Spots and a Tiger!

In November we had lots of special days to remember at Ladybirds: Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Divali and Children in Need. We made Poppies to remember those who gave their lives in the wars.

We also made Diva lights out of clay, decorating them with glitter, sequins and paint



and had a spotty day to raise money for Children in Need. Thank you to all who donated – we raised £20 and had lots of fun (some more than others!).

Our book theme was the wonderful story of The Tiger Who Came to Tea – he had plenty of tea at Ladybirds and went on many imaginative adventures! Thank you Jayne for letting us borrow him!

November wouldn’t be November without Bonfire night and our firework pictures, moons and rockets…..

and sparkly decorated biscuits!



Thank you for continuing to send in items for “sound of the week” – this week’s sound is “g” and next week is “o”. The children love books and stories and we support literacy and mark making in all areas of the setting

Our malleable activities this month have included rice, pasta, water, gloop (gulp!) and the always popular playdough – brilliantly realistic bugs children!

For our final fundraiser this year we have a Christmas Hamper raffle. Thank you for supplying festive items to fill the hamper, and thank you also to the Hare and Hounds pub for selling tickets.



 Now that it’s December, get ready for lots of glitter, christmas jumpers and giant snowmen!


Autumn Term at Ladybirds

We hope you have had a wonderful half term break and are ready to start back at Ladybirds tomorrow! Our sound of the week will be “e” – please send in something for your child to show and talk about beginning with the sound “e”.

The first few weeks of this term have been busy with new children starting and our “old” Ladybirds proving to be fantastic role models for the younger ones.

Our themes have been very topical with Autumn creatures (squirrels and hedgehogs), harvest and our book topic of Oliver’s Vegetables.

We always support collaboration and turn-taking at Ladybirds, and we particularly focus on this during the Autumn term when we remind ourselves of our Ladybirds Values (being kind to one another, sharing and being polite). The children have embraced this and are starting to independently play board games, put on puppet shows or create imaginative worlds where they all play a part.

We combined our Harvest and Hedgehog themes to make hedgehog bread rolls:


here’s what they should have looked like………

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and this is how ours turned out – well they tasted nice anyway!!

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We’ve also decorated biscuits to look like our family members….

and our forest school sessions are introducing the children to tool use – though some seem very experienced already!

Royston Wood has been beautiful this autumn and the children have loved spending time there. Thank you to the Leavenheath, Polstead and Stoke by Nayland Community Woodland Committee for keeping it looking lovely for our village to enjoy.

Some dates for your diaries:

Tuesday 6th November – Ladybirds Committee meeting – all welcome.

Friday 16th November – Spotty dressing up day (optional)

Monday 17th December – last day of term and our Christmas Party – more info to follow.














Our trip to Mersea

On our last day of school, we visited Mersea Beach to paddle, make sand castles and picnic with friends and family. It was a lovely end to the term – and the sun shone all day!

When we return on 6th September, our sound of the week will be ‘s’ and our first theme for the term will be Ladybirds Pre-school values. Date for your diary: 17th September – AGM – all welcome. Enjoy the rest of the summer





The final six weeks of Summer Term 2018

This term always zooms past! We hope all the Daddies liked their cards and gifts for Father’s Day – the children worked really hard on them.


This term has definitely been child led, with many requests to have hairdressers, castles, dinosaurs, dolls and horses out in roleplay/small world areas.

Our “themes” of Birds and Construction have linked our learning indoors and our Forest School sessions, and we’ve built dens, volcanoes and lots of nests!

Summer Term is when we really focus on getting our School Leavers prepared so we place a lot of emphasis on listening during registration, taking turns, offering a variety of malleable activities to strengthen finger muscles and independent learning.

But it wasn’t all hard work…….!

We’ve spent lots of time under shade in the sandpit, at the “hairdressers”, or outside creating fantastic water chutes down which boats, sticks and even cars have travelled into the rock pools at the bottom. And it’s not over yet! Our final week will be all about the Seaside, finishing with a trip to Mersea on 23rd July. Photos to follow…..!


Ladybirds Open Morning Friday 6th July

Our open morning is next Friday, July 6th, from 10.00am – 11.30am. It’s a great opportunity for anyone looking at choosing a pre-school to come and see our setting, try out our toys and meet the staff! Please share with anyone who might be interested.

Ladybirds Pub Quiz

Our Pub Quiz is coming up in a few weeks on July 7th but there’s still time to get your smartest team together! Contact Sam on 07846 604177 to book a table. Hope to see you there!

A farm visit, healthy eating – and lots of sand!

Apologies for the delay to this post, Easter seems a long time ago but in March the children from Ladybirds enjoyed a cold but sunny Easter Egg hunt in Royston Woods

We searched, found, compared and counted the eggs – we’ll never know what happened to the extra pink egg that disappeared though…..!

Spring Term at Ladybirds started with just that – our Spring theme! We planted cress and sunflower seeds and talked about Healthy Eating using the Hungry Caterpillar story.

Following on from healthy eating, we visited Hollow Trees Farm on 3rd May and had a wonderful time feeding the animals, helping to plant crops, harvesting rhubarb and planting some beetroot seeds for the children to take home. And of course racing around (and around and around!) in Pogal’s Pit on the slides, climbing frames and ropes.

We had lots of learning based on our themes of Dinosaurs and the story Giraffes Can’t Dance…..(they can at Ladybirds when you make them into a puppet!)……

…..and our malleable activities have gone ‘large’, with the children helping to transfer a ton of sand to our sandpit! Together with our topsoil corner, our digging area is complete and the children love to build, dig and discover in them.

Inside, lots of “school readiness” preparation is taking place: literacy worksheets to identify sounds, fine motor malleable activities and, of course, practising being the teacher!

Turn-taking and imaginative games are always encouraged and supported…….

as are “grown-up” games – very important!!

Our Forest School sessions this term have been fun – the children are getting familiar with the woods now and their confidence is growing as they balance, paint, swing and simply play in the woods.

Our themes for our Forest School sessions over the next few weeks are Birds, Dinosaurs and Construction, when we will help to rebuild the natural den in the woods (“it’s a house”, “it’s a Dinosaur Den”, “it’s my hide”)

Over the next few weeks we’ll be learning about birds, water, holidays and preparing for a special day on 17th June……..Image result for fathers day images

Dates for your diaries: we have an Open Morning on 6th July from 10am when you can stay and play with your child and find out more about what goes on at Ladybirds Pre-school. If possible, please call Sam Edwards, our Pre-school Leader, on 07846 604177 to let us know you are coming, or if you would like more information.

Just a reminder: our last day before half-term is 25th May and we return to Ladybirds on Thursday 7th June (there is a PD Day on Monday 4th June). Enjoy the sunny weather!







Ladybirds Raffle – 9th March

We are going to be having a raffle at our Blue Owl Fundraising Event on Friday night. If you aren’t coming along but would like the chance to win some lovely prizes then raffle tickets can be bought from Ladybirds on Thursday and Friday this week, for £1 a strip. Prizes include jewellery, chocolates and wine.

Blue Owl Pottery Painting Evening – 9th March

Bring your own wine and nibbles, have a drink and a chat while you paint, and get some great gifts created in time for Easter! We will bring a selection of Blue Owl pottery items you can choose to paint, or let Josie (07792 334443) know in advance if there is something in particular you’d like us to bring. Feel free to bring along a friend or two; the more the merrier! Please let Ladybirds have your payment by 2nd March.