Dalton School Junior Infant And Nursery

From little acorns, mighty oaks will grow

Mayfield Avenue, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD5 9HN
Contact: Mrs H Valentine (Office Manager)

01484 538729


Did you know that we are offering 30 funded hours of Nursery provision if you are eligible. If you think that you are eligible, please contact our Main Office as soon as possible to register.  Places are going quickly!   Did you know that we are offering 30 funded hours of Nursery provision if you are eligible?  If you think that you are eligible, please contact our Main Office as soon as possible to register.  Places are going quickly!  Did you know that we are offering 30 funded hours of Nursery provision if you are eligible. If you think that you are eligible, please contact our Main Office as soon as possible to register.  Places are going quickly!  

Exciting Outdoor Learning This Week

Potion making, bubble fun, slug and worm hunting...

We have welcomed lots of new children into our Nursery this week.  

They have settled into their new environment really well and are eager to learn in the different areas of provision.

Take a look at our Curriculum Leaflet for Autumn Term 1 to see what we will be learning about in Nursery.

We would like to welcome back to Nursery our older children, as well as welcoming our new children.

 Personal, Social and Emotional

This half term our main focus is to settle all of the children into the Nursery. There will be lots of new rules and routines for the children to get used to, both in the indoor and the outdoor environment. Both the practitioners and the children will be getting to know each other and children will be beginning to form new friendships. The older children will be supporting the younger children during this settling in period.

Communication and Language.

Every morning and afternoon session, we have a couple of times where all the children sit together on the carpet and are encouraged to listen. During these times the children will listen to stories, join in with rhymes and share their own experiences.   We also hold regular music time sessions where the children sing songs, play instruments and play listening games.


The children will have access to a wide range of books in both the reading area and around the Nursery provision. These will be fiction and non-fiction books that interest the children. Practitioners will encourage the children to handle books carefully and turn pages in the right direction, as well as encouraging them to discuss the pictures.  This half term, your child will choose a book from our Nursery library for you to share together at home.


The children will be introduced to number, shape and colour games, both in the indoor and outdoor areas of provision. We will be singing a variety of number rhymes using puppets and props during our carpet sessions. 

The older children will be building on their maths learning and developing accurate one to one counting of objects.

Understanding of the World

We will be talking about ourselves and our families in small groups and the practitioners will be really getting to know each child individually and what interests them.

 Physical Development

Outdoors, the children will be introduced to the rules and routines of the area. Activities will be set up to encourage children to develop their gross motor skills, such as obstacle courses, riding the bikes and scooters along a track, climbing activities and jumping activities.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will have lots of opportunities to role play both indoors and outdoors. They will also be learning all about the creative area and how to independently select resources from the shelves and how to use the different equipment. A variety of musical instruments will be on offer for the children to use and the practitioners will be encouraging the children to sing familiar songs and rhymes on a daily basis.

Regular tumble tots sessions are carried out, where the children are encouraged to join in with actions to lively songs and pieces of music.

 Children will have access to continuous provision in all the areas of the Nursery, both indoors and outdoors. For example, water, construction, role play, small world, reading, sand, water, writing, maths, etc.

Please share with us your WOW moments from home so that we can celebrate these in Nursery. If you would like more wow slips, they are available in a basket by the entry/exit door.

Other things to look out for in the next few weeks are:- information about our Nursery library and our weekly homework challenges – details to follow.


Thank you for your support in dropping your child at the steps and allowing the Nursery staff to bring them in. We appreciate that this is a little difficult, especially on their first few days, however, we find that this is the best way in building up confidence, independence and relationships from the very beginning.

Diary Dates

Friday 24th September – MacMillan Coffee Morning in the Dining Hall.

Friday 22nd October– Break up for October half term.

Monday 1st November– School re-opens.

Engaged In The Rain

Outdoor Fun In The Sun

Our Nursery garden is blooming in the sunshine.

We love being creative in Nursery. 

Drawing, painting, printing, 3D modelling...we  love it!

