We also recognised that the majority of women who visited us also had childcare issues that acted as a major barrier to individual development, primarily, limited access to the appropriate childcare support, and specifically access to registered premises that also catered for their child’s needs. This led to Stepping Stones achieving ‘OFSTED’ accreditation to enable us to support mother and child at the same location. Nowadays our childcare services are more than just an enabler, they form a critical part of our parenting offer to mums and carers.
Stepping Stones became a charity in 2015. As an organisation we were always very socially minded and client driven, so this doesn’t change what we are about; but has introduced a different type of governance to oversee our work and strategic development.