Welcome to footprints@ pinetots

Our Ofsted-registered pre-school based in St Luke’s Church Hall, Formby.


Children and families are at the heart of all we do.

For children’s First Steps in life away from home we are passionate about offering a homely, secure and nurturing environment with care and support from experienced practitioners who share our values and beliefs of improving children’s life chances by providing them with rich experiences and opportunities to play, laugh and learn and to make valuable, often lifelong friendships.

First Steps recognise that only when children feel physically and emotionally happy and secure, can they be ready to explore and learn about the big world around them.

First Steps encourage children to explore, be inquisitive, to learn and have fun. We delight in children’s achievements, no matter how small a step.

We empower children to give it a go, to keep on trying and to believe in themselves.

Our Pre-School, footprints@pinetots, recognises the strong sense of community that our families feel, and we value our relationships with parents.

First Steps is all-inclusive to the families that we serve and aims to provide parents/cares with the same nurture and support that we give to the children.

footprints@pinetots was formerly known as Pine Pixies, run successfully in the Formby community over the last 17 years.

First Steps began operating the setting in November 2018, and Pine Tots will seek to build on the previous good work undertaken.

Meet the Team

The team in footprints@ pinetots are highly qualified and experienced in the early years.

Lynda Birtles, Nursery Manager

Also in our staff team:

Suzanne Cummins – Early Years Practitioner

Kay Pont – Early Years Practitioner

First Steps Enterprise Limited - Team Photo

Management Team

The First Steps Management Team from left to right: Sarah Mercer is the Company’s Deputy Manager, and oversees the setting in Pine Tots, ensuring quality standards are adhered to. Ann Howarth is our Administrator. Ian Merrison is Managing Director of the company and is the nominated person for the company with Ofsted. Jennifer Merrison is a Company Director. More details about them can be read here.

Opening Times and Location

Footprints@ Pinetots Pre-School delivers free Ofsted-registered childcare for one, two, three and four-year olds. We offer funded places for 2-4 year-olds, either 15 or 30 hours, if eligible. We accept childcare vouchers. Places can also be purchased. The pre-school is located within St Luke’s Church Hall, Kirklake Road, Formby, Merseyside, L37 2DB

The pre-school has has places for up to 32 children and operates Monday to Friday during term time.

From September 2019, the day runs from 8.30am to 3.45pm. Funded sessions are between 9am and 3pm for 6 hours, or 9am to 12 noon and 12 to3pm for 3-hour funded sessions, with a number of possible patterns. Top-ups available, including breakfast between 8.30 and 9am – please ring for more details.

Visit Us

footprints@ pinetots Pre-school is open for children aged 1, 2,3 and 4. Sessions offer flexible childcare for families in receipt of the 2-year-old funding, universal and extended entitlement for 3- and 4-year olds and for families who wish to buy their childcare places.

If you would like to come and have a look around, we are happy to arrange for you and your children to do. Please ring us on 07522 011 524 to arrange this.

We also have Toddler Time, a Stay and Play on Friday afternoons between 1.15pm and 2.30pm during term-time for £1. This is a great opportunity to look around the setting with your child and have some fun as well!

Our admissions policy is here.

Policies and Procedures

If you are a parent, you can access our polices upon request from setting management, including Safeguarding Children and Child Protection, Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, and our other policies.

Contact Details

Footprints@ Pinetots is based within:

St Luke’s Church Hall
Kirklake Road
L37 2DB

Telephone: 07522 011 524