La Petite Academy
Ofsted Millies Mark
01332 774 413


10-12 Highfield Road, Littleover, Derby, DE23 1DG
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January 2017

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 Chinese New Year - Friday 27th January. The children will have the opportunity to experience tasting various Chinese foods including the dinner menu which will be themed around the day. All children are welcome to come dressed in Chinese related clothing including red and yellow (Chinese lucky colours) As it is the year of the rooster maybe we will have some little roosters strutting their stuff around the nursery on the day! Watch out for the poster giving further details.

Space Day - Monday 20th February 2017- Watch out for the poster in the entrance letting you know what we will be getting up to during this day.

Parents Evenings
Tweenies and Toddlers - Monday 30th January 2017 (appointment based)
Preschool - Monday 27th February (appointment based)
Two weeks prior to the parents’ evenings you will be able to book onto the appointment list through your child’s Key Person or Room Leader. Please can we ask if you do book an appointment that you are able to attend, it is very disappointing for the key people when parents fail to do so, a lot of hard work is put into the evening and key people would like the opportunity to spend the time with yourselves. The appointments are 15 minutes each, if you feel more time is required, please contact the office where a more convenient time can be arranged for a longer appointment.

‘Come along Dad’s and join the fun’
W/c 9th March 2017
Dads/Granddads and male role models to your children are welcome to come along for a fun creative session, watch out for further details to follow by letter.

Free Entitlement
Please note that there will be no free entitlement for the February ½ term week which is Monday 13th February to Friday 17th February. Funding will begin again on Monday 20th February.

Sensory Garden
We are looking forward to some lighter nights now we are past the shortest day. As soon as there is an improvement in the weather, we will start developing our sensory garden once again. The children had lots of fun last year making mud pies in the mud kitchen along with cooking up a storm with the herbs from the sensory garden! We will be having a new kitchen made and the flooring in this area will be improved.

Staffing
We have recently said goodbye to a few staff who we have proudly trained to a level to enable them to progress their careers within the education sector. Whilst it is extremely sad for them to leave us we wish them every success in their future career.

We would like to welcome the newer members of staff who have recently joined us. When recruiting new practitioners, a lot of the management’s time is spent ensuring this is carried out to the highest standard, ensuring all DBS checks are complete, the correct references are received and that second interviews are performed where necessary. We also ensure that we make our very best effort to keep parents updated, and having solutions to the questions you may wish to ask. We inform parents of the individual rooms where it will affect their child’s care and then later follow up in the general newsletter to all parents. Please remember that the office has an open door policy and if you wish to speak to a member of the management team at any time please come and see us.

Our newest member of the team is Christina Hurdman. Christina comes to us as a Qualified Level 3 practitioner with a number of years’ experience as a nursery practitioner and also a Room Leader from another setting. Christina will be a Key Person within the Preschool room working closely with Mellisa, Mena and Taibah.

Mena has decided to concentrate on her Key Person position and therefore will not be taking over as Room Leader. Lauren Binfield will be overseeing the provision of the Preschool Room, however at this current time she will not be taking on a key group of children. Lauren has been supporting the management team across the nursery with the quality provision and will also continue to carry out this role.

30 Hours free Entitlement
We are still awaiting further information from the Local Authority with regards to this starting in September. They have requested that parents access the link below to complete a survey to enable gather feedback from parents within the city
https://secure.derby.gov.uk/forms/?formid=409

Parking
Please be considerate when dropping off and collecting your child by parking in the allocated spaces and not on the road blocking several spaces. If it is not yourselves collecting and dropping off please can this be communicated to whoever is responsible for your child at that time?

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 currently have a lot of 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, 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. Please make sure you do not leave nappy bags in your children’s bags.

