Our baby and first steps department is on the first floor and has a bright open plan layout with an
adjoining terrace, this ensures the children have all round access to the outdoor environment
whatever the weather.


Here your precious baby will have constant care, with plenty of time for stories and cuddles. The nurturing environment has cosy areas full of stimulating sensory equipment, treasure baskets, cuddly toys and natural objects to encourage heuristic play. Your baby will explore colour, shape and texture to promote physical skills and linguistic development. Staff will support and encourage, but your baby will learn at their own rate.

The Baby Room is specifically designed for the care of infants aged 3 – 18 months. Babies are engaged and stimulated by our expert staff who can help with all kinds of things including weaning and first steps. We bottle feed as required throughout the day, either your own expressed milk or formula. After lunch at 12 our baby room converts into ‘the sleep room’. Blinds are shut and calm music is played to enable the babies to relax and rest.

“Such a welcoming and friendly team! It is so clear that all of the staff have the children at the centre of everything they do. They are attentive and always ensure the highest level of care is provided. My daughter attended from 8months old and they took so much care to ensure she settled. My daughter fell in love with everyone who works there and enjoyed all of the lovely activities set daily” – Fiona K (2022)


Here your toddler will increasingly become a walker and talker. Developmentally she or he will being to self-feeding and make first friendships. Physical, intellectual and linguistics skill will be developed through a range of activates, including listening to music and rhymes, sharing books, sand or water play, messy play and painting with hands or feet. There will be simple jigsaws, construction toys and crayons to develop fine motor skills. Roll play will be encouraged with resources familiar from real life such as a home corner with role play kitchen or small world people and cars.

First Steps is aimed at toddlers aged 18 – 30 months. These little people are finding their first steps and independence so need lots of engaging activities and attention which they receive from our expert team. 


Our staff at Play & Learn are trained in supporting families to wean children whether it’s onto solid foods, from formula milk to cow’s milk or from bottle to cup. We follow up-to-date guidance to ensure children are receiving the correct nutrients for their stage of development.


All our upstairs children enjoy nap time after lunch, Sleep mats will already have been prepared for them, Younger babies have cots to sleep in.

Due to varying routines it may mean that some children are awake when others are sleeping. The First Steps department is then also set up to respect nap time with quiet activities that children can engage in if they are not sleeping. 

To speak to a member of our friendly and helpful team call

0121 355 3248