Not only does Footsteps Darras Hall offer an excellent Early Years provision, it also delivers fantastic wrap-around care to the children attending Darras Hall Primary School offering Breakfast Club and After-School Club services that are both reliable and flexible for parent’s needs.
We are located in the centre of Darras Hall Estate, in the grounds of Darras Hall Primary School. Family values are at the forefront of practice and parents often comment that the setting feels extremely friendly, warm and welcoming.
Our team have a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience, they are passionate about their role striving to make a difference in every child’s journey whilst in the setting. All staff hold relevant qualifications, have experience and understanding of children’s individual learning styles and development.
Staff show commitment in continuing their own professional development by regularly updating their skills and knowledge through training. research and courses. All staff hold a Paediatric First Aid qualification.
Our team have a comprehensive and secure knowledge of children’s safety and welfare working within stringent safeguarding policies and procedures.
The setting is open between the hours of 7.45am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday, term time only and caters for children between the ages of 2 years and 11 years.
November 7 2019
Coming soon is a brand new Playgroup inside Howdon Hub offering both fee paying and free places to eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
June 20 2019
We are delighted to share that our Dolphin Street setting has been awarded Outstanding in all areas.
Session times and prices from September 2019
|Block booking 5 days||£20.25 pw|
|Block booking 5 days||£67.50 pw|
|Lunch / walk over to||11.45-12.15|
|Darras Hall First School|
|Various drop in sessions||£5.00 per hour|
|After School Club||15.15-18.00|
|Block booking 5 days||£45.00 pw|
(then £10.00 per ½ hour thereafter)
10% sibling discount for 2nd child (when attending the same sessions)
(Sibling discount does not apply to block bookings that are already discounted)
We take children from Darras Hall Primary School during term time. For breakfast there is a choice of cereal with fresh milk, toast or crumpets. There’s no need to bring toys as we have a wide range of toys for the children to play with and they can also take part in activities such as drawing. We also have the sofa area where children can relax, read a book or take part in an activity of their choice. Children then have their register together before we walk them to school and they are then safely signed in by their class teachers for the day.
Children have access to an outdoor space and practitioners recognise that the outdoor area is a wonderful place for children to discover and explore, therefore this area provides a variety of natural resources for children to gain skills and face new challenges.
Practitioners encourage the children to be independent, by providing them with waterproof trousers and wellies. This allows the children to choose to dress themselves and explore their world outside come rain or shine! There is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing!
Our team provide a challenging and stimulating indoor environment which is extremely child-friendly and children are encouraged at all times to lead their own play and learning. Staff are excellent role models who help children to show kindness, empathy and consideration towards others.
Each child has a key worker who will observe and plan a range of learning opportunities that support their interests and next steps. Staff monitor children’s progress throughout the year making sure that all children are making exceptional progress from their starting points.
Our club aims to provide a safe and inspiring environment for the children to play, learn and develop. We pride ourselves in delivering a fun, happy and safe place for children to play with their friends or take part in a wide variety of activities to suit all ages and interests.
After collecting the children from school, we take the register and two ‘buddies’ are chosen to help with tasks throughout the night. We offer a light snack such as fruit and vegetables, cheese and crackers, breadsticks and more.
We offer a wide range of activities from making models from clay to reading in the quiet area, but appreciate that some children are happy to play with their friends. The outdoor area is a perfect place for the children to play as they have access to the wooden adventure playground.
Mr & Mrs R
Staff are exemplary role models who will help to show all children consideration, cooperation and respect towards others. We have a strong ethos in allowing and supporting all children to learn, grow and shine in a safe, friendly and happy environment. We aim to provide inclusive experiences to all young children, including those with SEND, and will aim to meet those needs effectively and with close partnership working with parents and outside agencies.
Staff are committed to partnership working and therefore have excellent relationships with parents, Darras Hall Primary School and the local community. We work closely to ensure that children have rich and varied experiences.
Senior Nursery Nurse
Apprentice nursery nurse