Registered for up to twelve 2-3 year olds, the Ladybird Room is set up specifically to meet the needs of our 2-3 year olds.
During this period of development, children are becoming more mobile and independent in their learning and we feel it is vital to support each child effectively in this process.
The Ladybird’s have their own room that is large, light and airy. It has been specifically designed with a large construction and exploratory area including small world play, a home corner roleplay space to support our children in developing an understanding of the world around them and a large fun Billy Goats Gruff Bridge to encourage children to develop their physical skills and challenge themselves. Throughout the day children have access to the shared area of our Caterpillar space where they busy shared messy space where the children can get stuck into some very messy play opportunities such as painting, gluing, sand play, water play and exploring a variety of modelling materials and also access the roof top garden space.
Throughout each day, at specific times, all of our different age groups have the chance to explore each other’s spaces, fully supported by a familiar adult/key person. We have found that this experience is key to children who are transitioning to new space as they become more familiar with the environment and new staff team. This has also proven beneficial in supporting learning and children’s progress as they are mixing with older peers and a supported in exploring more challenging resources and experiences. For those who have siblings it can a lovely time to connect and have some family time!
The Ladybird team work alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which is a child-initiated approach to learning. Staff carry out observations on children and plan activities accordingly relating to child’s interests, skills, needs and abilities. Each child has their own celebration book and staff track their development closely to support development. Parents are more than welcome to take the celebrations books away and arrange meetings with staff to discuss their child’s progress and development.
With a core team of 3 fully qualified staff, we work to a ratio of 1 practitioner to 4 children at this stage of development and often have extra sets of hands from volunteers and a range of student practitioners.