Our 3 and 4-year-olds at Little Oaks Two benefit from child-centred learning, with experiences tailored to their individual needs and stages of development. We resist the ‘over-schoolification’ of Early Years, instead offering maths, STEM and phonics programmes designed specifically for the age group. Experiences are hands-on, practical and FUN!
Forest School is now well-established, and, recognising that physical development underpins all other areas of learning and development, there is an emphasis on outdoor experiences as well as making the most of indoor space for movement, exercise and gross and fine motor skills. Emotional resilience is supported by daily reflective time and by our social skills programme, PALS (Playing and Learning to Socialise).
By focussing on the Characteristics of Effective Learning identified by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, we send our children on to their further educational adventures at school very well-prepared for the challenges ahead.
Please come and see us in action to find out more!
Ofsted visited in May 2013 and gave us an OUTSTANDING grade across the board. This is what they say:
The excellent provision for helping children to learn and develop is highly focused on fulfilling the needs of each and every individual. The professional staff demonstrate high aspirations for children's learning. Children settle very quickly into the daily routine because the support and care is of high quality. The welcome that children, their parents and carers receive on a daily basis is warm and encouraging and excellent relationships are established. Staff use highly effective teaching techniques and they plan for and assess children's progress meticulously. They guide, support and encourage children to be active and independent learners. This means that children achieve exceptionally well.
The atmosphere buzzes with excitement as children make choices about what they want to play with. There are exciting activities and high quality resources, which together stimulate children's interest and inspire them to explore and investigate.
Partnerships with parents, carers and others are exemplary. Staff use very thorough communication systems to ensure that parents are fully aware of their children's welfare and learning. Parents and carers hold the nursery in extremely high regard. They comment that, along with their children, they receive a warm and encouraging welcome and excellent relationships are established. Parents are fully involved in their children's learning.
The leadership and management of the nursery are exceptional. Excellent arrangements are in place to monitor all aspects of this outstanding provision… There is strong teamwork from highly experienced staff, all of whom contribute well to the nursery's self-evaluation. Each child and parent also makes a very valuable contribution to the development of the nursery.
Term Starts: 17/09/2018
Term Ends: 13/12/2018
Half Term: 22-26/10/2018
Term Starts: 07/01/2019
Term Ends: 02/04/2019
Half Term: 18-22/02/2019
Term Starts: 29/04/2019
Term Ends: 18/07/2019
Half Term: 27/05 - 31/05/2019
Admissions and Fees
Our fees are £8.00 per hour and invoices are issued at the start of the year. Parents have three payment options: monthly over 10 months, termly (September, January and April) or the whole amount in September.
Unfortunately, government funding does not cover our costs; we operate with a child/staff ratio of a maximum of 4 children to 1 member of staff, compared to the government limits of 8 or even 13 to 1. However, conscious of rising living costs to families, and believing that parents are entitled to financial assistance from the government we are registered as a funded provider, whilst asking parents to make a contribution to bridge the gap between the government funding and our actual running costs. This will allow us to continue to offer an outstanding nursery environment with low ratios of staff to children whilst enabling parents to significantly reduce their childcare costs.
However, if 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.
· Children become eligible to claim funding from the start of the term following their third birthday
· A child born between 1 January and 31 March is entitled to claim from the start of the summer term
· A child born between 1 April and 31 August is entitled to claim from the start of the autumn term
· A child born between 1 September and 31 December is entitled to claim from the start of the spring term
· Full fees apply to any hours over 15 per week
When your child is eligible we will give you a parental agreement form to complete. You will need to fill out the form and return it to us, so that we can then make a claim for funding from the Early Years Team.
Fees are reviewed on an annual basis.
For our full admissions policy please drop us a line for it to be sent to you by email.