Hours and Sessions

Ladybird Preschool follows the Local Authority School term (see Term Dates below) and is open five days a week from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Our sessions are organised as follows. 

  • 9.00-11.30AM and 12.30-3PM are our two sets of sessions. A mixture of morning and afternoons sessions can be chosen in order to allow all the children to access the most popular ones.
  • No less than five hours per week can be chosen
  • Parents will be able to pick up / drop off at 9.00am or 11.30am or 12pm or 12.30pm or 3.00pm

 

E.g.    Child ‘a’ arrives at 9.00am and leaves at 11.30pm      = 2 ½ hours

          Child ‘b’ arrives at 9.00am and leaves at 12.00pm     = 3 hours

          Child ‘c’ arrives at 9.00am and leaves at 12.30pm      = 3 ½ hours

          Child ‘d’ arrives at 9.00am and leaves at 3.00pm       = 6 hours

          Child ‘e’ arrives at 11.30am and leaves at 3.00pm      = 3 ½ hours

          Child ‘f’ arrives at 12.00am and leaves at 3.00pm      = 3 hours

          Child ‘g’ arrives at 12.30am and leaves at 3.00pm      = 2 ½ hours

Ladybirds operates a freeflow arrangement.  Children are based in one of the rooms (Red, Green or Blue) and have a peg for their bag and coat in their room, but during the core hours doors to all the rooms and the garden are opened.  If you have any questions about this arrangement, please see our information in Section IV: Freeflow arrangements.

Lunch hour

The lunch session is between 11.30 am – 12.30pm, when children eat a packed lunch with staff. If you wish your child to have their lunch at the Ladybird Pre-school, they will either finish their session at 12.30pm if they stay in the morning or begin their afternoon session at 11.30am. If a child wishes to arrive or leave at 12:00, they will not be able to have lunch at Ladybirds.  The lunch session is available to all children. It can be booked half termly and will be billed with fees, or one week in advance and then must be paid on the day of the booking.

For funded children the lunch session will be part of the educational hours and will be funded.  For other children the lunch session will be charged at our normal hourly rates (please refer to our fees policy).

Changing hours policy

Each term your child attends the Ladybird Preschool you will be offered a choice of hours.  Once you have chosen them these will be your agreed hours.  As confirmation of agreed hours parents/carers will be required to sign a parent contract. Changes to these hours can be made at the end of a term for the following term.

Changes made during term: Once the parent contract is signed, any additional hours may have to be paid at the hourly rate.  Additionally, any changes to agreed hours during term will incur a £25.00 administration charge to cover the administration involved in checking availability of places, amending registers, checking keyworkers sessions, checking child/staff ratios and making adjustments to staffing, changing invoices, and liaising with the Local Authority.

Extra sessions: If you need to book occasional extra sessions for additional childcare needs such as appointments or emergencies, this may be possible according to our availability and at the discretion of the office. Some sessions may have spaces in them, so please speak to the office as soon as possible. Extra sessions will be charged at our normal hourly rates (please refer to our fees policy). Lunches can be booked one week in advance and paid for on the day.