Camping Day 2018

In July 2018 we had a camping day at the pre-school! We invited a local scout leader (thank you Bryn!) who helped organise the day and taught the children about camping and the outdoors.

The children spent time in the tent have fun and playing –  getting in and out of the sleeping bags (quite a warm experience on the day!), we toasted marshmallows (with lots of good listening about keeping safe near a  fire); we collected and chopped wood.  We also had our snack-time outside on the camp table, as well as our lunch. We played games on the field and generally had an amazing time outdoors.

Grand Opening – A Huge Thank You

Thank You!

We just wanted to say a BIG BIG THANK YOU to all of you that were able to make our opening on Saturday.  We hope you enjoyed the morning, it was super to see so many families, thank you for your amazing support.  It is much appreciated.

Of course, we couldn’t have made the morning a success without the truly amazing staff & volunteers that worked so hard in the run up to the opening and on the day itself. Thank you.

Our Supporters

We’d also like to say a huge thank you to the following people who supported us on the day.

Deputy Mayor & Long Ditton Councillor Mrs Shweta Kapadia who cut the ribbon and Consort Mr Ramesh Kapadia who joined us to officially open the setting.

Betty & Philip from Party Bounce who donated the fantastic bouncy castle.

Rebecca English from Jo Jingles who came and provided a super session during the morning.

Mark Lambert from Long Ditton Cricket Club who came and showcased the All Stars cricket for youngsters in the area.

 

Stepping Stones Grand Opening!

Come and join us at our Grand Opening in Long Ditton!

Saturday 9th September 2017, 9.30-11.30am

Bouncy Castle
Face Painting
Fun & Games
Jo Jingles
Tea & cakes
&
Formal opening by the Deputy Mayor of Elmbridge

Long Ditton Cricket Club, Stokes Field, Betts Way, Long Ditton KT6 5HT

We have found a new home!

From September 2017 we plan to be operating from Long Ditton Cricket Club, Stokes Field, Betts Way, Long Ditton KT6 5HT. The indoor space is huge with lots of natural light and offers easy free flow to an outdoor area which is plenty big enough for all our equipment. We also have access to the field and nearby forest for added adventure. There is also unrestricted parking available for anyone who would need to drive.

The new setting is a short drive from our current location.

Please note that whilst Google Maps shows the access via Surbiton Hockey Club, the actual access is via Betts Way (see below).

Access to Long Ditton Cricket Club is via Betts Way.

The Future of Stepping Stones

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to inform you of some important news that will affect how Stepping Stones operates in future. Stepping Stones is a “not for profit” charity committee run pre-school. We’ve been operating here since 2000 and we have rented the premises from the Surbiton’s Children’s Centre Nursery (SCCN) next door.

At the end of January we were formally notified that our letting agreement will be terminated from the end of July 2017 as SCCN will be taking on additional services that will require the use of the space we occupy. That means that Stepping Stones will need to find new premises to operate from in September 2017, or face closure.

We are committed to remaining open and finding new premises and we’ve been working hard to understand the process involved and what options we have in the local area. We have identified 17 potential sites which we’re checking for availability and suitability. We have also requested an extension from SCCN to allow us more time to find new premises.

We felt it important to let you know as soon as we had determined what options we have and our preferred course of action. However, we also realise that this news is going to be very unsettling for you and the future of your child’s pre-school needs until we are able to confirm what will be happening from September. We aim to keep you updated every step of the way with progress and you can expect updates by email on a fortnightly basis.

As you can imagine, this has come as a shock to us all, particularly given the strength of the pre-school following the Ofsted Outstanding inspection last year. We have a proven formula and a committed staff team who feel that we can continue to provide an excellent service if we can find the right home.

With that in mind, please consider helping us with the following:

1. Whilst we feel we’ve been pretty thorough at searching for alternative local premises, if you have any thoughts of places we could move to, please don’t hesitate to let us know and we will investigate.

2. Contact the leader of the local council Kevin Davis (kevin.davis@kingston.gov.uk), to raise concerns about Stepping Stones being given notice to leave and letting him know the impact it could have on you and your family if we’re unable to find new premises. You can find his full contact details here. The council has made decisions to cut the local educational budget which is ultimately why we are being asked to leave. If you decide to email him, please CC Charis Penfold (charis.penfold@achievingforchildren.org.uk) the Director of Education Services for Richmond & Kingston.

3. If you have any other ideas that could help us during this time, please let us know.

We want to set up a session for parents to attend and meet the local decision makers with representatives from SCCN and the Local Authority to help answer any questions you might have on why a setting like Stepping Stones is being put at risk of closure. 

In the meantime, if you want to ask us anything we’ll do our best to answer. Please email us at questions@steppingstonessurbiton.org.uk and we’ll collate any general questions and redistribute to you all. Alternatively, please talk to Sarah or Tracey. Paper copies of this letter will be available at the Pre-School.

Kind regards
Bryn Regan (Chair) and the Stepping Stones Committee

Christmas Raffle 2016 – Thank You!

christmas-raffle

We wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Christmas Raffle this year as well as all the amazing local businesses and individuals who donated prizes! We can’t believe how generous everyone was. Here’s the full list of all the fantastic prizes.

  • Vouchers donated by Sainsbury’s Local (Ewell Road branch);
    • £20 Pizza Express Voucher
    • £20 Debenhams voucher
    • £10 WH Smith voucher
    • £25 B&Q voucher
    • £20 Nandos voucher
    • £25 Argos voucher
  • 2 x £10 CD Jennings and Sons Butcher voucher
  • 2 free pizza’s from Olive
  • 3 free pizza’s from Olive
  • 2 x £10 dry cleaning voucher from Roberts Dry Cleaning
  • Gift voucher for 3 free football coaching sessions donated by Dominic (Kian’s daddy)
  • Hidden Beauty 4U voucher for a facial or massage
  • Peppa Pig annual and activity book from Regency Bookshop
  • Dinner for two at the Thai Secret
  • Disney Chocolates & Sanctuary Set donated by the Emma (Bea’s mummy)
  • Body shop voyage set & passion flower & mango candle donated by Eva (Lazlo’s mummy)
  • 60 minute massage from Zoranna (Marcus’ mummy)
  • Hollywood bowl family voucher donated by The Mackie Family
  • A bottle of Hardy’s Red wine donated by Chloe’s mummy
  • A bottle of Hardy’s White wine donated by Chloe’s mummy
  • A bottle of Heidsieck champagne donated by Chloe’s mummy
  • 2 packs of coffee donated by Paulina (Scarlett’s mummy)
  • Dinner for two at The Prince of Wales
  • Surbiton Sitters vouchers donated by Stacey
  • Coffee and Cake for two at Alfredo’s
  • A bottle of fine Hungarian wine (donated by Eva – Laszlo’s mummy)
  • Doula Antenatal workshop session donated by Jenna (Mabel’s mummy)
  • Jeanette White Styling voucher
  • Colets Health & Fitness Club – Guest pass voucher