About Us

Taking the first steps…

We understand that leaving your little one, especially for the first time, is a huge step. If the time has come to start
thinking about enrolling your child into nursery our experienced, dedicated and friendly nursery teams are ready
and committed to help support you in taking those ‘First Steps’.
We will provide you with the reassurance, and the confidence to leave your children with us – safe in the
knowledge that they are extremely well cared for in your absence and gaining wonderful experiences during their
time away from you.
Within a safe, secure environment newborn babies through to children who are ready to start school will learn,
play, socialise and enjoy new experiences every day.

We currently have nurseries in four locations. Chichester, Brinsbury, Bersted & Worthing (was Children First Nursery). Each of our nurseries is dedicated
to providing a happy environment 51 weeks of the year with convenient, flexible day care session times between
7.30am – 6.00pm.

What’s included?…
We strive to make our prices as clear and inclusive as possible. Therefore all of our prices include nutritious snacks,
drinks, freshly cooked meals (at appropriately timed sessions) and a dedicated key person (and co-key person)
with whom you can directly liaise about your child’s care. The only things we ask that you provide, are nappies,
wipes and formula milk if required.

Who’s involved?…
Every member of staff at First Steps either has, or is working towards a relevant childcare qualification and
undergoes regular top-up training so that they have the knowledge and abilities to handle whatever situation
presents itself. The childcare managers at each setting have a wealth of knowledge and work closely together to
deliver outstanding childcare in each setting. Supporting that drive – be it in the nursery settings or ‘behind the
scenes’, are: Childcare Officers, Assistants, Apprentices, Administrators and Catering teams. Heading up the entire
First Steps group is Sue Carpenter, Senior Childcare Manager who has worked in childcare for over 30 years.

The extra mile…
We believe in providing children with happy, memorable experiences and throughout their time with us we
proudly offer; time in our First Steps Villages, messy play, arts and crafts and for those preparing to start school;
‘Phonics’, Forest School Sessions and a focus on Early Maths and Literacy related activities. In addition, each of our
nurseries is proudly led by qualified Early Years practitioners.

Why First Steps?…

The First Steps group was established in 1990. Since then, lots has changed, but our mission hasn’t. To provide the
perfect place to play, learn and make friends.
Having started as just one, we now have four nurseries within our group, Chichester, Brinsbury, Bersted & Worthing
and employ in excess of 80 staff at First Steps of whom we are extremely proud.
From our apprentice practitioners through to our Early Years teachers, Administrative Assistants and our catering
team everybody plays their part to make the First Steps wheels turn.

“As the Senior Childcare Manager at First Steps, I work across all of our
nurseries supporting the Managers of each of our nurseries and their
teams on a day-to-day basis. Many of our staff have been with us for a
number of years, including our highly experienced nursery managers, and
we work closely together to provide the best possible experiences for the

Sue Carpenter, Senior Childcare Manager