“The nursery is very well equipped and resourced with a good range of play materials, for both the indoor and outdoor areas. These are creatively presented, creating a welcoming, stimulating environment, encouraging children’s learning, interest and exploration.”
Ofsted report 2009
At Ladybird Lane we aim to provide a welcoming, happy and safe environment for up to 25 children aged between two and five years. We employ 12 staff (four qualified to NVQ Level 3; one to a Level 4; one to Level 5; two Early Years Teachers, two part-time assistants and two full-time apprentices). Jo Short, the Proprietor/Manager has a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies. This provides an adult/child ratio of at least 1.3, which is exceptionally high, and allows for greater attention to be given to each child. It enables key practitioners time off from the rota to provide regular one to one care with the children in their key groups; observe their key children more closely; update developmental files on key children; plan, prepare and evaluate activities; and to focus on the development of their own professional needs. We also offer placements to students studying childcare at West Thames College and Roehampton University. In addition we employ a cook who prepares fresh, wholesome meals, cooked on the premises daily, and bearing in mind the government’s concerns about young people’s health and eating habits we are very proud of this.
The best of today’s Early Years Educators believe that children ‘learn best through play’, so we provide a curriculum that is flexible and meets the needs and interests of all the children in our care, through play. This follows guidelines set by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES, 2012) for the revised Early Years Foundation Stage, (which is specifically for children aged between birth and five).
Early years have received heightened government and media attention in recent years, consequently funding for research is at a premium. If these studies are accessed appropriately by well-trained and committed practitioners, the young children of today should leave their early years settings able and confident to
express themselves, be socially and emotionally balanced (appreciating another’s point of view, sharing with and caring for their friends) and be competent in simple, but vital, self-help skills i.e. putting on and taking off their coats, toileting and washing and drying their hands.
We are aware of the importance of providing opportunities for children to think for themselves and to begin to understand the concept of cause and effect. Children are encouraged to problem solve for themselves, and with the collaboration of their peers, but adult intervention and guidance is always to hand where appropriate.
Every member of staff attends regular on-going training to aid their professional development. This is a requisite of their employment and is listed in their job description. All staff recognise the importance of working in partnership with parents; we value, and actively seek, the contributions parents make towards the care and education of their child. We always begin with what your child already knows and welcome your input, especially prior to your child starting, to provide us with a greater understanding of your child’s interests, likes and dislikes. We provide as many ‘settling in’ sessions as you can manage, to try and ensure a smooth transition into the nursery, thus making the experience as pleasurable and exciting as possible for all concerned.
Children who are three receive government funding the term after their third birthday. The nursery will apply for this funding for you; this procedure will be explained in full when your child reaches his/her third birthday.
As the proprietor of Ladybird Lane, and a mother myself, I take the responsibility of looking after young children very seriously indeed. I strive to provide staff of the highest calibre and believe that I succeed in this aim. We work very hard to provide an environment that is fun, stimulating, flexible, organised and calm. You are very welcome to come and view the nursery and judge for yourself!