La Petite Academy
Ofsted Millies Mark
01332 774 413

10-12 Highfield Road, Littleover, Derby, DE23 1DG
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Newsletter March 2019

12th March 2018

Dear Parents

Firstly, I would like to thank all the Parents who came along to speak with their child’s key person on Parent’s evening. The evening was yet another success and the team in the new Tiddlers unit enjoyed showing parents around the new unit with lots of questions answered.

World Book Day was a big success with lots of children talking positively about their favourite books and why they like them. Please remember we have the nursery Bedtime Story Library and we urge you to encourage your children to use this facility. We have recently changed the books to give the children a wider range of subjects such as Easter and other celebratory events approaching. If there are any particular types of books you would like to see in the library, please let us.

Mobile Phones
Please can I insist that parents/ carers must NOT be using their mobile phones in the nursery? Recently it has happened on several occasions where staff have had to politely request for parents not to answer calls or generally be using their mobile phones whilst dropping off/collecting their children.

Safeguarding your children
Please do not send medication in your child’s bag, along with nappy sacks or any other items which could be harmful to children. Most of the children’s bags are at heights that are accessible to give the children independence in accessing their own belongings and we do not wish for this to be a hazard.

Due to personal circumstances Claire will be stepping down from her position of Nursery Manager as of 28th April, however as Claire cannot bare to leave us, she will be continuing employment with the nursery in an administrative role!! 🙂

We are excited to announce that we have a new Nursery Operations Manager who will be joining our team. Jacqueline Findlay will be joining us as from 1st April into a full-time position. Jacqueline has 11 years' experience in childcare with 8 years being within a management team. Jacqueline will be fully inducted into the nursery by myself with support from Claire and Lauren.

Due to Jacqueline’s full-time hours this will relieving Lauren of some of her office duties allowing her to concentrate on her passion of improving quality out on the nursery floor.

Further dates for your diary…………………………..

Friday 15th March- Red Nose
To help raise money for this wonderful charity we will be having a Wacky Fun day. The children are invited to come dressed to enter our funniest dress/ wildest hair competition being run in each room (odd socks back to front clothes, wild hair). There will be a prize for the winning child and lots of fun activities on the day. We will also be running the obligatory cake stall where you will be able to purchase cakes made by the nursery, but we also ask if parents could donate cakes it would be a fabulous help. Donation buckets will be around the nursery to help raise funds. Thank you in advance for your support.

W/c 18th March Welcoming Dad’s Week
Throughout this week all Dads are welcome to come along to the nursery in the morning to take part in activities with their child (helping to prepare you for Mother’s Day!) It's always a very busy and popular week which the children absolutely love. You should have received a separate letter about the week and hopefully returned your slip to the nursery office to confirm your attendance.

Tuesday 2nd April-Autism Awareness Day – watch out for further information
Thursday 4th April-Preschool Parents Evening
Wednesday 17thApril-Easter Celebration Day- watch out for further information

Nursery Closures
Friday 19th April: Good Friday
Monday 22nd April: Easter Monday
Monday 6th May- Early May Bank Holiday
Monday 27th May- Spring Bank Holiday

New Menu
We will soon be reviewing the nursery Menu again for the Spring/Summer period. Please feel free to recommend any favourite home dishes you would like to see on the menu by emailing into us.

Quality Improvements
Lauren has been working with the staff very closely implementing the nurseries improvement focus of continuous provision.

A little bit about continuous provision………….

The purpose of an effective continuous provision is to offer children a constant environment that is safe for them to explore whilst challenging their learning. It should allow children the freedom to explore and become independent in making choices. An important part of the EYFS is to support children in becoming active learners; continuous provision allows children to demonstrate this aspect and practitioners can closely observe this during their play.  Continuous provision supports children’s learning and development across all seven areas along with the characteristics of effective learning (How children learn).

Continuous provision enables practitioners to take children on a journey, the environment is key to supporting children on this journey. To help further children’s development it is important for children to be able to return to explorations daily and to explore new ideas. Children need to be given time to thoroughly explore the learning experiences, practitioners need to appreciate that it is fundamental that children are given opportunities to build on what they did yesterday or even a few week ago. Giving children time is precious as it enables them to fully explore their ideas and concepts which is highly important for children when taking them on a journey.
Within continuous provision children are able to explore the environment and develop independence. It also allows children to make choices and initiate their own play.

How we plan for your children

Peer Observations
Staff are currently completing their quarterly peer observations on their colleagues to improve their practice across the nursery. Giving effective feedback on how they can improve their practice and enhance activities.

Learning Journeys
You should be receiving your child’s Learning Journey at the end of each month. It usually takes about a week for the staff to complete next steps for the next month along with uploading photographs. We ask that you read the learning journey and complete the parents' section before returning it to us. If, however you do not wish to contribute then please ensure you sign the parents' section to confirm you have received it. We do encourage communication as this helps the staff to observe and assess your child within the Early ears Foundation Stage. Please also remember to complete the footsteps sheet at the back to inform us of your current child’s interests which we can use to inform their next steps.

Den Making
Please come and look at our new Den Making area on the Top Garden...... As a child there was nothing better than grabbing a duvet or a blanket and using the backs of chairs to create a little hide away. The children and staff regularly use this area to help the children to develop their ideas and building skills to create safe environments where the children feel secure. These dens also give opportunities to children to build their confidence with their communication skills.

Kind Regards

Helen Poyser
Managing Director

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