Happy Steps Childcare used to run from Upper Beeding Baptist Church hall. Then in February 2016 Happy Steps moved to new premises and from April 2016 extended the opening times times and age range. Happy Steps is open from 8.00 am until 6.00 pm 50 weeks of the year providing a Breakfast club (for Upper Beeding Primary school children up to year 6) and After school club (for Upper Beeding and Steyning Primary school children up to year 6). Holiday club will run for all children aged 0-11 years old.
The manager and owner is Rochelle Bradbury. When the previous owners of the nursery decided to leave and try something new back in July 2008, Rochelle grabbed the opportunity with both hands and started her own Pre-School. Starting with just 10 children that were enrolled in September 2008 and the original toys from the previous nursery, Rochelle and her supervisors and assistants, have striven to give everything they can to make Happy Steps an inviting, safe and above all fun place for each of the children who attend. Happy Steps provides educational play for children over 5 days of the week, 38 weeks of the year (Term Time) or 50 weeks of the year using the Holiday club.
In 2010 Happy Steps was given a Capital Grant by West Sussex County Council, this enabled Happy Steps to buy all new furniture and equipment for the children to use in their play and learning.
Happy Steps practice the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and their aim, through play, is to build your child’s self esteem and independence, ready for their transition into school. They understand that children develop abilities at different times and take care to provide activities that are age/stage appropriate for each child. It is also their policy to promote an equal opportunities approach and to recognise the special needs of children with particular learning difficulties or disabilities. This is a subject very close to Rochelle’s heart as she has a child with special needs herself.
Happy Steps operate a key person system and when your child starts there, they will be advised who their key person is. Each child has one adult to which they can relate to, this can make settling into Happy Steps easier. Parents/Carers are encouraged to visit with their child on a number of occasions before starting so things start to become familiar to them. Parents are the most significant people in a young person’s life and parental involvement is important to Happy Steps. Working together with parents they aim to give your child the best start in education they can.