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15 February 2018 - 8:13pm

Don’t forget we are celebrating Chinese New Year tomorrow 🐉 🥢 🐕 🎉🎉🎉🎉

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13 February 2018 - 11:33am

Pancake obstacle course continued!

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13 February 2018 - 11:08am

Pre-School have had lots of fun with our pancake obstacle course today!

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13 February 2018 - 9:28am

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13 February 2018 - 9:24am

13th February 2018

Dear Parents/ Carers

Chinese New Year
Just a quick reminder about our event day on Friday (16th February) where we will be celebrating Chinese New Year. We would like the children to enjoy the day of activities by dressing in Chinese clothing, red/ gold clothing, or as it is the year of the dog maybe some little doggies. The staff put a lot of effort into the event days, dressing the nursery and themselves to support the event and they really enjoy seeing the children make the most of the activities and taking part in the day. Just a few of the activities will be making lucky money pockets, decorating a Chinese dragon to take part in a parade and trying Chinese cuisines.

Shrove Tuesday
Today the children will be taking part in Shrove Tuesday by tasting various pancakes at snack times along with taking part in pancake obstacle courses to help develop their gross motor skills.

Our Blossom Tree
We would like to see a few more leaves filling our blossom tree with activity ideas, thank you to all the parents and children who have contributed so far we love hearing your feedback.

Baby Unit Outside Play
The babies can now enjoy more outside play under a new lovely wooden shelter, even when it is raining. The outside area is going to be developed to a similar theme as the main nursery bottom garden area, with a focus of large sand, water and block play with lots of den building.

Collecting from the Tweenies Room
If you have a child in the Tweenies' Room you must go into the room on collection to get feedback notes from the staff. Please do not stand outside in the corridor as this can make it difficult for other parents and staff that are trying to answer the door.

Dad's Week
We will be sending out the confirmation slips with the days you have been allocated in the next few days, these events take a lot of organising to ensure staff are deployed appropriately to maintain ratios. If you have not yet returned your slip please contact the office today.

Kind Regards

Helen Poyser
Managing Director

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9 February 2018 - 11:07am

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9 February 2018 - 11:02am

We enjoyed role-playing with each other in the sensory room this morning! (Some blurry pictures as some of the children have taken them)

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2 February 2018 - 3:14pm

Tweenies have really enjoyed making moon sand today, they have made some sand castles!

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31 January 2018 - 11:05am

This morning the Babies have been for a walk to the park to collect natural resources for a tactile activity and had a quick play

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26 January 2018 - 10:24am

Yesterday Tweenies got messy as they explored this dinosaur tactile!

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25 January 2018 - 6:55am

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24 January 2018 - 3:14pm

The babies have been over into the sensory garden today where they have continued their play with farm animals in the mud!

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24 January 2018 - 2:44pm

Toddlers have a water play area now within their room to support continuous provision. This is another exciting area for the children to play and explore with water, whilst giving them the opportunity to become 'experts'.

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24 January 2018 - 2:36pm

Toddlers have really enjoyed exploring the shaving foam. To enhance their provision we added different colours and more tools for them to create marks!

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24 January 2018 - 12:14pm

Look at us dancing to Bollywood music!

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24 January 2018 - 12:08pm

Exploring sounds!

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24 January 2018 - 12:03pm

Pre-School have had a great experience today where we have had a Bollywood dance teacher come into the setting!

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23 January 2018 - 11:04am

Nursery Rhyme Day continued!

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23 January 2018 - 10:48am

The children are having lots of fun for our Nursery Rhyme Day! PreSchool have themed their room around 'Incy Wincy Spider', Toddlers have done 'Humpty Dumpty', Tweenies have done 'Miss Polly Has A Dolly', and Baby Unit are 'Old McDonald'!

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23 January 2018 - 6:56am

We will be celebrating Nursery Rhyme Day at Nursery today. We are looking forward to seeing lots of little different costumes, the staff have been busy decorating the rooms and there will be lots of fun activities to take part in throughout the day. 👨‍🌾 🐑 🕷

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19 January 2018 - 4:39pm

Following on from their trip to the park, the toddlers group further enhanced their provision by adding the sticks they collected to a safari tactile.

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19 January 2018 - 3:34pm

Toddlers really enjoyed going on a walk to the woods today and collecting sticks and leaves for our tactile.

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18 January 2018 - 6:57am

Parents/carers if you have received a leaf 🍃 to fill in and place on our tree, please could you fill them in as soon as possibly to help us blossom even further in our setting 🌳 we love to hear what you and your children would like to see more of.

