Oakwood Integrated Pre-School is situated in the grounds of the school, in the Children's Centre and is considered an integral and important part of Oakwood IPS.
The pre-school rooms are bright, airy, stimulating and extensively furnished with an excellent range of play equipment and resources.
The building comprises of an entrance hall, office, two playrooms, two quiet rooms, staffroom, kitchen, toilets and storage. Outside features include an excellent playing frame and a wide variety of bikes and trikes. The outdoor area is in the process of being developed further.
The pre-school children also have use of all the facilities of the primary school. These can be accessed through a secure, wooded walkway between the Children's Centre and the primary playground and outdoor classroom.
There are thirty part-time places available at our pre-school (two classes of fifteen children) and it is staffed by one Play Leader and three Playworkers. Refer to 'Admissions' in 'Our School' tab for enrolment details.
Both classes run from 9am - 11.30am daily.
At Oakwood Integrated pre-school we provide a high quality, enriching experience where children have opportunities to gain independence, develop initiative, make decisions and solve problems through varied active learning experiences, in an inclusive, integrated environment.
The Children's Centre Manager ensures that adults in the pre-school encourage and suppport children during play to enhance their skills, encourage thinking and extend their learning.
At Oakwood, we greatly value the support and involvement of parents and actively foster strong relationships with them providing a positive pre-school experience for all our children.
To provide a quality educational experience for the children in the pre-school, we follow the Pre-School Curriculum as set by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland.
The curriculum for pre-school education is set out under six discrete headings:
The Arts; Language Development; Early Mathematical Experiences; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development and Movement; and The World Around Us.
At Oakwood, we feel children should experience it in a holistic way through play and other relevant experiences.
These six areas of development are continued and built upon in Primary One and Two providing a cohesive, fluent approach to learning between and across the pre-school and the primary.