First Step is a community project for families with young children which is based in the Musselburgh East housing estate. We are an independent Voluntary Organisation funded by East Lothian Council and other funding bodies.

First Step was set up in 1990 by a group of local parents who wanted somewhere safe and comfortable where they could meet and their children could play. The continued involvement of families and the local community in all aspects of First Step has been key to its success. The project has developed its services to meet local needs, while continuing to be managed by a community led management committee and employing a staff team to support local families.

First Step takes a holistic approach to working with local families by offering the following services and activities:

  • Parenting support, individually and in groups
  • Nursery provision for children aged 1 - 5
  • Funded places for 3 and 4 year olds
  • Specialist support for children with additional needs
  • Groups and courses for parents
  • Outreach and family support
  • Dedicated support for young parents
  • A grandparents group
  • A respite service to support families with 1-2 year olds, going through a period of difficulty
  • A family room including an information / resource library

What you can do for us

Support our project by becoming a member of First Step and getting involved in:

  • Volunteering opportunities
  • The Management Committee
  • Various sub groups
  • Local fundraising