Activities are carefully planned to guide a child towards achievement of Ofsted’s Early Learning Goals in
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
- Creative Development
Play is a child’s work, through which he/she learns. Our children enjoy a combination of planned and structured activities with their Key Person and Free Play sessions which develop their independence and ability to make choices. Well-trained adults are always present in Free-Play sessions to observe and unobtrusively help to extend and develop the children’s skills.
Activities include cooking, modelling, painting, scissor work, drawing, sewing cards, sand and water play, messy play, domestic play, climbing and balancing, running, jumping and gardening. We are well-equipped with computers and the skills of the children outshine those of some of the staff!
Children love music and music plays an important part in a child’s development and Nursery life. We are very fortunate to have two qualified teachers on our staff, one of whom is a competent musician.
Through their “Learning through Landscapes” programme Ofsted is keen for indoor play to extend easily and freely into outdoor play. We agree enthusiastically because outdoor play is essential for good health and physical development. Our big garden is well-equipped with climbing frames, slides and playhouses. We have installed artificial turf and a large canopy so that the children can enjoy outdoor activities all year round.
Nature provides a constantly-changing scene and children enjoy planting seeds, caring for them, watching them grow and harvesting the results of their efforts together with apples from the tree. Oaklands’ outdoor facilities are enviable and we take full advantage of them.
The children enjoy the activities provided on a weekly visit from Sporty Tots.[dcs_top]
Sports Day is a very happy social occasion, well-supported by parents, grandparents and friends. We are always surprised by the competitive spirit—and speed— of parents once we have “persuaded” them to take part in parents’ races.
Christmas Presentation (so called because we could not think of any more appropriate description)! This takes place on a Saturday morning in early December and the staff suffer some apprehension as the only thing we can be certain of is that we have no idea what will happen when the children go “”on stage” in front of their families!
Parents’ Consultation Evenings for the older children.
Open Day for parents to be able to spend time in the Nursery, talking to staff, observing the children and the activities in which they are engaged.