PARENTING is undeniably a challenging experience and a learning curve for anyone.
But for parents and carers of children who have additional needs, navigating your way through their upbringing can be especially daunting…and isolating.
Thankfully, Stepping Stones Play and Learn Group has been there to support those parents and offer a safe and happy environment for their children since it began 30 years ago.
It was thanks to its founder Carol Nice Stepping Stones flourished from its base in Barrack Street, Colchester, where 28 children attend today.
Carol, now its committee chairwoman, admitted she never expected the nursery, a charity, to reach the milestone birthday, which is being officially celebrated this Saturday.
Carol started the group after talking to families who struggled to attend mainstream play groups because their children needed one-to-one support.
“It just took off so quickly, I had no idea there was such a need. I think the whole process has always been a learning curve and that has evolved as needs have evolved,” she added.