Pre-School (Little Oaks)
Little Oaks Pre-School welcomes children into the Nursery from two and a half. We ask that children joining our Nursery are potty trained and dry, although we are able to cope with the occassional accident. In the September before a child’s fourth birthday, he or she moves to our Kindergarten where we can further engage, challenge and enthuse our pupils as they grow. The Nursery is accommodated in its own cosy building, close to the Pre-Prep part of the school and the Kindergarten classrooms are situated in a converted stables block around a busy and vibrant courtyard. Great care is taken to welcome and settle each child and there is a wonderful family atmosphere as well as a great sense of fun.
Little Oaks staff are all qualified and experienced and the Nursery team is led by Emma Tarry, who has a wealth of experience in Early Years Education as a qualified teacher. We maintain a ratio of 1:4 enabling us to really know our children and their individual needs and interests as well as allowing us to devote significant amounts of time to each child at this important first chapter of their life at Oakwood. Our Kindergarten classes are led by Kim Helyer and Connor Todd both Early Years specialists with outstanding pastoral skills, creativity, patience and a sense of fun! Little Oaks operates a 'Key Person' system providing one particular member of staff who takes responsibility for your child. This helps both the child and the parent with continuity and a sense of belonging. It also helps both staff members and parents to build good rapport with each other.
The children at Little Oaks take part in lots of activities, including dance, P.E., music lessons, cookery, French lessons, outdoor learning and swimming, taught by specialist teachers. As our Little Oaks pupils are a part of our larger school community we are able to use our experienced teaching staff to support the Little Oaks Team. In addition, our youngest children benefit from developing strong bonds with some of our older pupils. A large emphasis is placed on building a solid foundation of social skills and a love of learning, which enables the children to settle confidently to school life.
There is a secure garden with outdoor play facilities, as well as a covered play area ensuring that children can venture outside in most weathers. Little Oaks children make full use of the school facilities such as the gymnasium, theatre and wonderful playing fields.
Children in Little Oaks use the fabulous Woodland Walk on a regular basis enjoying our outdoor classroom, storytelling circle and magical woodland treehouse. They also love helping to look after Apple and Acorn, the much loved Oakwood rabbits as well as Alvin the tortoise. We love putting on our coats and hats to get some fresh air, whatever the weather!Early Years Foundation Stage Local Offer