Set in the heart of rural Oxfordshire, yet close to Oxford itself, is The Aunties' Old School Nursery and Pre-School - a consistently 'outstanding' provision that is inspired, loving, and family-run.

'The Aunties', as our settings are affectionately known, was first established in Stanton St John in 1989 as a loving, family-run 'outdoors' nature nursery (the original forerunner of the current Forest School movement).  The Aunties' unique ethos and loving family approach have a very strong emphasis outdoors' life and learning.

The Aunties do little things with great love.  Aunties and Uncles provide nurturing care and first-class education for pre-school children, toddlers, and babies in two identical, attractive, convenient settings in Stanton St John and Wheatley.  Both settings are idyllic for young children and yet conveniently situated for parents (being close to the M40 and other arterial routes). 

The Aunties' have been consistently awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in ALL categories for thirty years and, we're delighted to say, that we achieved this once again in August 2019!  

The Aunties focus on ensuring the very best outcomes for children, meaning that we carefully select, supervise, and train staff to the highest levels to achieve their potential as they support the children to achieve their potential in all areas.  Thus, The Aunties have also been named Platinum Employer of the Year by Investors in People (one of the first organizations globally to be awarded the rare and highly-coveted Platinum accolade). The Aunties out-ranked 14,000 organizations across 75 countries worldwide to achieve this prestigious award.  The Aunties deem it a priority to invest in 'big people' to inspire them to invest in our precious 'little people' to ensure the very best outcomes for them.

The Aunties are renowned for their absolute integrity to the children, so we proactively invite the rigorous scrutiny of independent accreditation processes.  The Aunties have consistently achieved flying colours in THREE challenging, internationally well-regarded quality assurance schemes.  These are: the coveted ISO 9001 Certification (international benchmark for quality management systems), achieved by 5% of UK businesses; OHSAS 18001 Certification (benchmark for the highest standards in Health and Safety); and Investors in People - PLATINUM!

Investors in People is the globally-recognised management Standard adopted in 75 countries.  Accreditation against the Investors in People Standard is the sign of an exceptional employer, and a commitment to success and excellence through people.  Investors in People accreditation is awarded as a mark of distinction to organizations that are able to meet rigorous standards.  The exceedingly rare and coveted PLATINUM Investors in People  award for leadership and management is achieved by only 0.01% of organizations globally. We regard this as vitally important, as our care of our staff members' well-being and training in every respect, very directly impacts upon the well-being of all our children.  

The Aunties have been presented with several "Excellence in Oxfordshire Awards" and, recently (June 2019), acknowledged by the House of Lords as industry leaders.  

In short, The Aunties are exceptional, unique and highly effective at ensuring that outcomes for children are excellent. The education that the Aunties provide for pre-schoolers is considered to be of such high quality that the children make exceptional progress towards Early Learning Goals.  The Aunties' childcare practice is considered to be "exemplary".  

To find out more about us and how we, The Aunties, can provide loving, nurturing care, outstanding education and exciting outdoor experiences for your child,  please select a point of interest from the menu.  Please do feel free to get in touch!  We, The Aunties, very much look forward to welcoming you to view our unique, loving family-run nursery.