In Tiny Steps, we offer a 16 place provision for 2 years olds to begin their foundations of learning and journey into school.
Tiny Steps Academy’s is a very special place full of learning, laughter and friendships where all children are happy, feel safe and valued. We provide the best possible educational provision in a stimulating and creative environment. We pride ourselves on providing a safe, supportive and fun learning environment in which children can explore and discover the world.
We believe that children learn best by direct experience and interactions between people and their environment, through established routines and inspirational activities. We value the strong relationship with our local community and we encourage a positive partnership between children, their home, the provision and the wider community who help us to support the children in our care, to develop into individuals who will lead happy and rewarding lives.
We believe our Tiny Steps Academy should be an extra special place where each child can take their own steps together to explore and discover the world. What children experience in Tiny Steps can create strong and lasting foundations on which to build in later life. It is essential that the experiences are of the highest quality.
Where to find us?
Tiny Steps Academy is located at the very end of our school beside our Reception and Nursery Units. Access is through the community cafe.
The children have access to a wide range of outdoor resources throughout the session which is securely enclosed.
Tiny Steps Academy is currently a 16 place provision, which means we can accommodate 8 children aged two to three years at each session. We offer two and a half day sessions. Each child is eligible for 15 hours free sessions in one week. This is funded the term after the child’s second birthday.
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm | Wednesday: 8:30 – 11:30 am
Or alternatively there is;
Wednesday: 12:30 – 3:00 pm | Thursday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm | Friday: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Footprints of the Day
We feel it is really important that children have consistent routines every day. This helps to provide the children with comfort and security. When children feel this sense of trust and safety they are free to play, explore and learn.
8:30 – 9:00 | Good morning with family workers
9:00 | Handwashing and breakfast with my family
9:15 – 10:25 | Free flow in the indoor learning environment with adult-led focus activities
9:25 | Helpful hands time
10:30 – 10:45 | Hand washing and snack time with our family
10:45 – 11:45 | Free Flow in the outdoor learning environment with adult-led focus activities
11:45 – 12:30 | Handwashing and dinner time with our family
12:30 – 1:30 | Bedtime story time with a friend. Sweet dreams nap
1:30 – 2:30 | Free flow in the outdoor learning environment with adult-led focus activities
2:30 – 2:45 | Handwashing and snack time with our family
2:50 – 3:00 | Song time with our family and hometime
TLC (Toast, Love and Care)
When children arrive on a morning they are provided with toast and milk to help start their day. The children also have a nutritious snack throughout the day alongside water and milk.
When children attend a full day they are provided with a nutritious hot meal in the dining room. We believe mealtimes are a very important part of our day, when children and adults come together socially to eat. We have a lovely, bright and airy dining room, where a calm atmosphere is created that promotes eating and interacting politely with each other, as a family around the table. We are very proud of our home cooking, offering children healthy, nutritious meals throughout the day.
Meet the team
Claire Huggins Emma Legge
The staff build upon what children already know and can do, promote their self-confidence, autonomy, independence and fulfilment. Children have opportunities to play, learn and develop as they experience a range of adult led and child initiated activities.
Staff make regular assessments of children’s learning and development. This information is used to ensure that future planning reflects identified needs. Using individual profiling and tracking, children’s learning in monitored throughout EYFS and school.
We offer children rich experiences in a variety of situations, in learning environments that simulate and invite them to engage holistically and emotionally both indoors and outdoors.