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Footsteps Nursery (Oswestry Campus)

Footsteps Daycare Nursery is situated in a purpose-built facility in the grounds of North Shropshire College, Oswestry Campus. It has up to 62 places for babies, toddlers and school age children of 12 years and under.

All staff are fully qualified to CACHE Level 3 and above, they are also paediatric first aid trained, with four other staff members having additional training in first aid work. Footsteps is also a training nursery for apprentices. 

Footsteps' staff recieve rigorous Safeguarding training; the appointed safeguarding leads for the setting are Beverly Jackson and Lorna Rodgers. Additionally, there is a De-fib on site, which all staff have been trained to use. 

Children’s development is monitored via the tapestry app which is shared electronically with our parents, giving them up to date access to their child’s learning.  

Our Rooms

The Baby Room (Ratio 1-3)

The Baby Room can accommodate up to 18 babies, aged 3 months to 2 years, in the care of six qualified Nursery practitioners who are able to give a high level of individual care. These babies follow their own familiar routine whilst still having fun with art, music, books and messy play within a stable environment.

The Toddler Room (Ratio 1-4)

The Toddler Room can house a maximum of 16 children at any one time aged between 2 and 3 years. They will be cared for with a ratio of 4 children to 1 Nursery Nurse. Their days will be full of activities and fun. They will also be prepared for a busier time when they move up into the Kindergarten.

The Kindergarten (Ratio 1-8)

The Kindergarten is the largest room in the Nursery. It takes up to 24 children. The children are all aged between 3 and 5 years. The ratio in the room is 1-8. There are two structured educational activities per day preparing them for moving to schools. These sessions follow the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (EYFS) and concentrate on the seven areas of learning:-

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communications and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and design
  • Of course there is always ample opportunity for fun and games too!

Shropshire County Council Nursery Education is available for three year olds and we also offer 24U funding for our two year olds. 

The nursery encourages children of all ages to play outside. To aid this there are safe and secure outdoor play areas. Children are supervised outside at all times. the children are also able to access our sensory garden and mud kitchen.

Footsteps provides two mini buses to collect children aged 4-12yrs  from two local schools The Catholic School and The Meadows.  The children are offered a snack on arrival and a warm tea is provided. The After School Club runs from 3pm – 6pm where the children participate in activities, out door play and the opportunity to get home work completed before they go home.

After School Club

After School Club provides care for children up to 12 years of age from 3pm to 6pm. The children are supervised and supported at all times by qualified Nursery practitioners who also organise activities appropriate for the range of ages. A bus service will be provided from the Catholic Primary School.