Fenstanton Ladybird Day Nursery

The setting is an attractive large, bright and airy Victorian house with a homely feeling. It meets all the child care standards but continues to be a place where people would love to live.


The nursery has been running for 40 years and combines a positive interest in child care and early years education. The owner is a qualified nurse and midwife. The Registered Manager Sarah Cray-Savill is ‘home grown’ starting at the setting in 2008 as a trainee practitioner and who has been supported to continue her qualifications whilst working full time and in the Summer of 2016 completed her BA Hons Degree in Early Years.


Lets see what the children have been up to this month


Flower Kingdom

The Flower Kingdom would like to welcome all the new children and families who have started this month. This month they have been exploring lots of mark making with different tools and materials including shaving foam and play dough. The Snowdrop children have also enjoyed exploring their new cosy corner and toadstool tent where they have enjoyed reading stories.




Bumble bees

The Bumble bees have been enjoying playing with the autumn leaves and engaging in creative autumn themed messy activities. They have also been exploring different ways of mark making and enjoyed drawing with felt pens on tin foil. The Bumble bees have also been talking about their families and have created a family photo board. If you have any family photographs these would be greatly appreciated.



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The Dragonflies have been exploring different Rangoli patterns for Diwali and used a range of colours to create their own which can be seen on the Diwali display board in the room. They have also been looking at their names and are getting very good at recognising their own names and sticking them on the registration board. The Dragonflies have also been practicing putting their own shoes and slippers on and are becoming much more confident!




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The Pre school unit

The pre school children have been looking at the changes autumn has brought and went to the park to collect autumn objects to use within their play. They have also been talking about the weather, how it is different around the world and have created some weather inspired artwork. They have also been exploring science and have enjoyed engaging in different experiments including using pipettes to mix different coloured water and talking about the effects.


Please could you let your child’s room leader know if they also attend another setting to be able to share information and next steps.



Our cook Debbie has been coming up with some imaginative meals and cooking ideas with the children. Debbie often works directly with the children who help Debbie with her baking and making savoury meals for the children’s tea.

Parents are more than welcome to offer any menu suggestions and are always welcome into the nursery to participate in their children’s day by reading stories, a baking activity or to stay and play!

Parents informations and reminders

A little reminder…..

Can Parents name their children ‘s clothes including shoes please.

As the weather grows colder please can you make sure all children have warm clothes so they can continue to enjoy their time outside.

Safety -:

To protect children with allergies can you please not bring your children in the nursery whilst they are eating biscuits or any other type of food. Thank you

If you have an alternative drop off or collection for your child who does not normally come please don’t give out the code for the gate. Please ask them to ring the front door bell and a member of staff will take them to your child’s room.


When parking in Swan road please do remember that it is illegal to park on a curb or to close to a junction. Thank you

Please remember that the nursery is a no mobile phone zone. Please make sure that you do not get out your mobile phone until you are off of nursery premises.

In the interest of child safety please do not let anyone into the nursery who you do not know even if they are coming in the gate at the same time as you.

For safety reasons it is very important that you sign your children in and out .

Policies -: Some of our policies have been updated. Please feel free to read any of these at anytime. The policy folders are located on the shelf in the entrance hall.

Home Learning-:Our educational boxes that the Preschool children can take home and enjoy are ready.

The National Day Nurseries Association have created some free online resources for parents which can be accessed through the link below:


Childcare support-:

The government has launched a new web page which brings together all the current childcare support available in one place – www.gov.uk/childcaresupport

Please be aware that if you are accessing the tax free childcare scheme and have this arranged this for a specific date each month e.g. 10th …..if this date falls on a weekend then this will not be released for a few days after and will become a late payment.

Parent reminders:

Are you aware of the changes to Tax-Free childcare from April 2017 and are registered with HMRC so they can check their eligibility for 30 hour entitlement from September 2017 https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator

To help Debbie our cook could Parents let us know before 9.30 if their children will not be in on that day or arriving after that time.Thank you

We have been rewarded 5 stars for our Food and Hygiene 🙂

There have been lots of recent school open days available; if your child is due to attend school next year please be aware that school places have to be registered by January 2018. Please see your local school’s website for further information and exact dates.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 22nd November 2017- Tempest individual photos (Take two!!) We do apologize that Tempest was unable to complete the photo session on Wednesday 1st November, they are booked to come again on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.


Please note many local school are now advertising open days for September 2018. Please look at your local schools website for these dates and times.

Children in need – Friday 17th November 2017. There will be different activities organised in order to raise money for Children in Need which will shortly be displayed on posters around the setting. For further information about the specific activities please speak to the practitioners in your child’s room.

Preschool play – Tuesday 12th December 2017.

Christmas party – Thursday 14th December 2017.


A sad goodbye!

We have now sadly said goodbye to Benedicte, who retired on Tuesday 17th October 2017. She will be greatly missed by everyone here at Ladybird but we wish her all the best and a very happy, healthy retirement.