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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Information about our SENCo

Our nursery SenCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is Charlotte Talbott who has been working at La Petite Academy since January 2016. Charlotte has experience working closely with children from Babies through to the Preschool room which assists her knowledge in children’s development. Charlotte has a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and many years’ experience in nursery settings. Charlotte is trained in Every Child’s a Mover (Ecam), a tool which helps nursery practitioners to identify concerns around children’s physical development.

Charlotte works across the age groups within the nursery setting and her role allows her to primarily concentrate on supporting practitioners with children with Special Educational Needs. Charlotte works closely with key people to identify areas of concerns, set targets and ensure each child with special education needs access the resources that are available to them and the required support. she has time every week where she is supernumerary to see how children within the setting with additional needs are progressing, provides extra support and guidance for staff, alongside observing the children in the environment and helping them with different approaches and techniques.

How does La Petite Academy know if a child needs extra support?

We have an embedded system to ensure that a Key Person is allocated to every child. Your child’s Key Person will complete regular observations that are then used to inform the child’s planning around their individual needs and interests; these include interests from home and nursery.

Through these observations the Key Person is able to track your child’s development, identifying any support that may be required. During your child’s time at La Petite Academy we will use a variety of observation and assessment tools and methods such as; Progress Checks, ECAT, ECAM, photographs, video and voice recording alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage’s 7 areas of Learning and Development, where we will monitor children’s development in a tracker overseen by the Nursery Manager.

When a child initially starts with us we provide settling in sessions, this gives the Key Person the opportunity to meet with the parent and child and discuss individual needs, interests and abilities; from here we can ensure the individual needs of the child can be catered for.

If a parent has reported concerns about their child, at La Petite Academy we have devised a ‘parents’ referral to SENCo form’ this form will be able to identify set areas of primary need such as; speech, language and communication or a reported concern that parents are unsure about. These forms are placed on the SEN display where parents can freely access this without having to ask a member of staff for the document. Once the form is brought into the setting the SENCo will schedule a meeting where the parents are invited into the setting to discuss the child’s primary area of need. Together with the parent a discussion will take place to set targets to support the child further. If we feel an outside agency needs to be involved (with permission from the parent) the SENCo will make a referral where the outside agency will come into the setting and observe and support by setting targets, to be reviewed termly.

How will the nursery’s practitioners support the child?

Your child’s Key Person is also supported by a Co-Key Person who will take responsibility for your child when their Key Person is on annual leave or absent for any reason, this will support your child gain a sense of trust and belonging and ensures that information about your child is shared with the relevant people.

The SENCo works closely with the Key Person to provide targeted support through differentiating resources, experiences and activities to support the child; keeping at the forefront of our minds the individuality of each child and family who access the setting.

The SENCo will liaise with other professionals (with the consent of the parents) such as Speech and Language Therapists, Health Visitors and the Local Authority Intervention Team to gain further advice in supporting individual children.

The targeted plans and activities will be reviewed and updated on a termly basis by the Key Person, SENCo and the parents to ensure the individual child’s needs are being met. A maximum of four achievable targets will be set per term, where applicable

Through training and experience, the nursery staff have gained knowledge and understanding in a variety of areas; we share our collective knowledge through staff meetings where we deliver the outcomes of recent training attended to the staff group as a whole.

How are you, the parents, involved in your child’s education and curriculum?

Here at La Petite Academy we endeavour to achieve and maintain outstanding partnerships with parents. Your child’s Key Person communicates closely with you to ensure that your child’s needs are being met; you will meet with your child’s Key Person on a daily basis when dropping off or collecting your child. We maintain an open door policy at the nursery where parents are welcome to come in at any time to speak with the Key Person, the nursery SENCo or a member of the Management Team where we can allocate a private area for further discussion.

Parents are encouraged from the initial registration to participate in their child’s learning by completing an ‘All About Me’ form to be discussed at their child’s first settling in session. The Key Person and parents work together in completing observations and liaising about their child’s development and interests so these can be incorporated in the activities that are planned. The nursery offers the opportunity for parents to attend after hours in the form of parents’ evenings where they can discuss their child’s progress and have a look around the nursery - perhaps their child’s next age group, speak to the Management Team and the SENCo and we invite teachers from the local schools in to advise on school readiness.

All this information is collated into a Learning Journey which can be accessed at any time; however we send each Learning Journey home monthly to keep you regularly informed of your child’s progress.

At La Petite Academy we look at children as individuals; some children may need support on a 1:1 basis in which case an application for additional funding is made so as your child is able to spend time in a 1:1 situation with their Key Person to support your child further with their targets and to achieve their potential.

Parents are actively involved with setting their child’s targets and give feedback through meetings in the setting, email, phone meetings or via a communication book. We are aware of parents’ levels of understanding and as knowledgeable staff, we ensure the parents are truly understanding of their child’s situation.

How accessible is our setting?

For families who speak English as an additional language, we ask for translations of simple words in their home language for us to make in to a language book to share with the child; we also ask for translations of focus titles and other written words in the environment for displays. Some members of our staff time are bilingual and assist with translations where possible. Resources accessible to the children are kept in clear boxes or baskets on shelves so children can see what is inside, where this is not possible photographs of the activities are displayed on the boxes; these boxes are rotated on a regular basis.

La Petite Academy is a one story building with accessible ramps up to the nursery and to both of our outdoor play areas. Car parking spaces are located at the front of the building and are wheelchair friendly, alongside double door access to the front and rear of the building. Throughout the setting the background noise is kept to a minimum by placing materials on table led areas to reduce noise levels and only having music on at set times such as music and movement time. Throughout the setting the base rooms are painted in neutral colours to supports the children in focusing on set activities without becoming distracted or over stimulated by vibrant colours.

Should the measures we have put in place be unsuitable, we endeavour to work closely with the child and their parents to ensure an environment where all children can learn and experience with ease.

Who can I contact for further information?

SENCo – Charlotte Talbott or Managing Director – Helen Poyser

01332 774 413 - 07436 808 618

Additional information and advice can be found on the Derby city council website

Your local GP

Child services including Children’s Centres
Health visitors

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