Eid Mubarak to all our Nursery families celebrating Eid.  We cannot wait to see your photographs and hear all about your celebrations.

A huge thank you to all the children who have brought in something for our Nursery garden. 

We cannot wait to watch the seeds, flowers and plants grow and look at the changes over time.

Don't forget to send your child with a small plant to plant in our Garden of Hope this week.

We really appreciate this donation.

Summer Term 1

Click on the download button below to see an overview of what we are working on in Nursery this half term.

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On the day of Reflection (23rd March), we planted our Nursery 'Tree Of Hope'.

We talked about happy times ahead.

"Tomorrow will be a good day" - Captain Sir Tom Moore

Every morning and afternoon, we take part in a short fitness session.

We love running as fast as we can around the track.

Today we celebrated World Book Day.

Look at our fabulous outfits.

We have welcomed 7 new starters to Nursery this week.  The children are settling in so well, behaving beautifully and are happy as they learn.  We are so proud of them.

It is lovely to be back together again, co-operating and having fun as we learn.

March 2021

 We really enjoying exploring Mini Mash at Nursery.  Don't forget to log in and go on at home.

Role play is so important in Early Years.  We love our Fruit and Vegetable Shop.  We are able to develop our speaking and listening skills, our personal and social skills, our reading, writing and maths skills, as well as lots more.

 It's Christmas Time

After learning about the Christmas story, we enjoyed dressing up in the Nativity costumes.

Our Learning In Action

Take a look at just some of the things that we have been getting up to in Nursery in the Autumn Term.

November 2020

Look at what we are learning in Nursery this half term.

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October 2020

Happy Spooky Half Term.

Don't forget to complete your Mrs Cole's challenges over your half term holiday.

Write/draw in your Talk Book about what you have been up to over the holiday, so that we can talk to you about your experiences when you return to Nursery.

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Mrs Cole's Weekly Challenges From Autumn Term 1

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September 2020

It is lovely to have our Nursery back fully open after recent events.

The older children have returned ready to learn, as if they have never been away!

We have welcomed a large number of new children to our Nursery, who are settling very well.

A big 'thank you' to all our families who have adhered to our rules on social distancing and mask wearing in order to keep everyone safe.


Look out for some photos on this page of our learning in action over the next few weeks.


Click on the download button below to see an overview of what we are working on in Nursery this half term.

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Meet Our Wonderful Nursery Team

Our Nursery Teacher is called Mrs Cole (contact on nursery.dalton@kirkleeseducation.uk)

Mrs Cole is the lead teacher for all of the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception Classes)

Mrs Beaumont teaches in Nursery on a Tuesday and a Wednesday afternoon and on a Thursday when Mrs Cole is working elsewhere in EYFS.

Our Nursery practitioners are Mrs  Sturgeon, Becky and Miss Moxon.

 Our Learning From September 2019 to March 2020

The Nursery children were extremely upset on Monday when they found out that our beautiful reading cottage, gifted to us by Erris Homes, had been vandalized over the weekend.

However, they did enjoy taking on the role of police officers and searching for clues and evidence!

Thank you to our wonderful FODs for all their hard work running the Mother's Day Shop.  We hope everyone loved their gifts and had a Happy Mother's Day.

Thank you to all Parents and Carers who attended our Family Story Session with 'Handsome Hansel Richardson' today!  It was very well attended and the children loved the story of The Gingerbread Man.

World Book Day 2020

The Gruffalo, The Hungry Caterpillar, Goldilocks, superheroes and princesses galore...

Nursery had it all! 

Take a look at our photos from a great day full of stories.

This week we have been thinking about the people that we love.  We made some love heart buns.  A big thank you to Fintan and his Mummy for the Morrison's gift voucher, which helped us to buy our ingredients.

The ERRIS homes colouring competition results are in....Maizie from Reception Stoker was a very worthy winner...Well done to all the children who entered from Nursery.


Every Friday, we get together to join in with our Tumble Tot action songs. 

It is great to have fun together and exercise at the same time.

