Ladybirds Preschool Ofsted rating Porchester Rd July 2015: Outstanding Ludlow Dec 2015 : Outstanding
Ladybirds Preschool    Ofsted rating Porchester Rd July 2015: Outstanding           Ludlow Dec 2015 : Outstanding 

OUTDOOR LEARNING

Ladybirds at Ludlow only - O1

 

AIMS

To provide an enhanced learning experience for children using the outside environment.  Ladybirds Preschool Ltd. aims to ensure that all children participating in the outdoor learning group do so safely with as little risk as possible.  The Outdoor Learning Group (Ladybird Explorers) will take place on a Friday afternoon from 12.30 – 3pm.

LOCATION

  • Children will be dropped off to, and collected from Ladybirds Preschool in the same way as the general preschool sessions that take place during the week, unless alternative arrangements have been made between the preschool and parent e.g. collection from a pre-agreed outdoor location.
  • The grounds within Ludlow Infant Academy will be used initially to introduce children to their immediate outdoor environment, whilst teaching them necessary safety rules to ensure their safety when venturing further.
  • Once the Outdoor Learning Team have established that all children participating can carry out the necessary rules to ensure their safety, the group will venture further afield.  Examples of spaces that may be visited include, but are not limited to include; Sholing Valley, Peartree Green, Veracity sports ground.

 

WEATHER, SAFETY AND EQUIPMENT

 

  • The outdoor group will take place in all weathers, unless the team deem it unsafe to do so e.g. very high winds.
  • Ladybirds Preschool can provide some wet weather equipment e.g. waterproof coats, trousers and wellington boots.  However, it may be necessary to request that children are provided with some equipment to take part in the group.
  • A dynamic risk assessment will take place upon arrival to each outdoor area to assess the area for glass, faeces or any other significant risk to health and safety.  However, the outdoor environment presents some risks which cannot be removed e.g. stinging nettles. 
  • Risk assessments will be carried out and regularly reviewed for specific areas and/or activities e.g. the use of tools.  The Risk Assessments will be held in a folder available to view upon request.
  • A qualified First Aider will form part of the Outdoor Learning Team at all times.  A basic First Aid Kit will be taken.  Emergency contacts, medical/allergy information and medication will also be carried by the Outdoor Learning Team.  The Outdoor Learning Team will have a dedicated mobile telephone for emergency contact/internet use ;
  • Mobile Number…07483119114

 

ADULT/CHILD RATIOS

 

The group will be run by a minimum of 2 Outdoor Group Practitioners, at least one of which will be the Preschool Manager, Deputy Manager or Step up Deputy.  Maximum Adult/Child ratios will be 1 adult to 3 children.  This may be increased to 1 adult to 4 children depending on the age/stage/abilities of the group.  Minimum age of children taking part will be 3 years.

 

All other policies and procedures of Ladybirds Preschool Ltd. will be followed.

 

 

 

 

 

  1.  

 

Name of Child………………………… ………..

 

Name of Adult giving permissions…………………………..

 

Signature of Adult giving permission……………………………..

 

  • I give permission for my child to take part in the Outdoor Learning Group and understand that this may take part outside of preschool and school premises.
  • I understand that payment for the group must be paid in advance or the space may be removed and offered to another child.

 

 

Document ID-

 

Policy adopted at meeting – Oct 2017

Reviewed by : Ladybirds Directors

 

Date reviewed

 

 

 

Oct 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUTDOOR PLAY - O2

 

Statement of intent:

 

We believe that outdoor play is a basic right for all children regardless of their background or ability. It forms a central part of all early years’ provision and is vital for the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of young children.

