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! 👸👑🤴🏰

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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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January 2018 Newsletter

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……

Nursery Rhyme Day- Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The children will be enjoying lots of the traditional nursery rhymes and each room will be focusing on one particular rhyme throughout the day, exploring it in more detail through the exciting activities provided. We are asking you to support this event by talking with your children about their favourite nursery rhyme they sing at home and if your child is in one the day then to bring them along dressed relating to their favourite nursery rhyme. We will then be able to talk to the children about each other’s favourite rhymes and hopefully we will be able to learn some new ones😊

Chinese New Year-Friday 16th February
The children will have the opportunity to experience tasting various Chinese foods including the dinner menu being themed around the day. At snack times the children will be exploring different tastes at textures of Chinese cuisine. We will be making lanterns, taking part in dragon dances with our very own Chinese dragon made by the children and many more activities. All children are welcome to come dressed in either Chinese related clothing, red or gold clothing or as it is the year of the dog, maybe some little doggy costumes will fit the scene nicely.

W/c 26th February 2018- Come and join us Dad’s
We would like to see as many Dad’s attending during this week to spend some lovely time with your child taking part in craft activities for Mother Day (ssshhhh, don’t tell the Mummies). There will be a further letter being sent out closer to the time where you will be able to book in for a session.

Monday 5th March 2018- World Book Day
I am passionate about helping children to develop a love for reading. I believe that a love of reading is a stepping stone to becoming an enthusiastic learner and a confident reader, writer and speaker. With confidence and enthusiasm, children can enjoy a wonderful world of learning and exploration.
This list is just a few of the opportunities that reading with your children provides.
• Sitting down with a book provides children with a time for quiet and calmness in their busy lives
• Stories can stimulate imagination and play
• Reading provides parents with more opportunities to bond with their children
• Stories provoke curiosity and discussion
• Books provides inspiration, thought and reflection
• Picture books help readers to develop an appreciation for art and writing
• Reading a variety of books exposes children to a wide range of language features and vocabulary
• Listening to stories assists in the development of literacy skills and language development
• Exposure to books contributes to the understanding of print concepts (e.g. left to right, top to bottom)
• Books and stories fill a child’s mind with knowledge
On world book day we would like every child to bring in their favorite book along and dressing as a character from the books. This will also give the children the opportunity to experience new books, talk about their preference and encourage sharing.

Management Team
Lauren has settled into her role as Quality Lead Manager extremely well. She has made lots of positive improvements across the rooms from implementing continuous provision, so the children become experts through play and become more confident learners to challenging staff’s knowledge around quality of activities they provide for the children and the children’s experiences whilst with us. The way in which we have devised Lauren’s role will ensure she is working out in the nursery providing support to the staff in each room, only spending little time based in the nursery office. Well done Lauren.

Funding
Thank you to all parents who have ensured that funding forms have been returned to Claire as soon as possible, with over 60 children accessing funding and tight deadlines this can be quite challenging for Claire to ensure all applications are correct and uploaded, your co-operation in this process is vital.

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 have had a few 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/ren, 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.

Nursery opening times
The nursery closes at 6pm, parents please could you ensure that you arrive at the nursery by 5:55pm to enable the staff to have enough time to give you appropriate feedback. Recently we have had many parents arriving late. When the nursery closes the staff should be able to leave on time to get home to their families. I appreciate on occasions traffic can hold parents up but would just like to ask you to be mindful of this and lateness should not be a regular occurrence.

Facebook
Please may I remind parents about our facebook page. We regularly give out dates, instruction and interesting information together with photographs of the activities/children etc. If you are not on facebook please go to our website where there is a rolling page of recent facebook events to give you an idea of what a useful communication tool it is. If you change your mind about allowing your child to go on the nursery facebook page, please come to the office and we can amend your authorisation form. Please remember that we never mention your child’s name and we closely monitor what is put on the page- the administrators of the page are myself, Lauren and Claire.


Our Ideas Tree
We would like you and your children to contribute to improvements across the nursery we can make. Each term we are going to be sending home a leaf where we would like you to write down any improvements you feel we could make. There will be a specified area each time, for example the first one is going to be the ‘Base Rooms’. When you receive your leaf please write the room your child is in and how you think we could improve, we would then like you to hang it on our little tree in the porch to help us flourish😊 We look forward to hearing your feedback.


Kind Regards



Helen Poyser
Managing Director


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