Early Years

Little Oaks Nursery & Kindergarten

Little Oaks is where the journey begins. We welcome children from two years of age where we instil a spirit of exploring and discovery and an appetite for trying out new things.

In addition to term time, our extended provision is open for 50 weeks of the year, from 7.30am to 6.00pm (except the last week of the summer holidays and Christmas week).

Your child’s development

Our dedicated, qualified staff introduce phonics and numeracy through a range of activities and experiences and also make them relevant to each child’s real life understanding.

Our approach to embedding the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum focuses on extending your child’s learning through a vast range of enriching activities, enabling them to use their imagination and creativity, whilst building problem solving skills and independence.

Passion for outdoor learning

Our unique environment of 65 acres of woodland and open space lends itself to our strong belief that outdoor learning is an integral part to your child’s development.

Experienced and passionate, qualified Forest School team deepen the children’s curiosity and build resilience, risk-taking and determination through activities such as tree climbing, den building, fire making and habitat hunting, using the natural environment for all aspects of learning.

Little Oaks is a purpose built Early Years development with an enclosed playground which extends out into our secure woods for the children to explore.

Music, dance and swimming

As well as being taught a music lesson, dance session in the dance studio and PE lesson in our Sports Hall by qualified specialists each week, music and movement form part of the daily life in Little Oaks.

Children are encouraged to learn traditional nursery rhymes and songs, including using sign language and explore percussion instruments, music making and developing their rhythm and coordination.

A fantastic advantage of having a purpose built ‘learner’ swimming pool gives our Kindergarten children the opportunity to swim weekly with our fully qualified swimming instructor at school.

Our extended provision

In addition to the Little Oaks Nursery and Kindergarten term time school day, our extended offer provides breakfast from 7:30am and then from 3:30pm onwards, structured play and a range of late activities as well as providing tea for those children staying until 6.00pm.

We offer flexible drop off and pick up times for those youngsters in our extended provision, in both Nursery and Kindergarten.

Outside of term time there is an exciting, structured programme of activities taking full advantage of the wider school grounds.

A dedicated member of the Little Oaks staff will be a keyworker to your child and build an open, trusting relationship with you and your little one. We offer regular parent meetings and a shared online learning diary using the Tapestry platform.  This all ensures that what is taught in Little Oaks can be supported and echoed at home. This level of continuity also ensures that each child is ready for their move into one of our Reception classes in the September following their fourth birthday.

“Within just a few weeks my son’s vocabulary had grown from a handful of words to over one hundred. It has been astounding and within a term we are now able to have full conversations with him at home.”

Parents of a son in Kindergarten.

Admissions

Join us at one of our Open Events or our Registrar can arrange a personalised showround of our school.
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