise your child’s mind.

We take great responsibility in care, as all activities are carefully risk-assessed through internal and external Health and Safety consultants. All staff follows a continual programme of training, all rooms and sites are monitored by CCTV cameras.

6 months to 2 years

Our Under-two’s occupy the room called “Buzzy Beez” and has a staff-to child ratio of 1:3, with a maximum of 6 children. These are staffed by fully trained nursery nurses who are overseen by an experienced Room Leader supported by senior nursery nurses. The rooms have an open plan concept that encourages children of different age groups to mix when appropriate.

Each child has a key worker with whom they will form a special bond of attachment, ensuring that they feel happy and safe in their environment. When a child’s physical and emotional needs are met they take advantage of the learning opportunities available.

Play and education is an important element in any child’s learning path and the key worker will observe them closely in order to ascertain their particular interests and stage of development, and thereafter provide play opportunities through activities which are targeted towards your Child’s development. Your child’s development is closely monitored and recorded on a daily basis, and this in turn will form part of the six monthly progress check that is discussed and issued to parents.

2 to 3 years

The toddlers occupy the room called “Ladybirds and Dragonflies” and has a staff-to-child ratio of 1:4, with a maximum of 20 toddlers between two rooms. These are staffed by fully trained nursery nurses who are overseen by an experienced Room Leader supported by senior nursery nurses.

One of the key factors we start to implement is a simple structure to the toddler’s group. At this age their independence and self-help skills are starting to emerge, and a flexible daily structure encourages them to continue their development through a range of learning experiences.

Again each child has a key worker and all planning is based on careful observation of your child’s interests and developmental stage, and is designed to challenge them and extend their learning in a supportive and positive manner.

3 to 5 years

Our Pre-school group occupies the room called “Caterpillars and Butterflies” and has a staff-to child ratio of 1:8, with a maximum of 23 children between 2 rooms. These are staffed by fully trained nursery nurses who are overseen by an experienced Room Leader supported by senior nursery nurses.

Emphasis is placed on developing a child’s all-round skills with a view to preparing them for the next stage in their education. Our experienced Pre-school team work closely with each individual child to extend their literacy, numeracy and communication skills, and strive to instil within them a genuine love of learning and a desire to discover as much as they can about the world around them. Through media such as music, role-play, singing and art the children are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively.

Whilst every child is prepared thoroughly for the transition to their school of choice, play and exploration are still essential to their development. Our team provides them with a balance of both free and focused activities, which extend their learning.


Twiisting tots

Babies, Toddlers and Pre school children benefit from musical experience which involves singing and playing instruments. In addition to promoting confidence, creativity and co-ordination, it teaches children to sing in tune and is an excellent preparation for any child who wishes to play a musical instrument when they get older.

Active Adventures

Pre school and Toddlers children benefit from regular P.E sessions which are delivered by a fully qualified sports coach on a fortnightly basis. This helps enhance their physical development, co-ordination skills and team work skills.

Health eating

We encourage healthy eating habits with whole meal toast and milk for our snack, and water available throughout the day. Our in house Chef freshly prepares all dinners and snacks with only the finest fresh ingredients.

Opening Times

Monday – Friday 7.30am to 6pm
We are closed on all bank holidays and 1 week at Christmas


Please note a non refundable £50 booking fee is charged when reserving a nursery space.

Sibling Discount is available.

Please give us a call for up to date fee prices


First Steps - Handsworth
Somerset Road
Handsworth Wood
B20 2JF
Telephone: 0121 554 6851
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