Oatlands Pre-school were finalists at the The Mumbler Awards 2016  held in November 2016mumbler-finalist

We wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the lovely comments that were said about our staff, our setting, our teaching, our trips, our standards and our provision during the nomination process :

“A really amazing setting for my son. The pre-school has come on in leaps and bounds in the past 2 years – a new sensory room and new kitchen have both been welcome additions to the pre-school this year”

“Staff are so friendly and the pre-school operates a real home-from-home atmosphere!”

“Lovely setting with a free flow garden. Lots of activities including gardening and the sensory room, farm visits and seaside fun! “

“In a relaxed and loving atmosphere they have cared for and allowed my child to flourish way beyond my expectations.”

“The new sensory room is a massive hit with all the children and parents. It’s truly fantastic! Both of my girls are there and love it so much they don’t want to leave”

“The greatest asset at Oatlands Pre-school is their fantastic practitioners.  The childcare professionals there are motivated, caring and passionate; they are qualified, experienced and skilled; they care deeply about providing an inspirational learning environment and focus on guiding each individual child towards ‘school readiness’.  As our children move on from Pre-school they do so as confident, resilient, courageous adventurers brimming with excitement venturing out to take the next step on their onward learning journey”

“Highly trained and dedicated staff who are very passionate about their pre-school. They have a fantastic outdoor “secret garden” with sand pit, mud kitchen and a vegetable patch. “

“Such a welcoming, fun and friendly environment!”


Absolutely love this place and the wonderful teachers!”

Kerinea Marcotte

“It’s very simple to illustrate how much our son loved Oatlands Pre-School. On his first day he was holding onto my leg not wanting to go in, when we came to pick him up, he was holding onto the door not wanting to leave.  Oatlands fully prepared him for big school, where he is flourishing.”

Scott Mackintosh

“My girls have both loved their time here, great from top to bottom”

Rebecca Waters

“All three of my girls attended this outstanding setting and loved every minute. It provided them with the very best start to loving education, they all moved on to school, confidently and happily and have very fond memories of their time there. The staff are caring, motivated and dedicated and I would highly recommend it.”

Victoria Smith-Dunn

“Oatlands Pre-School is an all-round fantastic Pre-School.  It provides a fun and safe environment for our children to enjoy their first experience of school whist enjoying those important skills needed for Big School.  The staff are excellent, so friendly, caring and really treat the children like they are their own.  I really love the “open door policy” which allows me to help out in session and see what my girls are getting up to! There are lots of fun social events organised too which is brilliant for us adults and family.”

Geri Payne

My son has been with Oatlands Pre-school for a year and a half now and has really enjoyed his time there. He loves being outside and is able to do this whenever he wants as there is constant access to the garden every single day. The staff are professional, friendly, approachable and support my son’s interests. They provide a written update of what he has been doing each session and a weekly Pre-school update email which I find really helpful. The pre-school is full of activities and colour, the kids can play in the sand pit, mud garden, water table or get crafty painting whenever they choose. My son particularly likes the super hero toys. One of the highlights this year was to watch the little chick family, incubated at Pre-school, hatch this Easter and the opportunity to have a visit to the farm in order to return them. He has made some really great friends through Pre-school and attending Little Oats Playgroup, who he will be moving to big school with. He has also been able to participate in transition activities such as lunch with the local infant school and fun/sports visits. This has definitely made him much more confident for the next big steps to come! Thanks OPS.”

Holly Jones 

Oatlands Pre-school has helped to developed my daughters personality way beyond my expectations. Ellie is encouraged, supported and has a ridiculous amount of fun. It was the first Pre-school I viewed and the last, I walked in and immediately felt it was a safe and comfortable environment for my child. I give it 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone.” 

Sarah Wilkinson

“Oatlands Pre-school has been a wonderful experience for my little boy Jack. He started going when he was two and now he is leaving for ” big school” full of good memories, confidence and plenty of friends. When he started he wasn’t talking much, but soon after being with other children and playing together,he has developed his communication, he has learnt to share with others and he has enjoyed himself learning new skills.I also like that now the older children are being prepared for school (learning to get change their clothes, writing, numbers,etc.) I definitely will recommend this Pre-school to other parents.”

María Zenaida Perera Belloch