Over the last 20 years we have witnessed a tsunami of changes in children, this has lead us into creating our our R&D.

Our main concerns focus around the three ‘A’s, Autism, Anxiety and Allergies, we look back at the early years of Oaktree we had one child on the Autistic spectrum, our own daughter was the only child with allergies and there were no children with anxiety problems. Now we see a totally different picture, in every room we would have a child impacted by one of the three ‘A’s.

Shane joined an international study group to Reggio Emilia in Italy back in April 2018, this gave some great insights into different methodology but it still didn’t address our concerns.

It was when we used a multi-disciplinary approach that we made some major breakthroughs, we are very excited about bringing these findings into the mainstream. Over the next 12 months we will start introducing our new strategies and we hope to expand our findings out worldwide.

We are delighted that Shane has been invited to Macau in April 2019 to present some of the findings at the world Forum on Early Care and Education.

Presentation on Autism, Anxiety and Allergies at the World Forum in Early Years, Macao 2019

Study Trip to Reggio Emilia 2018 Part 0ne

Study Trip to Reggio Emilia 2018 Part two

Study Trip to Reggio Emilia 2018 Part three


Why Oaktree are the next generation of child care

Over the last 20 years, as owner managers we have been able to adapt and design a totally new concept of childcare.

Our concept has been recognised both nationally and locally with numerous awards but one quote from our inspectors says it all, “It was refreshing to see a facility in operation which thinks outside the box with children clearly at the centre of its operation.”

Our Results Speak for themsleves!

Every new visitor we have, whether it’s a child, parent or inspector, they have the same reaction. When we see that big smile we know we are going in the right direction. Our success can be attributed to the fact we are never satisfied and we constantly aim to improve our care. Team Oaktree always give 100% effort to ensure all our children and parents are 100% happy!

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“It was refreshing to see a facility that thinks outside the box with children clearly at the centre of its operation” – our local inspection authority

What Our Parents Say

Your Children

Oaktree understand every child is different, every child’s learning process is different. When it comes to learning we recognise children remember better when they are having fun. There are so many aspects of play that improve a child’s all round development. At Oaktree we promote, Learning through play.

Benefits of Play:

  • Early introduction to science & maths
  • Encourages creativity, imagination & expression of feelings
  • Develops body movement, strength, flexibility & coordination
  • Helps with turn taking, sharing & mixing with others
  • Play also allows children to relax and let off steam.

Learning through play is our ethos. A child is constantly learning, they will remember best when they are happy. Oaktree focuses on a huge variety of play activities each offering a different type of learning.

Happiness is the key to our success. Our logo has always been Oaktree Kids are better by smiles. Over the last 18 years we have focused on what makes our kids happy. One of the biggest reassurance for parents is when they hear their kids asking to stay on longer each day, we believe every child should have fun at Oaktree. We are very lucky to have past children coming back as parents, it is lovely to hear adults now coming back and recalling the happy times they had in Oaktree as a child.

We are very focused on the quality we can offer, as we are so hands on we adapt to every situation. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the positive difference we can make in a parent and child’s life.
We have always lived above the nursery and occasionally when we are in the local shops or at a local event we meet past kids now grown up, when they recall their happy memories of their time in Oaktree, we know we are doing things right. 🙂

We have designed our complex from the ground up, the layout of the building allows for the “next generation of childcare”, but the design of the building is also the next generation. Our new new build does not need fossil fuels to heat instead our design harness’ the natural solar gain to remain at a constant comfortable temperature all year round. We have a heat recovery system that ensures oxygen levels are maintained at a high level therefore we avoid the usual yawns seen after lunch in a conventional building. These and many more features ensure the kids are naturally happier throughout the day.

At oaktree we constantly strive to improve our safety standards. Oaktree Baby is unique as we have four separate play rooms and a sensory suite, this allows for exceptionally calm rooms with much less accidents. Equally Oaktree Kids is unique as we have the kids rotating around specific areas of learning through play, this in turn reduces accidents. Learning through play is our ethos, we believe it is important not to be risk averse but risk aware, it is essential to allow the children to learn through play.


We embrace the fact we own and manage Oaktree, this allows us and our Team to form and maintain great friendships with you the parent.


TeamOaktree are very proud to have the largest childcare facility in the UK & Ireland offering “the next generation of childcare”. We are proof small local business’ can be better than the multinational companies, without corporate structures and our unique Eco build, we are able to keep our prices much less than the average for Co. Antrim.


At Team Oaktree we are constantly updating our qualifications through in house and external training.

Allergy aware

Having a daughter with a serious nut and egg allergy we have always been acutely aware of the dangers of cross contamination. We are very proud of our policies and procedures that have allowed us to offer this level of care over the last 18 years with out incident.


Catherine and Shane have been at the helm of TeamOaktree every day over the last 18 years. It is Catherine’s eye for detail as a manager that has made TeamOaktree an award winning Team. It is Shane’s eye for detail on building and extending all our facilities that has created an internationally award winning complex.

Play Areas

We have continually reinvested in our play facilities and as you will see we offer more than any other provider. Our passion is LEARNING THROUGH PLAY.

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