La Petite Academy
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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! ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿคด๐Ÿฐ

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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 ๐Ÿ“š

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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! ๐Ÿ˜

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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! ๐Ÿ‘’

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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 healthy๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿฃ

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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! โ˜บMums 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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5th September 2016

Dear Parents

We’d like to give a warm welcome to all the new children and parents who are starting with us over the next few weeks; It will be lovely to see the children settling into their rooms and enjoying the daily activities.

Over the summer the children have enjoyed taking part in the Olympic Day we held. The photographs can be found on the corridor display, along with some in your children’s Learning Journeys. On the day the children developed their gross motor skill with physical activities, we discussed how some children are good at some things and other children are good at other things, we even brought mathematics into the day by learning the different colours of the Olympic rings and the shape they are as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd through our podium positions.

Our Nursery Facilities
WOW, what a busy year we have had improving the facilities within the nursery! All of the main nursery base rooms have been freshly decorated with new flooring and storage units, along with the bathroom being completed with new flooring and the corridor with some brightly coloured tiles; we do hope you’re enjoying our new look!

Over the next couple of months, we will be setting to work in the Baby Unit where improvements to the layout and again a fresh revamp will be completed.

Security
Again and in every newsletter I would like to remind parent/grandparents and anyone who picks children up from nursery that you MUST NOT let yourselves out of the nursery, please ask a member of staff. Can I also ask that you do not answer the door to anyone, even if it is our Tesco delivery! Let’s keep our little ones safe.

The installation of the CCTV cameras has now been completed in the Main Nursery and the Baby Unit; providing additional security for the nursery. I would again like to remind parents that the cameras are NOT linked to the internet and are solely viewed by the management team on a required basis.

Management Structure
There is always a Manager whether it is Myself, Claire or Sarah available between the hours of 8:30am and 5:30pm, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us. Claire is happy to answer any of your invoice queries, change of sessions and your registration. Sarah can provide you with information about the quality of the provision, activities and your child’s Learning Journey etc.

Colder weather will be approaching…
Please remember to provide your child with suitable outdoor clothing. The children access the outdoor area a couple of times a day, whether it is raining or not. Daily fresh air benefits the children and encourages their learning. The weather will soon be cooling down so please provide your child with a suitable coat, along with a hat, gloves and scarf when required. We like all children to have a pair of wellies at nursery so they can go into our Sensory Garden and Mud Kitchen. Please don’t send your children in their best clothes; children should be able to explore the nursery environment without being restricted.

Learning Journeys
We hope you are enjoying your child’s Learning Journey. We send them out at the end of each month, however please remember you are welcome to view them at any time. The Learning Journeys need to be returned within one week to allow your child’s key Person and Co-Key Person to keep them up to date. Please contribute any information possible about your child in their home environment; this helps the Key Person to set next steps for your child. If you are not receiving your child’s Learning Journey on a regular basis, please contact a member of the Management Team.

Employee Recognition of the month
The Employee Recognition of the month award for August goes to Brittany Turner and also Candice Clarke. Both of whom received parent nominations for their work with children on potty training and settling children into their groups so quickly. You too can nominate a member of staff you feel deserves a special recognition award, just complete the attached slip and return it to the office.

Staffing
Sherridanne and Kara have left to go on maternity leave we are awaiting news of their new arrivals and will keep you all updated as much as possible.

We have a new apprentice starting with us imminently, her name is Sayida Ambreen. Sayida will be completing her Childcare NVQ level 2 through Eurosource Training whilst working at the nursery. Sayida is extremely excited about joining the team and can’t wait to meet all the children.

30 Free Hour Entitlement
Across the country piloted areas will begin to receive the 30-hour free funding for childcare if parents meet the eligibility criteria. Earlier this year we asked some parents to complete and return a questionnaire from Derby City Council to help us determine how you as parents would require the funding to be structured. We have very few questionnaires returned and therefore are asking if you did not return your questionnaire please collect another copy from the nursery office should you wish your thoughts on the process to be considered. We as a setting have not as yet received any further information on the funding which will be implemented as from September 2017, however we will endeavour to keep you updated as the information is filtered through to us.

Thursday 29th September 2016- Disney Day
Each of the rooms will be concentrating on a Disney film of their choice. The rooms will be themed for the day along with all of the activities. We will be covering the seven areas of Learning and Development from the EYFS within the activities to encourage the children to progress in their development. We invite your child to take part on the day by dressing as a character from their themed room, or if your child has a particular favourite character from a Disney film they are welcome to come dressed as them.

Thursday 13th October-Jane Stapleton Photographer
Jane Stapleton Photography will be at the nursery from 8:00am, if you wish for your child to have their photograph taken with an older sibling who attends school, then please bring them in before 9:00am. If your child is in on the day, please advise your child’s key Person if you wish them to have their photograph taken. If your child isn’t in on the day and you want your child to have their photograph taken please speak with your child’s Key Person, for the appropriate allocated time slot for their group.

Monday 17th October 6:15pm-Open Evening
Come along for a chat with the Management Team and your child’s Key Person. There will be a presentation held by Myself, Sarah and Claire about the nursery, the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, and funding available to you and your child from the Government. We also have a Foundation Stage teacher, Mrs Hodgkinson from Ridgeway Infants School, talking about how to support your child in getting ready for school. We will hopefully have additional speakers at the evening providing guidance/ information around children and their health and welfare. These speakers are yet to be confirmed, but last year’s event was extremely successful.
If you would like to be a guest speaker or know someone who would, please contact the office. We have previously had a dentist talk about oral hygiene and this year we would like a nutritionist or dietician to raise parents’ awareness of healthy eating options. However, anything relating to children’s health and wellbeing will be welcome.

2, 3 & 4 year old funding
Friday 21st October- Funding Finishes
Monday 31st October- Funding Starts

Watch out for further Information on;
Monday 31st October - Halloween
Friday 11th November- Let’s celebrate Diwali
Friday 18th November- Children in Need
Week Commencing 21st November- Grandparents Week

Have you got any suggestions for events we could do next year? Are there any changes you would like to see to the menu – anything you would add or take off? What do you think of our facilities and resources? We welcome your feedback so please let us know what you think!

If you have any queries please remember we have an open door policy where you can come and speak with us at any time.

Kind Regards

Helen Poyser
Managing Director

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