La Petite Academy
01332 774 413


10-12 Highfield Road, Littleover, Derby, DE23 1DG
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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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Outdoor Play

Playing outdoors provides the opportunity to observe, explore and become fascinated by the outside world.

At La Petite Academy, we have various outdoor areas around the nursery where children can play and access the fresh air, even when it is raining, due to our large canopy which extends out over the play area to the imagination area. Children bring in wellies so that they can dig and explore in our sensory garden; we have safety surfacing which includes a road layout with parking bays and roundabout where we can talk about road safety. The children have access to sand and water play and outdoor resources which support their freedom of choice and mathematical development. Babies and Tweenies groups go out on walks off the premises in double buggies to the local parks.

In our sensory garden we grow bedding plants, vegetables and herbs from Spring to Autumn. The children enjoy going to the garden centre in the nursery car, choosing plants to grow and ensuring that they are looked after through watering etc. during the summer months. This area also contains sensory equipment and a lovely outdoor story corner with tree stumps as seats for small groups to have an outdoor story.

We have a grassy area where in the summer we use a gazebo to provide shade, for outdoor play in this area.

In all of the outdoor play areas we encourage an indoor outdoor experience for the children whereby the toys, equipment and resources that are used indoors can be taken outdoors.

The outdoors gives children first hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world. Outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, to use their senses and be physically active and exuberant. A rich and varied environment supports children’s learning and development. It gives them the confidence to explore and learn in a secure and safe yet challenging outdoor area.

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