At Ladybird, our daily routines reassure children that their needs will be met. Our routines also provide opportunities for children to experience success in what they are doing, which promotes self-control and self-esteem. Children are provided with the opportunity to free-play, circle time activities such as singing, show and tell. Staff and children sit together during mealtime and discuss the importance of eating healthy; children are supported in being able to feed themselves.
Our outdoor area is an extension on our indoor area providing children with the opportunities to take risks during play, use their imagination and most importantly have fun through play. The children also enjoy a weekly visit from Footytotz. Footytotz is designed to develop children's motor skills of balance, co-ordination, and agility. The Footytotz programme is proven to be a fantastic way of developing a child's self-confidence and independence. For more information https://footytotz.co.uk/
Our curriculum - the seven areas of learning
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - as a statutory requirement we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum covering the seven areas of learning and development, 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas:
Prime Areas are fundamental, work together in supporting development in all otherareas.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
Specific Areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The EYFS 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.
For a parent’s guide to the ‘early year’s foundation stage please click here - https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf
At the setting we use Tapestry. Which is an easy-to-use and secure online learning journal helps staff and families celebrate their children’s learning and development. Parents are able to view online their child’s progress and how much fun they are having, whilst also uploading their own comments and media. The communication between staff and parents that Tapestry enables, helps build a shared understanding of how every child can reach their full potential.
Once your child has started at the setting an activation link will be sent via email so you access and contribute to your child’s learning journey.
Our aims are to . . .
- deliver up to 15 hours a week of free early education and childcare for 38 weeks of the year.
- support whole family working, early identification of need & timely intervention.
- work in partnership with the Children's Centre & wider Stockport family, local schools, other PVI settings and Childminders.
- support children to become 'school ready'.
- ensure a smooth transition from Pre-school to Nursery or School.