Our planning continues to be child-centred, with all learning experiences taken directly from the interests and ideas of the children either through group discussions and discoveries or observations of the children throughout the day. Learning experiences are then planned to enable and encourage children to further explore a concept or idea.
We use many different methods to support children in their learning, and in particular our Persona Dolls and PALS (Playing And Learning to Socialise) programme help to boost social skills, group problem-solving and empathetic behaviour.
All seven curriculum areas are identified and offered both indoors and out, and by focussing on the Characteristics of Effective Learning we send our children on the further adventures at school well-prepared for the challenges ahead.
Forest School has been enthusiastically adopted by children, parents and teachers, and these exciting woodland visits complement our outdoor-friendly curriculum. We promote strong links with all local schools and provide a robust transition programme as that move to school draws ever closer.
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: 14/09/2017
Term Ends: 15/12/2017
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: 13/07/2018
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. 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.
All children at Little Oaks Two are eligible for Early Education Funding for up to 15 hours per week as they are aged 3 years and over, but we ask parents to meet the difference between the government funding and our actual running costs, so that we can continue to offer an outstanding nursery environment with low ratios of staff to children. 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.
For our full admissions policy please drop us a line for it to be sent to you by email.