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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 first part of this term will be Dear Zoo followed by Shark in the Park in the second half. We will be learning about zoo animals and what a zoo keeper does. We will be retelling the story in lots of different ways and writing our own letters to the zoo! We will be creating zoo animals in different ways-masks, collage and painting. Please have a look at our planning board to see what other activities we get up to each week inside and outside.

This half term

This half term we are focussing on settling the children into our daily routine (look at the Welcome display to see the timetable) and helping them to get used to staying all day. We are helping them to develop independent skills such as putting their coat on, washing their hands, tidying up and opening their milk and snack by themselves.

In Maths

In maths, we are going to practise counting to 10 off by heart and then we will be looking carefully at numbers 1, 2 and 3. We will be exploring some floating and sinking and talking about what happens. We will also be moving in different ways like different animals and doing some dough disco to get our fingers ready for writing!


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

m a s d t i

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...

- Watch Dear Zoo on Youtube and see if your child can learn it off by heart!

- Sing the 1,2,3,4,5 pets from the Zoo song.

- Read some rhyming stories and talk about words that rhyme.

-Talk about different animals you might see at the zoo and what they look like.

-Go to the park and draw a picture of what you can play on (bring it in!)

- Make your own binoculars or telescope to spot some sharks!!

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