Children making a display at nursery

First Steps St Matthews Pre-school is an Early Years Alliance childcare service in Leicester. The pre-school is run by a well-qualified, kind and caring team who make the most of indoor and outdoor learning environments in order to support positive early years learning. 

The pre-school has a strong reputation for having a friendly and secure approach to early years learning.

Professionals are trained to support all key areas of the EYFS, helping new skills and interests to develop, while maintaining a secure environment and supporting good nutrition.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of the nursery.

The setting has regular stay and play sessions for our families. The focus of these sessions is to share information about the pre-school and to encourage parents to give feedback and offer their opinions.

First Steps pre-school is made up of many ethnicities and has a high intake of children with special educational needs and disabilities, and we are working together with other professionals in the setting.

We have a high number of children who speak English as an additional language and we are fortunate to have bilingual staff to support these families and children.

First Steps St Matthews is Rated 'Good' in March 2016.

The setting offers 72 Ofsted registered places for children aged between two- and four-years-old. 

Opening times

Our sessions are mornings from 9:15am to 12:15pm, and afternoons from 12:45pm to 3:45pm. We have 36 places available on each session.

First Steps Pre-school is open 38 weeks of the year termly, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days.

The following term dates for this year are:

Spring half term 

Pre-school closes - Friday 15th February 2019

Holiday duration from  - Monday 18th February to Friday 22nd February. 

Pre-school opens - Monday 25th February 2019

Easter holidays 

Pre-school closes - Friday 12th April 2019

Holiday duration from  - Monday 15th April to Friday 26th April 2019 

Pre-school opens - Monday 29th April 2019

Bank holiday date - Monday 6th May 2019

Summer half term dates 

Pre-school closes - Friday 24th May 2019

Holiday duration from  - Monday 27th May 2019 to Friday 31st May 2019

Pre-school opens - Monday 3rd June 2019

Summer holidays 

Pre-school closes - Friday 12th July 2019

Holiday duration from  - Monday 15th July 2019

We offer 

  • Funded childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds
  • A safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team
  • A dedicated person to give focused support to your child
  • Bilingual staff
  • Regular stay and play sessions for our families

Find out more

To arrange a visit during our opening hours please contact nursery manager Jeevan Lally on 0116 262 0764 or


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About us

The Alliance provides flexible, affordable and quality childcare across England. We are one of the largest providers of childcare in England with over 50 years of experience delivering childcare and practical, professional support to early years' practitioners.

First Steps St Matthews Pre-school offers a stimulating approach to early years development and learning for very young children. 

Our pre-school plans its activities in accordance with the EYFS with a strong focus on exploratory, imaginative play and healthy eating. Our planning is a continuous programme to ensure that all seven areas of learning and development are covered every week. 

We work in partnership with parents and carers adhering to the EYFS and providing a foundation of learning for the children, to prepare them for school.

Every child in our care is supported by a key person who understands their individual needs and offers special care and support to them. 

Rigorous health & safety and safeguarding policies and procedures are in place to ensure that every child is protected and feels safe and happy with us. 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

In our setting we do a variety of different activities based around each child’s interests to support the childrens' learning and development.

We recently focused on the story of We're Going on a Bear Hunt and the children produced a superb display board with all the key words from the story book.

The display board covered different areas of learning and encouraged the children to learn more from their work, by using it every day.



Find out more

To arrange a visit during our opening hours please contact nursery manager Jeevan Lally on 0116 262 0764 or

Our Team

Reading stories with my key personOur well qualified, committed and experienced team works hard to create a caring and learning environment in the pre-school. We know that every child develops differently and at different times. Every child has a key person who understands their individual needs and interests. This helps us ensure every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment and supervision procedures to ensure anyone joining our team undertakes relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure, references and qualification checks.

Parents are reassured knowing that child protection and safeguarding underpins every aspect of our practice.

