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 two classes in Nursery: the Bee Group and the Ladybird Group.

The Bee Group teacher is Mrs Carter-Penney and Teaching Assistant is Mrs Roberts.

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

We are also supported by Mrs Archana (Teaching Assistant) throughout the week and Mrs Hall (Teaching Assistant) on Thursday and Friday.


A typical Nursery day:

The Nursery day starts at 840am for all children. If your child has a part-time place (15 hours) then home time is at 1140am. If your child has a full-time place (30 hours) then home time is at 310pm.

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 focussing on literacy and communication and language and the second at 11am, on Phonics. These sessions last between fifteen and twenty 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.

Lunchtime is at 1130am until 1245pm and the children have their lunch in the classroom with their friends.

The part time children are collected at 1140am.

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 230pm when we either read stories or sing nursery rhymes. We then start the home time routine and the children are collected at 310pm.


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. 


Contact the School

Cavendish Community Primary School

Cavendish Road
West Didsbury
M20 1JG

Tel: 0161 445 1815

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