 

  • Our outside play area is securely fenced with a high fence and a lockable gate. 
  • The area is checked for hazards before each session. Where water can form a pool on equipment it is emptied before the children start play.
  • Sections will be closed off if considered to be hazardous
  • Outdoor activities are supervised at all times.
  • We recognise that some children prefer to work outdoors therefore the pre-school ensures that weekly and daily plans for the sessions include outdoor activities which cater for the children’s developmental needs and interests.
  • We strive to make the outside play area as exciting, challenging and interesting as possible whilst giving the children freedom to move and run around freely.
  • We aim to give children access to the outside area for 90% of the free play part of the session.
  • In cases where it is raining or cold etc, we will provide the relevant rain proof clothing and Wellington boots for the children and staff to wear to enable them to continue with outdoor activities if they wish.
  • Outdoor play may be limited in extreme cold weather.
  • We ensure that a shaded area is available for the children to play in during hot, sunny days to protect them from the sun and closely monitor the length of time they spend outside especially during the hottest part of the day between 11am-3pm.
  • We constantly review and evaluate our outside play area implementing new ideas, improving and changing it.
  • We provide a free flow system between the inside and outdoor environments, enabling children to decide where they prefer to work.
  • Our staff team are deployed effectively to ensure ratios in and out of doors remain constant.
  • Parents/carers are consulted about improvements to the outside play area and are encouraged to get involved with any improvements or work undertaken

 

 

 

Document ID-

 

Policy adopted at meeting – Oct 2017

Reviewed by : Ladybirds Directors

 

Date reviewed

 

 

 

Oct 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUTINGS AND TRIPS - O3

 

Statement of Intent:

We believe that outings and trips enrich our children’s education and social wellbeing. Outings and trips give the children, their parents/carers and families an opportunity to meet with our children, parents/carers and families in a social environment. Details of all outings and trips are communicated to parents/carers.

 

Outings and trips:

A risk assessment will be carried out before the trip to ensure the suitability of the trip for the pre-school children.

  • For the majority of our outings and trips we require each child to be supervised by their parents/carers or another responsible adult. For outings and trips where parents/carers/responsible adults are not required for each child, our adult to child ratio is high, normally one adult to two children.
  • In cases where we do require parents/carers or other responsible adults to accompany each child, every effort will be made to ensure that those without transport can be included on the outing/trip by obtaining cost of hiring transport and evaluating if this can be covered by parents.
  • Parents/carers always sign a consent form before all outing/trip along with an emergency contact form where a child is unaccompanied.
  • Parents/carers will fill out an emergency contact details form to be held by the pre-school manager for the duration of the trip.
  • The children are appropriately supervised to ensure no child gets lost and that there is no unauthorised access to children.
  • A qualified first aider will always accompany children on outings and trips ensuring that they have the relevant first aid equipment with them. Children who need medication administering will first and foremost be the responsibility of the parent/carer accompanying them. In all other instances PLEASE REFER TO OUR POLICY ADMINISTERING MEDICINES
  • A supply of drinking water will be purchased by the pre-school and brought on outings and trips should the children require drinks.
  • Feedback on the outings and trips run is obtained from parents verbally after the outings or trip and in writing as part of the end of year feedback. This feedback is taken on board when organising future outings and trips.

 

If a child goes missing from an outing: PLEASE REFER TO LOST CHILD POLICY

On the majority of our outings we do insist that parents/carers or a responsible adult accompany their child, however the following procedures will be followed in any instance where we are on an outing without parents/carers.

  • Staff will ask all children to stand with their designated adult and carry out a headcount to ensure that no other child is missing
  • One member of staff will search the immediate vicinity only
  • Staff will take the remaining children back to the setting, where they will keep them quietly occupied in the main hall and recheck the register
  • If the child cannot be located, the pre-school manager will telephone the child’s parents/carers, police, social services and the pre-school Chair of Directors and Ofsted Nominated Person
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Document ID-

 

Policy adopted at meeting – Oct 2017

Reviewed by : Ladybirds Directors

 

Date reviewed

 

 

 

Oct 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAYMENT OF FEES - P1

 

Statement of intent:

 

We aim to provide high quality yet affordable care and education for all children.

From the term after the child’s third birthday they will be eligible for five funded (free) pre-school sessions per week.  Prior to this age they will have to pay a fee. 

The current fee for Ladybirds Pre-School is £11.00 per morning session and £11.00 per afternoon session.

 

From September 2018 the morning and afternoon session fees will increase to £12.00.

 

The lunch club fee is £3.00. From September 2018 the lunch fee will increase to £3.75.

 

This is reviewed on an annual basis and any amendments cascaded to parents. 

