About Us

Who We Are

Why Choose Ladybird Pre School Nursery?  

Ladybird Pre School Nursery offers a warm and nurturing environment.  It is a space where your child can explore and investigate, encouraging them to pilot their own learning.  Our Two Year old room provides a safe space for the children to build a secure relationship with their keyworker and begin to play and explore. Our Pre School room is where the children can build resilience and independence.  It provides opportunities for rich learning experiences supporting your children to receive the best possible start to their education.

Ladybird Pre School Nursery – the background

It began as a playgroup in the early 1980’s. In 1991, after a massive fund raising effort, it moved to its current premises on the Cromer Road.

 The Nursery has thus been an integral part of the Sheringham Community for almost 40 years. It has cared for well over 1000 children and created links with more than 500 local families.  Some ‘early birds’ who attended in the 1980’s now send their own children to the nursery.

The Nursery is registered with and inspected by Ofsted.  It is managed by a group of Trustees and Management Committee, who work closely with the Nursery Manager and Staff Team. 

Information

Funding/When can my child start?

Children may start at Ladybird Pre School Nursery from the age of two years.

For children starting before they are three, Parents/Carers pay per child, per session unless they are eligible for two year old funding. For more information on the two year old funding please ask at the Nursery Office. All children then become eligible for government funding from the start of the term AFTER their third birthday.

Session times

We are open Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm

Session Times:

Breakfast Club: 8.00am – 9.00am.

Early Drop Off: 8.30am – 9.00am

Morning Session: 9.00am – 12 noon.

Lunch Club: 12noon – 1.00pm.

Afternoon Session: 1.00pm – 4.00pm.

Late Pick Up: 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Tea Club: 4.00pm – 6.00pm.

Please try not to arrive too early as we will be busy preparing for the session.

When you collect your child at the end of session please be prompt, the staff may not mind too much, but your child will!

Our Admissions policy in brief

Ladybird Pre-School Nursery aims to make its setting accessible to children and families from all sections of the community and is committed to providing a fair and open admission and registration system.

The Nursery provides day care and education for young children from the ages of two years (after their second birthday) and up to five years (school starting age).

During the school holiday period (as outlined by Norfolk County Council term dates) we do offer a Holiday Cub to all our existing Ladybird children and their siblings up to the age of 7 years 11 months.

(Please refer to the policy folder in the entrance hall for full details of our Admissions and Equal Opportunity policies in greater detail)

Session Fees

Session fees will be invoiced monthly, to be paid in advance. If you would find it helpful to pay weekly, please talk to Helen or Jo to arrange this.

2 Year Olds:

Session – £18.00 per 3 hour session

Breakfast Club – £7.00 including breakfast

Early Drop Off – £3.00 excluding breakfast

Lunch Club – £6.00 parents/carers to provide a packed lunch

Late Pick Up – £6.00 excluding hot meal

Tea Club – £14.00 including a hot meal

3-4 Year Olds:

Session – £16.50 per 3 hour session

Breakfast Club – £6.50 including breakfast

Early Drop Off – £2.75 excluding breakfast

Lunch Club – £5.50 parents/carers to provide a packed lunch

Late Pick Up – £5.50 excluding hot meal

Tea Club – £13.00 including a hot meal

Consumables: £1.00 per session

Including snack, craft materials, wipes etc  

Charged to funded children only, included in above session fees.

If your child brings their own snack, the fee is reduced by 50p per session.

Late collection Fee: £2.00 per ¼ hour before 6pm. £5.00 per ¼ hour after 6pm.

Late Payment Fee: 10% of invoice value.

Registration Fee: £25.00

(Fees are normally reviewed annually in the Summer term)

BACS payments can be made to: Account number – 65783773 Sort Code – 08-92-99 using your child’s name as the reference.

If your child brings their own snack, the fee is reduced by 50p per session.

If your child is absent, fees are still due as our running costs remain the same. Different rules apply if the child is hospitalised.

Please let us know in plenty of time if you will be away for any length of time. A month’s written notice is required if you are withdrawing your child from the Nursery. Please let us know as soon as possible of any illness or hospital visits/stays. A child who has been off with diarrhoea & sickness should be free of symptoms for 48 hours before returning to Nursery.

When can my child have a funded place?

