La Petite Academy
01332 774 413


10-12 Highfield Road, Littleover, Derby, DE23 1DG
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23 April 2018 - 4:25pm

Toddlers enjoyed dance class today!

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20 April 2018 - 4:16pm

Today we have celebrated the Queen's Birthday with our 'Kings, Queen's and Royal family' event day! The children have had so much fun making crowns, waving the British flag, making their very own birthday cake for 'The Queen' and much more. It's been lovely to see lots of little Prince's and Princesses! 👸👑🤴🏰

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20 April 2018 - 10:11am

To celebrate the Queen's birthday the Baby unit are making crowns, shape sorting shields, building castles and having a royal flotilla

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13 April 2018 - 4:13pm

Parents we have re-arranged our porch area to incorporate our bedtime story library to make it more accessible. We feel this is more welcoming for parents and children. We hope you like it! Don't forget to choose your bedtime story book with your child 📚

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12 April 2018 - 2:55pm

Following on from this morning we further enhanced the provision from the PreSchool children creating their shopping lists to then exploring the outdoor environment, extending their thinking and encouraging imaginative play. They collected 'blueberries', 'lemonade', 'carrots' and lots of other items.

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12 April 2018 - 2:41pm

Imaginative play whilst the children go 'shopping'!

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12 April 2018 - 10:45am

Preschool have shown great interest in talking about going shopping. We enhanced the provision to provide the opportunity for the children to create 'shopping lists'. They drew different foods and we discussed about healthy and unhealthy foods, whilst recalling experiences of going to the supermarket. So the next time you go take a trip to the supermarket, you may receive a shopping list from your child! 😁

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6 April 2018 - 4:19pm

Tweenies had lots of fun visiting St George's park this afternoon!

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6 April 2018 - 4:17pm

Tweenies had lots of fun visiting St George's park this afternoon!

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4 April 2018 - 4:23pm

The children had lots of fun taking part in pie face this afternoon! If you would like to donate for your child to pie their key person please bring a donation this week for Blue Stars for Autism Awareness week!

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1 April 2018 - 8:21pm

Don’t forget that we will be helping to raise awareness of Autism this week at Nursery. Sponsor your child to dress in wild and wacky clothes throughout the week and let’s celebrate every child on the spectrum being unique.

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29 March 2018 - 4:29pm

We enjoyed having a Easter parade around the nursery today and joining in with various activities to celebrate Easter!

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28 March 2018 - 11:03am

Look at the Tweenies' Easter bonnets that they have made at home! 👒

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27 March 2018 - 7:45pm

It’s fantastic to see the Nursery in the Derby Evening Telegraph for our 5* food hygiene rating. Find out what this involves and how we keep your littles ones safe and healthy😀

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/hygiene-inspectors-rated-derby-businesses-1377599

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26 March 2018 - 12:49pm

Don’t forget our Bedtime book library where you are welcome to come with your child to choose a book to borrow. We have just added a lovely new collection of books to the library for the children to enjoy.

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26 March 2018 - 11:14am

Parents!! Next week, we are having a Sponsored Wacky Clothes Week to help raise awareness of Autism. There will be a letter and sponsor form going out this week, explaining a little about Autism and how the money raised will help.

It will be lovely to see all the children getting dressed in lots of different clothes, including wearing pants over your trousers or odd socks! It'll be a fun week for the children and it's a great time to celebrate everyone being dressed up differently!

All money raised will go to our local organisation Blue Stars Autism Intervention who are a Not for Profit organisation who provide services for children and families who have been diagnosed or on the pathway of being diagnosed with Autism.

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23 March 2018 - 4:40pm

Tweenies had lots of fun at the park this afternoon!

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18 March 2018 - 7:53am

Parents/ carers don’t forget to get crafting at home with your littlest ones ready for La Petite’s Easter Bonnet competition. We are looking forward to seeing the wonderful creations from Monday 26th March, the last hand in time being 9.00am on Thursday 29th March when the bonnets will be judged. Glenda our nursery Cook will be judging the bonnets and there will be a prize for the winning bonnet from each room. Good luck 🐣

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16 March 2018 - 11:41am

Look what we found! These frogs were hopping around our bottom garden. The children found great interest in talking about the lifecycle of a frog, and learning new words such as, amphibians. Pre-school now have their very own frog spawn which they are observing daily to watch them grow.

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16 March 2018 - 10:53am

We enjoyed dancing to Irish music to celebrate St Patrick's Day!

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16 March 2018 - 6:06am

Just a quick reminder that on Monday 19th March (next Monday) is the under 3’s Parents Evening. If you would like to see your child’s Key person on the evening please phone the nursery to make an appointment.

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13 March 2018 - 7:16pm

We have explored our diversity today with the children, celebrating our different cultures and skin tones. We value and care about each other the same.

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12 March 2018 - 4:08pm

Toddlers enjoyed dancing class this morning!!

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9 March 2018 - 11:04am

Dad's week was re-arranged today, due to cancelling last Friday because of the snow! Here are some photo's which shows the children and the Dad's have had an fun filled morning! ☺Mums keep your eyes closed!

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5 March 2018 - 11:54am

This morning the Toddlers have enjoyed their first trial session with Jeevan from Action Academy. Here's a snippet of just some of the fun they had!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I settle my child into nursery? What do I need to bring to nursery with me? How do the nurseries communicate with parents? Can parents get involved with events and influence the running of the nursery? How often will my child go outside? What happens if my child has an accident at nursery? How do you manage children’s behaviour? What is the company’s policy on inclusion? What are the key points of the nursery contract?

How do I settle my child into nursery?

We recognise and understand the anxieties for both parents and children when starting at nursery. Some children will settle in on their first visit and others will take a little longer to get used to their new environment.

