La Petite Academy
Ofsted Millies Mark
01332 774 413

10-12 Highfield Road, Littleover, Derby, DE23 1DG
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January 2018 Newsletter

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……

Nursery Rhyme Day- Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The children will be enjoying lots of the traditional nursery rhymes and each room will be focusing on one particular rhyme throughout the day, exploring it in more detail through the exciting activities provided. We are asking you to support this event by talking with your children about their favourite nursery rhyme they sing at home and if your child is in one the day then to bring them along dressed relating to their favourite nursery rhyme. We will then be able to talk to the children about each other’s favourite rhymes and hopefully we will be able to learn some new ones😊

Chinese New Year-Friday 16th February
The children will have the opportunity to experience tasting various Chinese foods including the dinner menu being themed around the day. At snack times the children will be exploring different tastes at textures of Chinese cuisine. We will be making lanterns, taking part in dragon dances with our very own Chinese dragon made by the children and many more activities. All children are welcome to come dressed in either Chinese related clothing, red or gold clothing or as it is the year of the dog, maybe some little doggy costumes will fit the scene nicely.

W/c 26th February 2018- Come and join us Dad’s
We would like to see as many Dad’s attending during this week to spend some lovely time with your child taking part in craft activities for Mother Day (ssshhhh, don’t tell the Mummies). There will be a further letter being sent out closer to the time where you will be able to book in for a session.

Monday 5th March 2018- World Book Day
I am passionate about helping children to develop a love for reading. I believe that a love of reading is a stepping stone to becoming an enthusiastic learner and a confident reader, writer and speaker. With confidence and enthusiasm, children can enjoy a wonderful world of learning and exploration.
This list is just a few of the opportunities that reading with your children provides.
• Sitting down with a book provides children with a time for quiet and calmness in their busy lives
• Stories can stimulate imagination and play
• Reading provides parents with more opportunities to bond with their children
• Stories provoke curiosity and discussion
• Books provides inspiration, thought and reflection
• Picture books help readers to develop an appreciation for art and writing
• Reading a variety of books exposes children to a wide range of language features and vocabulary
• Listening to stories assists in the development of literacy skills and language development
• Exposure to books contributes to the understanding of print concepts (e.g. left to right, top to bottom)
• Books and stories fill a child’s mind with knowledge
On world book day we would like every child to bring in their favorite book along and dressing as a character from the books. This will also give the children the opportunity to experience new books, talk about their preference and encourage sharing.

Management Team
Lauren has settled into her role as Quality Lead Manager extremely well. She has made lots of positive improvements across the rooms from implementing continuous provision, so the children become experts through play and become more confident learners to challenging staff’s knowledge around quality of activities they provide for the children and the children’s experiences whilst with us. The way in which we have devised Lauren’s role will ensure she is working out in the nursery providing support to the staff in each room, only spending little time based in the nursery office. Well done Lauren.

Thank you to all parents who have ensured that funding forms have been returned to Claire as soon as possible, with over 60 children accessing funding and tight deadlines this can be quite challenging for Claire to ensure all applications are correct and uploaded, your co-operation in this process is vital.

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 have had a few 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/ren, 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.

Nursery opening times
The nursery closes at 6pm, parents please could you ensure that you arrive at the nursery by 5:55pm to enable the staff to have enough time to give you appropriate feedback. Recently we have had many parents arriving late. When the nursery closes the staff should be able to leave on time to get home to their families. I appreciate on occasions traffic can hold parents up but would just like to ask you to be mindful of this and lateness should not be a regular occurrence.

Please may I remind parents about our facebook page. We regularly give out dates, instruction and interesting information together with photographs of the activities/children etc. If you are not on facebook please go to our website where there is a rolling page of recent facebook events to give you an idea of what a useful communication tool it is. If you change your mind about allowing your child to go on the nursery facebook page, please come to the office and we can amend your authorisation form. Please remember that we never mention your child’s name and we closely monitor what is put on the page- the administrators of the page are myself, Lauren and Claire.

Our Ideas Tree
We would like you and your children to contribute to improvements across the nursery we can make. Each term we are going to be sending home a leaf where we would like you to write down any improvements you feel we could make. There will be a specified area each time, for example the first one is going to be the ‘Base Rooms’. When you receive your leaf please write the room your child is in and how you think we could improve, we would then like you to hang it on our little tree in the porch to help us flourish😊 We look forward to hearing your feedback.

Kind Regards

Helen Poyser
Managing Director

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