Oaklea Montessori

- Ramsey



Our Ramsey setting has four large, beautiful and light indoor classrooms and large natural gardens just waiting to be explored!

About our Ramsey setting:

Our nursery opened in 2009 and is easily located for all families living or working in Harwich and its surrounding rural areas. Conveniently situated just off the A120 in Ramsey, on a direct bus route and one mile from Harwich town. Ramsey has it's own designated car park which includes two disabled parking spots. In August 2020, we have finally extended into the vacated part of the building which has enabled us to provide a new indoor and outdoor space dedicated to our 2 year old Squirrels and man the main entrance and reception area. We thank you for all your support and messages of congratulations!

It was rated “Good” in all areas by Ofsted, in February 2019. The nursery and staff team are committed to continuing their practice and working towards achieving Outstanding.

We are open from 8:00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks a year, providing childcare from birth to five years old. 

Although we are in a purpose-built setting adjacent to Two Village Primary School, Oaklea Ramsey is open to ALL children in the Harwich area, even if you intend to send your primary school aged child elsewhere.  ​If you do choose for your child to attend Two Village in the future, we are able to collect them for After School Club back at Oaklea. We also offer Holiday Club, providing childcare during half terms and summer holidays when the primary school is closed (fees apply)

There is a large and very highly qualified staff team. All team members are DBS checked, receive training in paediatric first aid and regularly attend training sessions to expand and develop their knowledge in childcare.

See our Testimonials here

"Communication and language skills are promoted at every opportunity. For example, children describe the smell of the flowers as 'vanilla' and compare the size of the stems, some of which are 'too small, or too big', for their flower arranging display."

Ofsted - February 2019

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Squirrels Room    2-3 years

Our 2 year-old Squirrels have recently moved into their own dedicated area focusing on capturing and extending their interests and independence. This bright and spacious indoor room leads straight to their garden which consists of a grassed, natural area as well as an area sheltered by the canopy, allowing the children to play outdoors in all weathers! There are many opportunties for large scale physical activities such as transferring, transporting, building and balancing. The classroom includes early Montessori activities which are perfect for introducing children to develop particular skills, encourage concentration and have that amazing 'can do' attitude!

Activities inside include:

  • Open ended junk modelling, craft resources and painting zone

  • A construction area with large and small wooden blocks

  • Loose part play

  • Developmental movement play

  • Music & instruments

  • A role play area with props to support imaginative and small world play

  • Quiet cosy area for sleeping (same, familiar beds as Little Sparrows) and sharing books

  • Free access to early Montessori materials and activities that support children's natural learning in all areas of the curriculum

  • Baking and cooking

The garden includes:

  • A planting area - donations welcome!

  • Play house

  • Activities to support children's physical development - large blocks, hoops, balls etc

  • Sheltered outdoor 'den'

  • Mud kitchen & accessible mud pit

  • Sand/water play

Children regularly go out into the community to visit the local library, shops, beach and surrounding areas by bus and on walks.


Little Sparrows Room    0-2 years

We aim to provide a calm, nurturing environment for children between the ages of 0 and 2 in Little Sparrows. Ramsey offers the 'Oaklea Borrowing Library' where children can choose books and family sharing bags (nursery rhymes and songs) to enjoy at home. 

Daily Activities
  • Montessori activities for infants & toddlers

  • Developmental movement play

  • Messy play (including sand, water & craft)

  • Treasure baskets (allowing babies to explore objects using their senses)

  • Discovery baskets (enabling toddlers to explore what to do with different objects)

  • Songs, rhymes and stories

  • Being outdoors in their own 'safe to explore' garden. This area includes a mud/water kitchen, sand pit, herb and sensory garden and climbing equipment

  • Use of our 6 seater turtle bus allowing Little Sparrows to venture out for safe 'walks' along the bridle path to spot nature and nearby horses

  • We follow the children's natural rhythms for activity and rest

  • Children snuggle into their prepared bed baskets - easily accessible and safe

What next....

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Contact Us

Oaklea Montessori CIC

Mayes Lane, Ramsey

Harwich, Essex

CO12 5EL

Tel: 01255 880135

email: admin@oakleamontessori.co.uk


Owls Rooms    3-5 years

Owls (our 3 to 5 year-olds) children have free flow access between two rooms and outdoors areas, promoting their freedom to move and freedom to choose! Again, Ramsey offers the 'Oaklea Borrowing Library' where children can choose books and family sharing bags (nursery rhymes and songs) to enjoy at home.

Movement Room

The movement room is equipped with:

  • Open ended junk modelling and craft resources

  • A construction area with large and small wooden blocks

  • Developmental movement play

  • Music

  • A role play area with props to support imaginative and small world play

  • Equipment for sand & water play


The classroom is set aside for quieter activities, including:

  • Free access to activities that support children's developing independence, care of themselves and encouraging fine motor control (such as threading or pouring)

  • Sensorial activities that prepare children for early maths and literacy

  • Exploration of the wider world and early science

  • Baking and cooking, following recipes and understanding the importance of healthy eating and hygiene routines

The Outdoors

Children are able to choose to be outdoors, which provides them with a rich learning experience. 

  • Each room has its own outdoor classroom, sheltered underneath the all weather canopy

  • There are playtime resources such as cars, trikes, hoops etc.

  • If your child loves to spend most of their time outside, they will adore Ramsey

The garden area includes:

  • A wildlife area

  • Sensory garden

  • Activities to support children's physical development

  • A vegetable patch

  • Mud kitchen

  • Science lab

  • Splash zone

Children regularly go out into the community to visit the local library, shops, beach and surrounding areas by bus and on walks.


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