For many years, families in Edale and the Hope Valley have wanted reliable full-day care and childcare that would enable parents to return to work knowing that their child would receive the best possible care.
In January 2020, a survey of parents was undertaken, which found that childcare for working parents was needed more than ever.
In February 2020, a group of local people, including some parents of young children, formed a Board of Trustees and applied to the Charity Commission to establish Edale Stepping Stones Nursery and Childcare Centre as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). This means any financial surplus is fully reinvested into ensuring your child has the best preparation for school and life.
From the start, the Trustees decided that their guiding principle would be one of whatever was developed had to be of high quality.
Caroline Jackson, Morgan Jackson and Kay Argyle offered the use of the Old Winery as premises. It is a beautiful building full of light, with a large private garden. The Trustees came together one cloudy day and set about clearing the overgrown bushes and builders rubble at the end of the garden and developed a magical space for children to explore and learn, including a space where they could grow their own vegetables and plants.
In April 2020 Naomi Compton, Head of Centre and Theresa Skillen, Deputy Head, gave up their previous posts and were appointed to develop Edale Stepping Stones, as a high quality Nursery and Childcare Centre, with an aim to open in September 2020.