We welcome children aged 2 and rising 3 at Little Oaks One, where they will spend an exciting year of discovery fuelled by the rapid development of their memory skills. A toddler’s third year is an exciting time of imitating and remembering lots of new language, learning about the world, and also about their own emotions and feelings.
Between the ages of 2 and 3 their brain power increases at an astonishing rate, so their improved thinking, learning and memory skills give them all kinds of new ways to play, explore and express their opinions. At this stage toddlers’ brains are like sponges, absorbing the way people act towards each other; remembering places and faces they’ve seen before; learning how toys work and games are played; and recognising familiar noises, songs and rhymes – sometimes joining in with the words and actions. We support and extend children’s cognitive and emotional development through our warm, friendly and richly-resourced environment.
Following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum closely, with an individual learning plan for each child, we ensure rapid progress from children’s starting points and ensure a well-rounded, happy experience.
In October 2016, Ofsted graded us OUTSTANDING in all areas. They said:
‘Children thoroughly explore the outdoors every day and they gain excellent skills, such as climbing and running. They explore different roles, for example, as they use their imagination to cook pretend food or dress up as different characters. Children thrive in an environment where they make excellent progress from their starting points. They are highly motivated, confident and eager to learn. Children develop a vast array of key skills and high levels of well-being that support their future learning and readiness for school.’
‘Staff recognise the uniqueness of each child and help them to experiment and explore, using their interests to come to a better understanding. Children remain fascinated and engrossed. They gain an excellent sense of satisfaction as staff expertly encourage them to think about their learning and find different ways to make something work.’
Term Starts: 14/09/2017
Term Ends: 14/12/2017
Half Term: 23-27/10/2017
Term Starts: 08/01/2018
Term Ends: 29/03/2018
Half Term: 12-16/02/2018
Term Starts: 23/04/2018
Term Ends: 12/07/2018
Half Term: 28/05 - 01/06/2018
Admissions and Fees
Our fees are £7.00 per hour and invoices are issued at the start of the year. Parents may opt to pay monthly over 10 months, termly (September, January and April) or in one go in September. In preparing your annual invoice we take into account when your child is eligible for Early Education Funding, which is available to you from the term after your child’s third birthday. If you are not planning to claim the EEF at Little Oaks or if you intend to split it over two different nurseries / childcare providers please let us know when you fill in your enrolment paperwork.
Because of our excellent staff:child ratios and our well-qualified, experienced teachers, we ask parents to meet the difference between the government funding and our actual running costs. If, however, you wish to avail yourself of only the funded hours please alert us when nominating your preferred sessions. We accept payment by childcare vouchers and have accounts with all of the major providers.
For our full admissions policy please drop us a line for it to be sent to you by email.