 

From September 2013 Local Authority funding for eligible 2 year olds is available, most families would’ve received a postcard and a code from the Local Authority to show you are eligible.

 

From September 2017 Local Authority funding is available for working families in England, with 3 and 4 year old children. An extra 15 hours a week of free childcare - so 30 in all. A total of 1,140 hours per year, that you can use flexibly use with one or more childcare provider.

 

Go to the link in the 'Fees and Funding' tab and click on 'Go to Gov.co.uk website' to check for eligibility.

 

 

 

Important: Funded children choosing to pay fees for extra sessions or using funding elsewhere.

 

The current fee for a funded child paying for sessions at Ladybirds Pre-School is £15.00 per morning session and £15.00 per afternoon session. This is reviewed on an annual basis and any amendments cascaded to parents. 

 

An administrative fee will be charged for late payment or non-payments of fees.

If payment has not been received for a session or lunch club on the day the child attends the following charges will be automatically added to the outstanding fees.

 

1st session or lunch club – fees unpaid - £5 charge

 

2nd session or lunch club – fees still unpaid – additional £5 charge

 

3rd session or lunch club -  fees unpaid, session and/or lunch club removed from child

 

Process for payment of fees:

  • An invoice will be issued or emailed to the parent/carer. Fees and Lunch Club can be paid by BACS. By employer childcare vouchers. Also by cash or cheque in an envelope with the child’s name on
  • Full payment is required in advance of fees becoming due. The invoice can be paid ½ termly or termly.
  • Alternative payment options (To be agreed with the Manager prior to child’s first session or late pay fees will be added) :

Payment plan for fees - You will be issued with a clear list of Instalment amounts and dates the fees are due. All will be requested in advance of them becoming due.

 

By Banking Payment – You can make electronic payments via your internet banking. Bank details are listed on each fee invoice. Please reference your payments with your child’s name and either the word ‘fees’ or ‘lunch club’ in order for us to know who and what is being paid.

 

Post-dated cheques - We will accept post-dated cheques and require these to be in advance of the due date. Your invoice will clearly state the dates the cheques are due. 

 

Cheques should be made payable to Ladybirds Pre-School and never to an individual.

 

 

 

Sickness and Holidays taken during term time

  • Should your child take a holiday during term time, session fees and/or lunch fees are still due and will need to be paid.
  • Should your child be absent due to sickness or any other reason, session fees and or lunch fees will be due and need to be paid.
  • In extreme circumstances e.g. extended overseas travel or your child be cared for out of the area for period of time, please speak to the Manager or Deputy to discuss fees.

 

Late/Non-payments

  • Late or non-payment of fees will result in the child’s name being withdrawn from our register and the place offered to another child, a late fee charge will be added to the fees outstanding as per the list shown above.

If the child’s fees have not been paid, the pre-school will pursue payment of the fees using a debt collection agency if deemed necessary.

  • If the fees have not been paid, when your child becomes entitled to their funded sessions we will not offer that funded place to your child, it will be offered to the next child on our waiting list. In extreme circumstances you can make prior arrangements with the Manager to extend your instalment period.
  • If you refuse to pay all outstanding fees later then arranged and your child’s place has already been filled by another child, your child will go back on our waiting list until we have a place available.
  • If fees remain outstanding and a sibling is on our waiting list, a place will not be offered to that sibling until all outstanding fees are paid.

Leavers

  • If the child pays fees and then leaves the pre-school, 1 week’s payment as notice will be deducted from the fees already paid.  Any other monies will be refunded.

 

Document ID-

Policy adopted at meeting – Oct 2007

Reviewed by : Ladybirds Directors

 

Date reviewed

 

 

 

Feb 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEER OBSERVATION - P2

 

Statement of Intent:

 

We strongly believe in quality care and education for all children attending our setting.  To achieve this all team members will develop their expertise in early years practice through mutual support and peer observation.

 

Why we carry out peer observations

  • To improve staff development
  • To reflect on our own skills
  • To reflect, evaluate and work towards improving our interaction with children, families and team members.
  • To share ideas, good practice and strategies.
  • To ensure consistency throughout the setting.
  • To help improve weaknesses and build on strengths in a supportive environment.
  • To boost the confidence of team members.

