Stepping Stones pre-school has been a part of Sturminster Newton for over thirty years. Once based in the scout hut on the recreation ground they are now based on the school site. This has led to children having a light and airy classroom and a large attached outside area to access and explore the outside environment in all weathers. Close links are in place with the reception teacher and an effective rising 5's session on a Tuesday afternoon ensures all the children have a positive and smooth transition into the reception class.

To increase the number of spaces available and to improve the quality of our indoor space, a new extension to the pre-school will open in January 2019.

At present the pre-school offers full days for children from two years old in line with the primary school hours. Stepping Stones is a committee managed pre-school and is non profit making. This allows Val, Donna and the rest of the team to provide the very best in early years education but at very affordable rates per session. Two year funding and 3/4 year old funding can be used in the setting.

William Barnes Primary School also has close links with the Tops Day Nursery in Sturminster Newton, who provide after school child care (collecting children from the school at the end of the school day) and also holiday clubs.  To find out more about their after school and holiday clubs please visit.

The Stepping Stones Pre-School extension was part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development increasing early years provision for local children and employment in Sturminster Newton. 

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The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

Europe Investing in Rural Areas

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