• Oaktree Nursery School is situated in the heart of Balham, Wandsworth. We offer a safe, happy atmosphere in which children aged 2 - 5 years of age can explore and discover learning is fun.

  • Our Aim
    Our aim is for all children to leave Oaktree with:
    - A positive disposition for learning
    - A strong emotional and intellectual foundation, confident to embark on their next stage of schooling

    We achieve this by using a combination of both Traditional and Montessori methods, giving children the chance to experience both structured and free play, thereby developing at their own pace.

    Teaching Ethos
    The highly motivated teaching team at Oaktree nurture the children through role modelling and extending the children's learning through carefully planned activities following their interests and developmental stage. This enables children to reach their full potential emotionally and intellectually.

    We make sure all areas of learning are interlinked as extensive research highlights that young children learn in a variety of ways, by making sense of their life experiences. At Oaktree we build on these experiences by providing innovative play opportunities and activities in the indoor and outdoor learning environment. This helps children to work individually and collaboratively to problem solve and make connections between experiences - ultimately promoting critical thinking.

    We recognise and value the important role that parents have in their child's development and embrace their involvement with the school. Parents are actively encouraged to share their child's experiences outside of school so that we can further develop their interests.

    The Curriculum
    The Early Years Foundation stage - the Government framework for education and care for children aged 0 to 5 -  emphasises that children develop at different rates. At Oaktree, we create personalised learning opportunities following a child's interests. We believe this is paramount to successful learning.

    We initially focus on Personal, Social and Emotional development which:
    - Builds the individual's confidence
    - Helps them to voice their feelings and views
    - Forges positive relationships
    - Helps children become sociable beings

    This leads onto support and development in other areas:
    - Communication and language
    - Physical development
    - Literacy
    - Mathematics
    - Understanding the world; and
    - Expressive arts and design

    Extra Curriculum Activities
    Our extra curricular activities have expanded recently and are particularly memorable parts of a child's experience. There is no extra charge, all activities are included in the termly fee. Specialist staff have been appointed to teach these weekly activities which include:
    - Sport
    - Drama
    - Spanish language
    - Music and Movement
    - Yoga and Mindfulness

    Learning in the community
    We are situated in heart of the Balham community, which means there is lots of scope for trips out and about. Groups of children visit Balham library each week with their teachers. The outings not only foster their interest in books, but familiarise them with walking safely in the outside urban area.
    Community outings also take place and are tied to the topic work children will be doing. For example our recent trips to museums and fire stations consolidates what was being learnt at nursery. This helps children to understand that learning occurs beyond the nursery setting and encourages visual and physical approaches.

    Future Schools
    Oaktree Nursery prepares children for entrance into reception at a wide range of state and independent schools, including:
    Alderbrook Primary School
    Broomwood Hall
    Eaton House the Manor
    Finton House School
    Henry Cavendish Primary School
    Holy Ghost Primary School
    Hornsby House School
    Ravenstone Primary School
    Rutherford House Primary School
    Streatham and Clapham Prep School
    Thomas's London Day Schools
    The White House Preparatory School
     
    Policies
    The Oaktree Policy Statement and Procedures are influenced and underpinned by the following Acts, Legislation and Government Recommendations, Policies and Mandatory Frameworks:
    • Children's Act 1989
    • Children's Act 2004
    • Prevent duty guidance 2015 EYFS
    • Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015
    • Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board
    • London Child Protection Proceedures (5th Edition 2015)
    • SEND code of practice 2015
    • Equality Act 2010
    • EYFS Statutory Framework 2015
    • Working Together To Safeguard Children 2015
    • Keeping children safe in education Statutory guidance for schools and colleges 2015
    These have been reviewed and updated in September 2016.  New parents will have the policies made available to them. Please contact us for more details or arrange a visit to discuss.
  • Renovation Under New Ownership
    Since the nursery in Balham came under new ownership in Autumn 2014, Headmistress Jill Pearce and class teacher Katka Goodbody have invested in a raft of improvements, including:
    * extended hours
    * more sport, music and modern languages
    * new ways of working closely with parents
     
    The nursery has had refurbishments which include:
    * Modernised the upstairs classroom, creating a better learning environment with one airy and bright space with a tranquil atmosphere.
    * Installed new toilet facilities so children can manage their personal hygiene independently.
    * Revamped the downstairs classroom with a newly sanded and varnished floor and a range of the latest resources to support children”s learning.
    * Created an inspiring and stimulating outside learning environment.
     

    Mrs Pearce said: "We have had a successful couple of years and the continued investment demonstrates Oaktree's commitment to giving local children the best start in education."