"Wisdom begins with wonder" – Socrates
The Aims of Little Oaks Nursery
We aim to help pre-school children become confident and communicative and to learn useful skills which will prepare them for Primary School. We aim to achieve this by providing a well planned, and stimulating routine throughout the session based on children’s interests and learning needs. The activities are child focused based on learning through play, incorporating the Early Years Foundation Stage of Education which includes the seven areas of learning and development.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World
- Physical Development
- Expressive arts and design
We aim to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to learn through high quality play to the best of their ability. We allow the children to explore, investigate and enjoy learning. We do this through a variety of ways:
- Water, sand, and other malleable materials
- Construction, block and small world play
- Large and fine motor skills
- Literacy and numeracy
- Role play and imaginative opportunities
- Mark making – through a variety of media, paint, water, sand, play dough, pencils,
- Experience outdoors with free flow play
- Science and nature
- Dancing, music, instruments and sensory experiences
- Daily cooking/baking
- Gardening & animal care
- Outdoor wild play
Equally, throughout the year children enjoy being creative and begin to work with letter sound bags and story bags. Self care skills are enhanced with an open snack bar where fresh produce is provided for both morning and afternoon snacks. We have a children’s kitchen with a fridge and built in oven, for regular cooking/baking activities. This is a safe space for our children to directly learn what it means to be healthy and eat healthy by experiencing the preparation, process and result in what they have set out to do.
Through play our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They practice and build up ideas, and learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems. They express fears or re- live anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.