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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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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