 

Who will carry out the peer observations

  • Manager (Porchester) to observe the Manager(Ludlow)
  • Manager to observe all team members
  • Team members to observe one another with equal qualification or experience.

Where will the peer observations take place

  • In all areas of the setting at any time during the session routine for a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 15 minutes.
  • Choosing Time – in and out of doors.
  • On the gate or door at Welcome Time to observe interaction with parents/carers.
  • Small and large group times.
  • At the Cafe Bar – snack table during Choosing Time

This will give a clear indication of strengths and areas for development.

 

When will the peer observations take place

  • Twice yearly.
  • Different times during the routine/day to ensure a balanced observation is made.
  • Where time has been set aside for feedback to celebrate success and to share ideas/good practice, strategies and areas for improvement in the form of an action plan.

How will peer observations take place

  • Team members will be informed in advance of the observation.
  • A format for each area will be used to support the staff whilst observing
  • As a result of the peer observation a development plan will be drawn up with the manager to support staff development and to identify additional training needs.  We will use the 3 stars and a wish approach to make the process a positive experience for all involved.

 

 

 

 

Document ID-

 

 

Policy adopted at meeting – May 2011

Reviewed by : Ladybirds Directors

 

Date reviewed

 

 

 

Sept 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PLAY POLICY - HEYA

LUDLOW SETTING - P3

 

 

We have created this policy from recommendations within the British Heart Foundation National centre’s ‘Early Movers’ pack and their recommendation that children should have the opportunity to be active 180 minutes a day.

Please visit http://www.ssehsactive.org.uk/earlyyearsguidelines/index.html  for more detail. Please also see policies for; Health and Safety, Suitable wear, outdoor play, outings and trips.

Aim

To provide varied developmentally appropriate physical activities for all children to enjoy regularly throughout the course of every day. This is because being physically active is vital to improve our health, wellbeing and helps us to live longer. If children are active from the earliest months it will establish a positive pattern for their whole lives.

Objectives

  • For staff to be positive role models to all children.  Staff plan physical activities, both inside and outside and demonstrate/model physical activity through joining in all physical activities; from dancing inside to splashing in the muddy puddles. By demonstrating fun, exciting physical activities staff are able to encourage children to take part and enjoy this essential part of their development.
  • To ensure that all children are encouraged and provided opportunity to meet the national guidelines in respect of physical activity of 180 minutes a day pro-rata to the time spent in our care, whilst considering varying abilities. At Ladybirds, we have taken the steps to remove chairs from the play areas (apart from snack) which enables children to strengthens up their muscles, wriggle if they need to at an activity and reduce sedentary behaviour (sedentary behaviour is spending lots of time sitting and/or being physically inactive).
  • To provide age-appropriate resources for active play. Outside we have a variety of bikes in sizes and skill level (pedals, no pedals, double bikes, balance bikes) in a designated bike area. Through planning we ensure a variety of skills are stimulated during activities; pulling, pushing, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking etc. Our activities take place in a variety of environments; inside the preschool playroom, in the school hall, in our designated preschool garden and in the school grounds.  We also have available to parents our Ladybirds Explorers group, an additional service that parents can book for their child which involves a full session of outdoor learning in the local environment outside of the school. (There is an additional charge for this group).
  • To provide opportunity for all children to practice a wide range of physical activity co-ordinating and using both fine and gross motor skills. We enhance each of our areas to ensure all children (whatever age/developmental stage) can access the equipment. E.g. Left handed/Right handed and easy grip scissors, as well as normal scissors, small paper and large paper for mark making, big/small buckets and spades, variety of fasteners on dressing up clothes, large puzzles with grips to small pieced sets etc.
  • To encourage increased activity within the preschool and amongst families through community activities such as a picnic at the local park, walks to local areas, sports days, walk to preschool weeks etc. Families will be consulted with twice a year through our Parent Forum to share ideas and tips on we could help to support and encourage physical activity for everyone. 
  • To encourage and ensure opportunity exists for both indoor and outdoor play daily. This is achieved by a free flow setting and outside being available for 2 hours of a three-hour session. We have welly boots, waterproofs, hats, gloves, spare coats, summer hats to cater for all weather. This includes appropriate clothing for staff members also so they are actively promoting indoor and outdoor play for all children.

