Ladybirds Parkside Preschool opened in September 2019 when the Ladybirds preschool at Ludlow Infant Academy needed to relocate to more spacious premises. A robust tender to secure the premises was successfully submitted and the move took place – we love our huge space and have never looked back!
We are based in a large community room at the Festival Hall in Merryoak Road, on the corner of the Veracity Green. We have a huge, fully secure garden which was redesigned in advance of our move to provide a large hardstanding area, 2 spacious storage sheds, 1 of which doubles up as an outdoor role play shed. We have lots and lots of outdoor space for the children to explore and physically develop. In Summer 2020 we upgraded the garden to give 2 dedicated garden areas. We have an area designed for our younger children aged from 2 years with a toadstool story circle amid a natural area access by crossing our fairy tale bridge. The other area is dedicated to children in the year preceding school and has a challenging climbing frame with a double slide, a super wigwam and a basketball area and a lovely beach style area, with beach hut wooden walls and a real boat! Both areas are served by a bespoke wooden canopy, also added in Summer 2020 with a sail shade extension for sunny days. We are gradually developing growing areas in each of the 2 outdoor spaces so children can dig, plant and learn about growing whilst developing muscles. We often find that children are keen to start at Ladybirds, having spied the garden when passing! Inside the room is also set up to give dedicated spaces for the two age groups, each area being fully resourced for all areas of learning and development including; construction areas, home corners, making (art and craft) places, maths areas, small world areas and indoor movement areas in addition to story and role play areas where children can develop imaginations!