The Ladybird Group was established in 1985 by the late Dr Iain White and his wife, Ann. They recognised the need for a local provision to care for pre-school children who required additional support in their development, from the Lossiemouth and surrounding area. The centre is managed by a voluntary committee and is registered as a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation).
There are currently 14 children attending and the centre can care for up to seven children at each session, offering a high level of support, mainly on a one adult to one child ratio. We try hard not to have children waiting for a place following referral but sometimes this is unavoidable due to space and staff restrictions.
The manager and eight keyworkers are qualified in teaching or child-care, registered with the GTC/SSSC and disclosure/ PVG checked for safely working with children. Each child has an individual programme with targets to work towards, plus input from the various visiting specialists. These include physiotherapist, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, early years language support teacher, teachers for hearing and visually impaired, educational psychologist, health visitors and social workers.
As a registered provider of child care services, we are inspected by the Care Inspectorate who currently are based at Phoenix House, 1 Wards Road, Elgin and any queries on the service provided by ourselves or regulations we are governed by can be checked with them should you so wish.
As a partner centre with Moray Council's Education Services, we offer the Curriculum for Excellence, and include all children in activities as far as possible and according to ability. We are inspected by Education Scotland Inspectors of Schools.
The group has full Employer and Public Liability Insurance, as well as Trustee Indemnity Insurance.
For more information regarding the group and what we do, please see the slideshow below.
The Ladybird Group
Ladybird is committed to providing and maintaining a quality service for the children within the group in a stimulating and safe environment, which conforms to the relevant health and safety legislation and meets the standards set out by the Care Inspectorate.
Due to our regular access to professional visiting therapists, we can enhance the provision by utilising their expertise and follow the advice and guidelines they set in the use of specialised equipment, exercises to encourage movement, speech and language development etc.
Parent views regarding the care of their child will be encouraged, recognised and respected. Children's needs will be respected, and children are taught to respect adults and other children in the group and they are encouraged to share and help each other.