When are sessions run at Ladybird Forest Pre-School?
We run morning and afternoon sessions from Mondays to Fridays during term-time. Morning sessions are from 8.50am to 11.50am, and afternoon sessions are from 12.20pm to 3.20pm. We also run a Lunch Club from 11.50am to 12.20pm which allows your child to attend all day. In addition, we have a Breakfast Club which runs from 7.45am to 8.50am and an After Pre-School Club every day from 3.20pm to 6.00pm. We serve a hot tea at 4.15pm.
Do I provide any snacks or drinks for my child?
The children will be having a snack during the afternoon session. Milk and water are provided as a drink. Please let the team know if your child is allergic to cow’s milk and we will provide an alternative.
In addition, water is available for the children throughout the day. The only time your child will be bringing food/drink to the setting is in their lunch boxes if they attend the Lunch Club.
What age can my child start at Ladybird Pre-School?
Children can attend Ladybird from the term after their 2nd birthday.
How much do sessions cost at Ladybird?
Nursery Education Grant funded places are available from the term after children reach their 3rd birthday. For children who cannot claim funding the fee is currently £13.00 per 3-hour session. The Lunch Club is £3.10 per session. The Breakfast Club is £4.35, which includes breakfast, served between 7.45am and 8.15am. The After Pre-School Club fees vary, depending on how long your child is staying at the setting for and the fees start from £2.90 to £11.30 per session. The hot tea, which is served at 4.15pm costs £1.25 (which cannot be paid for via the funding).
We are also registered for 2-year old funded places. Parents/carers will need to present the setting with a ‘Two-Year Old Eligibility Letter’ issued by Central Bedfordshire Council to confirm their eligibility for the 2-year old funding. For details of how to apply for 2-year old funding please contact our Administration Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01525 406703 or contact Central Bedfordshire Council directly at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk (search ‘free childcare for 2-year olds’).
How do I apply for a place for my child at Ladybird Forest Pre-School?
It is advisable to get your child’s name on the waiting list as soon as possible. You are welcome to download the ‘Application to go on the Waiting List’ form, which you can find under the ‘Administration’ section of the website. Alternatively please contact the Administration Manager at email@example.com or call 01525 406703. Our waiting list is in date of birth order, with priority given to funded 3- and 4-year olds followed by funded 2-year olds, followed by non-funded 2-year olds. Full details of our Admissions Policy can be found in the Parent’s Guide, which you can view under the Administration section of this website.
How can I help my child settle into Ladybird Forest Pre-School?
Where possible all new children will be offered a home visit before they start at Ladybirds. This will give you and your child the opportunity to meet your child’s Key Person and for them to get to know your child. You will also be offered a visit to the setting before your child starts. Should you feel you need to; you are welcome to stay for part of your child’s first session.
Does my child have to be toilet trained to attend Ladybird Forest Pre-School?
At Ladybirds we welcome children who are in nappies or pull-ups and are undergoing potty training. If your child is wearing nappies/pull-ups please bring some in a bag along with some spare clothes. We are very happy to work alongside parents/carers who are potty training their children. If your child is used to using a potty, you are welcome to bring it in for him/her or use the pre-school potty. Our toilets are low-level child-sized ones, so children have no problems in using them with or without assistance. Please remember to dress your child in clothes that he/she is able to open easily when using the toilets.