Welcome to Ladybird class! We generally have the younger children in Ladybirds, and have spent time setting up the room for this age group. The shelving is lower than in other rooms, allowing easy access to resources. We also have a sleep/quiet area for those children who wish to take some time away from the busy nursery day for a nap or rest. Some of our younger children can find the outdoor area quite big to begin with, so we have a sand tray in the classroom, for those who wish to stay inside – sand play can be a very calming activity for children. In addition, our classroom has direct access to the Woodland Garden. There is a small sheltered area, which we often have open to the children at the beginning of the year, so they can still access the outdoors, just in a smaller space and with less children.
As with all the classrooms, we have divided up the areas using shelving, so children have direct and easy access to the resources available to support their independent play. We tend to have many resources that stay the same, so that children can return to their activities over a period of days, and revisit their favourite activities. However, we also add resources that may be of interest to the children, such as a doctors kit in the home corner.
All children have their own coat peg and pigeon holes. Upon arrival in the morning, we encourage children to find their peg and put all their belongings away. The pigeon holes can be checked by parents at the beginning or end of a session, for letters or leaflets.