 

  • To allow children to be independent when playing and to take reasonable risks to allow them to develop their physical skills.

 

Ethos and environment

Our preschool provision and planning considers how indoor and outdoor spaces can support and enhance children’s experience and opportunity for active play and allow children to move freely between both environments. Our routine and deployment of staff allows a free flow environment for the children to explore, alongside opportunities to dance, sing and explore movement as a group or individually.

Resource provision and facilities

In our parent welcome pack we ask that parents provide their children with suitable clothes for all weathers, however we do have enough full waterproof suits and welly boots for all children/sunhats/hats and gloves for colder weather so all children can go outside whatever the weather. Outside we have canopies that can provide shade when it is very hot. Inside we provide physical opportunities for the children (sometimes using the larger school hall space)  to explore different movements and skills.

 

Early years curriculums/frameworks

This policy supports the following requirements:

  • National guidelines on physical activity levels and levels of sedentary behaviour, issued by the Chief Medical Officer.
  • Early Years Foundation Stage welfare requirements. This states that we should provide opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement (1.5 pg. 8) Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. We should also have regard to the published guidance on physical activity and that children aged 0-5 years should have 3 hours of physical activity a day. www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-physical-activity-guidelines
  • Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare
  • Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS)
  • British Heart Foundation Early Movers Resource Packs

Community links

We have strong local community links and utilise these for to arrange visits and outings which involve physical activities e.g. walking to Bishops Road community centre for Christmas singing with the residents, and holiday activity events such as our ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’ at Victoria Park.

Active travel

Active travel is practiced whenever possible and is promoted to families as best practice for increased physical activity. This involves walking, riding or scootering to school instead of using cars or other transport means.

Assessment/recording/reporting and working with parents

Children’s progress will be assessed, recorded and monitored and progress relayed to parents through the use of our daily observations, planning and home learning sheets and termly parent consultations and daily chats. Here we will work together to support each child’s development. We will also link with other professionals that can offer support or advise, including Health visitors, doctors, sure start.

We also as a team use the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) to ensure the setting is providing all the activities/resources to meet the children’s physical needs and that we are developing good practice. We use this to monitor the environment/staff and the setting to improve our Physical Activity. This also highlights any staff training needs and the setting expectations of role-modelling and joining in will be covered in all staff induction programmes.

Consultation

Families will be consulted on physical activity practice and needs of the child. Families will be informed of any up-dates on the guidelines issued by the BHFNC. We will do this through regular questionnaires and updates on our website/newsletter, Facebook page and inviting parents in to learn more about the importance of physical activity and what they can do at home as well.

 

Document ID-

 

Policy adopted at meeting – Nov 2017

Reviewed by : Ladybirds Directors

 

Date reviewed

 

 

 

Nov 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL PLAY AND ACTIVITY(HEYA)

Porchester setting only - P4

 

We have created this policy from recommendations within the British Heart Foundation National centre’s ‘Early Movers’ pack and their recommendation that children should have the opportunity to be active 180 minutes a day and also National guidelines on physical activity levels of sedentary behaviour, issued by the Chief Medical Officer.

 

Please visit http://www.ssehsactive.org.uk/earlyyearsguidelines/index.html for more detail.

 

Please also see policies for; Health and Safety, Suitable wear, outdoor play, outings and trips.

Aim

To provide varied developmentally appropriate physical activities for all children to enjoy regularly throughout the course of every day. This is because being physically active is vital to improve our health, wellbeing and helps us to live longer. If children are active from the earliest months it will establish a positive pattern for their whole lives.

Objectives

  • For staff to be positive role models to all children.  This will be shown by practitioners joining in all physical activity; from dancing inside to splashing in the muddy puddles.

To joining in fine motor activities and providing resources for all developmental stages. As a setting, we would expect this to be done energetically and encouraging children to join in and praising their efforts. Physical activity can be planned by an adult or spontaneous from a child’s interest/lead.

