First Steps Village

First Steps Village is a purpose built ‘village’ where young children can have lots of fun exploring, interacting and playing in a safe and stimulating environment.  We currently operate two, one within our First Steps Chichester nursery on the Chichester College campus, and one opposite our First Steps Brinsbury nursery on the Brinsbury College campus.

First Steps Village Chichester features a vet’s, café, village shop, mechanics workshop, picnic area and outside farm, whilst Brinsbury also has ‘First Snips’, its very own – always fully booked! – hair salon.  There are costumes for the children to really get into character, a baby’s corner, changing facilities and self-service kitchen for the grown ups to help themselves to drinks and refreshments throughout the session.  First Steps Village Chichester is within walking distance of the town centre and there is plenty of parking available on both sites.

Launching First Steps Village was a natural development for our childcare team as imaginative play has long been a key part of our children’s learning experience at nursery.  In each of our nurseries, we have a role play area that changes regularly to reflect the children’s interest and support key learning themes.

Role-play provides children with the opportunity to explore their imaginations, enabling them to learn about themselves, others and the world around them.  Within First Steps Village, children are able to take on a familiar role to them – such as shopping or visiting the café – or they can try out a new role such as a vet or mechanic.

Positioned as we are on both the Chichester and Brinsbury College campuses, we have always been able to offer our nursery children fantastic learning experiences, from visiting newborn lambs at Brinsbury, to experiencing fun games and obstacle courses in our state of the art sports centre at Chichester.  First Steps Village Brinsbury is adjacent to the Animal Centre where our nursery children already enjoy visiting the fantastic range of animals cared for from rabbits and tortoises to ferrets and ducks!  We look forward to collaborating further with college staff and students at First Steps Village, delivering new experiences and further enhancing the children’s learning.

All of our nursery children enjoy access to First Steps Village with days set aside each week for our team to incorporate role-play into the children’s activities.  These days vary each month to ensure all children, no matter what day they attend nursery, get to visit at least once a term.

Both First Steps Village Chichester and Brinsbury are open to the public on a pay as you go basis and we run sessions throughout the week, both during the day and after school, on Saturdays and during the school holidays.  Each session lasts for an hour and a half and refreshments are included in the entry price which is £5 per child with one accompanying adult per child receiving free entry.  Additional adults are charged £3.  First Steps Village is also available for private hire and we have a party package for anyone looking for a birthday party with a difference starting at just £99.

Our current session times (and throughout the summer holidays) are:

FIRST STEPS VILLAGE BRINSBURY

Tuesdays: 10am – 11.30am
Thursdays: 10am – 11.30am
Saturdays: 10am – 11.30am

FIRST STEPS VILLAGE CHICHESTER

Tuesdays: 10am – 11.30am & 3.45pm – 5.15pm
Thursdays: 10am – 11.30am & 3.45pm – 5.15pm
Saturdays: 10am – 11.30am

For further information, to be added to our mailing list, to discuss private hire, find out more or make a booking, please contact us on email: firststepsvillage@chichester.ac.uk or call: 01243 530247.

We look forward to welcoming you to First Steps Village soon.