01332 372245

Derwent Stepping Stones @ Brackensdale opened in April 2013 and in December 2015 received a Good rating from Ofsted. The building is situated within a secure fenced off area next to a large playing field which also has a nature trail and pond area. The children have access to these areas and also to sections around the building.

Derwent Stepping Stones at Brackensdale is an inclusive setting making reasonable adjustments to accommodate children, parents and carers who may have additional needs. We work closely with other agencies to provide a good service and support for children, parents and carers and to ensure an early and effective intervention.

The well qualified staff members within the setting have a good knowledge of the learning and development requirements for all children and deliver opportunities to ensure that all children thrive.

Our Ofsted report can be found here.


Derwent Stepping Stones @ Brackensdale

Brackensdale Infant School

Walthamstow Drive


DE22 4BS


M: 07590 418780

The setting delivers 2 sessions per day for 2 year olds with up to 12 children per session.

Session times are:

Mon - Fri

8:45am - 11:45am
12:30pm - 3:30pm

Sessions are available for children who are eligible for free 2 year old funding or for parents who wish to pay for sessions.

The setting is open 8am – 6pm all year for 3 & 4 year olds accessing their universal entitlement or extended offer with us. This can be taken alongside a place in Brackensdale Nursery School. Parents can buy additional sessions they require, see fees and funding page for more detail.

For many, starting nursery can be a big change and our team are experienced in what this means for you and your child emotionally and they will be on hand to offer support and advice if required. During the first few weeks as you and your child adapt to a new routine we will ensure that communication is exchanged more regularly.

To find out if you are eligible for free childcare, please contact The Family Information Service on 01332 640758. You can also check online from the comfort of your own home by visiting the Free Childcare Check here. Or the Childcare Choices website available here.

Or the Childcare Choices website available here.

Find directions here.

OFSTED Report can be found here.

Parent Information Booklet is available on request.

Nicola James

Site Manager

Level 5 Foundation Degree in Children and Young People's Services

Samantha Mitchell

Nursery Officer

Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People's Workforce

Lucy Archard

Apprentice Nursery Officer