About us

iStep Learning is the pinnacle of excellent care and education. The operator of 22 day nurseries, and our expansion is not limited to childcare. iStep was formed by the joining of The Nursery Family and Bambinos Childcare Centres – two groups with the vision to be the leading operator of early years education in the UK.


We take on board the brands that are built on years of hard work and best practice from previous owners. We preserve and enhance every chain’s tangible and intangible heritage by resolutely focusing on the quality of their products and services.

Led by a team of industry experts, we work closely and collaboratively with each brand to take each business to a new level of expertise and growth. We appreciate and value frontline knowledge – our service is constantly improving and evolving through constant feedback from staff.

Multi-disciplinary and forward thinking framework 

We are proud to be leading the industry with innovation and special teaching methods. Beach School, Forest School, and a curriculum focussed on allowing every individual to flourish is how we educate the leaders of the future.

Founded by masterminds in the education sector, we strive to build an integrated education group that pioneers innovative teaching methods and technologies.

Helping everyone to reach their full potential

We respect each one is different and tailor the best care for individuals – we encourage brand identity and value the expertise and knowledge. Working together, we can grow every brand to their full potential. We invest in and facilitate safe and secure environments that allow children to move around and enjoy the wide range of natural resources.

Working together, we find creative in ways of learning, utilising a wide range of resources to promote unlimited learning opportunities in a nurturing environment.

Our Story

May 2023

iStep was born through the merge of The Nursery Family and Bambinos Childcare Centres

June 2023

Acquired Footsteps Day Nursery, a group of two nurseries in Portslade and Hove

November 2023

Acquired Little Explorers Day Nurseries, a group of 3 based in Burgess Hill and Crawley

December 2023

Acquired Frogmore Montessori Nursery, our first Montessori Nursery based in Plymouth.

February 2024

Acquired Muddy Boots Day Nurseries, a group of 3 based in Exeter.


Acquired Stepping Stones Day Nursery and Pre-school, located in Okehampton


Acquired Home from Home Day Nursery, located in Hove, East Sussex.