Little Oaks at the Oratory Prep

    LITTLE OAKS – Nursery and Kindergarten

    The period of transition from home to school is for most children a time of rapid physical, emotional and intellectual growth. It is a time when the need for a high level of care and high quality learning experiences are inextricably linked and when some children are learning in a group setting for the first time.

    Children joining Little Oaks have already learning a great deal at home and many have attended a range of settings that exist in our community.





    • The Nursery has provision for up to 12 children during one session. Morning sessions are from 8.25am to 12.00pm with the option of attending the afternoon session (including lunch), until 3.30pm. The class is led by an early years qualified teacher and two qualified teaching assistants. The ratio is 1 adult to 4 children.
    • The Kindergarten has provision for a class of up to 24 children. All children attend five morning sessions from 8.25am to 12.00pm with the option to attend the afternoon sessions (including lunch), until 3.30pm.  The class is led by an early years qualified class teacher and two qualified early years teaching assistants.  The ratio is 1 adult to 8 children when numbers are at their maximum.
    • The curriculum is based around the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): The three primary areas being communication and language; physical development; and personal social and emotional development and the four supporting areas of literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design.
    • Using the school’s extensive grounds, Forest School forms part of the children’s learning and development each week and free flow to the outdoor space is encouraged daily.
    • The staff builds on what the children already know and can do upon arrival in the setting. It ensures that no child is excluded or disadvantaged and offers a structure for learning that has a range of starting points with content that matches the needs of young children and activities that provide opportunities for learning, both indoors and outdoors. Specialists teach music, dance and swimming and each term the children demonstrate their talents for drama with end of year productions in the Autumn and Summer terms in our well-equipped theatre.