Oaklands School’s Early Years Foundation Stage includes Lower Kindergarten, Upper Kindergarten and Reception. Children can begin school from 2½ years and are able to attend on a part-time or full-time basis during the Kindergarten Years. School is full-time from the start of Reception.
The Early Years Department nurtures the children’s desire to learn, experiment, play and gain independence. Our curriculum is designed to develop each child’s emotional, social, physical and creative skills. We encourage children to learn freely in a structured and stimulating environment. They are taught to listen to others and express their own ideas, and we place high emphasis on kindness, helpfulness, sharing, courtesy and respect for others.
Oaklands last Early Years inspection was in October 2013 and the report confirms that our contribution to the children’s well-being is ‘outstanding’. They have excellent relationships with staff and show excellent progress throughout their time with us.
Children are happy at Oaklands and enjoy their activities. They develop independence and understand the importance of physical exercise, healthy food and personal hygiene. The outside facilities are outstanding with dedicated areas for play that include all-weather surfaces, playgrounds and an adventure playground.
The area is led by Mrs Potts, Head of Early Years, who ensures that staff consistently demonstrate high expectations of children both in terms of behaviour and learning.