The Nursery Years


When my son was 11 months old he spent a few hours a week at Stepping Stones  in Alfreton, Derbyshire, before completing full days around the age of 18 months.

I have already discussed the decision process in which I went through to pick this particular nursery (in previous columns), but what I wanted to highlight is the great work nursery staff do in keeping your child safe and happy.

Luca’s first day at Stepping Stones

As a self-confessed neurotic mother, my son’s nursery is now fully accustomed to me calling to check on everything from eating to sleeping.

Before ever having used a nursery, I admit that I had no idea of the importance the staff would play in my son’s development. It’s easy to assume (incorrectly) that these people spend all day wiping snotty noses, dirty bums and high chairs; with a little paint and play thrown…

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