Originally ‘First Steps Nursery (Bath)’, our organisation was established as a registered charity in 1992 after a steering group of volunteers had consulted with local people to identify their childcare needs. In 1996 the original nursery opened in Dominion Road, Twerton, providing a very high standard of care for local children.
First Steps evolved from a community nursery to an Early Excellence Centre in 2001, followed by achieving Neighbourhood Nursery status in 2002. In 2003 the nursery centre was designated as Bath and North East Somerset’s first Sure Start Children’s Centre.
In 2004 First Steps moved into a new purpose built centre in Woodhouse Road, Twerton, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Nicholson (a local businessman) and Pine Tree Trust, the Diocesan Board of Education, and to two capital grants from the Early Excellence programme and the National Lottery. This became our ‘headquarters’ and registered office, as well as housing expanded nursery provision and family support services.
The original site in Dominion Road, now ‘First Steps Annexe’, was retained as a base for our Family Services Team to provide individual support, outreach, and a full programme of groups and activities for parents to attend with their young children.
Also in 2004 First Steps took over (at B&NES request) a private nursery next door to Moorlands Infant School in Oldfield Park. After development work, First Steps Moorlands Children’s Centre achieved its designation as our second Sure Start Children’s Centre in August 2006. Our Company name was changed in early 2007 to become ‘First Steps (Bath), with the service delivered from Woodhouse Road becoming ‘First Steps Twerton Children’s Centre’
First Steps has gained a national reputation for its work with children, families and partner agencies, pre-dating as it did the methods and principles of integrated working and Sure Start Children’s Centres. First Steps has featured on a training video for Ofsted; our centres attract international visitors, and our work has been showcased at national and local conferences.
In 2013 Ofsted changed the framework for the inspection of children's centres and the Twerton and Moorlands Children's Centre were formed into a 'group' Bath West Children's Centre Group.
"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."
''Having information on local activities has helped the whole family to feel settled and to enjoy life in Bath.''