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Autumn 2021

Staff Training Day

Term begins

Staff Training Day

Half Term

Term ends

Weds 1st Sept

Thurs 2nd Sept

Friday 22nd October

25th - 29th October

Friday 17th December


Spring 2022


Summer 2022

Term begins

May Day

Half Term

Staff Training Day

Term ends

Staff Training Day

Thursday 19th April

Monday 2nd May

Mon 30th May- 3rd June

Monday 6th June

Wednesday 20th July

Thursday 21st July


Autumn 2022

Staff Training Day

Term begins

Half Term

Term ends

Tuesday 4th January

Wednesday 5th January

14th-18th February

Friday 1st April

Staff Training Day

Term begins

Staff Training Day

Half Term

Term ends

Thurs 1st Sept

Fri 2nd Sept

Friday 21st October

24th - 28th October

Friday 16th December

Settling New Children In

Click here for the Ladybird Prospectus

Each child has a key-worker, who will get to know them well and be their main carer at Playgroup. The key-worker will ensure that your child is settling-in well and making friends.


At Ladybird Playgroup, we work closely with parents to learn about the children and to provide updates on their child's development and progress.

Tapestry Online Journal

At Ladybirds we use the Tapestry online Journal to record experiences your child has had in the setting, as per the Early Years Framework. Once you have signed the Tapestry permissions, we will send you a link to create a login for you.  You will be able to see all your child's observations from Ladybirds Playgroup, and you will also be able to add your own observations from activities and trips that happen off site at home and elsewhere. The staff can also use these observations as part of your child's learning journal.


Snacks and lunch

Please provide your child with a healthy packed lunch, (we ask you to avoid chocolate and sweets) and a drinking bottle for water throughout the day. Ladybird Playgroup provide children with a tasty and nutritious mid-morning snack.

Please note we are a NUT Free, SQUASH Free Playgroup due to allergies.

Optional uniform

Playgroup uniform is available to buy from our uniform supplier Total Clothing Shop . Second hand uniform can be bought from the Ladybirds, please ask a member of Staff for details.



Parent Helpers


Parents are warmly invited to spend some time with us at Playgroup, either to join in with play sessions and/or to share special knowledge and skills with the children. Could you, for instance, show the children how to play a musical instrument? Or perhaps give a little talk about your job? All ideas are welcome!


The children would love to learn from your experience, so please contact us today to arrange a time to come in.



NSPCC Talk PANTS campaign

Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or worried.

Domestic Violence Helpline

Tel. 0808 2000 247

Cambridgeshire Children's Social Care

Tel. 0345 045 5203. Call for advice if you are concerned about a child within your family. Social workers are available to call back within 24 hours if needed.



Beads of Courage Programme & Go Gold is September for Childhood Cancer Awareness.

September saw us support Childhood Cancer Awareness month by having lots of Gold activities & having Gold Pins/Wristbands & String of Strength packs on sale raising money for The Beads of Courage Programme at Addenbrooke's. This programme supports children through serious illnesses and treatment by giving them a different coloured bead for each medical intervention they endure.

Ward C2 Playteam. 

Ward C2 at Addenbrookes' Hospital, Cambridge is the Paediatric Oncology Ward.  We decided to support this ward after Angela, our Administrator's son was diagnosed and treated there in 2019, just 6 years after her daughter was treated there as well.  Donations from the 'closing collection' from the Ladybird Playgroup Nativity in December 2019 went towards purchasing toys and craft activities from the Ward C2 Playteams Amazon list