To support parents and children when settling at nursery, we offer two x 2hr settling in visits free of charge. The nursery manager will contact parents a few weeks before the child’s due start date to discuss convenient times for them to visit the nursery to get used to the new environment.

If parents wish they can stay in the room with the child on their first visits and then we recommend leaving them with us, enabling the key staff in the room to start to form a relationship with the child.

What do I need to bring to nursery with me?

All you need to provide is a spare set of clothes, wellington boots and suitable winter clothing. Preschool children require a toothbrush to be kept at the nursery. Formula milk is to be supplied by the parents in the original sealed container. Baby wipes are provided however nappies and barrier creams are not.

In addition to food and drink the nursery also provides utensils and resources that children may require in their daily routine such as bowls, plates, bibs, cutlery and bedding. However we do ask that children under two years old supply a suitable drinking cup with a lid for access to fresh drinking water throughout the day. All older children have the opportunity to pour their own fresh drinking water throughout the day.

How do the nurseries communicate with parents?

The nursery has its own Facebook page - once you have 'liked' it, you will get our regular updates and photos of the children taking part in activities etc. We regularly update this on a day to day basis and find it is an excellent tool for keeping parents in touch during the day.

Effective communication is the key to building positive relationships between parents and the nursery staff. Verbal communication is always best and our nursery management team operate an open door policy for parents.

We also have other ways we can communicate with parents to complement this, including emails, regular newsletters from the manager together with a focus letter from your child’s group and parent evenings.

Can parents get involved with events and influence the running of the nursery?

We welcome parents’ suggestions or feedback regarding all aspects of the nursery and this can be delivered through the suggestion box within the nursery, via our reflection flip chart which asks parents for ideas and suggestions on a theme we are trying to improve, via our annual parent surveys or through discussion with the nursery management. In addition we ask new parents for their feedback after their child has been with us for 3 months, via a new starter survey.

How often will my child go outside?

As fresh air is very important, children will have daily access to the outdoor area. All groups go out at least twice a day.

We operate a free flow system for the Preschool children where they can independently decide if they wish to play inside or outside. In addition we take children on trips and outings in the local area so they can learn about their communities and have access to a wider range of learning opportunities.

We are very fortunate to have an outdoor canopy which extends up to the covered sandpit, therefore; even when it rains the children can still go outside to play. The nursery has 3 double buggies and babies and young Tweenies often go out for walks to the local park and duck pond.

What happens if my child has an accident at nursery?

As children develop physically, particularly in their early walking stages, accidents can occasionally happen. At La Petite Academy, all of our unsupervised practitioners have been trained in Paediatric First Aid.

If a child has had an accident at nursery the parent or carer will be informed when the child is collected and they will be asked to sign an accident form.

In the event of a bump to the head, parents will be informed by telephone. The child is monitored every 15 minutes and in most cases will be able to continue with their day at nursery. In the event of a bump to the head causing concern, parents will be asked to collect the child and take them to their GP. Parents are given a copy of the accident form and head injury advice upon collecting their child.

Should a child have an accident whilst at nursery which requires further medical support; parents are contacted immediately and the necessary action is taken.

How do you manage children's behaviour?

It is imperative that children have set boundaries of behaviour for their own safety and the safety of their peers.

At La Petite Academy, the manager has overall responsibility for guiding staff and parents with issues concerning behaviour. This manager keeps up to date with the legislation and research on behaviour guidance strategies and accesses relevant sources of expertise on handling children’s behaviour.

Our aim is to promote good behaviour and ensure that all children are provided with love and care, security, adequate rest and sleep, the freedom to explore, a positive self-image, suitable adults as role models, consistency in their treatment, boundaries to behaviour, opportunities for self-expression and opportunities for learning.

There will never be any form of physical punishment at the nursery. Our children will never be subject to humiliation or labelled as ‘naughty’ and staff will endeavour never to raise their voices other than to ensure that children are safe. Individuality is encouraged and the children are taught by example.

What is the company's policy on inclusion?

Equality: All children are welcome at our nursery. La Petite Academy are committed to promoting equal opportunities and all children within our care will be treated with equal respect irrespective of class, ethnic origin, gender, disability, race or religion.

Special Needs: We endeavour to meet all children’s individual needs and aim to include every child regardless of any special needs, whilst ensuring the needs of other children will not be disadvantaged.

We endeavour to have the resources available to meet the needs of all children in our care. We will work closely in partnership with parents, providing them with information and assist in the care and understanding of their child’s needs and/or developmental programme. We will also liaise with the appropriate multi-disciplinary teams to formalise the assessment and identification of the needs of the child.

The nursery has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), who is fully trained in the Code of Practice for the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs.

What are the key points of the nursery contract?

Full terms and conditions are issued with our information packs. Key points to note are:

Fees: La Petite Academy requires payment by cash, debit/credit card or by BACS each month, in advance by the 1st of every month. With the exception of childcare vouchers and funding, no other form of payment is accepted. Bookings will be charged for, regardless of whether the child attends that session or not. Refunds or replacement sessions will not be given for unattended sessions. Fees are also payable if the nursery is forced to close for any event beyond our reasonable control including, but not limited to, lack of essential services or weather conditions.

Late Collection: Late collection of children will be charged at the rate of £10 per 15 minutes or part thereof.

Notice Period To Leave The Nursery Or Reduce Sessions: Four weeks’ notice of the intention to cancel or reduce a child’s sessions is required. If four weeks’ notice is not given the outstanding fees are payable.

Additional Sessions: Extra one-off sessions can be booked subject to availability. Cancellations of additional sessions will be charged for.

Safeguarding Children: The safety and wellbeing of a child is our first concern and we will need to take appropriate action if we feel that a child is at risk.

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