If your child’s 3rd birthday is between

Your funded place starts from the following

1st January and 31st March

April

1st April and 31st August

September

1st September and 31st December

January

We will ask you to fill in and sign a Funding Claim form each term and we will claim the funding for your child’s place on your behalf.

Need further information?

Visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/childcare or ring the Family Information Service on 0344 800 8001

Housekeeping

Clothing

Comfy clothes are best for playing in. We provide aprons for messy activities. Nursery polo shirts and sweat shirts are available to purchase if you wish.

We ask that sensible footwear is worn – no open toed shoes please.

Please be sure that your child brings a named coat to Nursery as we have outdoor play at all times of the year. In hot weather it is essential that you apply sunscreen before leaving your child at Nursery.

Any bags or clothes brought to Nursery must be named.

Nappies

Your child does not have to be potty trained to attend the Nursery. Please put your child in pull up pants or a nappy – we will help support training if necessary. Please ensure your child is in a clean/dry nappy for the start of their session.

Snack Time

A healthy snack is provided e.g. bread sticks, crackers, toast, scones or crumpets and a choice of fresh fruit/vegetables; therefore there is no need to send these unless the child has special dietary needs. We do prefer to provide the snacks ourselves and make the eating of snack part of the routine of the session. However, under NCC Children’s Services rules, you may, if you wish send a snack for your child. If you do, please ensure that it is healthy. We cater for children with a range of allergies, so please do not send NUTS, crisps or chocolate even if your child is allergy free. If you send in a snack the snack fee will not apply.

A choice of milk and water are offered. All children are encouraged to pour their own drink (under supervision).

Lunch Club

Lunch Club runs from 12noon to 1.00pm. We ask that you provide your child with a healthy packed lunch. We operate a “no nut policy” so please do not include nuts in your child’s packed lunch. Please cut items such as grapes and cherry tomatoes in half.

Packed lunches are to be in a NAMED lunch box/bag with ice packs to keep them cool. We do not have the facilities to heat any items or place any items, except for medical purposes, in a fridge.

 Communication

Please read the notice board in the reception area regularly. Written information such as outing letters, newsletters etc will be e-mailed to you or handed to you when you collect your child at the end of a session. The Nursery has a Facebook page – please “like us” for regular updates and information.   

If there is anything that you are unsure of please don’t hesitate to ask.

We have an open door policy so parents/carers may drop in and visit as they wish.

Photographs

From time to time we take photographs of activities at the Nursery. Most of these will only go into your child’s Learning Story but sometimes we like to use group shots in local papers, or on our Facebook page, to tell the Community about our events. If you prefer NOT to allow any photo in which your child appears to be used, please let us know. A permission form is included in your starter pack.

Collection of your child

If you find that you are unable to meet your child at the end of a session please ring the Nursery on 01263 824325 and tell us the name of the person who will be collecting your child (preferably someone already listed on your registration form). Please make sure they know your agreed password. Failure to contact us will result in us needing to contact you before letting your child being collected by another person. This is to ensure your child’s safety and wellbeing. In the event that your child is not collected we will action our ‘uncollected child’ policy.

Learning Experiences

Session Content

Sessions are planned around the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) approved by Ofsted who inspect us regularly. Varied topics are covered and there are visits to the local community and beyond such as:

  • How to be healthy including a visit from a nurse and dentist
  • Seaside and our environment – visits to Sheringham Park, the Fire Station, Playland, the Lifeboat Centre and Sheringham Beach.
  • Nature study of bugs, beetles and butterflies.
  • Nativity play
  • Harvest Festival.

(We do need to ask parents to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of some of these activities)

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

We plan our curriculum on the Early Years Foundation Stage.

*The Early Years Foundation Stage sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.  It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s school readiness and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

(*Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017)

Your child's Key Person

Your child’s Key Person

Your child will be assigned a Key Person.  Their role is to help ensure that the care and learning is tailored to meet your child’s individual needs.  The Key Person approach is aimed to create a close attachment between staff, your child and your family.

