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Welcome to Dovecote Nursery

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At Dovecote Nursery we plan our learning activities according to the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ curriculum 2021, and provide experiences in the seven areas of learning. All of 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’ and Making Relationships’ so that children are emotionally ready to access the full curriculum. Please take the time to read our booklet and contact us if you have any questions. You could phone the office or use the email address below:


The Nursery Team


Please remember to label all jumpers, cardigans, and coats with names. Children do not need to bring in their own water bottle, cups will be available for them to use in the classroom. Nursery will be well ventilated throughout the day and we will be doing lots of outdoor learning as we normally would. Please dress appropriately for the weather, including a warm coat for cooler days. On warmer days, children will need their own named sun hat and 8 hour sun cream applied before school.

You may bring in one bag with a full outfit change should they need it; don’t forget to include socks and shoes! Remember to include nappies and wipes for those that are toilet training. 

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Nursery Session Times


Session Times: 

AM only- 8.50-11.50 am (doors open at 8.35) 

Full Day- 8.50-3.20 (doors open at 8.35) 

Drop off between 8.35 and 8.50 at the Nursery gate on the playground (see photo above).

Collection at 11.50 is from the door in the car park by the ICT suite. 

Collection at 3.20 is from the Nursery gate on the playground as above. 

Full Time - Part Time

We offer full time to ALL 3 and 4 year olds who are ready to cope with the full day including those that qualify for 30 hours funding. Morning sessions are for those that do not wish to be full time just yet. When your child starts with us they will begin doing the morning session only until they are settled in. When we are happy that your child is settling into Nursery well they can stay all day. 

All children will receive a welcome pack, including a book bag, book, colouring book, crayons and a 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 speak to our friendly office staff, who will be happy to help.

You can download an application form here.

Lunch Arrangements

A reminder that you will need to choose one lunch option for Autumn 1. This could either be a school meal or a packed lunch from home. Please notify staff of your choice when you drop your child off to avoid any confusion.

As we are now a cashless school, payments for school dinners will need to be made in advance via our payment provider SchoolGateway. The cost is £2.25 per meal. (£11.25 per week). 

You can contact the school office if you have any questions.

Reception aged children and children with a 30 hours code will recieve free school dinners. Please make sure your code is kept up to date. 


The Nursery Staff

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My name is Miss Hall. I have been a teacher for 27 years. In the last ten years I have worked more in Early Years and have enjoyed the experience I have gained. Younger children are fascinating and I never tire of watching them develop new skills. I really enjoy being part of a vibrant team, which is why I love being part of Dovecote Primary School.


My name is Mrs McCarron. I am the Nursery teacher on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I have worked at Dovecote since 2014. I have a pet cat called Sushi and I like going camping! 


My name is Mrs Wilson and I’ve worked in the nursery for 3 years. I am also the family support worker for early years.  When I’m not at school I enjoying spending time with my family at home playing games and watching films and zooming friends and family at the weekends.


My name is Mrs Morrell. I'm a teaching assistant working within the nursery. I have worked with different year groups around the school delivering the computing curriculum. In my spare time I like to go on long walks with my dog Millie. I also enjoy swimming and going to the gym.


My name is Miss Archer. 

My name is Miss Morrell and I have been working at Dovecote Primary School since November 2015. I work in the nursery and my job role includes providing care and nurture for the children. In my spare time I like to go on nice, long walks with my dog and spending time with my friends and family.

My name is Mrs Dale. I'm a care worker and mid day supervisor in the nursery, which I enjoy very much. In my spare time I like to get away in my caravan.

We Love Our New Nursery

It’s amazing what removing a wall and adding a lick of paint can do to a Nursery. We are thrilled with the work that has been done to improve our learning environment for the children. They are having lots of fun playing in it and we are already seeing a difference in the way the children are using the workshop areas, learning and looking after things. They also love their outdoor shelter and their new sandpit and mud kitchen.

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What the children say...

RJ- Age 3- “It’s big!”

Azelia- Age 3 "I feel happy."

Heidi Age 3- I like the carpet. I like sitting on the butterfly”

River Age 3- “Roll on my new rug!”

Isabelle age 3- "I like playing outside."

Ellison Age 3- “Its clean and has lots of toys”

What the staff say...

Miss Woodward- “The children are calmer and so much more focussed. A much better place to learn”

Mrs Macarron- “I actually jumped about and cried when I saw it. It is going to make such a difference to us all. Already the children are using the classroom in a different way and there is so much less mess.

Miss Archer- "It's brighter, more spacious and a nicer place to work with the children."

Miss Morrell-"We have more areas for the children to learn in and they are using them more than before.

What the Governors say...

Emma Craine- Parent Governor ''An amazing transformation, more space ,more resources, more potential to teach little minds"

Ed Williams- Head governor “The refurbishment has exceeded my expectations and truly transformed both the indoor and outdoor space.  This, along with all the new equipment, will dramatically enhance Dovecote’s provision for our Nursery children.”

What the parents have said...

Michaela Ingle- "Went in today to have a look and its a fantastic space. The staff have commented how much the learning has improved since the re-design and how much calmer it is now."


Other people who have visited...

Maggie- Speech and Language Therapist “Wow I can’t believe the difference. I want to stay in here all day.”

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