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Indoor & Outdoor Play

Oakley Pre-school believes in learning through play. We promote child-led learning and adults in the setting support children when they first show curiosity, by ceasing the moment and supporting their next steps immediately.  Planning in the Moment with Young Children maintains a strong link to practice providing rich adult-child interactions in everyday practice.


The children are happy, engaged and truly involved.  They gain independence, resilience and show an excitement for learning safe in the knowledge that the adults will follow their lead.

Each day throughout the play session we operate 'free flow play' between the inside and outside environment.  Children become most deeply engaged when they have autonomy as they are pursuing their own interests in an environment that allows them to be creative, take risks and challenge themselves in their endeavours.

Indoor Play

At Pre-school we are very proud to operate a system of 'free play' which means the children can choose their own activities.


We have a focused activity table and puzzle table, a dedicated painting area, mark making, play-doh, water play, sand play, home corner and woodwork area plus other apparatus.


Science area is ready to be explored!

Designated Maths area. Fingers and toes at the ready!

Outdoor Play

The outside provision reflects that of inside so whatever the children choose to play, they will be progressing towards their personal targets and all aspects of the Foundation Stage curriculum will be covered.

The children have the opportunity for fresh air and physical activities outside every day whatever the weather.

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Hang on to your hats me hearties! The pirate ship is a popular addition in the digging area.

There are a plethora of outdoor ride-ons for all different ages and stages of development.

Collecting fresh eggs from our chickens, Dora, Elsa and Jessie is a wonderful opportunity for our children.

Pirate ship garden
Pre-school vegetable patch
Sandpit play garden

The children have the opportunity to practice their maths outside.

Let's count the vehicles! 

The outdoor literacy area.

The outside mud kitchen is a huge hit with the children.