Learn to Play... Play to Learn!


Since April 1996, Ladybird Nursery has provided a stimulating, fun but caring environment. 

Ladybird’s aim is to provide a wide a variety of opportunities and experiences both within the confines of the nursery, and further afield with outgoings, to develop each individual child, socially, physically and educationally with an emphasis on learning through play.

Ladybird aims to help make each child a lifelong learner and ensure each child has a fair start, while developing their independence, self-confidence and a positive self-image.

We pride ourselves on our reputation of being able to support those that need extra help as we have an excellent SENDCO (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator) who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area.

We use Tapestry to record, assess and plan each child's individual learning journey starting with a baseline assessment when they join. The learning journal can be viewed and added to by parents using secure individual logins. Alongside this we have our own app where you can find news and events along with photos of what the children have been up to. This too is accessible via a secure login system to parents when they join.

Early Years Education
To achieve this Ladybird uses the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) as a guideline to help your child develop and ultimately prepare them for school.

The EYFS framework provides:           

  • The seven areas of learning and development
  • The legal requirements that a registered provider must adhere to
  • Expected levels of development that children should reach for their age
  • Trackers and assessments that monitor a child’s progress

The seven areas of learning and development are made up of 3 Primes and 4 Specifics as detailed below. 

  • EYFS Development Areas
  • Parents as Partners

The Prime areas focus on the underpinning development to give them a good foundation to build on and these are focused on in Caterpillars. They are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

The Specifics are in addition to the Primes; so all 7 areas are enhanced on joining Butterflies to further develop your child’s skills and knowledge across both social and intellectual levels.

They are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Parents, and indeed anyone that is important to a child, are seen as partners who are happy to share their child with us. We aim to involve parents as much as possible as they are the greatest source of knowledge and information about their child.

We also appreciate that our families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, some working, some not but whatever you do your time is precious. So we aim to have handovers daily as well as utilising home learning, termly parent’s evenings, play days, questionnaires, newsletters sent via email, our app and the learning journals on Tapestry to make sure you don't miss out and stay informed.

We have a Parent's Notice Board that contains useful information such as a list of our first aiders, safeguarding, latest inspection report etc. We also have an EYFS Curriculum & Home Learning Board which features a new topic each month with ideas for parents including an activity sheet to take home.

Parents are also invited to our Harvest Festival celebrations and our popular Christmas play which we hold in the local church and our school leavers day. If parents want to read all our policies & procedures they are available on memory stick.