our background...

Muddy Footprints is part of Five Children and Families Trust, whose background is rooted in Sure Start delivery.

Originally a Sure Start Local Programme, the Trust has operated in Speke since 2001, developing award winning community approaches to meeting the needs of children, young people and families.

Staff working in our childcare setting and Children Centre are skilled practitioners who have influenced early years practice across Liverpool, impacting the quality of care and education for the very youngest children.

We have developed a school readiness programme that has been rolled out across all Liverpool children centres and local primary schools, provided consultancy to settings who are judged as inadequate or in need of improvement and provided training and support to other childcare settings across Liverpool.

We believe that a fair and just society supports every child to achieve their full potential; by integrating the work of our childcare setting with our children centre we are able to demonstrate a positive impact for the children in our care, over time.

We are passionate about making a positive difference to children and their families and firmly believe that our childcare business is your business and the business of all our community.

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Muddy Footprints
Muddy Footprints


Albert Einstein, an acknowledged genius with an amazing capacity for creative thinking, once said:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."

In our vision to develop the genius in every child, we strive to create a setting that fosters your child's imagination and natural curiosity.

To this end we offer:

  • a key person who will build a strong relationship with your child, supporting them to achieve their full potential
  • a creative early years curriculum with lots of singing, dancing and storytelling woven into our daily practice
  • predictable routines to help your child feel calm and able to think creatively
  • extensive access to outdoor play and Forest School experiences
  • access to sensory experiences for all children
  • accessible resources with lots of challenge to promote independent thinking
  • therapeutic practices that build children's confidence and self esteem
  • an inclusive curriculum that caters for the needs of individual children
  • support and training for parents to build their confidence as educators
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our approach...

In keeping with our ethos, we maintain a strong commitment to strengthening the social and emotional aspects of learning and development for children in our care.

Our curriculum, teaching strategies, and environment reflect research-based knowledge about the way children develop and learn.

We aim to promote the development of executive functioning skills which are vital for your child's long term learning.

Muddy Footprints is exclusively a pre-school setting where most of the teaching and learning will take place in a natural outdoor environment.

Pre-school activity is teacher-led, developmentally appropriate and individually tailored to meet each child's needs.

Practitioners consider the strengths, interests, and needs, as well as the culture and home language, of each child in the group.

They will provide a wide selection of materials that encourage exploration and investigation.

Your child will be given time and space to engage, play, investigate and talk.

All learning is play based and the adult role is to be an enthusiastic supporter of your child's learning.

They will take time to listen and record not just what your child is learning but how they are learning it.

Through modelling, careful questioning and prompts, they will enable your child to make connections to previous learning, building on skills they have learned and supporting the development of new skills.

Our planning is based on careful observation and assessment; planning takes place within a framework but one that allows for flexibility and in the moment planning enabling us to follow the interest of your child.

why outdoors?

We know from research that all children benefit significantly from access to natural environments. Many of the developmental tasks that children must achieve - exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and the absorption of vast amounts of basic knowledge - can be most effectively learned through outdoor play.

The outdoors promotes development of large motor and small motor skills and cardiovascular endurance and provides the opportunities children need to explore, experiment, manipulate, reconfigure, expand, influence, change, marvel, discover, practice, dam up, push their limits, yell, sing, and create.

An outdoor environment provides for extremely rich sensory experiences. This includes the familiar senses of touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell and also other crucial senses that are vital for optimal brain development.

It provides structures and spaces that children can change, adapt, reconfigure, impose their own meaning on, and use to expand their imagination. This encourages rich socio-dramatic play and an ideal place for children to reflect their own cultures.

Outdoor play increases knowledge and understanding of the world and provides rich opportunities for learning and development across all areas of the Early Years Foundation stage. Children who access a rich outdoor environment are healthier and happier children.

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policies and procedures...

We have a range of policies and procedures to support our settings to meet its statutory duties and to ensure your children are safe, happy, healthy and achieving to their fullest potential.

Key Policies include:

  • safeguarding children
  • positive behaviour
  • teaching and learning
  • health and safety
  • healthy children
  • data protection and confidentiality

For a full list and/or more information, please us.


Initially we will ask you to provide a packed lunch. If you would prefer your child to have a lunch, please let us know.

If sufficient children want a lunch we will commission a partner agency Can Cook to provide our lunches.

Can Cook is a social enterprise who provide nutritious menu for local schools and nurseries.

There are regular opportunities for children to have a healthy snack.

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You can purchase a kit from the setting. This includes:


  • tracksuits and t-shirts
  • thermal vests
  • waterproof coats and trousers
  • fleeces


  • t-shirts
  • shorts and jersey trousers

Summer and winter hats are also available.

This means you can keep their best clothes nice and clean, it helps your child to develop a sense of identity and it ensures they have appropriate clothing in all weather.

Children will need sturdy shoes, pumps for indoors and wellington boots for wet weather.

If desired, we can include the purchase of your kit in the nursery fees to help you spread the cost, please ask the Childcare Manager.


All 3-4 Year old children receive 15 free hours.

You can get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work - or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
  • each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week - this is £125.28 if you're over 25.

Free hours are only paid term time, we provide the option of stretching those hours across the full year so you pay a set price each month.

Our Fees are:

Full Week £195
Full Day £40
am or pm session £20 (8am - 1pm and 1pm -6pm)
Hourly rate £5

We may be able to offer wrap around with other providers subject to demand, please indicate if this is a requirement and who the other provider is.

There will be an additional charge for pick up.

If we provide a lunch there will be an additional cost of £2.50 a day - this will be incorporated into the costs of your childcare.

All payments must be made by cheque or standing order.

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contact us...

If you have any queries or concerns, or simply want to send us a message, please don't hesitate to get in touch...
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phone: 0151-427 3800