To provide a safe, stimulating, happy and nurturing pre-school environment where children can learn happily and confidently, through play.
We offer your child:
How the Key Person system works
At Dovedale Nursery every child is given a key person, usually when they enrol.
Meeting your children’s needs
Through the provision of a structured environment using good quality equipment as well as creative and caring staff, we endeavour to ensure that your child’s needs are met.
Observations will be made of your child during play and social times, to build up a picture of his/her needs and interests. This knowledge will be used to inform our activity planning, to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all children.
Your child’s key person will use these observations to provide an individual learning journey of your child which you are welcome to access by arrangement.
At the end of your child’s time with us, these learning journeys will be yours to keep and share with school.
Diet – policy and practice
Sharing refreshments plays an important part in the social life of nursery as well as reinforcing the children’s understanding of healthy eating.
The cost of a hot lunch is included in the fees, although parents may provide their own food after discussion with staff.
Staff will also discuss our healthy eating policy with parents and offer guidance on the contents of a lunch box.
We approach each new term with a new theme chosen by the team in each playroom which reflects the current interests of the children. Ideas are used based on the 6 areas of learning. We value both indoor and outdoor experiences equally and plan for both. Your child will choose in which area they would like to play. Copies of our plans are available on the notice board for parents to access. Please feel free to read these and discuss them with us.
Staff are always happy to have offers of help in any capacity. We value your ideas and support and would be delighted if you would like to share any skill or creative ability you may have with the children. There is a Parent Helper Rota pinned to the notice board in the lobby, if you would like to add your name.
We encourage children to appreciate the wonders of the natural world and have developed a stimulating outdoor area which can be freely accessed throughout the day. We have nursery pets to foster an understanding of how to care for living things.