It has been observed on separate occasions that children are being transported in vehicles whilst not being securely strapped in using a car seat and/or seat belt. I would like to remind all persons transporting children of the laws surrounding this subject, please see the link below.
http://www.childcarseats.org.uk/carrying-other-peoples-children/child-seat-and-seat-belt-laws/

Your child’s Key Person
As you are aware your child has an allocated Key Person who is responsible for supporting them whilst here at nursery and through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum; all key people work a shift system. It is important that your child’s Key Person or Co-key Person has the opportunity to meet with you in the mornings or evenings so we insist that when dropping your child off you need to bring them into their base room and not drop them off at the front door. Please could all parents also go into their child’s base room when collecting feedback. The corridor can become extremely busy near the front door which makes it difficult to monitor for safeguarding purposes.

Learning Journeys
Please can we remind parents to return their baby’s Learning Journey within one week of receiving it? This is so staff can continue to support your baby’s learning and development.
Please complete the footsteps at the back of your baby’s Learning Journey with their interests from home.
Don’t forget you can also highlight the Development Matters statements in the back of your baby’s Learning Journey with an orange highlighter (as discussed at our open evening). Please also email photographs to info@lapetiteacademy.co.uk of your baby completing the statements for us to display on our board in the Main Nursery corridor.

We are slightly changing the way we record your baby’s learning in their Learning Journey. Each week of the month, the staff will observe your baby taking part in a different activity. This will now be as follows:
Week 1 – An observation and photograph on your baby taking part in the week’s focus activity
Week 2 – An observation encouraging your baby to achieve one of their next steps using their interests from home
Week 3 – A photograph and explanation on a ‘Look At Me’ sheet of a spontaneous, random, fun-filled activity your baby has taken part in that week
Week 4 – An observation encouraging your baby to achieve their other next step using their interests from home
Week 5 (not every month depending on how the month falls) – An observation encouraging your baby to achieve their Characteristic of Effective Learning next step
If you would like further information on any area of the EYFS or your baby’s Learning Journey., please ask a member of staff or see the following documents produced by us:
• A parent’s guide to the EYFS – this can be found in your baby’s Learning Journey
• A parent’s role in the EYFS – this can be found in the porch or on the EYFS display in the Main Nursery corridor

Staffing Training
All staff have recently attended a refresher course around Safeguarding in November which was extremely useful for refreshing knowledge for the more experienced staff and to provide additional knowledge for newer members of the team.

We have several training courses lined up for the staff over the next couple of months. This Saturday all staff attended training from Kate Young (Early Years Consultant) around quality interaction, shared sustained thinking and also challenging questioning. They will also attend further training around British Values in February from A&G Training Consultants who recently carried out the safeguarding training in November.

A number of individual staff are continuing to update and progress their professional development. As a nursery we encourage staff to keep their knowledge and skills to the highest standard. Here is how our staff are working to improve provision within the nursery.

Claire - NVQ Level 5 Management
Sarah - NVQ Level 5 Management
Dalraj - NVQ Level 5 Management
Mellisa - NVQ Level 3 in Speech, Language and Communication & NVQ Level 3 Management
Charlotte- BA HONS in Early Childhood Studies/ NDNA working with under 2’s & Every Child a Mover (Physical Development)
Arfa- Foundation degree in Early Years Education, NDNA working with under 2’s
Zoe- NDNA working with under 2’s
Joanne- NDNA working with under 2’s

This is just some of the training we support our staff to complete, in addition we have practitioners completing online training on an annual basis in Health and Safety, Risk Assessment, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and many more.

I would just like to reassure parents further that we as a nursery carry out annual Disclosure and Baring Service checks on our staff. An annual DBS check is not set as mandatory task by Ofsted however here at La Petite Academy our priority is to keep your children safe, therefore we stipulate all staff are to be cleared on an annual basis.

Thank you for ensuring your invoices are cleared within the seven day time period.

We try to accommodate any extra sessions you may wish to book your child in for, however we are approaching a very busy time and extra sessions will be extremely limited over the next few months through to August.

Kind Regards
Helen Poyser
Managing Director

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