The Big Oaks House

For children aged 2 – 5 years old

This house cares for children in two main play rooms, one of which is located upstairs and the other is downstairs. Practitioners prepare children for school and build on children’s confidence, self-esteem and independence.

Children are given the opportunity to rest or sleep during quiet time which takes place after lunch. Children in the 2 – 5 year old house join together for lunch, quiet time, and at the beginning and end of each day.

Practitioners use the Statutory Framework and Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage to support children’s learning, growth and development and to provide high quality childcare and education to all children.

Children explore with open ended resources, such as boxes, tubes and other recyclable materials. Children are supported to share their thoughts, ideas and thinking through art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology. Materials and resources are offered to reflect the children’s individual interests.

Children experience a rich language environment that supports their communication and literacy. This is achieved through quality interaction, voice play and story making activities which also supports the letters and sounds framework. Practitioners use Makaton to support communication and language development.

We become involved with the local community by visiting the mobile library, the BSU library and refectory where children engage in learning opportunities such as cooking with the chef.

Mathematics is explored throughout the day during all activities. When out for walks or when engaging in adult led activities, children explore numbers, shape, space and measurement.