Are you a Nursery, a Day Care Centre, a Pre-School or Kindergarten? I’m confused!
The answer is that we’re all of them. Le Petit Poucet caters for children between six months and four years old, of all nationalities, backgrounds and cultures, and in different countries and cultures terms like ‘Kindergarten’ and ‘preschool’ can mean slightly different things. Everything we do is age-appropriate and designed around the needs of your child helping him or her to feel welcome cared for and secure, to have fun, but also to learn and to develop new skills and prepares them for primary school.
What programs does LPP Nursery offer?
We are open from Sunday to Thursday from 7:30am till 5:30pm. You can select the timings that suit you and your child’s needs.
From 7:30am – 1:00pm
From 7:30am – 3:00pm
From 7:30am – 5:30pm
How many months are you open every year?
Our school year is divided into three terms, and we run holiday camps for each school holiday including: summer, spring and winter holidays. In essence, we will be open throughout the year, except on weekends and public holidays.
Do I have to send my child all five days?
We offer flexible three-and five-day options for nursery children. However, older children (18 months and above) should attend five days a week in order to fully benefit from our program and to help with settling them down.
Who actually looks after my child in the nursery?
In every classroom, there’s a main teacher, who is responsible for teaching and learning. In addition to a nanny who supports the teacher. Very young children (6 to 12 months) will be under the supervision of a teacher and a licensed nurse and a nanny.
Are teachers at Le Petit Poucet Nursery qualified?
All our teachers have certification and an acceptable level of training in early childhood education. They also undergo continuous professional development assigned by the management.
How do you communicate a child’s progress to parents?
Every child has a daily communication folder in which the teacher writes a summary of the activities for the day. Besides this, we send regular newsletter and other communications to parents outlining activities. The nursery website is regularly updated with news and announcements.
Can parents visit the nursery?
We have an open door policy – parents are welcome to visit us at any time during our opening hours.
Do you cater for children with special needs?
We do have an inclusive policy and are happy to take children who will gain from our nursery environment. However, enrollment depends on the severity of the special needs, and whether we can accommodate the child and cater for his/her needs – we must always do what is in their best interest.
What is your discipline policy?
We use a positive approach to helping children behave appropriately, as well as encouraging them to share and to resolve conflicts with their parents. If there is a rare occasion that a child cannot or will not follow the rules of the classroom, which are clearly defined, they will be asked to sit in a designated area set aside for “thinking”. The teacher will spend a moment with them talking about their behavior and more appropriate actions. This usually works very well.
What is your food allergy policy?
If your child has an allergy, we will provide an appropriate snack for your child each day. For that, you will need to provide the teacher and the management at time of enrollment with a detailed list of the items that are safe for your child to have.
Le Petit Poucet follows nut-free/ chocolate-free policy.
What is an appropriate snack for my child to bring to school?
Snack time is very important time of the school day. It brings about an awareness of a good nutrition, helps develop good table manners and social skills, as well as provides a great opportunity for socialization with the teachers as well as the children. Cut-up fresh fruits, crackers, yoghurt and cheese are examples of appropriates healthy snack choices for school. Please note that we are chocolate and peanut-free nursery.