2 Hungerford Road
Tel: 01484 431384
Manager: Samantha Richmond
Ofsted 'Outstanding' Oakwood House Nursery and Forest School is surrounded by wooded gardens providing plenty of scope for the highest quality outdoor play and learning
The wonderful outdoor space at Oakwood House provides the ideal opportunity for Forest School activities. The woodland and extensive gardens provide all the natural resources children will need and exciting opportunities to achieve and develop confidence.
Activities take place in all weathers and we have qualified Forest School practitioners who support the nursery team. Protected trees provide the canopy and a mixture of bushes give plenty of lower level cover ideal for hide & seek. Wood piles and wild flowers attract insects and small mammals and the children are encouraged to investigate & explore and respect all living things. The nursery team support children’s learning-responding to a child’s sense of awe and wonder of the natural world
You will find areas for children to build dens and construct using logs and other found objects; a digging area and a muddy pool; open glades and climbing areas; sheltered places to listen to stories and share their own tales; hills to climb and a perfect slope for tobogganing.
Forest school activities:
• provide the flexibility and freedom for child-initiated, experimental learning which increases motivation and concentration.
• encourage the acquisition of physical skills; co-ordination; manipulation and strength while developing an understanding of risk and building self-confidence.
• increase health and well-being
• develop strong social skills & improve communication and co-operation with the ability to work in groups
• develop a sense of trust and achievement, self-esteem and confidence
• encourage problem solving and creative skills
Inside the nursery are light, spacious rooms with resources made from natural materials to reflect the outdoor environment. Children are encouraged to explore and experiment and supported to develop at their own pace. Parents are recognised as the most important adults in a child’s development and we will encourage you to be actively involved in your child’s learning and to share special moments from home.
Leadership is inspirational. The manager motivates and develops an experienced and well-qualified staff group who work very enthusiastically as a team. This means children are provided with the very best learning experiences. Ofsted Outstanding 2013
We also want to say a big thank you for the wonderful four years we've had at Oakwood house. All three children have grown and flourished in your care, and we couldn't have asked for a better start. Everything, from the home-cooked meals, to the amazing outdoor activities, has made it a memorable and happy time. Please pass on our thanks to every one of your caring and dedicated staff. We will definitely miss coming.
I would like to take this opportunity to say how supportive and helpful all the key-workers were in the baby room during Ava's first week.
An amazing place for children! Both our children have been at Oakwood House from 6 months onwards. The eldest graduating in September 2015 with a full Forest School diploma in early years life skills -preparing him excellently for his first year at school and also giving him social and physical skills to take into everyday life. Our youngest is currently in Pre-School 1, like his brother loves attending to explore both outdoor and indoor.
The outdoor space is one that you could have only have dreamed of as a child, exploring in all weathers, learning how plants grow etc and most importantly "where bears live in their den". The staff have been a credit to their profession and have contributed so much to the development of our children with the right balance of free play and structured learning and love. Knowing your child is learning whilst being active, having fun and eating the healthiest meals is a real comfort.
When we have cheers that it is Tuesday and it's nursery, says it all.
Children experience a rich and vibrant range of activities within the outdoor environment. This enables their learning across all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage extremely effectively. Ofsted Outstanding 2013
My little girls last day at nursery, and the last 2 and a half years at Oakwood House Nursery & Forest School have been amazing. Georgie began there as a wobbly walker, but leaves as an accomplished grown up little girl, not only confidently climbing and building in the forest, but also skilfully drawing and writing. She has made so many friends at her nursery over her time there, and so have I. I feel very blessed.
Parents are very well-informed about life within the nursery and robust mechanisms are in place for parents to share information about children's achievements at home. This two-way flow of information enables parents to be comprehensively involved in their children's learning. Ofsted Outstanding 2013
We feel very involved and are made to feel comfortable in the nursery.
Children develop exceptionally high levels of confidence and independence because they are exceedingly well-supported by staff. Ofsted Outstanding 2013
Nathan comes home full of paint and mud and sand which is exactly what we wanted!
The nursery's strong relationships with other providers of early years education and with local schools ensures that children's learning is effectively complemented and enables smooth transitions to other settings and schools. Ofsted Outstanding 2013
The daily diary is an excellent way of communicating and all the girls respond to questions or requests written in from home – thank you!