Curriculum

Our aim at Dovecote Nursery is to tap into children’s natural curiosity and eagerness to learn. Small class sizes and experienced teachers ensure that every child is given individual care and attention.

Our experienced Early Years team combine a careful blend of numeracy and literacy with a wide range of other subjects, as well as a varied selection of extra-curricular activities.

Our curriculum offers the core of EYFS English and Maths, with Arabic, Spanish and creative arts being an important part of the programme. A typical week includes arts, games, PE and visiting the mud kitchen.

In Nursery, little ones enjoy a safe, stimulating and fun environment where they are gently introduced to a routine for learning through play and child-led activities, helping them to grow in independence.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

This is the statuatory curriculum for all children aged between birth and five years old.

At Dovecote Nursery, we recognise that this is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and success.

We ensure that from when your child joins us until their final day, their early years’ experience is happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and we support their development, care and learning needs.

How will my child be learning at Dovecote Nursery?

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children would usually develop the 3 prime areas first.

These are:

  • Communication and language

  • Physical development

  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.

These are:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Expressive arts and design

  • Understanding the world

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Your child’s teacher will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be flexible so that the teachers can follow your child’s individual needs and interests.

Children at Dovecote learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors.

Arabic and Spanish are taught every day within the curriculum following an immersive approach. Whilst the English language is the primary language that we communicate with at Dovecote Nursery, we believe that the children of the future need an awareness of additional languages to support their future experiences.

We encourage all children to express their individuality through play, and social experiences.