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Stepping Stones Pre-School

Charity based preschool which celebrates its 50th year this year. We have a great team of qualified, friendly staff.

Funded and non funded places available for 2, 3 & 4 year olds. Open 8.45am - 3pm term time only offering morning, afternoon and all day sessions. We also offer a lunch club everyday costing £4.50.

Please feel free to contact us for a visit.

This setting has signed up to offer Tax Free Childcare.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Claire Smith
Contact Position
Stepping Stones Pre-school - website

Where to go

Stepping Stones Preschool
Dunsfold Road
RG30 4NP

The preschool entrance can be found at the rear of the building by following the pathway around the right hand side of the building leading to a set of blue doors. 

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 15:00

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£15.00 Non funded 3 year olds Per Session
£18.00 Non funded 2 year olds Per Session
£4.50 for lunch club 11.45am-1pm Per Session
Wheelchair accessible?


Other notes

We consider ourselves to be an inclusive setting and will endeavour to take children with a varying level of additional needs. We work closely with the SEN team at Brighter Futures For Children and have a great relationship with family workers and portage. 

We offer parent support groups once a half term where parents can come in and chat to other parents in similar positions. We also invite various professionals to the meetings to try and answer any questions parents or carers may have.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
We have access to a disabled toilet

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
We would try to accommodate full or partial one to one care if extra funding can be obtained. We also employ an independent speech and language therapist who works with the children who have diagnosed or possible additional needs. Our SENCO has over 15 years experience of working with children with additional needs, both personally and professionally. She works closely with all children, and their families, who have suspected or diagnosed SEN. She has a vast experience of completing paperwork and referrals for all professionals including CAMHS and EHCPs. As well as our SENCO we have 2 SEN assistants, although all staff receive training on SEN. We have created a separate room to carry out interventions and also have a fully functioning Sensory room which is accessed by all children.

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
We are very stringent on ensuring children only have food set out in their dietary requirements. There are clear signs in both of our rooms , including pictures of the children incase we have new staff or volunteers who may not be familiar with names, stating all dietary requirements.

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
We endeavour to cover all celebrations, customs and traditions relevant to all children within our setting.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
No vacancies until September 2022
Date updated
Immediate Vacancies for 30 Hour Place

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Additional 15 hours of *Free* childcare offered
When are the additional 15 hours available? (e.g. Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm)
Monday to Friday 12pm to 3pm
How many places are available for the additional 15 hours to meet the 30 hours childcare
Intending to provide 30 Hours?
Registered to provide 30 Hours?
30 Hours Partner Summary
As well as offering it ourselves we currently work in partnership with various childminders to enable families to receive the 30 hour entitlement in a way that suits their needs.

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:45 15:00
Tuesday 08:45 15:00
Wednesday 08:45 15:00
Thursday 08:45 15:00
Friday 08:45 15:00

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
29/11/2010Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory
07/10/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Inadequate
11/09/2014Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Inadequate
12/01/2015Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
10/03/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Contact Name
Claire Smith
Contact Telephone
0118 9429492
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
Local Offer Updated
Download more Local Offer details for Stepping Stones Local Offer - May 2022 here...

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.