Stepping Stones for Families

Stepping Stones for Families

Stepping Stones for Families is a National Voluntary Organisation which has been connecting with families and young people in Scotland for over 20 years.


Our vision is that all children and young people have an enjoyable life in a healthy, fair and safe environment where they are respected and supported to reach their full potential.


We work alongside children, families and young people to give them support; opportunities and a voice in tackling the affects of poverty and disadvantage in their lives.


Stepping Stone for Families’ staff, members and volunteers are committed to upholding the core values which underpin all of the work carried out by the organisation.

  • We respect differences
  • We understand differences
  • We believe in basic human rights
  • We advocate equal opportunities and human rights

Our aim

‘Families and Communities within South Ayrshire will have access to more flexible, affordable, inclusive, high quality childcare to meet the varying individual needs’

Childcare Development Project

The Childcare Development Project, based in the Scottish Agricultural College’s campus in Ayr, provides a range of childcare solutions to support families to access and sustain training and employment. The services provided by the project are Childminding Development and Workforce Development. We also provide a local childcare information service in conjunction with CARIS, the Ayrshire wide Childcare Information Service.

The work is carried out through various partnership arrangements with a variety of agencies across South Ayrshire.

South Ayrshire Sitter Service

Our sitter service employs qualified and experienced child carers to deliver a child care service in the family home or place of residence. We can also support families who have children with additional needs. We tailor our service to meet the needs of the individual family and can assure the highest standard of quality. We provide this service to families or commercial businesses (e.g. Hotels, offices, etc) and we cover all areas of South and East Ayrshire.


Part of the Childcare Development Project, our Playzone crèche service offers sessional childcare, for children aged 2-12 years, to organisations, agencies and other businesses at a variety of registered venues across South Ayrshire. Playzone can use its resources to tailor the crèche to match a wide range of themes for the children, from pirates to spacemen.


For information about the above and any other childcare related activity/information please contact:

Stepping Stones for Families
Childcare Development Project
Donald Hendrie Building
SAC Auchincruive
Phone: 01292 521055


Stepping stones for Families is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland No 114228. Registered Office: Studio 3003A, Mile End Mill, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley, PA1 1JS. Stepping Stones for Families is charity Number SCO04894