Frequently asked questions
A. In our determination to provide a learning environment of the highest standard for our children, Ladybird has developed its own curriculum. This has incorporated elements of both “The Creative Curriculum” utilized in the United States and “The Foundation Stage Curriculum” used in the United Kingdom. The Ladybird curriculum meets the national standards for quality as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) USA.
The Ladybird curriculum is based on the developmental psychology of Jean Piaget, Stanlay Greenspan, Eric Erikson, and most significantly, Howard Gardner. We draw heavily on Gardner’s “Theory of Multiple Intelligences” and other current research on early childhood education and development including concepts relating to emotional development.
A. The idea of “Multiple Intelligences” was first proposed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, a professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on IQ testing, is far too limited. Instead Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of potential in children and adults. The intelligences are, Linguistic (word smart), Logical – Mathematical (number /reasoning smart), Spatial, (picture smart), Bodily-Kinesthetic (body smart), Musical (music smart), Inter-personal (people smart), Intra-personal (self smart) and Naturalist (nature smart).
The theory advocates that teachers present their lessons in a wide variety of ways, using music, cooperative learning, art activities, role play, multimedia, field trips, inner reflection and much more. Children therefore have the opportunity to learn in ways harmonious with their unique minds.
A. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the largest, non profit – organization of early childhood educators in the United States, and is devoted to improving the education of children everywhere. NAEYC sets childcare standards of excellence in the areas of safety, health, staff qualifications, classroom environment, learning programs and children’s activities. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has become one of the most respected organizations in the field of child care and early childhood education, with well over 100,000 members and a national network of 400 affiliated organizations.
A. At Ladybird, we firmly believe a child’s individual needs are best served by recognizing that all eight intelligences are of equal importance and a complete education should emphasize the development of all the intelligences. By broadening our curriculum to include the development of all the intelligences, we enable all our children to realize their full potential.
A. At ladybird the fees vary according to the age of the child and the level of service you require us to provide. This is discussed in detail when you come and visit the school.
A. Once your child is able to walk, they are welcome to come and join our nursery class. Notwithstanding that consideration it’s really a matter of personal choice about when you introduce your child to school.