2 Hungerford Road
Tel: 01484 431384
Manager: Samantha Richmond
Oakwood House is a newly opened nursery and Forest School of the highest quality. The beautiful building is surrounded by wooded gardens providing plenty of scope for 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.
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.
We are really impressed with the warm atmosphere and how well James has settled in.
We feel very involved and are made to feel comfortable in the nursery.
Nathan comes home full of paint and mud and sand which is exactly what we wanted!
The daily diary is an excellent way of communicating and all the girls respond to questions or requests written in from home – thank you!
Thank you for the lovely newsletter. It’s great to hear what’s going on - I consider myself very lucky that my little man has such a great nursery.