Thank you

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14 January 2018 - 6:18pm

Parents, we soon have our ‘Nursery Rhyme Day’ event coming up on Tuesday 23rd January. Here is just a few ideas for you to think about when dressing up your child/children!

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9 January 2018 - 3:53pm

Each group has explored lots of fantastic opportunities today outside. Baby unit went over to the green area and collected leaves and twigs to add to their tactile. They then further enhanced their provision by following through with a creative activity. Tweenies got messy as they painted using different tools, whilst other children walked along the stones listening to the sound their feet were making. Toddlers challeged their children to take risks as they balanced along the wooden plank. They created a wet sand tactile, whereby the children generated ideas and made marks. PreSchool encouraged the children to use their imaginations as they built castles, and used the space around them to role play. They also prompted the children to recall by drawing their own ideas. What a lovely day, full of quality activities and plenty of learning opportunities!

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January 2017

Dear Parents

Happy New Year to all parents and children! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and had the chance to spend quality time with your respective families.

So, off we go then- the start of the New Year at nursery is always very exciting. Please find attached a copy of the diary of events for the year! We have been very busy plotting event days/festivals, grandparents and parents weeks and parents/open evenings. We hope you will find the events which we have planned exciting and we look forward to many fun days throughout the year.

Our first event day is Chinese New Year - Friday 27th January. The children will have the opportunity to experience tasting various Chinese foods including the dinner menu which will be themed around the day. All children are welcome to come dressed in Chinese related clothing including red and yellow (Chinese lucky colours) As it is the year of the rooster maybe we will have some little roosters strutting their stuff around the nursery on the day! Watch out for the poster giving further details.

Space Day - Monday 20th February 2017- Watch out for the poster in the entrance letting you know what we will be getting up to during this day.

Parents Evenings
Tweenies and Toddlers - Monday 30th January 2017 (appointment based)
Preschool - Monday 27th February (appointment based)
Two weeks prior to the parents’ evenings you will be able to book onto the appointment list through your child’s Key Person or Room Leader. Please can we ask if you do book an appointment that you are able to attend, it is very disappointing for the key people when parents fail to do so, a lot of hard work is put into the evening and key people would like the opportunity to spend the time with yourselves. The appointments are 15 minutes each, if you feel more time is required, please contact the office where a more convenient time can be arranged for a longer appointment.

‘Come along Dad’s and join the fun’
W/c 9th March 2017
Dads/Granddads and male role models to your children are welcome to come along for a fun creative session, watch out for further details to follow by letter.

Free Entitlement
Please note that there will be no free entitlement for the February ½ term week which is Monday 13th February to Friday 17th February. Funding will begin again on Monday 20th February.

Sensory Garden
We are looking forward to some lighter nights now we are past the shortest day. As soon as there is an improvement in the weather, we will start developing our sensory garden once again. The children had lots of fun last year making mud pies in the mud kitchen along with cooking up a storm with the herbs from the sensory garden! We will be having a new kitchen made and the flooring in this area will be improved.

Staffing
We have recently said goodbye to a few staff who we have proudly trained to a level to enable them to progress their careers within the education sector. Whilst it is extremely sad for them to leave us we wish them every success in their future career.

We would like to welcome the newer members of staff who have recently joined us. When recruiting new practitioners, a lot of the management’s time is spent ensuring this is carried out to the highest standard, ensuring all DBS checks are complete, the correct references are received and that second interviews are performed where necessary. We also ensure that we make our very best effort to keep parents updated, and having solutions to the questions you may wish to ask. We inform parents of the individual rooms where it will affect their child’s care and then later follow up in the general newsletter to all parents. Please remember that the office has an open door policy and if you wish to speak to a member of the management team at any time please come and see us.

Our newest member of the team is Christina Hurdman. Christina comes to us as a Qualified Level 3 practitioner with a number of years’ experience as a nursery practitioner and also a Room Leader from another setting. Christina will be a Key Person within the Preschool room working closely with Mellisa, Mena and Taibah.

Mena has decided to concentrate on her Key Person position and therefore will not be taking over as Room Leader. Lauren Binfield will be overseeing the provision of the Preschool Room, however at this current time she will not be taking on a key group of children. Lauren has been supporting the management team across the nursery with the quality provision and will also continue to carry out this role.

30 Hours free Entitlement
We are still awaiting further information from the Local Authority with regards to this starting in September. They have requested that parents access the link below to complete a survey to enable gather feedback from parents within the city
https://secure.derby.gov.uk/forms/?formid=409

Parking
Please be considerate when dropping off and collecting your child by parking in the allocated spaces and not on the road blocking several spaces. If it is not yourselves collecting and dropping off please can this be communicated to whoever is responsible for your child at that time?

