Nursery 2023 - 2024

Welcome to Cavendish Nursery!

At Cavendish Nursery we are an enthusiastic team who strive to provide a foundation of exciting and engaging learning opportunities for our youngest learners as they start their journey into school life. 

There are three classes in Nursery: the Bee Group, the Ladybird Group and the Dragonflies Group.


The Bee Group teachers are Mrs Tattersall and Teaching Assistant Mrs Roberts.




The Ladybird Group teachers are Mrs Myers (Monday to Wednesday) and Mrs Doogan (Wednesday to Friday) and the Teaching Assistant is Mrs Archana.

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The Dragonflies Group teachers are Ms Hall and Mrs Hussain. With support from Ms Toni and Mrs Neild. 

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A typical Nursery day:

The Nursery day starts at 8:40am for all children. If your child has a part-time place (15 hours) then home time is at 11:40am. If your child has a full-time place (30 hours) then home time is at 3:10pm.

In the morning your child's teacher and TA will be at the door to welcome them into the classroom and help them settle in e.g. hanging their coats up etc. During the morning there are two carpet sessions: the first at 9AM focusses on literacy, communication and language; the second, at 11AM, focusses on Phonics (letters and sounds). These sessions last between 15 and 20 minutes and are designed so the children can explore specific concepts to these curriculum areas. When the children are not participating in a carpet session they are in continuous provision where they cement and expand on their learning through play. During continuous provision the children make their own choices as to which areas they want to access and whether they want to be inside or outside. We aim to be outside in all weathers and encourage the children to explore their surroundings using all of their senses.

Part time children are collected at 11:40am from the front of school.

Lunchtime is at 11:30am until 12:45pm and the children have their lunch in the classroom with their friends. The lunch time supervisors are: Ms P, Ms Elaine, and Ms Hussain.


During the afternoon session we have another carpet session focussed on numeracy. This session enables the children to develop their understanding of number and numerical patterns as well as shape and size.

Following the session, the children return to continuous provision until 2:30pm when we either read stories or sing nursery rhymes.
We then start the home time routine.

Full-time children are collected at 3:10pm from the front of school.


*The children also have access to a snack which is a piece of fruit or vegetables, as well as some milk. 


Our Curriculum:

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum has seven areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development(PSED), Communication and Language Development (CL), Physical Development (PD), Literacy (L), Mathematics (M), Understanding the World (UW) and Expressive Arts and Design (EAD). Through adult led carpet sessions and enhancement of the continuous provision we strive to offer our children a well rounded and challenging curriculum where they can deepen their understanding of the world around them. 


Lending Library:

As we start the Spring Term we send a library book home with your child. This is our Lending Library. Once a week your child will choose a book and bring it home. We encourage the children to keep this book for a week so you can share the story together, discuss the pictures and plot and as they get to know the story better, they may start to tell you the story using the pictures. The aim of the Lending Library is for the children to develop a love of stories and offers a chance to explore different books.


How to communicate with us:

Class Dojo is the best way to contact your child's teacher. If you wish to get in touch please send us a private message and we will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible. We are also available at the beginning and end of the day. If you feel you need a more in depth chat we can arrange a time when we can meet and discuss any concerns at length. For urgent matters, contact the office directly on 0161 4451815.

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Cavendish Road,
West Didsbury,
Manchester M20 1JG
Mrs Taylor: Headteacher
Miss Evans: Deputy Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Hookes: Inclusion lead & SENDCO for years 1-4
Mrs Carroll: Inclusion lead & SENDCO for years 5-6
All available via the school email & telephone number