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Nursery

Welcome to Dovecote Nursery

At Dovecote Nursery we plan our learning activities according to the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ curriculum 2017, and provide experiences in the seven areas of learning.  All our planned activities are taught through fun, play-based activities and we try hard to tailor things to tap into the children’s interests so that they will be highly motivated to engage with what we offer. We value children as individuals and have an emphasis on the Prime Areas of learning, such as ‘Communication and Language’, ‘Understanding’ and Making Relationships’ so that children are emotionally ready to access the full curriculum. Please take the time to read our booklet and contact our office if you have any questions or want to arrange a visit. Regards, The Nursery Team

Nursery session times

Our Nursery session times are:

Morning 8.50am -11.50am
Afternoon (N1 only) 12.20pm -3.20pm
All day (N2 and funded N1 children only) 8.50am - 3.20pm

 If you attend our SALLEY sessions or are just settling in collection time is 11.15am.

Full Time - Part Time?

We offer full time to ALL N2 children and those that qualify for 30 hours funding.
Morning sessions are only for those that do not wish to be full time, are N1, want to split funding with a childminder or do not qualify.

All children will receive a welcome pack, including a book bag, book, colouring book, crayons and a £15 uniform voucher. Funded children also receive an extra uniform voucher and free school dinner.

If you require any information or are unsure if you qualify. Please pop in to speak to our friendly office staff, who will be happy to help.

You can download an application form here.

Focus Story

Our focus story for the whole of this half term is ‘Handa’s Surprise’. We will also be reading ‘Oliver’s Fruit Salad’ as a supporting book.  Our main theme is fruits and vegetables and healthy eating. We will also be learning about African animals in the book, and talking a little bit about what it might be like to live where Handa lives- in Kenya.

 

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This half term

Please remember to label all jumpers, cardigans, and coats with names. Now that the weather is starting to get better could we please ask that you provide your child with a sunhat with their name in and on particularly warm days to apply sun cream before they come to school as well as packing the sun cream in their bag (named)  if they stay all day. Please, could you also make sure that if your child is wearing sandals that they have secure straps and preferably cover their toes so that they can be safe using the outdoor area? Thank you.

In Maths

In maths, we are learning to take away 1 using Handa’s Surprise, as the animals take away 1 fruit on each page. You could try doing this at home with real objects. Lots of children need to keep practicing counting objects carefully by saying the number words in order and touching each object once, first to 5 objects, then to 10.

 
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Phonics

In Phonics this term, we will be looking at the following letters and the sounds they make

 r   j   v  y  

See what you can find at home that begins with these sounds. This is Fred Frog who helps the children to do phonics!

At home you could...

At home, you could…

-Talk about food and what they like to eat, what is healthy and what is a treat!

- Read Handa’s Surprise, Oliver’s Fruit Salad and Supertato

- Make a fruit salad or fruit kebabs, try some new vegetables or help to cook dinner!

-Draw an African animal

-Write a shopping list of healthy foods and go to the shop.

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