First Steps is celebrating five years since it began! Operating across Sefton and Liverpool, it began as a small staffing agency by Managing Director Ian Merrison and wife and fellow Director Jennifer on 4th March 2014.

Over the past five years it has grown, and it now operates both childcare across three settings and staffing services. The childcare settings, which are known as ‘footprints@’ are based in Formby, Netherton and Ainsdale. Ian is proud of how the company has grown. ‘I am really happy with how these last five years have seen us to grow. We are especially pleased we are operating the footprints@ childcare settings.’

Two of the settings, the pre-schools in Formby and Netherton. First Steps Deputy Manager Sarah Mercer explains more about the settings: ‘Children are at the heart of our footprints@ settings. We really look to give the best quality childcare we can, and various funding streams for 2, 3- and 4-year olds are available. We are always happy to let interested parents look round. Also, starting this week, we are having stay and plays in our Pine Tots setting in Formby on Friday afternoons, which is a great way to see the setting and ask us any questions.’

The footprints@pinetots setting is based in St Luke’s Church Hall on Kirklake Road in Formby, and the footprints@netherton pre-school is based in Netherton Family & Well-Being Centre (formerly known as Netherton Children’s Centre) in the heart of the Netherton community. The third setting, Kids Kids After School Club serves the children who attend Kings Meadow Primary School in Ainsdale. More information can be found here

First Steps can be contacted on 0151 665 0160. Ian adds ‘We look forward to see what the next five years may bring!’