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First Steps at Cansfield Day Nursery and Pre-school

We provide day care for 51 weeks of the year (excluding Christmas) for children from 0-5 years providing funded and non-funded childcare places.

First Steps at Cansfield has been in operation since 1994 and most of the staff that work here have enjoyed many years of continued service, this offers the children and families a unique stability that is often not found in most childcare settings. The building is purpose built and we have a separate dining room, meals are cooked fresh daily and meet all individual dietary requirements.

All our staff are qualified to level 3, some staff are qualified up to level 5. Our Special educational needs co-ordinator has completed an Early Years SENCo Award. All staff have a high standard of work experience and have been at First Steps for many years.

We are a fully inclusive setting and offer full and part time places for children aged between 6 weeks and 5 years, which can be full year or term time only. We also offer free funded places for eligible 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 year olds, and these can either be term time only, or stretched weeks all year round. We have 3 indoor learning environments, Babies 0-2 years, Toddlers 2- 3 years, and Pre-School 3-4 years.  Whilst following the Early years foundation stage, our curriculum is played based, incorporating the curiosity approach in to our communication rich environments. Each of our environments are filled with resources that are age appropriately stimulating, engaging, and incite curiosity, to create environment's that the children enjoy learning through play. We have 2 well-equipped outdoor play areas, one for use by our children 0-3 years, and the other for our 3-4 year age group.

Once your child starts school the care is continuous as we work with the following primary schools in Ashton, St Oswald’s & RL Hughes where we provide breakfast and afterschool club services. We also run holiday clubs during all school holidays, except Christmas.

We offer extracurricular activities to support your child's learning in the Early Years Foundation stage and have access to extensive provision such as gymnasium, sports hall and Library within our on site school Cansfield High. Our Pre-School children have weekly swimming lessons at Ashton Leisure Centre.

We have recently been inspected by Ofsted on 23.08.22 and were graded as a 'Good' nursery. Please follow the link to read our report 50194580 (

We have close links with our community nursery nurse who is readily available to offer parents & carers any additional support and guidance they may need.

We accept all variety of childcare vouchers, tax free childcare payments or fees can be paid via standing order or using a debit/credit card/cash or cheque will be accepted.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Louise Wareing
Contact Position
01942 711964
01942 724118 - this is for the Out of School club only

Where to go


First Steps has been in operation since 1994 and most of the staff that started with us are still working which offers the children and families a unique stability that is often not found in most childcare settings. The building is purpose built and  have an extension to provide us with a seperate dining room and our own kitchen so all food is now cooked fresh on the premises and it allows us to meet all individual dietary requirements.

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£47.00 Per Day
£26.00 Per Half Day
£4.50 Per Hour

We also have free funded sessions up to a maximum of 15 hours per week for all 2 year olds, and up to 30 hours for 3 & 4 year olds.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
All areas accessible via wheelchair

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Date updated

Free Childcare

3/4 year olds
2 year olds

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday - Friday 7.30am 6.00pm
Monday - Friday 7.30am 12.30pm
Monday - Friday 1.00pm 6.00pm
Baby Facilities
ICT Facilities
Private Changing Area
Interactive whiteboard
Internet Connection
Calming room
Quiet Area
Kitchen facilities
Lap tops
Meeting Rooms
Disabled access
Disabled toilets
Outdoor Playspace
Extended Services school
Free parking
TV and DVD
Healthy Eating
Accessible Parking
Baby changing facilities
When is childcare available?
School holiday care available - Easter Holidays
School holiday care available - Summer holidays
Open all year (except Christmas)

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
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