Who are our ‘Key Persons’

Antonia Neath        

Deputy Manager               

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

 

Kate Daniels           

Nursery Practitioner          

Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development

 

Christine Wright    

Nursery Practitioner         

Level 3 Diploma in Children’s and Young People’s Workforce

 

Yvonne May            

Nursery Practitioner          

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

 

The Learning Journey

Your child’s Learning Journey provides a picture of your child’s development and experiences throughout their time at Ladybird.  Each Learning Journey also contains an ‘At Home’ section.  We encourage you to contribute towards your child’s Learning Journey by sharing special moments and achievements for us to include.  This ensures that we create a unique picture of your child’s journey throughout their early years.  At the end of your child’s time with us this also makes a lovely keep sake.

The Journey will be shared with you regularly throughout your child’s time at Ladybird Pre-School Nursery and will be available for you to look at whenever you choose.

Behaviour Management

The nominated Person with special responsibility for Behaviour Management is Antonia Neath.

Our setting believes that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are met and where there are clear and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour.

The principles that under pin how we achieve positive and considerate behaviour exist within the programme for promoting personal, social and emotional development.

All staff use positive strategies for handling any behaviour issues, by helping children find solutions in ways which are appropriate for the children’s ages and stages of development.

We work in partnership with children’s parents.  Parents are informed about any concerns their key person may have regarding their child’s behaviour. We work with parents to address any recurring behaviour, using our observation records to help us to understand the cause and to decide jointly how to respond appropriately.

For full details of our approach to Behaviour Management, please refer to the full policy which is kept in the entrance. Please ask if you would like your own copy.

Safeguarding / Child Protection

We have three members of staff who are Safeguarding Lead Practitioners. 

Jo Bircham

Antonia Neath

Christine Wright

All other staff members have completed Introduction to Child Protection training.

We ensure all staff and parents are made aware of our safeguarding policies and procedures. Please do not hesitate to contact the Nursery Manager or Chair Person if you are concerned about the welfare of a child. Alternatively, you may go directly to Children’s Services by telephoning 0344 800 8020.

Applicants for posts within the setting are clearly informed that the positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Candidates are informed of the need to carry out ‘enhanced disclosure’ checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service before posts can be confirmed.

Full details of child protection and safeguarding are extensive and cannot be included here but the full policy is available in the policies file in the Nursery entrance or on request from a member of staff.

Privacy

Our record keeping system meets legal requirements. Means of storing and sharing information takes place within the framework of the Data Protection Act and the Human Rights Act.

We keep two kinds of records on children attending our setting:

Developmental records

These are the Learning Journeys and include observations of children in the Nursery, photographs, samples of their work and summary developmental reports.

These are usually kept in the pre-school room and can be freely accessed, and contributed to, by staff, the child and the child’s parents/carers.  If your child leaves Ladybird Pre School Nursery to attend another Early Years Setting your child’s key person will complete a transition report and with your permission share this transition report with the new Early Years Setting to help support your child’s transition.

Personal records

These include registration and admission forms, signed consent forms, and correspondence concerning the child or family, reports or minutes from meetings concerning the child from other agencies, an ongoing record of relevant contact with parents, and observations by staff on any confidential matter involving the child, such as developmental concerns or safeguarding/child protection matters.

These confidential records are stored in a lockable file or cabinet and are kept secure by the Manager in a safe place.

Parents/carers have access, in accordance with our Information Sharing and Confidentiality Policy (Access to Records), to the files and records of their own children but do not have access to information about any other child.

Going to school

We liaise regularly with the local Primary Schools especially in the term before the children enter. Reception Teachers visit us and individual visits to the school are organised with Nursery staff. Forms to enrol your child at a Primary school can be found at www.admisssionsonline@norfolk.gov.uk. Alternatively, telephone 0344 800 8020. Your child’s key person will compete a Transition Report and with your permission we will share this information about your child with your child’s Reception Teacher to help support his/her transition into Primary School.

About the Committee

Ladybird Pre School Nursery is run by Trustees and a Management Committee who work closely alongside the Nursery Manager and Staff Team. 

Some of the committee members are parents who have children at the Nursery whilst others once had children here who have moved onto school and some are people passionate about Early Years Education.

If you feel that this is something that you would like to be involved in, then please speak to a member of staff or existing committee member.

About the Fundraising Group

If the Committee isn’t for you then maybe you could offer some time to support the Fundraising group. You don’t have to be on the Committee to join to the Fundraising group. If this is something you are interested in finding out more about, please speak to Helen.