Safeguarding your child
We have rigorous security procedures in place to ensure your child is kept safe at all times; one of which is that all members of the public MUST be escorted off the premises by a member of staff. We currently have a lot of Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles etc who are letting themselves out and not waiting for a member of the staff team. It is vital we ensure the door is locked and would appreciate it if this could be communicated to all people dropping off/ collecting your child, thank you for your co-operation.

Can I also just ask that drawstring bags or plastic bags are not brought into nursery as they are hazardous to the children. Please make sure you do not leave nappy bags in your children’s bags.

It has been observed on separate occasions that children are being transported in vehicles whilst not being securely strapped in using a car seat and/or seat belt. I would like to remind all persons transporting children of the laws surrounding this subject, please see the link below.
http://www.childcarseats.org.uk/carrying-other-peoples-children/child-seat-and-seat-belt-laws/

Your child’s Key Person
As you are aware your child has an allocated Key Person who is responsible for supporting them whilst here at nursery and through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum; all key people work a shift system. It is important that your child’s Key Person or Co-key Person has the opportunity to meet with you in the mornings or evenings so we insist that when dropping your child off you need to bring them into their base room and not drop them off at the front door. Please could all parents also go into their child’s base room when collecting feedback. The corridor can become extremely busy near the front door which makes it difficult to monitor for safeguarding purposes.

Learning Journeys
Please can we remind parents to return their baby’s Learning Journey within one week of receiving it? This is so staff can continue to support your baby’s learning and development.
Please complete the footsteps at the back of your baby’s Learning Journey with their interests from home.
Don’t forget you can also highlight the Development Matters statements in the back of your baby’s Learning Journey with an orange highlighter (as discussed at our open evening). Please also email photographs to info@lapetiteacademy.co.uk of your baby completing the statements for us to display on our board in the Main Nursery corridor.

We are slightly changing the way we record your baby’s learning in their Learning Journey. Each week of the month, the staff will observe your baby taking part in a different activity. This will now be as follows:
Week 1 – An observation and photograph on your baby taking part in the week’s focus activity
Week 2 – An observation encouraging your baby to achieve one of their next steps using their interests from home
Week 3 – A photograph and explanation on a ‘Look At Me’ sheet of a spontaneous, random, fun-filled activity your baby has taken part in that week
Week 4 – An observation encouraging your baby to achieve their other next step using their interests from home
Week 5 (not every month depending on how the month falls) – An observation encouraging your baby to achieve their Characteristic of Effective Learning next step
If you would like further information on any area of the EYFS or your baby’s Learning Journey., please ask a member of staff or see the following documents produced by us:
• A parent’s guide to the EYFS – this can be found in your baby’s Learning Journey
• A parent’s role in the EYFS – this can be found in the porch or on the EYFS display in the Main Nursery corridor

Staffing Training
All staff have recently attended a refresher course around Safeguarding in November which was extremely useful for refreshing knowledge for the more experienced staff and to provide additional knowledge for newer members of the team.

We have several training courses lined up for the staff over the next couple of months. This Saturday all staff attended training from Kate Young (Early Years Consultant) around quality interaction, shared sustained thinking and also challenging questioning. They will also attend further training around British Values in February from A&G Training Consultants who recently carried out the safeguarding training in November.

A number of individual staff are continuing to update and progress their professional development. As a nursery we encourage staff to keep their knowledge and skills to the highest standard. Here is how our staff are working to improve provision within the nursery.

Claire - NVQ Level 5 Management
Sarah - NVQ Level 5 Management
Dalraj - NVQ Level 5 Management
Mellisa - NVQ Level 3 in Speech, Language and Communication & NVQ Level 3 Management
Charlotte- BA HONS in Early Childhood Studies/ NDNA working with under 2’s & Every Child a Mover (Physical Development)
Arfa- Foundation degree in Early Years Education, NDNA working with under 2’s
Zoe- NDNA working with under 2’s
Joanne- NDNA working with under 2’s

This is just some of the training we support our staff to complete, in addition we have practitioners completing online training on an annual basis in Health and Safety, Risk Assessment, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and many more.

I would just like to reassure parents further that we as a nursery carry out annual Disclosure and Baring Service checks on our staff. An annual DBS check is not set as mandatory task by Ofsted however here at La Petite Academy our priority is to keep your children safe, therefore we stipulate all staff are to be cleared on an annual basis.

Thank you for ensuring your invoices are cleared within the seven day time period.

We try to accommodate any extra sessions you may wish to book your child in for, however we are approaching a very busy time and extra sessions will be extremely limited over the next few months through to August.

Kind Regards
Helen Poyser
Managing Director

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