First Steps (Bath) is a charity and social enterprise, which runs 2 nurseries and 2 Children's Centres, offering early years education & family support services in the Bath area.
We provide 110 daycare places for children 6 months-5years at our Twerton and Moorlands Children's Centres.
Profits from the delivery of childcare and education go back into the organisation to ensure that high quality education, care and family support are consistently delivered and that First Steps remains a key part of the community.
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement for all applicants and renewing Mark Holders to provide at least three ‘social impact statements’, which illustrate how they are striving to meet their social/environmental objectives. Below are examples of how First Steps Bath is making a mark, striving to create a positive impact on people and planet.
Social inputs -
Provision of child care and education in an area of need
Provision of free, hot, delicious, nutritious lunches to children from low income families
Support for families to make changes that impact on the wellbeing of children and enhance education outcomes, such as baby massage, bumps and baby group, stay and play groups, trips and outings, healthy eating courses
Encouragement for local people to work in their local setting, offering good terms and conditions of employment, modelling that families are better off in work and the importance of the Early Years in a child's life
Volunteer training to rise confidence and aspiration and support opportunities to volunteer in Early Years Education settings and encourage future engagement with training and employment.
Social outputs: key measures of support provided during 2016/17 a total of
763 children and families have accessed our services, of which 301 families have received additional support. These families have been assessed as having a need and are supported with an agreed plan.
56% of our staff are from the local communities in which they work.
123 children received free lunches whilst they were attending a First Steps nursery.
Social outcomes: supporting family progress
The profile for the end of children's foundation stage in school illustrates that outcome for children in the areas First Steps operate are improving; more children are reaching a good level of development at the end of their foundation stage for the 3rd year running.
149 families made progress when working alongside family support practitioners.
Choosing a First Steps nursery place for your child means that more children and families receive the help they need; and the numbers of children who are not prepared for school is reduced.
Please visit www.socialenterprisemark.org.uk for further information.
''Overall Steps is like our family. 'C' is happy and growing well - learning and changing all the time and it's down to the staff.''
"I want to highlight the importance of the centres as a place to go with my family, to receive help and to be able to talk to other mums and staff, and to know that my children are in an educational, safe and fun space."