Where It All Started
In 1994 two Mothers , both qualified and experienced Nursery Nurses decided to use their first hand experiences to establish a childcare setting which would not only offer quality care, but give emphasis to each unique child’s needs, to ensure every child is supported in achieving their individual potential through the Early Years journey of Discovery. Little Oaks Early Years ltd has grown to become an established small group of five settings offering high quality childcare. To ensure the quality is consistent both owners have gone on to complete their BA HONS in Early Years and are freelance Ofsted inspectors.
Our philosophy is based on the visionary belief of philosopher Friedrich Froebal, that 'children are like a garden of flowers and need to be nurtured so they can grow'. Education in the early years means much more than simply teaching colours, shapes, letters and numbers. It is about facilitating the development of confident and curious children who have a positive attitude towards leaning and are not afraid to learn from their mistakes.
The philosophy of Little Oaks is therefore to provide children a loving warm environment which gives them both security and structure so that their learning experience is fulfilling and joyous.
Mission StatementsAt Little Oaks our aim is to provide a stimulating environment that extends beyond the classroom. We believe in promoting a nurturing environment that will support children in their individual journey of discovery.
What makes Little Oaks Little Oaks Special?
- Fantastic, large and spacious out door play area designed to offer unique learning opportunities and exciting and challenging experiences.
- Age appropriate rooms with the flexibility to accommodate each individual child's needs.
- Full and Part time sessions available, some settings opening extended hours 7am to 6pm. Offering subsidised fees for employees of the east kent trust.
- Genuine caring relationships between practitioners and children. Strong key person system in place with each child forming close and comforting relationships.
- Healthy home cooked meals, cooked on site using seasonal and local produce, across a weekly rolling menu which is adjusted according to the season.
Beach School and Woodland Sessions
Most settings offer an opportunity for children to access beach or woodland sessions, depending on the location. Providing realistic challenges for children and allowing them to work through tasks themselves supports their development; actively engaging them to understand themselves and each other, promoting communication, problem solving and social skills
The Key Person Approach
Research has shown that a Key Person approach is the most effective way of ensuring that children develop a strong relationship with a significant adult in the nursery. The Key Person approach gives every child the reassurance to feel secure and cared for, helping them to become familiar with the nursery environment and to feel confident and safe within it. We recognise every child's individuality, efforts and achievements and believe that relationships between adults and children are crucial for the child's happiness and security. The Key Person meets the needs of each child in their care and responds sensitively to their feelings, ideas and behaviour.
The Key Person will offer security, reassurance and continuity, and they will usually be the one to feed, change and soothe your child.
- They are in the best position to understand your child's individual needs and to share information with you about your child's experiences in nursery.
- The Key Person will help each of their children to develop relationships with other members of staff and children.
- They will observe them in their play so that they can plan future opportunities and experiences that best meet their needs and interests.
- Our settings operate a care group system so children are cared for in small family groups which further promotes a sense of belonging and strong relationships.