Ambition, purpose and values
First Steps - A charity and social enterprise working alongside children and families to enhance communities and to change lives.
Through the provision of high quality, inclusive childcare and support for families First Steps mission is to work in collaboration and partnership and ensure that whole communities thrive.
At First Steps we see each child as a unique, independent learner nested within their family and their community. We offer an inspiring, warm and nurturing environment where children can explore, be brave, test new ideas and above all have fun.
We are accredited as a genuine social enterprise - The Social Enterprise Mark is an independent guarantee that we put the interests of people and planet above shareholder gain. We have been externally assessed against sector-agreed criteria and have proved our commitment to using profits and income to create benefits for society and the environment.
We are part of a diverse international network of accredited social enterprises, which have been assessed as meeting a robust and credible standard for social enterprise, as upheld by an independent Certification Panel. Social enterprises are trading businesses that reinvest income and profits to address social and environmental issues. Through social enterprise, organisations like ours can operate with a positive impact on the world we live in and our children will inherit.
First Steps is part of Compassionate Communities, a grass roots social movement which recognizes there are people and organisations supporting each other, who are available and can step in as and when needed with actual or virtual support. This will enable people in need to easily access local support and as a result of our work more people will get the help they need in a timely way and residents, students and businesses will be motivated to take action. Making Bath and North East Somerset a more sustainable, compassionate and healthy place and give individuals the confidence to take positive action when its needed.