About Us

Ready Steady Grow! is a family partnership. We want to recreate a friendly, nurturing family atmosphere throughout our nursery for staff and children alike.

Dad Steve Wallace manages the administration of the business as well as being one of our chefs. Steve is a really enthusiatic cook, used to catering for large numbers of healthy appetites and has a level 2 certificate in Food Preparation & Hygiene. Steve will be known to some as Chairman of NHS Hartlepool, a part-time post he'll combine with his duties at the setting.
Prior to this he worked in management in the public and finance sectors and has extensive experience in sales, marketing and campaigning.

Daughter Helen is an experienced and highly-qualified childminder with long experience and consistently excellent Ofsted ratings. As the day-to-day manager of Ready Steady Grow! Helen is responsible for developing our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as well as ensuring the highest standards of both childcare and fun!

Daughter Caroline is an experienced Nursery Nurse with NVQ Level 3 qualifications in childcare. Caroline has experience of large 100-place-plus day nurseries (over twice the size of Ready Steady Grow!) and as well as bringing in the best aspects of other nurseries, she also knows the aspects to avoid to ensure we deliver a personal and individual service to each child - and their parents!

Mum Lynn works in the NHS as a Matron specialising in infection control. While she won't play a part in the day-to-day running of the nursery her expertise of how to avoid infections from tummy bugs to contagious diseases has been invaluable in designing both our hygiene policies and the layout of the nursery.