Pre-School

Oakwood Pre-School
Oakwood pupils in the grounds of Oakwood

Pre-School (Little Oaks)

Little Oaks Pre-School welcomes children into the Nursery from two and a half. 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 Victoria de la Grange, who has an absolute passion for working with children. Our Kindergarten classes are led by Kim Helyer and Natalie Scott. Little Oaks operates a 'Key Person' system which 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.

We ask that children joining Little Oaks are potty trained and dry, although we are able to cope with the odd accident.

The children at Little Oaks take part in lots of activities, including dance, P.E., music lessons and swimming, all taught by specialist teachers. Cookery is also popular with delicious treats being whipped up every other week! 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 pupils make full use of the school facilities such as the gymnasium, theatre and wonderful playing fields. Our pre-school children grow all sorts of fruit, vegetables and flowers and regularly take their produce to Chef Eric, who makes it into lunch!

Children in Little Oaks use the fabulous Woodland Walk on a regular basis, so that they can explore the environment around them. They also love helping to look after the school chickens, doves, guinea pigs and tortoise, and enjoy visiting the magical woodland treehouse. We love putting on our coats and hats to get some fresh air, whatever the weather!

Early Years Foundation Stage Local Offer