  • To ensure that all children are encouraged and provided opportunity to meet the national guidelines in respect of physical activity of 180 minutes a day pro-rata to the time spent in our care, whilst considering varying abilities. At Ladybirds, we have taken the steps to remove chairs from the play areas (apart from snack) which enables children to strengthens up their muscles, wriggle if they need to at an activity and reduce sedentary behaviour Stagg encourage this by using phrases such as ‘get comfy’ at story/carpet        time, we have tummy time when we do remembering time in our routine and encourage everyone to stand  up when we are doing singing.
  • To provide age-appropriate resources for active play. Outside we have a variety of bikes in sizes and skill level (pedals, no pedals, double bikes, balance bikes). Through planning we ensure a variety of skills are stimulated during activities; pulling, pushing, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking etc. This is also shown inside on our Movement area and the variation in activities provided
  • To provide opportunity for all children to practice a wide range of physical activity co-ordinating and using both fine and gross motor skills. We enhance each of our areas to ensure all children (whatever age/developmental stage) can access the equipment. From palmer grip scissors to normal scissors, small paper and large paper for mark making, big/ small buckets and spades, variety of fasteners on dressing up clothes, large puzzles with grips to small pieced sets etc
  • To encourage active travel within my setting and amongst families e.g park and stride schemes. We carry out questionnaires with our families twice a year to see how active they are as a family and how we could help to support them. Through their suggestions and our ideas, we will plan ‘walk/ride/scoot to school week’ trips to the library and nature areas to promote walking, also we hold annual sports day. We have introduced ‘outdoor activity’ bags, where parents can borrow the bags, carry out the activity and put photos/comments onto tapestry and any future home learning.. 
  • To encourage and ensure opportunity exists for both indoor and outdoor play daily. This is achieved by a free flow setting and outside being available for 2 hours of a three-hour session. We have welly boots, waterproofs, hats, gloves, spare coats, summer hats to cater for all weather. This includes appropriate clothing for staff members also so they are actively promoting indoor and outdoor play for all children.

 

  • To allow children to be independent when playing and to take reasonable risks to allow them to develop their physical skills.

 

  • To limit screen-based time to a maximum of one hour a day pro-rata to the time spent in my care. At Ladybirds, we do have computers and leap pads available but we support the children to use sand timers to ensure they only have a small period of time on them and share the resources with their peers.

 

Ethos and environment

As a child care provider I have given thought to how indoor and outdoor spaces can support and enhance children’s experience and opportunity for active play and allow children to move freely between both environments. Our routine and development of staff ensures that we operate a free flow environment, that we have opportunities to dance, sing and explore movement as a whole group and individually on the movement area (following DMP ethos). We ensure the environment is also rich in opportunities to develop fine motor skills and ensure equipment is varied to meet all developmental needs. But adults offer support to encourage children to develop their skills with harder equipment (i.e normal scissors, bikes with pedals, smaller balls).

Resource provision and facilities

In our parent welcome pack we ask that parents provide their children with suitable clothes for all weathers, however we do have enough full waterproof suits and welly boots for all children/sunhats/hats and gloves for colder weather so all children can go outside whatever the weather. Outside we have canopies that can provide shade when it is very hot. Inside we have the movement area where children have a safe area to explore different movements and skills. We have gathering time daily where we do a physical action song and talk about the affect this has on our body, in addition we are a Bronze Healthy Eating so therefore discuss healthy food choices at snack and lunch time with the children. Since embarking on the silver physical our weekly planning has two physical focused large group times a week and we have weekly visits from dancing groups/football skills/drama to help develop different physical skills. As mentioned earlier in the policy are resources are accessible to all as we ensure they are at varying skill levels.