Your child's 'key person'

Every child who joins the pre-school receives support from an experienced member of the team. They are responsible for your child’s individual needs and are known as the ‘key person’. The key person is your main point of contact, however all pre-school staff are happy to feedback on your child’s developmental progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you. They will also keep records of your child’s progress and achievement, which are always available for you to see and contribute towards.

Your child’s key person will make time to find out from you about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements. Please share any important or useful information when you register your child and throughout their time with us. This helps us to give your child the most appropriate care and learning. You can access and contribute to your child's progress in their records.


                                                                                                                                              Our team

                               Pre-school Manager - Jeevan Lally

                               Deputy Manager/SENCO - Fatma Abdallah

                                   Pre-school Assistants - Najma Al-haddad, Khadija Mangia and Srona Pathan

                           One to one support workers - Surayya Hussein and Farina Khan

Find out more

To arrange a visit during our opening hours please contact nursery manager Jeevan Lally on 0116 262 0764 or

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Do you have spaces available?

Yes we do. Please call or email us to discuss what hours you need.

Do you offer funded entitlement for 3 year olds?

Children are eligible for the funding in the term following their third birthday. The funding is available for 15 hours per week.  

Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?

If your child is two years old, your child may be eligible to attend the two year old funded childcare programme. The funding is available for 15 hours per week. Please ask us.

What sessions do you offer?

We offer morning and afternoon sessions during term time. The morning session is from 9:15am until 12:15pm and the afternoon session is from 12:45pm until 3:45pm.

Do you provide hot meals?

We do not provide hot meals however, a variety of healthy snacks are provided for all children during a session. Water and milk is also provided.

Are you able to accommodate children with different dietary requirements?

Yes we are. Please inform us when you register your child of any special dietary requirements they have.

My child has special educational needs, will they be able to come to the pre-school?

We welcome children with special educational needs and our staff are experienced at working with children with a range of different needs. Please come in to talk to us about your child's requirements so we can discuss what additional support they may require.

What qualifications do your staff have?

All our staff are qualified level 3 practitioners and have received training in safeguarding, paediatric first aid and food hygiene. Some staff have specialist training in autism or epilepsy for example.

How many staff will be looking after my child? 

Our staff team is 8 in total.

Find out more

To arrange a visit during our opening hours please contact nursery manager Jeevan Lally on 0116 262 0764 or



Contact Us

Jeevan Lally, Pre-school Manager

First Steps Pre-school

St Matthews Neighbourhood Centre

10 Malabar Road



Tel:  0116 262 0764 / 0116 222 1068



During school holidays the pre-school is closed, but you can contact us through the office:

Early Years Alliance Leicestershire

Unit F, Linwood Centre, Linwood Lane, Leicester, LE2 6QJ

Tel: 0116 229 1994


First Steps St Matthews
St Matthews Neighbourhood Centre
10 Malabar Road
United Kingdom
Tel: 0116 262 0764
Review 1 - I think it is a nice place for kids. My daughter loves it and enjoys staying and playing (Parent feedback by postal card)
Review 2: I like nurseries because toys and activities are very good. Mainly like the staff as they are so caring and friendly to children, they do everything to make a child happy and play. I am happy with this nursery. My child is very happy and learning many new things. (Parent feedback by postal card)
Review 3: All 3 of my children have come here and I couldn't be happier.

The staff are excellent and caring.

The support for children and parents are excellent.
(Parent feedback by postal card)
Review 4: Since my child has started pre-school, I have seen a very big improvement in her behaviour and being polite and has picked up lots of new words ie thank you, help me etc,.

As first, she was shy to play with other children but now she is very happy and looks forward to coming to pre-school every day and enjoys playing with all the activities and she loves singing her nursery rhymes.

I am very happy with the pre-school and happy now they have helped and will further help my child with her progression.
(Parent feedback by postal card)
Review 5: I'm happy with the environment of First Steps pre-school as staff and children are happy and welcoming school is clean and have nice toys.
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