Preschool 3-4 Years
Preparing Your Child For School
At La Petite Academy, we now start to concentrate on school-readiness activities. Our preschool day is designed to develop important foundational skills like language and literacy, mathematical thinking and problem-solving while stimulating your child’s creativity.
Your Preschooler’s Day
In addition to providing standard care and play time throughout the day, your child’s key person will engage your child through:
Morning and Afternoon Circle time where the day’s themed focus activities are introduced and reviewed.
Creative Activities - painting, baking, junk modelling etc
Maths, Language & Literacy activities tied to the Early Years Foundation Stage to progressively build important foundational skills.
Music and movement (songs, poems and rhymes) to expand your child’s vocabulary and listening skills.
Outdoor play at least twice daily to burn off energy and develop motor skills, including water and sand play.
Mealtime, snack time and quiet time to nourish and rest your preschooler’s growing mind and body.
Sensory Room A visit to our specialised Sensory room to explore light, sound, with a wealth of sensory experiences to stimulate the mind.
Government Flexible Free Entitlement For 3 & 4 Year Olds
This is a government funded scheme which allows La Petite Academy to offer up to 15hrs of free childcare each week across a minimum of 3 days and during school term time which equates to 38 weeks per year.
Parents are entitled to access the full entitlement across a maximum of 2 providers.
Parents have the choice of hours deducted from their invoice or to just access the free hours per day. Free hours can be deducted from full days, morning sessions, and afternoon sessions.
Charges will revert to full nursery sessions as per the pricing schedule for the remaining 14 weeks of school holidays in the year. All parents will be required to sign a contract with the nursery together with an agreement with the Local Authority in order to access the funding.
All children are eligible for funding the term after they become 3 years of age:
A child born on or between...
1 April and 31 August
1 September and 31 December
1 January and 31 March
Will become eligible for a free place from...
1 September, following their third birthday
1 January, following their third birthday
1 April, following their third birthday
Free early education places are available at a range of early years settings, including nursery schools and classes, children’s centres, day nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools and certain registered childminders.
There are a number of parameters within which the free entitlement provision operates. These parameters set the framework within which local authorities should deliver the free entitlement (e.g. the minimum and maximum number of hours per day, the number of days on which the free hours should be taken, the restrictions on start and finish times and the number of providers who can be involved in delivering free hours to a child). The parameters are guidelines for local authorities rather than specific rules for provision of the free hours, so the arrangements of provision may vary from area to area.
Please ring us for details of how you can use your Free Entitlement at La Petite Academy - giving you more flexibility and affordable childcare. We have a varied range of options where you can use your free hours at the nursery.