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Little Ladybirds - Day Nursery

Our Ethos

At Little Ladybirds our aim is to provide a unique nursery experience in a caring, safe and nurturing environment in which all children can develop and grow.

We value and nurture every child individually and offer consistent support to all parents/carers in their journey through this experience, from initial inquiry to leaving to attend school.

Children are the driving force behind the nursery. The activities provided and environment created is centred around their interests and ideas. We value play as the work of the children and the process of learning is of greater value than the final product. We believe that parents are the main educators of their children and so encourage them to get involved and contribute information which helps us to work together for the benefit of the children. 

Dedicated and qualified staff with varying experiences, who regularly update and evaluate their practice, help to support, nurture and meet the care needs of the children. We believe that children should be allowed to develop skills at their own pace and will never force a child into learning or independence until they are ready. Children are supported to become independent, contribute to the community and are taught to respect and look after the environment in which they live, as well as each other. 

Our inclusive practice means that all children are given opportunities to access all areas of provision and are supported in their development. Little Ladybirds Nursery is committed to safeguarding children.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jen Thomas
Contact Position
01642 614020

Where to go

Little Ladybirds Nursery
Ladybird House,
Unit 11 Falcon Court
Preston Farm Industrial Estate
TS18 3TS

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£49.00 Full day
£32.00 Half day
Fees are charged monthly. Childcare Vouchers and tax Credits.


Age Ranges
From 2 months to 5 years

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
Two floor building but chair lift provided

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Emotional needs
Visual impairment
Eating Disorders
Speech Impairment
Sign Language
Downs syndrome
Nut allergy
Cerebral Palsy
Challenging Behaviour
Learning difficulties
Hearing Impairment
Cater for children with special needs . Have SENCO and Behaviour Officer British Sign Language

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
No Dairy Various Allergies

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Intending to provide 30 hours entitlement

Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:30 18:00
Tuesday 07:30 18:00
Wednesday 07:30 18:00
Thursday 07:30 18:00
Friday 07:30 18:00

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


Little Ladybirds Nursery is an inclusive setting and has two Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-Ordinators (SENCO) who attend regular and up to date Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) training provided through Stockton on Tees County Council.

On induction to Little Ladybirds Day Nursery, the Manager, Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinators and Room Leader share information with parents about the strengths and needs of their child. A home visit will also be offered. Parents are given the opportunity to accompany their child on introductory visits to the setting in order to support the child to settle and to develop relationships with the key person. Some children may need additional sessions for settling in which will depend on the individual needs of the child.

Room leaders and room practitioners are provided with the necessary training required before the child starts nursery. This may be through Stockton on Tees County Council or in-house fed down by the SENCO.

Little Ladybirds Nursery adapts a ‘Personalised Approach’ which means that the child’s individual needs as well as the parents opinions and values will always be at the centre. Adapting a ‘Graduated Approach’ involves High Quality Teaching which is differentiated and meets individual needs based on the child’s area of SEND and I.L.P targets.

On-going observational assessments are made of all children and linked to the development matters ages and stages of development within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). In some cases this process can identify individual needs. These will be discussed with the room leader, setting’s SENCO and the Manager. Little Ladybirds Nursery have a trained SENCO who can offer advice and support to the key person and room practitioners.

Every child has a key person, a practitioner who works with the child on a day to day basis and therefore builds up trusting, sensitive relationships with the parents and children which enables respectful sharing of information. The key person is responsible for their key child’s ongoing assessment and concerns about your child’s development can be discussed in private with them. If your child’s key person has identified a possible individual need they will ask if you are able to arrange a time to discuss the matter in private and plan together how to support your child’s learning and development further.

We adapt a solution focused approach and if a concern regarding behaviour is raised we arrange for a ‘Solution Circle’ to be held which may include the parents, the manager, the SENCO, the key person and a practitioner who does not work with the child day to day and provide an outsider’s perspective and knowledge.

Joint Working is paramount therefore if permission if sought from parents the SENCO can also liaise with other professionals to seek further advice and support in identifying individual needs if required. Support and advice can be sought from a professional for our local area called the ‘Area SENCO’. The setting also has an Early Years Advisory Teacher who provides support if required. At Little Ladybirds we encourage reports from Health Care Professionals such as Health visitors and Speech and language therapists to be shared between the parents and setting in order to plan appropriately to meet the individual needs of the child.

If a concern is raised by either the parent or practitioner a ‘Discussion Document’ is completed. Everybody involved with the child then adapts the Plan, Do and Review approach and implements the actions stated in the Discussion document’. This may be to closely monitor and observe the child, do focused observations or look at the child’s tracking/assessments.

After some time a review will take place with the parents and the team to see if the initial concerns have been resolved. If they have then we will continue to monitor to unsure progress is sustained.

If the initial concerns are still apparent then an Individual Learning Plan (I.L.P) will be written with the parents.

Observations and assessments contribute towards the I.L.P. The Key person to be responsible for the I.L.P and the targets with support from Area SENCO and learning and teaching consultant.

If progress is still not made then we will request involvement of specialist services in consultation with parents and area SENCO.

Between the ages of 24-36 months each child is assessed against the 3 prime area’s of learning-Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language. This is called a 2 year Progress Check and is completed by the key person with input from the parents.

For funded 2 year olds with SEND, a ‘One Plan’ is put in place.

The Key person attends regular Team around the child (TAC) meetings.

We use visual timetables to support children to understand the routine, empathy dolls, buddy system and transition boxes to support the children with transitions.

We also reward star of the week, stickers and medals to reinforce positive behaviour.

When a child transitions to school the key person attends a transition meeting with the parents and school.

Contact Name
Jennifer Thompson
Contact Telephone
01642 614020
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years
SEN Provision Type

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