Ladybird Nursery Prospectus
Ladybird Nursery aims to:
- provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age;
- provide a safe and caring environment
- work in partnership with parents/carers to help children to learn and develop;
- meet the specific needs of children and their parents/carers;
- ensure you are confident with the quality of care the children receive;
- add to the life and well-
being of the local community; and
- offer children and their parents/carers a service that promotes equality and values diversity.
Parents/carers are regarded as members of our setting who have full participatory rights. These include a right to be:
- valued and respected;
- kept informed;
- involved; and
- included at all levels.
Children's development and learning
We aim to ensure that each child:
- is in a safe and stimulating environment;
- is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteer parent helpers;
- has the chance to join in with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;
- is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do;
- has a personal key person who ensure each child makes satisfying progress;
- is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop; and
- is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The provision for children's development and learning is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE 2012). Our provision reflects the four overarching principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
A Unique Child
- Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.
Learning and Development
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
How we provide for development and learning
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.
The Areas of Development and Learning comprise:
- Personal, social and emotional development.
- Physical development.
- Communication and language.
- Understanding the world.
- Expressive arts and design.
For each area, the level of progress that children are expected to have attained by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage is defined by the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know, and be able to do, by the end of the reception year of their education.
The Development Matters guidance sets out the likely stages of progress a child makes along their learning journey towards the Early Learning Goals. Our setting has regard to these matters when we assess children and plan for their learning. Our programme supports children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need for:
Personal, social and emotional development
- making relationships;
- self confidence and self awareness; and
- managing feelings and behaviour.
- moving and handling; and
- health and self-
Communication and language
- listening and attention;
- understanding; and
- reading; and
- numbers; and
- shape, space and measure.
Understanding the world
- people and communities;
- the world; and
Expressive arts and design
- exploring and using media and materials; and
- being imaginative.
Our approach to learning and development and assessment
Learning through play
Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think. Our setting uses the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance to plan and provide a range of play activities, which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities, children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity. In all activities, information from 'Development Matters' the Early Years Foundation Stage has been used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it.
Characteristics of effective learning
We understand that all children engage with other people and their environment through the characteristics of effective learning that are described in the Development Matters the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance as:
- playing and exploring -
- active learning -
- creating and thinking critically -
We aim to provide for the characteristics of effective learning by observing how a child is learning and being clear about what we can do and provide in order to support each child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
We assess how young children are learning and developing by discreetly observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how they, as parents, are supporting development.
We make periodic assessment summaries of children’s achievement based on our ongoing development records. These form part of children’s records of achievement. We undertake these assessment summaries at regular intervals, as well as times of transition, such as when a child moves into a different group or when they go on to school.
The progress check at age two
The Early Years Foundation Stage requires that we supply parents and carers with a short written summary of their child’s development in the three prime areas of learning and development: personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language; when a child is aged between 24 -
At Ladybird Nursery we keep a learning journey for each child. Your child's learning journey helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-
Your child's key person will work in partnership with you to keep this record. To do this you and she/he will collect information about your child's needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child's stage of progress. You and your child’s key person will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.
Working together for your children
We maintain the ratio of adults to children in the setting that is set by the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements. We also have opportunities for volunteer parent helpers, where possible, to complement these ratios.
This helps us to:
- give time and attention to each child;
- talk with the children about their interests and activities;
- help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide; and
- allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety.
How parents take part in the setting
Ladybird Nursery recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their children. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:
- exchanging knowledge about their children's needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff;
- contributing to the progress check at age two;
- sharing their own special interests with the children;
- taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the setting;
- joining in community activities, in which the setting takes part; and
- building friendships with other parents in the setting.
We welcome parents to drop into the setting to see it at work or to speak with the staff.
Key person and your child
Ladybird Nursery uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that the childcare that we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the setting, she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child's time at the setting, she/he will help your child to benefit from the setting's activities.
Learning opportunities for adults
As well as gaining childcare qualifications, our staff take part in further training to help them to keep up-
The setting's timetable and routines
Ladybird Nursery believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the day in the setting are provided in ways that:
- help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting;
- ensure the safety of each child;
- help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group; and
- provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning
Ladybird Nursery organises the day so that children can take part in a variety of child-
Snacks and meals
At Ladybird Nursery we make snacks and meals a social time at which children and adults eat together. We plan the menus for snacks so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. Please tell us about your child's dietary needs/requirements and we will make sure that these are met. We provide a variety of healthy lunches for the children and follow/study current NHS guidance with providing the healthiest meals for children. We use the Eatwell plate and have a wealth of advice about the proportions of different foods children should be eating throughout the week. Our menus are displayed on the parents board and are rotated four weekly, children will have a different lunch each day for four weeks. We provide breakfast for children attending nursery from 7.30 – 8.45. We provide a snack at 10.30 and a snack at 15.30. Menus for breakfast and snack times are displayed on the parents board.
Water is available for the children continuously throughout the day. The children are given a water bottle which has their name and their familiar picture on (peg picture). These are kept in the room for the children to access at all times.
We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities. We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include, for older children, taking themselves to the toilet and taking off, and putting on, outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this. We also have a Ladybird uniform for children from 2 years old, which if you like, you can purchase from nursery. The uniform is a navy blue sweatshirt and a red polo shirt both with Ladybird Nursery logo printed on them. The polo shirts are £4.50 each and the sweatshirts are £6.50 each.
Policies & Procedures
Copies of the setting's policies and procedures are available at all times for parents to access.
The setting's policies help us to make sure that the service provided by the setting is a high quality one and that being a member of the setting is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and her/his parents/carers.
The staff and parents/carers of the setting work together to adopt the policies and they all have the opportunity to take part in the annual review of the policies. This review helps us to make sure that the policies are enabling the setting to provide a quality service for its members and the local community.
Ladybird Nursery has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’. Our employment practices ensure children against the likelihood of abuse in our settings and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.
Our way of working with children and their parents ensures we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty.
As part of the setting's policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. The setting works to the requirements of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001).
Our Special Educational Needs Co-
The management of our setting
The setting is owned and governed by Tracy Wild
Fees are charged for 52 weeks of the year, including bank holidays, and are payable for the place and not the attendance of the child, therefore are due when your child is absent from nursery for any reason including sickness and holidays. Fees are payable weekly in advance. A two week deposit is required in advance as a retainer fee.
If outstanding fees are not paid within two weeks of the payment due date the placement will be withdrawn and the retainer fee will be kept to cover the two weeks that have not been paid. Two weeks’ notice is required for termination of a placement and must be in writing.
Fees are available on request please ask a member of staff to provide these details.
We are in receipt of nursery education funding for two, three and four year olds; where funding is not received, then fees apply.
Starting at our setting
The first days
We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle into the setting. Our policy on the Role of the Key Person and Settling-
We hope that, upon taking a place with us, you and your child enjoy being members of our setting and that you both find taking part in our activities interesting and stimulating. The staff are always ready and willing to talk with you about your ideas, views or questions.