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Houses and play areas

The nursery is comprised of two houses and three outdoor play areas.

Little Acorns provides care for children aged between 6 months – 2 years, although children can continue to attend this house until they are 30 months.

Big Oaks provides care for children aged between 2 – 5 years, although children can attend after they turn 18 months.

There are also several outdoor areas which provide opportunities for play, gardening and Forest School experiences.

Little Acorns house

For children aged 6 months to 2 years old.

This house has one main playroom, with separate play areas for mobile and non-mobile children. The two separate play areas give children the opportunity to learn, explore, discover and develop their skills at their own pace. This room has a relaxed happy atmosphere where children feel confident and happy to leave their parents.

The house has a quite area where children can sleep and relax away from other children who are engaged in other activities.

Children are offered a wide range of resources that are organised into different areas of interest and children can access these throughout the day. Areas of interest include:

  • building and balancing resources which includes mega blocks, bricks and open ended resources, such as boxes, tubes and other recyclable materials
  • exploration of malleable materials such as jelly, gloop, water, sand, play dough and other sensory materials
  • painting, sticking with glue and using resources such as instruments and small world which enables children to express themselves through creative play.

Practitioners are trained to use different methods of communication, such as Makaton, to support children’s communication and language. Story sacks and voice play is used to support children’s communication, language and literacy as well as counting and shape recognition.

Big Oaks house

For children aged 2 – 5 years old.

This house cares for children in two main play rooms, one of which is located upstairs and the other is downstairs. Practitioners prepare children for school and build on children’s confidence, self-esteem and independence.

Children are given the opportunity to rest or sleep during quiet time which takes place after lunch. Children in the 2 – 5 year old house join together for lunch, quiet time, and at the beginning and end of each day.

Practitioners use the Statutory Framework and Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage to support children’s learning, growth and development and to provide high quality childcare and education to all children.

Children explore with open ended resources, such as boxes, tubes and other recyclable materials. Children are supported to share their thoughts, ideas and thinking through art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology. Materials and resources are offered to reflect the children’s individual interests.

Children experience a rich language environment that supports their communication and literacy. This is achieved through quality interaction, voice play and story making activities which also supports the letters and sounds framework. Practitioners use Makaton to support communication and language development.

We become involved with the local community by visiting the mobile library, the BSU library and refectory where children engage in learning opportunities such as cooking with the chef.

Mathematics is explored throughout the day during all activities. When out for walks or when engaging in adult led activities, children explore numbers, shape, space and measurement.

Outdoor areas

The nursery’s garden has three main play areas, a protective surface area and a large grass area that is well equipped with slides, tunnels, climbing and balancing apparatus. There is a separate tarmac area that is used for bikes, cars, scooters and push-along toys. The nursery has a variety of outdoor equipment available to children.

The nursery also maintains a vegetable patch where children have the opportunity to grow their own vegetables. The garden is a secure and well-maintained environment.

The nursery also provides Forest School experiences, and children take regular walks around the campus where they learn about road safety and the natural environment.

Explore the nursery

Take a tour around the nursery, meet the team, and see the excellent setting children attending the Oak Tree can explore.

Nursery Manager, Kerry Edwards, talks you through some of the activities, the two ‘houses’ we have on site to support the different age groups attending Oak Tree, and explains just some of what your child can do on a typical day, ready to bring home lots of fun stories to tell you about.

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