Why don't you try it at home with your grown ups?

Tumble Tots songs can be viewed on you tube - Wiggly Woo, Wake Up Your Muscles, Elephants have Wrinkles, etc.

Outdoor Learning is extremely important for our development in Nursery. 

Look at some of the learning that we do outdoors...

We have welcomed 15 new children to our Nursery this half term.  We are so proud of them and how they have settled.  

Thank you to our lovely student, Chelsea, for working with us in Nursery since October. 

We are really going to miss you.


We are extremely proud of the children who received 100% attendance for the Autumn Term.  Well done.

A huge thank you to our wonderful FOD's group who worked so hard organising our Santa's Grotto.

The Nursery children loved meeting Father Christmas and telling him what they would like for Christmas.



Christmas Party Time in Nursery....

Thank you to everyone who attended our Festive Story Session with Elf Richardson.  

We loved singing our Christmas songs for everyone and playing our instruments.

We hope you enjoyed it as much as us!

The story was titled 'Father Christmas Needs A Wee' by Nicholas Allan

We have been learning about why we celebrate Christmas.  

We read 'The Story Of Christmas' and then acted it out in our role play stable.

Explore our new 'erris' reading cottage that has been  kindly donated to us by the 'erris' building development team. 

Thank you to all who attended the grand opening of our 'erris' reading cottage.

We even had a special visit from Father Christmas!

We love listening to stories in our new 'erris' reading cottage.

Remember... our resident story teller 'Santa Richardson' will be reading a Christmas story in the Main Hall on

FRIDAY 13th December...everyone welcome!

Curriculum Information 2019/2020

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Have you downloaded the Kirklees app '50 Things To Do Before You Are 5'? To download the app, search for ’50 things before 5′ in your app store.  50 low cost, no cost, fun ideas to carry out with your child...ENJOY!


Coach Matt and Coach Alex came in to Nursery from Kixx to do some fantastic sports activities. 

We had so much fun and really enjoyed playing the games.

If you would like to take your child along to KIXX, contact them on 07425877728 for further details.

Children In Need 2019

Remembrance Day 2019

We have been learning about why we wear poppies on Remembrance Day.

We created a poppy to wear and decorated a poppy biscuit.

Spooky Story Session 2019

Mr Richardson read the story of 'Meg and Mog' to the Nursery children and all of their grown ups.

Mrs Cole acted out the story and the children joined in with some spooky songs.

It was a fabulous event with wonderful parental support.

Our 'Friends of Dalton' organised 'Spooky Discos' to raise money to buy more high quality books for our school.

We all had a fantastic time.

10 Nursery Rhymes for us to learn before we leave Nursery

Throughout this year, your child will be learning 10 Nursery Rhymes off by heart, accompanied by actions.

We would like to share with you the rhymes that we are focusing on, in order for you to regularly sing them with your child at home.

Humpty Dumpty

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Twinkle Twinkle

Hickory Dickory Dock

Incy Wincy Spider

Miss Polly Had A Dolly

Doctor Foster

Wind The Bobbin Up

Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Old Macdonald Had A Farm

Nursery Rhymes are fabulous for the following reasons:-

They make perfect first stories.

They boost early language development.

They build social skills.

They build vocabulary.

They open the door to creativity.

They connect us to the past.

They improve fine motor skills and co-ordination.

They open the door to a love of all books.

They equip children to become better readers.

They are FUN!

Happy World Book Day -  March 2019.

Which book characters can you spot on our photographs?

Morning Nursery

Afternoon Nursery

20 books to read before you leave Early Years

Dear Zoo

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Guess How much I Love You

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Peace At Last


Harry And The Bucketful Of Dinosaurs


Oliver’s Vegetables

Handa’s Surprise

The Gruffalo

Owl Babies

Room on a Broom

Farmer Duck

The Rainbow Fish

Jack And The Beanstalk

Goldilocks And The Three Bears

The Gingerbread Man

The Little Red Hen

There's a Monster in your Book

Our Nursery Environment