Ladybirds - 2 and 3 year olds
Once the children have crawled their way through the Caterpillar room, they arrive in the Ladybird room, ready to have new adventures. At this age your child is beginning to show independence and in order to promote this the room has been designed to enable them to explore, experiment and discover, both indoors and out.
The room is well equipped including areas for messy play, role play, home corner, a snuggle area for reading and sleeping and a separate toilet/changing area. It is a large, spacious room with lots of natural light and its own outdoor courtyard area. This room can accommodate up to 20 children in one session.
At the beginning of each day we have lots of exciting play provocations ready in the room for the children to come in and explore. Throughout the morning the children will have extended opportunities to play and explore. We promote imaginative play through providing the children with natural real life resources within this room. This can allow the children to be creative and personality whilst being brave and taking risks within their play.
Before lunch the children are encouraged to put everything back where it belongs before coming together to sing songs and enjoy stories.
At lunchtime the children can either have our homemade hot lunch (pre booked with the office) which they serve themselves or are welcome to bring in a cold packed lunch.
Our afternoons are filled with more adventures and exploring, both indoors and out and also snack time.
Our days are often ended with a little mindfulness or yoga session in order to wind down after a busy day. Currently the room opens at 8am and closes at 4.30pm (as Covid19 restrictions ease we aim to gradually return to 6pm closing)
Your child’s Key Person will spend time getting to know them and their family and will work closely with them throughout their Ladybird journey to observe their play and plan opportunities to extend their learning based on their interests. Their progress and development will be shared with parents through their online learning journeys and our parent consultations.
It is important that parents and nurseries work together. Try to speak to your child’s key person as often as possible about what your child has been doing, what they have enjoyed, what they need to be doing more of and what you can do at home.
Key Areas of learning:
We follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.
This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.
We focus mainly on the 3 Prime areas of learning and development to ensure they are embedded and the characteristic of effective learning:
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional
- Communication and language
Once these are embedded we move on to the specific areas:
- Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World & Expressive Arts and Design
Throughout the year we hold stay and play sessions during which we invite families to come and spend a little time with us to enable you to get a real feel for what happens at nursery. The little ladybirds love showing their families what they can achieve and how to create with the large amount of resources available to them.
If your child is joining the Ladybird room from the Caterpillar room, the staff will arrange visits between the two rooms so your child will gradually become familiar with their new key person and the new room ready to move up full time when they are 2 years old. There can also be an opportunity to arrange a visit for you to visit the Ladybird room, meet the new Key Person and also ask any questions you may have. If your child is new to nursery the staff will work with you to tailor a settling in pattern specific to your child. This may mean parents staying for a few sessions to begin with before gradually increasing the amount of time your child is left. We want both parents and children to feel safe, secure and happy.
Your child’s belongings
In the Ladybird room your child will be given a peg with their own photograph on it so they can recognise their own space, have a sense of belonging and so that they can hang their coats up independently.
Please provide your child with the following items:
- Appropriate footwear
- Appropriate clothing (we get messy in this room, so not best clothes!)
- Suitable coat (we go out to play in all weathers)
- Sun cream (unless you have given us permission to use the brand that nursery supplies)
- Hat, gloves and wellies for winter
- Spare clothes and pants
- Nappies, creams and wipes to be kept in their own bag
We try to discourage children from bringing in their own toys. It makes sharing a lot harder and sometimes they get mislaid or broken, however if your child has a special comforter toy they are more than welcome to bring that in. We do encourage the children to discuss their home life and experiences whilst at nursery. This can be encouraged by photographs and maybe artifacts found or purchased on trips. Feel free to share these with the staff as the children can become very animated when telling us about their adventures with something to share!
Food & Drink
Lunchtime: 11.45am – Please either sign up for a nursery hot lunch or provide a cold packed lunch.
Teatime: 4.30pm – If you would like your child to have tea with us please provide a cold packed tea.
Snacks: – Healthy snacks will be provided during the morning and again in the afternoon alongside milk and water.
The children are provided with an individual water bottle, labelled with their photo, which they have free access to.
Please remember to put an ice pack in your child’s lunch box every day to keep the food fit for consumption.