The Five Outcomes of Early Years
The Five Outcomes of Early Years Education are covered in Ladybirds by learning through play, considering each child as an individual working at their own pace. We offer a curriculum which prepares children to progress confidently in the Foundation Stage at school.
A Healthy Child
Ladybirds promote all aspects of personal hygiene and encourage the child to become independent and confident in their understanding of the importance of cleanliness.
At snack time children and adults sit together to discuss and share a healthy snack usually consisting of fruit and milk or water. Occasionally we cook and share foods of different cultures and seasonal produce grown or provided as part of our current topic.
A Safe Child
At Ladybirds we consider the safety and wellbeing of your children essential and important to making them confident to explore and experiment within the environment.
The Staff ensure the area and equipment both inside and outside is safe and secure before every session. The free play session is set out into various areas of play which ensures children can access the resources safely. We aim to provide good staff to child ratio to support the needs of individual children.
Ladybirds partake in outings to further the knowledge and enjoyment of our world. Prior to any outing parents will be consulted, risk assessments completed and consent sought.
The setting has 'Golden Rules' which the children learn and understand are in place for their safety and happiness. These are explained individually by staff at an appropriate level for the child.
All members of Staff attend safeguarding awareness training and are sensitive to issues that endanger children.
Children making a Positive Contribution
Children are valued as individuals. Adults lead by example and praise children for good behaviour and conduct.
Promoting Ladybirds within the Community helps the children to feel valued and part of their community. The children are encouraged to participate in events held at Milborne First School and others such as the church Christmas tree festival and horticultural displays.
Visitors are welcome into the setting. The WI with story bags, the postman, soldiers, police, nurses and a Japanese teacher have all called in adding diversity and interaction with the wider community.
Ladybirds have a small group of committed staff and volunteers who work closely as a team. They take time to get to know the children and develop understanding of individual progress and needs. A key worker system operates giving the parents a personal link to their child's progress through the Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Ladybirds have a comprehensive set of policies devised by the Management Committee which are available in the setting for parents to read or to view on this website.
Parents are kept up to date with news and events relating to Committee and child activities by regular newsletters and conversation with Staff.
The volunteer Committee work hard to fund raise to keep our setting well resourced.
Enjoying and Achieving
At Ladybirds we aim to develop the potential of each individual at their own pace by using play activities. Children's progress is observed and recorded against the Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines. By knowing which stage a child is working at, planning can incorporate activities to take that child a step further. We do not push children into doing things that they are not yet ready to participate in.