Ladybirds Pre-School was originally established as a committee run Pre-School. In April 2014, the Pre-School was taken over by Barwick and Stoford Community Primary School and relocated onto the school site in September 2015. Ladybirds Pre-School is able to take 12 children per session in its purpose built building within the school grounds.
The Governors of Barwick and Stoford School oversee Ladybirds Pre-School and Ladybirds accept children from the age of 2 years- 4 years 11 months. We also accept two and three year old early years funding.
We have a wide range of resources available to meet all the areas of the EYFS, and provide children with vital skills ready for transition to school. Our outside area provides opportunity for exercise and learning new skills, such as woodwork, ball skills and awareness of space. We have access to the school field, court and the hall for extra physical activities.
Being in a village and the countryside we are able to go for walks and observe the changes in seasons, look at animals in the fields and collect a range of natural materials. The children thoroughly enjoy being out in natural world. At Ladybirds Pre-School we base our learning and topics on the interests of the children, providing fun and educational experiences through play.
This is a very important term for lots of our children in Ladybirds Pre-School as we prepare to say ‘Goodbye’ to them as they get ready to move on into ‘big school!’ There are going to be lots of opportunities to get out into the garden and plant some seeds watching how they grow.
We are also really looking forward to joining the community with their regular coffee mornings as it will give us a great chance to practice singing our favourite songs as well as getting to know the people who live near us.
As the temperatures rise and the sun (hopefully) comes out a bit more, we will be learning about keeping safe in the sun making sure we drink lots of water using our new ‘help yourself’ child drink’s dispenser and making sure we always wear a hat outside and stay in the shade.
We will also be getting ready to say goodbye and good luck to our Deputy Manager, Laura, for a while as she prepares leave us to have her second child!