During your child’s day with us they will get the opportunity to play both indoors and outdoors in the garden and courtyard. We promote imaginative play through providing the children with natural real life resources within this room. This can allow the children to be creative and personality whilst being brave and taking risks within their play.

When your child starts in this room they will be issued with a Key Person. The Key Person will spend time with your child to get to know them and will then observe, assess and provide resources that are tailored to each child's interest, supporting them to develop their skills and reach milestones.  Their progress is recorded in their own on-line learning journey which parents and family members can have access to.

Throughout the year we hold stay and play sessions during which we invite families to come and spend a little time with us to enable you to get a real feel for what happens at nursery. The little ladybirds love showing their families what they can achieve and how to create with the large amount of resources available to them.

If your child is joining the Ladybird room from the Caterpillar room, the staff will arrange visits between the two rooms so your child will gradually become familiar with their new key person and the new room ready to move up full time when they are 2 years old. There can also be an opportunity to arrange a visit for you to visit the Ladybird room, meet the new Key Person and also ask any questions you may have.  If your child is new to nursery the staff will work with you to tailor a settling in pattern specific to your child. This may mean parents staying for a few sessions to begin with before gradually increasing the amount of time your child is left.  We want both parents and children to feel safe, secure and happy.

Once the children have crawled their way through the Caterpillar room, they arrive in the Ladybird room, ready to have new adventures. At this age your child is beginning to show independence and in order to promote this the room has been designed to enable them to explore, experiment and discover, both indoors and out.

Ladybirds -  2 and 3 year olds

  • Sun cream (unless you have given us permission to use the brand that nursery supplies)
  • Hat, gloves and wellies for winter
  • Spare clothes
  • Nappies, creams and wipes to be kept in their own bag

Your child’s belongings

In the Ladybird room your child will be given a peg with their own photograph on it so they can recognise their own space, have a sense of belonging and so that they can hang their coats up independently.

We try to discourage children from bringing in their own toys. It makes sharing a lot harder and sometimes they get mislaid or broken, however if your child has a special comforter toy they are more than welcome to bring that in. We do encourage the children to discuss their home life and experiences whilst at nursery. This can be encouraged by photographs and maybe artifacts found or purchased on trips. Feel free to share these with the staff as the children can become very animated when telling us about their adventures with something to share!


Food and Drink

Lunchtime: 11.45am

Please either sign up for a nursery hot lunch or provide a cold packed lunch.

Teatime:  4.30pm

If you would like your child to have tea with us please provide a cold packed tea.


Healthy snacks will be provided during the morning and again in the afternoon alongside milk and water.

The children are provided with an individual water bottle, labelled with their photo, which they have free access to.

Please remember to put an ice pack in your child’s lunch box every day to keep the food fit for consumption.

Please provide your child with the following items:

The room is well equipped including areas for messy play, role play, home corner, a snuggle area for reading and sleeping and a separate toilet/changing area. It is a large, spacious room with lots of natural light and its own outdoor courtyard area. This room can accommodate up to 20 children in one session.

  • Appropriate footwear
  • Appropriate clothing (we get messy in  this room, so not best clothes!)
  • Suitable coat (we go out to play in all weathers)

Sunshine Children’s Centre, High Street, Burgh Le Marsh, PE24 5JS

Tel:  01754 811878        email:

Charity No. 1177008

Ofstead No. EY561556