Place Category: Communities
First Steps Bath’s mission is “To work in partnership with children, families, colleagues and the community by being a responsive, informed, reflective and innovative provider of early years’ education, childcare and integrated family services” In pursuing this mission First Steps will deliver value to:
•Children, through access to quality integrated care, play and early learning opportunities
•Families, through a range of services which are responsive to their individual needs with an emphasis on bringing services to families
•Staff, by maintaining a stimulating environment that encourages innovation and best practice and developing and implementing a coherent range of policies understood and valued by all
•Other stakeholders, through our commitment to working collaboratively with professionals from other disciplines, sharing expertise and exploiting opportunities in areas of common interest
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_First-Steps-Bath.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
Updated March 2017
1) Key activities and examples of support provided
- Provision of child care and education in an area of need from 8 o'clock to 6 o'clock for 52 weeks of the year
- Provision of free, hot, delicious, nutritious lunches to children from low income families
- Support for families to make changes that impact on the wellbeing of children and enhance education outcomes, such as baby massage, bumps and baby group, stay and play groups, trips and outings, healthy eating courses
- Encouragement for local people to work in their local setting, offering good terms and conditions of employment, modelling that families are better off in work and the importance of the Early Years in a child's life
- Volunteer training to rise confidence and aspiration and support opportunities to volunteer in Early Years Education settings and encourage future engagement with training and employment
2) Measures of support provided
During 2016/17 a total of 763 children and families have accessed our services.
301 families have received additional support, these families have been assessed as having a need and are supported with an agreed plan.
56% of staff are from the local communities in which they work.
123 children received free lunches whilst they were attending a First Steps nursery.
3) Supporting children and families to progress
The profile for the end of children's foundation stage in school illustrates that outcome for children in the areas First Steps operate are improving, more children are reaching a good level of development at the end of their foundation stage for the 3rd year running.
149 families made progress when working alongside family support practitioners.