La Petite Academy
Ofsted Millies Mark
01332 774 413


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

12/09/19

Dear Parents/Carers,
I would firstly like to welcome our newest parents and children to La Petite Academy. We hope you enjoy your time here with us and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to speak with us.

Outdoor play
I would like to remind parents to please send your child to nursery in appropriate clothing for the day ahead. Nursery is a place for children to play and explore various activities that support their learning, such as messy play and water play. Therefore, we ask, please do not send your children in their best clothing. We do provide aprons, however sometimes children do get messy! This is part of a nursery experience and we don’t want children to feel like they are restricted or missing out.
The winter months are nearing, so please ensure your children are wrapped up with hats, scarves and gloves. All children MUST have a pair of wellies. If your child already has some at nursery, please can you check to ensure they are the right size.

Medication
As part of our medicine policy and procedure we ask that if your child needs to be administered any medication at nursery this is prescribed from the doctor and is to be given to the nursery in its original packaging, otherwise we are not authorized to administer it.

New events list for 2020!
We are fast approaching the New Year, and the new list of events will be coming out to you in January 2020.
We would love to hear some of your ideas of events you think we should hold. Please either send your suggestions in via email or put them in our suggestions box in the nursery porch.

Nursery improvements
Pre-School is being decorated and will be freshly painted within the next month, creating a more neutral environment.
Over the last year we have been working hard with our continuous provision across the nursery. Ensuring the resources and areas have been laid out for your children to explore freely. It creates a familiar environment that children feel safe to explore, which is challenging and engaging,
Perfect for encouraging children to be active learners and to take control of their own learning.
We have laid out the rooms based on children’s interests, along with ensuring their play flows, widening their critical thinking.
Towards the end of each day, staff will be creating a ‘WOW’ activity based around the children’s interests that day, to stimulate and engage children, whilst following their ideas.



Quality Manager
Lauren is our Quality Manager, and her role is mostly based out in the nursery.
We are very fortunate as a setting to be able to have a well-established management team, whereby Lauren can focus on supporting the quality across the setting. This includes supporting staff with things such as driving new initiatives, enhancing provision, planning in the moment, quality interactions/activities, and looking at the enabling environment for all children.
Lauren also collates all children’s development from their trackers to identify their strengths and areas of development, along with looking at children’s own individual needs. This provides the knowledge to be able to create effective targets on a termly basis.

Staffing
We will be carrying out the following training;

Our SENCO Charlotte will be working towards a Nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs) qualification.
All staff members will be attending Talk Boost training on Saturday 28th September.
Three members of staff will be taking the opportunity to visit another setting to observe their continuous provision, share ideas and look at their environment.
Nicola Brown, an Early Years consultant will be carrying out training for ‘in the moment’ planning with all the staff.
Nasen SEND training – Meeting the needs for every child – Dalraj and Afshan will be attending this.

We would also like to welcome Hannah Fox to our team, Hannah holds a Level 2 in Childcare.
Hannah worked with us initially as a long-term student. She is now working within the Pre-School room as a key person.

Tara Knighton holds a Level 3 in Childcare; she has taken over a key person’s role in the Toddlers room. Tara feels more experienced with this age group, and we are delighted to welcome her into her new post.

Ellie Brearley, who is a Qualified Level 3 practitioner, has taken over as a key person in the Tiddlers room, Ellie is really flourishing within the setting and we are sure she will enjoy working with the babies and getting to know some of our newer parents.







Children on a pack up Lunch
Just a note to advise parents that if your child is bringing in a pack lunch and snacks could these be sandwiches prepared at home, rather than pre-prepared processed lunchables which are high in salt and sugar. If parents would like to bring savoury foods or fruit for snacks staff can prepare this at the relevant time. All food needs to be in a cool bag so that it can be stored at the correct temperature, we do not have space available in the nursery fridge.

Parent Feedback

In the evening the staff strive to provide all our parents with In-depth feedback, so that parents have a good insight into what children have been playing with and exploring throughout the day, we advise if the children have achieved milestones and the child’s general well-being. Sometimes at our busy times we may struggle to spend as much time with each individual parent as the needs of the children need to take precedent. If parents can just bear in mind that staff do need to focus their attention on the children and if they require longer to speak to staff that they make an appointment in the office to speak to their child’s keyworker.


Dates for your diary

W/C 16th September – Harvest festival
We will be celebrating Harvest festival during this week, collecting donations made to take down to St Peters Church on 7th October. We will be placing a box in the porch for you to place your donated items.
Please see the list below of things in which can be used;
- tinned food (vegetables, fruit, meat, fish)
- spreads (butter, jam, honey etc.)
- long-life milk, juice and drinks
- dried pasta 
- cooking sauces 
- condiments
- tea and coffee
- rice
- cereal
- toiletries


Monday 30th September – Open Evening (6:30pm-8:00pm)
This is a great opportunity for you to join us to find out about lots of different valuable information that can support you and your child/children. This could be things such as understanding the EYFS curriculum in which we work towards to support the development of your child, to understanding more about the transition to school and what is expected!
You will be able to see which outside professionals will be attending on the evening, closer to the time on the billboard outside the front of the nursery.

W/C 11th November - La Petite Bake Off
This week we will be baking lots of different cakes with the children, along with welcoming any cakes ready to sell for Children in Need on Friday 15th November.

W/C 18th November – Grandparents week
We will be welcoming Grandparents to come and spend time with their grandchildren at nursery and take part in a festive activity leading up to Christmas.

Kind Regards,

Helen Poyser
Managing Director

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