The Harley Jae Trust are proud to announce our official business partnership with Stepping Stones Day Nursery Ltd. One of the largest day nurseries in the UK, Stepping Stones was opened in December 2000 by Gary Holmes and his wife Claire, after a successful 6 years the nursery had an extension and increased from 63 places to 73.

In 2010 Stepping Stones bought the Arboretum Nursery School and nearly doubled the nurseries capacity from 73 places to 144. This saw the Pre-School section of the nursery move across the car park to the newly bought building.

In 2017 Stepping Stones extended on site again increasing capacity from 144 places to 217. Adding two purpose built Pre-School rooms, an additional room for toddlers, a meeting room and three new offices.

The team at Stepping Stones now want to find opportunities to give back after having such a successful 18 years in the child care industry. Financial Director Tom Holmes said:

‘We believe in supporting our local community and we are keen to find opportunities to give back to local causes that are important to the people of Nottingham. We also believe that it is essential to teach our children from an early age the importance of charity and how they themselves can get involved in supporting charitable causes. The Harley Jae Trust is a children’s charity that is firmly rooted within Nottingham and we can’t think of a better charity to support as it enables us as a children’s service to help another. This is why we have decided to set up a regular monthly donation to the charity and in addition we will be holding several fundraisers throughout the year that all of our children will be involved in.’ 

The Harley Jae Trust are thrilled to have Stepping Stones as an official partner and it gives us a great start to our new appeal to find local businesses who want to support The Harley Jae Trust as local cause. Partnerships such as this one are vital to the charities sustainability and the future work we can do. The Harley Jae Trust are a passionate and dedicated charity, committed to improving the lives of of children with life limiting and life changing conditions.

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