The children are taken out for walks to the park, local shops and libraries. We also maintain relationships with local care homes and aim to take the children on regular visits. We believe that interacting with the older generation enables children to develop better social and communication skills. All of these experiences offer children interesting learning experiences and enhance their understanding and knowledge of the communities and world around them.
We celebrate festivals from a variety of cultures, in which parents are invited to join in and teach us about their own cultures. Over the last few years, we have celebrated Chinese New Year, Diwali, Black History Month, Chanukah, Eid al-Fitr, Halloween, and Christmas. We also celebrate special days throughout the year, including Mother’s and Father’s Day.
Sports classes take place across the nurseries on a weekly basis, such as athletics, football and yoga. While some of these are delivered by our own staff, some of these are held by external sports coaches. In addition to all of this, we also hold a sports day for the children in the summer months. We believe that exercise is a great way for children to develop qualities, including discipline, resilience, team work and ambition.
Some of our staff have a strong background in music and plan creative activities across our nurseries that incorporate listening, singing and moving to music. We believe that developing a love of music increases self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement.
At Ladybird, we employ staff who have come to England from all over the world, including from Argentina, Poland and India. Our staff are always encouraged to introduce their native language to the children, as we believe that learning a foreign language not only increases cultural intelligence, but is also key for brain development.