Positive Steps Childcare Nursery

Welcome to Positive Steps Nursery! Found on-site at East Durham College's Peterlee campus, our nursery makes attendance at college easier by providing fantastic childcare facilities for those students who may have young children. It's also open to members of the public looking for childcare.

The Positive Steps Nursery provides high quality care and education at a competitive cost - for children aged from six weeks to five years old. Some free sessions are available for two, three and four year olds.

Sessions are free for some students of the College (means tested) and funding is also available for those students with children at other nurseries or with childminders.

Ofsted - GOOD

Positive Steps Nursery was inspected in 2022 and was graded good by Ofsted. You can view the report on the Ofsted website >>

Curriculum At Positive Steps Nursery

At Positive Steps, we follow the EYFS curriculum. You can read more information on this curriculum by following this link

Interior of the Positive Steps Day Nursery play area

Sessions at Positive Steps

We are open for 50 weeks of the year, with a 2-week closure over the Christmas period. We are also closed for all bank holidays and three additional days during the year for staff development and training days.

Session times are as follows:

Mondays to Thursdays

Full Day Session: From 8am to 5.45pm (includes lunch or tea or both)

Morning Session: From 8am to 1pm (includes lunch)

Afternoon Session: 1pm to 5.45pm (includes tea)


Session times end at 5.15pm


We also offer an early bird starter session from 7.45am-8am. This is at a small additional cost and must be pre-booked.

There is a discount available for full-time places at Positive Steps.

You are entitled to 'holidays' with your children - this is dependent on the number of sessions your child attends.

Meet The Team

Follow this link to find out more details of our fantastic team at the nursery

Exterior of the Positive Steps Day Nursery play area

Transition Visits

When you have accepted your nursery place, we will work out some visits for you and your child.

Initially, you will do a one hour visit between 10am and 11am or 2pm and 3pm, depending on what is best for you and your child.

Once your child is more secure and you feel confident to leave them for a longer time, visits will be extended to 2 hours and once we all agree your child is settled and happy, you will begin your paid sessions.

Rooms at Positive Steps

We have three separate rooms at Positive Steps for children of different age groups. These are:

Cuddly Cubs - for children from birth to 2 years

Little Bears - for children aged 2-3 years

Pre-School - for children aged 3-5 years

These ages are a preferred guideline; children may be admitted into the next relevant age group earlier or later at the discretion of the management team and following discussion with the child's parents/carers.

Childcare Funding Available 

You could be eligible for government help for childcare. The government helps provide free childcare for children aged between 2 and 4.

For more details, please Check out our funding information page here >>

Interior of the Positive Steps Day Nursery play area

Contact Positive Steps Nursery

For more information about Positive Steps, please contact the management team using the details below.

Nursery Manager: Denise McAvinnie

Email: denise.mcavinnie@eastdurham.ac.uk

Nursery Deputy Manager: Tracey Brennan

Email: tracey.brennan@eastdurham.ac.uk

Call: 0191 518 5540

Ofsted Registration Number: EY376425

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