Little Oaks is a private, small village Nursery School run by the owner of The Little School on the Green in Walton on the Hill. Little Oaks has space for 40 children everyday between the ages of 18months to 5 years old. Little Oaks is a safe and secure environment with access to beautiful woodland areas, and wonderful historic gardens where exploration and adventure can take place. Set in Nursery Lodge, Nonsuch Park, Little Oaks takes a holistic approach to learning by introducing children to outdoor wild play.
This is called forest school and its philosophy is to equip young children with an education that encourages an appreciation of the natural world, through regular visits to local woodland areas where hands on learning experiences can take place. We are registered with Ofsted Early Years and comply with the Children Act 1989 and 2004 regulations.
We have a wonderful large enclosed natural garden full of wildlife and a separate covered courtyard and area play area for the use of bikes, balls and other outdoor equipment. We also have an outside courtyard area where the children participate in the forest school activity of our fire circle. Children wear waterproof clothing, so they have free flow access to both gardens in all weathers and for use when learning outdoors in the surrounding parklands and woodlands.
We have two large main rooms for children of all ages to explore and investigate the resources and activities on offer, our home from home environment. The children are placed in one of our three learning groups, Rangers are our pre-school children aged 3 to rising 5. Little Explorers and Little Seekers are our younger children aged 2 to rising 3. We believe children should be able to move freely and learn from each other as they would do at home so when possible when do mix age groups. We have a smaller ‘cosy room’ for story time, quite play and sleeping for younger children and a further separate room for messy play.
The Nursery School welcomes children from all cultural and religious backgrounds. There is no selection procedure; children are accepted in order of registration. We operate an ‘open door policy’, whereby parents and carers are welcomed into the school any time to see what their children are doing and to help with daily activities both in the setting and out in the woodland.
We are open Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm for 50 weeks of the year. we close for 1 week at Christmas and the last week of August.
We have a limited number of afternoon spaces for our afternoon sessions, our session times are from 1pm to 4:30pm. This would suit a child who no longer requires an afternoon sleep and is actively ready to explore at our Forest School!