We love hearing why people become Doorstep Champions. Here is a recent story of why our latest Champion loves Doorstep:

Fun, Friends and Food

I have relied on Donnington Doorstep for myself, my granddaughter and my great granddaughter for 28 years.

It’s a fun place to be, where children allowed to be themselves, and parents are given time and space to talk.

You pick your way carefully between little children who are just about walking, and primary schoolchildren learning how to let off steam without hurting the little ones.

Children find dressing-up clothes there to try on, books to read or be read to them, painting materials, model-making materials, stickers - all the artwork stuff you need to make things. There’s a pretend shop and a pretend kitchen. You can make pastry models or brush the hair on hairdressers’ dummies. There are drums, musical instruments, falling sand.

There’s a story-teller’s time with audience participation, a baby roll-around area where breast-feeding goes on, and mothers talk over the rockers.

Fathers come for their access visits in comfort and privacy. You can play outside in the garden with the outdoor painting, the little cars and the plastic bikes, sandpit, the huge wooden xylophone. It’s a place of music and joy for all ages. And everyone can eat there economically, where the organic materials come from the FoodBank.

A social worker I know said, ‘there’s some sophisticated childcare work going on here, even if it looks happy and chaotic’. Perhaps that’s what children bring all of us – a little chaos.

Doorstep is a fantastic centre. Out of all the 'stay and play' centres this has to be one of the most enriching. The longer opening hours make it unique as other centres have very limited sessions and times. Long live Doorstep!

A parent

What's on this week - 16th Oct 2017

  • Drop in and play

    Mon@ 10am //info

  • Drop in and play

    Wed @10am //info

  • Lunch at Doorstep

    Wed @12pm //info

  • Neonatal Support

    Mon @10.30am //info

  • Youth Drop-In

    Tues, Weds, Thurs @5.30pm //info

  • Pre-School

    Mon - Fri @9-3pm //info

Full Calendar

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