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First Steps is a charity and and a social enterprise, helping the community to thrive now and into the future. Through the provision of high quality nursery education for children, helping parents back into education and employment, creating local jobs and training for local people and ensuring that every child is ready to make a positive start in their schooling.
Welcome Have a look at our annual review and Future Plan. What a year it has been, we are thrilled to be building a new Children’s Centre nursery to include additional childcare places and a bright family room. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this happen. We are so excited to be extending our services to include Bath Opportunity Pre-school (BOP) from September and to be working with this highly skilled and dedicated staﬀ team, families, children and professionals in this very specialist area. BOP has a similar ethos to First Steps each child is seen as an independent and skillful learner who is nested within their family and their community. All children attending any of our settings are nurtured, encouraged, respected and above all they have fun.
Very supportive, especially through a change in our family – we feel xx is cared for at a high level and is very happy
ANNUAL REVIEW I am pleased to present the Financial Statements for First Steps, Bath, for 2017/18, which has been a good year ﬁnancially, with an overall surplus. 2017/18 has been a busy year for First Steps, Bath, as we developed our plans to rebuild our Children’s Centre at Moorlands, adapted to the national changes in funding arrangements for childcare and to the move of the LA Family Services. We have continued to focus on quality of our services and outcomes for young children implementing a range of quality improvement tools and providing additional activities for children.
We have developed our approach to fundraising and are grateful to everyone has supported First Steps in this. The £55,000 raised has enabled us to: 1. Continue to provide free meals for children of qualifying families 2. Complete phase 1 of the Twerton outdoor learning space refurbishment
3. Extend the range of activities available for children.
We have been building reserves over a period of time to fund a rebuild of the Children’s Centre at Moorlands and are now delighted that this work has commenced. The completion of this project will be a major focus of work for First Steps, during 2018/9. Otherwise our focus for 2018/19 is to maintain and develop the high quality support for young children and their families in south and west Bath, to transfer the specialist services provided by Bath Opportunity Playgroup to First Steps, at the request of BOP and the Local Authority, and to develop a model for the delivery of universally available family support. On behalf of Trustees I want to thank the First Steps management team, staﬀ and volunteers, as well as our partners, for their commitment and hard work in continuing to develop and maintain our high quality and eﬀective services for young children and their families.
Sue Pendle Chair
Financial Statements Looking back 2017 – 2018 Key Achievements 1. To ensure the long term sustainability of First Steps • We raised £55,000 through our fundraising eﬀorts in excess of our target. • We ended the year with a surplus on our budget. 2. To maintain and improve the quality of services for children families and the community • Over the year we have been able to implement the recommendations from our Mockstead visit and at Moorlands we are completing Quest a tool to involve staﬀ in quality improvement. • We have had speech and language support in both settings. • 35 children beneﬁted from free meals at any given time. • We have added to the list of additional opportunities for children, Forest Foxes, Rugby Tots, Sunshine Circles. • 100% of families in our annual consultation agreed that they were happy with the service they received.
100% happy families
3. To sustain learning and growth • Over 55% of our staﬀ are employed in the communities in which they live. • We have had three wonderful people volunteering. • Over 400 children have received a service. • Planning permission was granted to replace the Moorlands Children’s Centre building.
…secure positive parenting and loving relationships Looking forward 2018-2019 Our priorities • To continue to build and grow quality, inclusive childcare and family support through a social enterprise model. • To continue to search for opportunities to generate further income that ﬁts with First Steps mission and supports our charitable aims. • To develop services for families that secure positive parenting and loving relationships.
Financial Statements Lovely Nursery, very helpful in time of need Actual Incoming resources
Nursery Fees and Early Years Entitlement
Contracts and SLA
Donations and misc income
Total incoming resources
Actual Resources expended
Direct service costs
Meal Subsidy granted
Bad debts Total resources expended
Our Trustees The Trustee board take responsibility for the overall leadership of First Steps, they give their time for free and bring a host of valuable skills and knowledge to the charity. They delegate authority to the Chief Executive and a team of senior managers for the day to day running of services. Meg North Fundraising Trustee Retired Local Government Oﬃcer
Safeguarding Trustee Senior Head of Programmes for Education Training and Development – Princes Trust
Jane Millar OBE
Vice Chair Future Excellence Project Professor of Social Policy – University of Bath
Moorlands Build Project Managing Director International Paper Foodservice Europe Ltd
Isobel Michael Fundraising Trustee Director – NSP Philanthropy
First Steps News Sue Pendle Chair Retired HR Consultant
We were very lucky to be chosen to home an Owlet by Norland College, part of the Minerva Owl trail. Children at Twerton and at Moorlands have had fun designing and decorating him and took part in a Owl themed tea party.
Vice Chair Future Excellence Project Moorlands Build Project Principal – Norland College
Here are our fundraising priorities, shout if you are able to help in any way. The next event is children’s games and activities at the Pies, Pints and Petanque event. Watch for updates on Facebook.
Family Services Link Trustee Retired Health Visitor
FUNDRAISING We have recently launched our fundraising campaign to raise £55,000 to:
Sarah Chikhani Twerton Link Trustee Community Pharmacist
Focus on speech and language Janet Rose
Fundraising 2018-19 EVENTS
Tom Williams Moorlands Link Trustee Moorlands Build Project Head of Management Accounts – University Bath
Ken Littlewood Chair Treasurer Moorlands Build Project Retired Business Executive
Oscar the Owl is in the centre of Bath, can you ﬁnd him?
my child is a lot more conﬁdent
Becky Parker, our speech and language therapist, ensures that every child is making progress with their communication skills. She is seconded from the Speech and Language Therapy service. Becky visits regularly to assess children’s needs, and provides supporting evidence for funding applications and staﬀ training. She also holds specialist, fun, speech and language groups, which have helped develop the majority of the children to be conﬁdent in their transition to school. This is an excellent example of how we can use funding to support positive outcomes for children.
Thank you Becky, we truly appreciate all the work that you do.
1. Redevelop the outdoor learning area at First Steps Moorlands
£35,000 2. Provide free meals
£15,000 3. Provide trips activities and educational supplies
Please help us reach our target
4 Celebrating Grandparents Wise, Fun and Connected – the amazing support of Grandparents in children’s lives Grandparents deﬁne values for children, help them ﬂourish in self-conﬁdence and strengthen family bonds. They hold the key to all the family stories and develop a history for each child. So when grandparents actively encourage their own
children to send the next generation to First Steps it speaks volumes about our settings. Grandparents recognize the love, awe and wonder that occur every day at First Steps and the diﬀerence that this makes for children.
Thank you to Nan, Nanny, Granny, Pop, Grandpa, Grampy, and Grandma for all that you do for future generations.
CHILDCARE PLACES Looking to return to work or looking to take up your child’s early years entitlement to a nursery place? Call 01225 444791 for further details. We have places available; a warm welcome awaits you and your child, let the adventure begin.
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