About RGS Dodderhill Nursery
Our nursery here at RGS Dodderhill is tailored to the needs of our youngest pupils (from 2 years of age), in an environment where children can learn through play and adventure, both inside and outside. It is situated at the heart of our school, and benefits from superb facilities and specialist teachers on site.
The nursery operates between 8.00 am – 6.00 pm Monday to Friday, and is split into three age banded groups:
- The Squirrels group is for children from 2 to 3+ years
- The Hedgehogs group is for children aged 3+
- The Owls group is for our pre-school children
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, underpinned by the early learning goals. We carefully monitor the children’s progress in these areas and provide learning opportunities tailored to the individual’s needs. Much of the children’s learning is through play-based activities and adult-led focused activities.
At RGS Dodderhill we understand that choosing a nursery for your child is one of the most important decisions you face. We pride ourselves on working closely with you to get that transition right. Please come and visit us so that we can show you around our very special setting.
Nursery School Routine
The Nursery school routine is important for children as it provides them with a feeling of familiarity and structure – if they know what to expect then they will feel more confident and relaxed.
The Nursery is open from 8.00am to 6.00pm and our day includes adult-led circle times and activities, as well as constant free-flow access to our outdoor play areas and lots of child-initiated opportunities.
7.45am to 8.30am
8.30am to 10.15am
10.15am to 10.30am
10.30am to 11.00am
11.00am to 12.00pm
12.00pm to 1.00pm
1.00pm to 2.00pm
2.00pm to 3.30pm
Early Years Foundation Stage
We plan activities in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which focuses on the importance of child learning through play and provides the principles for the care for children from birth to 5.
The seven main EYFS areas of learning are used to ensure that the activities provided to children are fun, engaging and specific to all abilities and needs. Staff provide a wide range of activities for children including child-initiated and teacher-led activities that support learning and development. We work with parents to share developments at home as well as those at Nursery to ensure we carefully track every child’s development in the seven key areas of learning.
We carefully monitor every pupil’s progress against the Early Learning Goals. Parents receive regular reports and updates about progress in Nursery and we always share the children’s achievements at home through our WOW moments. We use a daily diary for communication, and also have personal feedback at the start and end of every day. We keep Learning Journals that build up into a treasured keepsake for parents over the year.
Nursery is also an important, fully integrated, part of our school. All our Nursery children take part in school events such as Christmas plays, Sports Day, Mothers Day, Harvest Festival and Activities Week.
|Week 2 Lunch||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday|
|Soup and homemade bread||Minted pea||Tomato and basil||Broccoli||Leek and potato||Vegetable|
|Main course||Turkey or vegetable chow mein with sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce, chilli flakes, siracha sauce, sesame seeds||Roast chicken leg
Caramelised onion and sausage roll
|Lamb chilli con carne
5 bean chilli
With giant nachos, crispy jalapenos and cheese sauce
|Smoked bacon, ham and mozzarella pasta bake||Battered fish, tartare sauce, lemon wedges
Beef burger, pickle, lettuce and mustard
|Vegetarian||Vegan yeung chow friend rice||Mixed vegetable and lentil wellington||Smokey roasted Mediterranean vegetable and tomato gnocchi||Spinach, filo and feta pie|
|On the side||Chinese spice greens
|Roasted new potatoes
|Jacket potato||Baked beans||Baked beans||Baked beans||Baked beans||Baked beans|
|Hot dessert||Coconut rice pudding with mango coulis||Plum and baked apple oat crumble with custard||Ginger cake||Hot chocolate sponge with chocolate sauce||Superseeded flapjack|
|Cold dessert||Strawberry jelly||Mango mess||Vegan raspberry mousse||Orange jelly or yoghurt pots||Vegan brownie|
|Cut fruit||Pineapple and black gape||Watermelon and plum||Melon and kiwi||Orange||Mixed fruit pots|
Moving to Reception Class
In September before they turn 5, children will be moving to Reception class from the Nursery. Here at RGS Dodderhill Nursery, we ensure that each child’s transition to Reception is as easy as possible, whether they are staying with us in the school or moving on elsewhere.
Your Child’s Key Person will have completed an Early Years Foundation Stage Profile which is passed on to their teacher to support them with each child’s needs.