Derwent Stepping Stones is a long standing, well established and respected organisation working in partnership with local communities to deliver high quality and effective services. A partnership was formed with Derby College that still exists today, offering local people the option of studying English and maths with onsite childcare.
Various projects have been delivered over the last 25 years including family support, youth programmes and a wide range of initiatives supporting children.
Derwent Stepping Stones is proud to be Derby's first community business, it is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. This means there are no shareholders and any surplus money generated is re-invested for the benefit of the community.
Derwent Stepping Stones has a strong, committed and highly qualified leadership team which includes a voluntary Board of Trustees and an executive team. Together they have skilfully managed a variety of changes, growth and diversification over many years.
A more recent partnership with Babington Group has enabled us to continue to deliver Traineeships and Apprenticeships to support local people to move into a career in childcare, something we are very passionate about.
In 2009, Derwent Stepping Stones opened a new provision in the St James Centre in Normanton in response to ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners needing quality childcare they could rely on whilst they completed their studies.
In 2009, Derwent Stepping Stones embraced the opportunity to support 2 year olds to become better ready for school and took part in the pilot programme to provide free childcare funded by the government. We were delighted when this was rolled out universally and embarked on further expansion. In 2013, working in partnership with Brackensdale Infant School, we opened a 12 place 2 year old unit within the school. Another 2 year old provision opened at Beaufort Community Primary School in 2014. We are very proud of all our sites which are clearly able to demonstrate that children who attend our 2 year old provision achieve better outcomes when they start school.
Our main site on St Marks Road began life in temporary portable buildings but we were fortunate enough to gain funding to build a new purpose build facility which opened in 2006, offering 128 full day care places including out of school services and a range of training rooms.
We have always believed in close partnership working in order to offer the best possible services for families, this includes working with our local schools, health teams, social care, police and other community groups.