During your child’s day with us they will get the opportunity to play both indoors and outdoors in the garden and courtyard mud kitchen, with periods of both free play and adult supported activities such as circle time, story time, singing and messy 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 plan so that activities can be tailored according to each individual’s need, supporting them to develop their interests and reach milestones.  Their progress is recorded in their own on-line learning journeys.


At the end of each term we hold ‘Stay and Play’ sessions during which we invite families to come and spend the afternoon with us to enable you to get a real feel for what happens at nursery.  The little ones love showing their family what they do here and we get some great feedback from parents.


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.
 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

Your child will be given a peg with their name and photograph on it so that they can hang their coats up and box in the room with their own photograph on it to keep their own belongings and pictures in etc.

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 will provide you with a mat to take home and personalize or decorate for your child. The mat is for your child to sit on at circle time and story time.


Food and Drink

Lunchtime: 12.00pm

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

Teatime:  5.00pm

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.

The children are provided with an individual water bottle 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, construction, ICT, 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 mud kitchen outdoor area and 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