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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 in the Nursery.
Afternoon 12.20pm -3.20pm in the Nursery

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 child minder, or do not qualify.

All children will receive a welcome pack, including a book bag, book, colouring book, crayons, a free uniform voucher and funded children also receive an extra uniform voucher and free school packed lunch.

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 ‘Goldilocks and the 3 Bears’. We will become very familiar with the story so that the children are able to re-tell parts of it independently.

We will be writing instructions on how to make porridge and will be making and tasting it too. We will also be learning about people who help us in our community such as Firefighters, Policemen and women and Paramedics.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

During the second part of the term, our focus story will be ‘Walking through the Jungle’ by Julie Lacome. We will read the story to the children and then help them to re-tell it using pictures, role-play and small world toys.

In the story the child creeps, swings, leaps and moves like the different animals. We will have fun exploring different ways to move when we go to the hall and when we play outside! We will be finding out about where different animals live and noticing how their habitats are different. 


At home you could…

-Read some animal themed stories and information books together.

-Talk about different animals and where they live.

-Pretend to be different animals.

-Talk about people who help us in our community.

Display Space

You may have noticed that each child now has their own designated space on display in the classroom. This is where we will display some of their drawings, observations and pictures of what they have been learning. Please take some time to look at your child’s space. It would also be great if you could share anything fabulous your child has been doing at home with us. This could be shared verbally or with a picture/prop.


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

f e l h r

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that has named their child’s coats, hats, cardigans and jumpers. This is making it much easier to keep track of their items. We are currently extremely short of socks. Any donations would be welcomed.

Thanking you for all your help and support, The Nursery Team

Nursery Booklet and Newsletters

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