Why Choose Oaktree

Why Choose Us

One of the first things you will notice is how different we are.

Sometimes children that have natural abilities like, good memory recall and reading skills are identified early on in school as having a talent, while other kids can be left feeling they have lesser skills. At Oaktree, we have such a broad range of play activities to identify a wider range of skills, we hope to create the spark that will light the fire of an interest or passion that may help a child discover they have a talent they didn’t realise before. We hope your child will not only have great fun at Oaktree but they will thrive within the TeamOaktree environment, to be more confident and inspired.

As part of our 18 year anniversary we asked TeamOaktree to come up with the top 18 reasons why parents and kids choose us. This is the feedback we received from our parents and children.

Top 18 Reasons Why Parents and Kids Choose Oaktree


Our affordability can’t be matched

Better By Smiles

‘Oaktree Kids are better by smiles’ motto can seen on the faces of every child

Thinking Outside The Box

Even our inspectors commend us on how different we are

Keep It Local

We are passionate about our ‘Keep it Local’ campaign

Home From Home

We are very hands on and TeamOaktree offer a really homely feel for everyone

Future Plans

We never stop improving our facilities and our Team

Learning Through Play

Each of our many play activities targets different types of learning to ensure every child is inspired in some way

Every Child Is Different

We recognise every child is different and we aim to inspire every one by focusing on their strengths

Our Inspection

Our inspection reports reveals just how high our standards are and how different we are

Multi Award Winning

We are proud of the local and international awards for our childcare, facilities and Eco credentials

Parental Involvement

Our success is down to the friendships and feedback from our parents


Kids on a Roof Family Centre use our building for the benefit of local kids in our community, Oaktree receive no financial gain

Next Generation OF Childcare

We have a vision to lead the way with a new type of child centred approach to childcare that inspires kids to learn through play

Child Involvement

We have benefitted from involving the kids at the design stage with each of our new facilities and ideas


We are proud of our ‘Green Flag’ and ‘Green Apple’ awards on our journey to create awareness about our environment. We not only have an award winning building we have an award winning Team.

Our Facilities

We have the largest range of learning through play facilities in the UK & Ireland


Our Team is made up from us the carers, you the parents and your kids, together we are making a real difference

Cath – Owner/Manager

Having the same owner/manager so hands on, we are able to adapt and improve quickly and this is the reason we have maintained a very high standard through-out the last 18 years.

Oaktree Baby

At Oaktree Baby we recognise the huge developmental range of a baby, we have four rooms that specially focus on the milestones reached by each baby.


Your child is growing up fast and ready for a little more independence, our pre school room focuses on the transition for Oaktree Baby to Oaktree Kids.

Oaktree Kids

There are many benefits of learning through play, we have 6 groups of children that rotate around our huge complex allowing them to choose their own preferred area of fun learning.

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!

TeamOaktree Effort
“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.

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


eco schools
safe place logo
green apple award
nursery leader of the year
caring for others