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.
The highly motivated teaching team at Oaktree nurtures the children through role modeling 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 Early Years Foundation stage - the Government framework for education and care for children aged 0 to 5 - emphasizes 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 on to support and development in other areas:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design
Extra Curriculum Activities
Our extracurricular 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:
- 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 consolidate what was being learned at nursery.
This helps children to understand that learning occurs beyond the nursery setting and encourages visual and physical approaches.
Oaktree Nursery prepares children for entrance into reception at a wide range of state and independent schools, including:
Alderbrook Primary School
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
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 2020. New parents will have the policies made available to them. Please contact us for more details or arrange a visit to discuss.