Oak Trees (3 - 4 years)
Within Oak Trees we can take 16 children with two members of staff, with a staffing ratio of 1:8. We do sometimes move children through before their third birthday, this is only done if we feel they are able to cope and if the parents agree. If this is the case, we maintain a 1:4 ratio for the youngest children in the group.
The children have access to fine manipulative, messy play, sand, water and construction activities, along with cooking, art and craft activities. A resources area (the 'Steps Room') is used for small groups and more focused activities away from the main play area.
The Oak Trees free flow from inside to outside in a secure play area that offers a mixture of equipment to help develop the seven areas of The Early Years Foundation Stage.
If children in Oak Trees still require a sleep they can go into Little Oaks on a sleep mat. This allows them to have an undisturbed sleep away from the main play room.