 

Early years curriculums/frameworks

This policy supports the following requirements:

  • National guidelines on physical activity levels and levels of sedentary behaviour, issued by the Chief Medical Officer.
  • Early Years Foundation Stage welfare requirements. This states that we should provide opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement (1.5 pg. 8) Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. We should also have regard to the published guidance on physical activity and that children aged 0-5 years should have 3 hours of physical activity a day. www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-physical-activity-guidelines
  • Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare
  • Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS)
  • British Heart Foundation Early Movers Resource Packs

Community links

We have local forest /ponds we can go to visit. We are also close to shops / post office where we can walk to and link to learning in the preschool. We have successfully secured two grants (co-op community fund and Tesco bags for life) where we have used the money to bring in other professionals to do physical activities with the children and ‘lifecycles’ equipment for outside (bug hunts, digging, pouring etc)

Active travel

Active travel is practiced whenever possible and is promoted to families as best practice for increased physical activity. We hold regular ‘walk/scoot/ride to school’ weeks and encourage parents to participate.

Assessment/recording/reporting and working with parents

Children’s progress will be assessed, recorded and monitored and progress relayed to parents through the use of our daily observations, planning and home learning sheets and termly parent consultations and daily chats. Here we will work together to support each child’s development. We will also link with other professionals that can offer support or advice, including Health visitors, doctors, sure start.

We also as a team use the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) to ensure the setting is providing all the activities/resources to meet the children’s physical needs and that we are developing good practice. We use this to monitor the environment/staff and the setting to improve our Physical Activity. This also highlights any staff training needs and the setting expectations of role-modelling and joining in will be covered in all staff induction programmes.

Consultation

Families will be consulted on physical activity practice and needs of the child. Families will be informed of any up-dates on the guidelines issued by the BHFNC. We will do this through regular questionnaires and updates on our website/newsletter, Facebook page and inviting parents in to learn more about the importance of physical activity and what they can do at home as well.

 

Document ID-

 

Policy adopted at meeting – Nov 2017

Reviewed by : Ladybirds Directors

 

Date reviewed

 

 

 

Nov 2017

 

 

 

March 2018

 

 

 

 

PUPIL PREMIUM (THE USE OF) - P5

 

Background

 

Some children attending preschool may qualify for additional funding to support their development. 

 

The funding is targeted to narrow any developmental gaps that children eligible for the funding may have.

 

The use of Pupil Premium will vary depending on the amount available and the needs of the children.  With these factors in mind, the funding may be used in a variety of ways;

 

Broad use

 

Funding is used to contribute to low staff/child ratios as we recognise that this is a highly effective way of tailoring teaching to children's individual needs. Funding is also used to provide staff training as we firmly believe that a well trained staff team can provide high quality teaching and assessment.   Further broad use includes the provision of additional and extracurricular activities for children.  

 

For example, it has been recognised that lack of physical activity is becoming a growing concern for children and hugely detrimental to emotional and physical health.  We may use Pupil Premium Funding to provide exciting activities and events that encourage and develop physical activity and form good lifestyle habits that remain with children as they grow.

 

Targeted use

 

Children's individual development is regularly assessed by their key person.  If an area of development is highlighted as needing additional support, Pupil Premium Funding can be used to provide this. For example; books which reflect the interests of the child may be purchased to support literacy development, or role play resources provided to encourage social development. 

 

Regular reviews and assessment of available Pupil Premium Funds and eligible children's developmental levels are carried out to ensure this funding is used in the most effective ways.

 

Information on how pupil premium has been used and how the child's development is progressing is shared with parents on a termly basis during parent consultations, or more often if required.

 

Document ID-

 

Policy adopted at meeting – Mar 2018

Reviewed by : Ladybirds Directors

 

Date reviewed

 

 

 

Mar 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact details:

Ladybirds Ludlow       02380 447997               

Ladybirds Porchester 02380 431226

Ladybirds Preschool at Ludlow  (all correspondence to this address)

Ludlow Infant Academy

Ludlow Rd 

Itchen 
Southampton

SO19 2EU

Ladybirdsludlow

@outlook.com

 

 

Ladybirds Preschool at Porchester

The Scout Hut

Porchester Rd

Woolston

Southampton

SO19 2JB

Ladybirdspreschool

@hotmail.co.uk

 

Opening Hours

 

Ludlow

8.45am - 3.30pm

Monday to Thursday. 

 

Friday 8.45am - 12.30pm

 

 

 

Porchester 8.45am - 3.30pm

Monday to Friday.

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