We are delighted to announce that our Ofsted Report has been published. Please click the link below to view it.
Here are some quotes from our newly published Ofsted report:
"The learning environment is explemplary, giving children excellent opportunities to be curious, explore and to be independent learners."
"Staff have execeptional skills in teaching children how to manage risks. As a result children have a mature understanding of how to manage their personal safety."
"Children are confident communicators, sharing their ideas and thoughts, using a wide vocabulary and expressing themselves very well."
"Staff are skilled at facilitating child-initiated play, giving good support for children's independence."
Please click on the link below to visit the Ofsted website and to view the report online.
Looking Forward to the Summer Term 2019
Welcome to our Summer term 2019 at Little Oaks Forest School, after having such an exciting Spring and Autumn term, we are looking forward to the longer days and warmer weather at Little Oaks. This term we have our Sports Day, Messy Play Week and Summer Fair which are just a few of our Summer events.
Last term we have welcomed both parents and grandparents to help with our annual planting week and for Mothers Day our lovely mums were invited for afternoon tea. We have also welcomed new children and parents to Little Oaks, the children are now settled into their new routine of Forest School.
So far this year we have explored lots of muddy play activities for our Muddy Week that took place at nursery. At Forest School we have focused on the story The Three Little Pigs and the children at Forest School have been involved building lots of dens to accompany the Three Little Pigs theme.
Looking Forward to the Spring Term 2019
Welcome to our Spring term 2019 at Little Oaks Forest School, after having such an exciting Autumn term last year, we are looking forward to the first signs of Spring in the weeks ahead along with all the natural wonders Nonsuch park provides.
This term we have welcomed our new children and parents to Little Oaks in January and the children have now settled into their new routine of Forest School.
So far this month we have explored lots of muddy play activities for our Muddy Week that took place at nursery. At Forest School we have focused on the story The Three Little Pigs and the children at Forest School have been involved building lots of dens to accompany the Three Little Pigs theme.
In the Autumn Term, mid-October we held a Consultation Evening for parents, parents and carers had the opportunity to talk to their child’s key person, whilst enjoying ‘Cheese and Wine’ and the opportunity to meet other parents within the nursery environment.
For our Christmas festivities last term, the younger children of the nursery performed their Christmas songs while our pre-school children performed the Little Red Robin. Parents and grandparents came along to support the children whilst enjoying mince pies and mulled wine around the camp fire and over at Mansion House. In November we celebrated Children in Need, the children and staff team came to nursery in their PJ’s.
We learnt about Fire Safety at the start of November, we had a very special visit from Red Watch Firefighters at Sutton Fire Station. For Nursery Rhyme Week, we shared lots of rhymes and some parents shared their Nursery Rhymes too.
So far last year we have celebrated, Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday (pancake day) which we cooked pancakes on our Forest School fire. For World Book Day the children dressed up as their favourite book characters, some parents and carers joined us to share stories with the children. During our Science week, many parents came along to nursery to share some amazing science experiments with the children. We cooked welsh cakes for St David’s day and made tricolour flags for St Patricks day. During our Easter celebrations the children participated in Easter challenges where they found a special treat at the end.
In the Spring term we welcomed parents to join us for our Walk in the Woods Week, fortunately the very damp weather did not dampen our spirits but added to all the adventures rain creates in the park. Lots of puddles resulted in lots of muddy children and parents! For our annual planting week, we invited grandparents to join us, the children really enjoyed grandparents coming along to nursery. We all learnt lots of new planting tips from some very experienced green fingered grandparents, this was a fabulous success and the sun shone too.
The garden area is now looking very bright and colourful and we are now looking forward to seeing the fruits, vegetables and herbs grow.
For St Georges day celebrations during our Forest School session, the children got to use the Dragon Sneezers’. The children also made dragons, shields and painted a very large-scale St Georges flag. For our Maths week at the start of May, lots of fabulous mathematical activities took place which included, shape hunts, running races, making and writing numerals and lots of number games.
We celebrated the Royal wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan Markle, where we enjoyed a ‘Royal Tea Party’ for the children. The children were very busy in their involvement of our nursery preparations and created two wonderful Forest School themed Wedding Cakes for our celebrations, these were displayed at the main nursery entrance. During our ‘Healthy Eating Week’ at Little Oaks the children participated in lots of healthy eating activities including, potato men, fruit and vegetable hunts, sorting fruit and vegetables into their categories and fruit caterpillar printing along with tasting some delicious healthy snacks such as, homemade houmous, fruit kebabs and fabulous smoothies.
Our first ever Sports Day Event was a huge success, the children took part in lots of fun races along with the parent’s and grandparent races and the finale ‘tug of war’. The overall winners for Little Oaks Forest School Sports Day was Team Yellow – Sunflowers who received this year’s trophy cup. During this event for our chosen charity of the British Heart Foundation we raised over £600 along with the sponsorship which the staff who cycled from London to Brighton on 17th June.
For our Father’s Day celebrations, we invited Daddy’s into nursery for a pizza making morning, we had many dads who came along to make pizzas with their children. The sun shone, and the pizzas were enjoyed around the fire circle.
For our main highlight of the year, ‘Messy Play Week’ this week was even bigger and messier then previously, lots of exploration of textures, colours and waterplay was enjoyed by not only the children but all the Little Oaks Team. Please see the photo gallery of how much sensory play took place along with the fun, enjoyment and laughter we all experienced.
The leavers performance was amazing, the Rangers children sang their hearts out and learnt their lines beautifully. After the leaver’s performance and presentation, the Rangers children and families enjoyed homemade scones and cakes for Tea on the Lawn.
We would like to wish every child leaving Little Oaks Forest School all the very best with their new learning adventures. We always love to hear how your child is doing once they have moved on so please pop by whenever you are Nonsuch Park to say hello.
At Forest School we will visiting various locations of Nonsuch park for our Forest School activities, will be cooking lots of lovely recipes on the open fire. We will be introducing our older children to various tools such as bow saws, hand drills and peelers to make some wonderful creations.
Our Fundraising So Far,
During the Autumn term we were overwhelmed with the continued support of our Little Oaks Forest School parents, the huge amount of generous donations that we collected on behalf of the Epsom and Ewell Food Bank, Trussell Trust.
For McMillian, ‘The World's Biggest Coffee Morning’ in September 2018, we managed to raise a total of £210 for this incredible cause, thank you.
The Lullaby Trust Cake Sale which took place at the start of October 2018, with your generous donations Little Oaks Forest School managed to raise £112.61 for this wonderful charity of which is very close to all our hearts at Little Oaks. In November for Children in Need we raised over £200.
At our Little Oaks Forest School Sports Day Event in June 2018 raised over £200 for the British Heart Foundation.
For Children in Need November 2018 we raised over £200
Our PTA Quiz Night in March 2018 was a great success, many parents and family friends joined us at Cheam Parochial rooms for an evening of fun and laughter, we enjoyed a Fish and Chip supper. This event managed to raise over £500, which is already being used to provide the children with yellow puddle suits. We are in the process of purchasing a water play feature along with large scale weighing equipment, these will support the children’s mathematical exploration.