Meet The Team
Jacqueline Findlay - Nursery Manager
Jackie holds a Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies and NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.Read More
Jackie joined the La Petite team as the Nursery Manager in April 2019. Jackie has extensive experience of working in the Early Years sector as a Manager and a Deputy, along with being a mother herself of three children and Grandmother to seven grandchildren. Jackie's passion is watching children flourish through quality interactions with staff and providing a stimulating and welcoming environment where children feel valued.
Helen - Managing Director
I have been working for La Petite Academy since 2001. I started as Room Leader of the Tweenies group and was promoted to Senior Nursery Nurse within 6 months, followed by Assistant Manager within a year.Read More
I managed the nursery for 12 years and took over as Managing Director in January 2015.
I have a BTEC qualification in childcare and whilst I was in the position of Manager, I undertook management training to NVQ Level 5. I then went on to study at the University of Derby for my BA in Childhood Studies. This then enabled me to take a further qualification of the ‘Early Years Professional’ which is part of my role at the nursery.
I have two children - both of which have been to La Petite Academy. My role at the nursery is not only to manage the business it is also to work closely with the Quality Manager to maintain a high standard of quality provision. With a high level of administrative support, I have plenty of time to be involved directly with the children and staff within the nursery, which is where my passion and experience lie.
Claire - Nursery Administrator
I have been with La Petite Academy since 2001. I started training as a nursery nurse, achieving Level 2 and Level 3 in Childcare together with Level 4 in Management and worked in all areas of the nursery before being Room Leader in the Toddlers and Preschool groups.Read More
I was promoted to Senior Nursery Nurse and was then given the position of Assistant Manager in 2012. I took over the role as Manager in January 2015.
I have now changed my role to Nursery Administrator, responsible for supporting the Managing Director and Manager in all aspects of the administration, invoicing and funding. I have two children who have both attended La Petite Academy.
Lauren - Quality Lead Manager
I started at the nursery in 2008, where I trained as an apprentice to complete my NVQ Levels 2 & 3 in childcare, along with my NVQ Level 2 in team leading. During my time I worked across the nursery from Tweenies to Preschool building my experience as a key person, I was promoted to Team Leader and then onto Senior Nursery Nurse. I then left to have my own little boy, who attended La Petite Academy at various times in his early years. I returned to La Petite Academy in November 2016, where I took on the role of the Quality Lead Practitioner within the setting and have recently took over the role of Quality Lead Manager.Read More
My passion is to provide the children at La Petite Academy with quality provision, through activities which stimulate and empower the children to be experts in play.
Dalraj - Deputy Manager
I started at La Petite Academy in 2002 and trained with the nursery achieving my Level 2 and 3 in Childcare. I then went on to complete a Level 3 in Management. I have worked in all age groups throughout my time at the nursery and was promoted to Senior Nursery Nurse, and then onto Deputy Manager in February 2016 .Read More
I am Room Leader in the Toddler Group and manage a group of 4/5 staff and 16 children each day. As Deputy Manager, I am responsible for opening up and closing down the nursery each day and supporting the management team with organising the nursery on a daily basis. I have two children, both of whom have attended La Petite Academy.
I am currently working towards becoming a Safeguarding Champion with Derby City Council.
Afshan - Deputy Manager
I started at La Petite Academy in April 2017 as the Preschool Room Leader, I quickly progressed in the role and then went on to be successful in achieving the position of Deputy Manager. I have a BA Hons in Early Child Studies at Derby University along with previously achieving my Cache Level 3 in Childcare.Read More