Throughout this traumatic period, The Aunties are providing safe, loving, consistent family-like care in our outdoors' natural, rural environment. Both our settings in Stanton St John and Wheatley are convenient for Oxford and London hospitals and yet are safe and secluded. We are spending the entire day OUTSIDE in the natural environment, thereby optimizing both the physical and mental well-being. of each child.
A key worker, working at the very front of the front line, particularly wanted to make people aware of how she and her husband feel about The Aunties during the COVID-19 pandemic:
"Dear Sandy, Vahik, and Ahlexi, ..... I would like them to know EXACTLY what The Aunties mean to us. I want them to be aware of how amazing you are; how you love and cherish and teach children to grow, how you reassure parents and enable us to continue with our work. I want them to hear from someone who is directly dealing with the mass illness that is spreading across this country, that people like me could not do our job if it was not for people like you. I want them to know that the only reason I'm OK with going to work every day is because I'm safely reassured that my children are with you and that, in these awful times, these little people need safety, love, familiar faces, and routine. I want them to understand how all your staff are putting themselves in the line of fire by looking after children of people directly in contact with everything - and yet continue to smile and laugh and be amazing. I want them to know what we know and love about you all, Love always N&L xxx" March 2020
Please stay safe through these critical times so hard to deal with.
In the interim, The Aunties send you love, hugs, and enormous thanks for all that our critical key workers are doing for us all. Every day we see the anxiety, exhaustion, and fear in your eyes - and the altruism and heroism in your hearts; thank you. xxx
The Aunties' Old School Nursery was established in 1989 by a loving, close-knit family and exceptionally caring (and long-standing) staff team (Aunties and Uncles). As loving, concerned parents we set up the nursery for our own children 30 years ago. After graduating from the University of Liverpool, our younger son joined the family business; now his wife and own young son have joined the nursery, along with his brother's new wife! Thus, three generations of the family are in situ continuing to ensure that standards remain at the highest possible levels.
The Aunties' settings are uniquely run as a single family entity with the same ethos, leadership and management, policies, procedures, resources, care, education, and even rotating staff throughout. Fundamentally, The Aunties' philosophy is that children flourish when genuinely loved and respected in a family situation that helps them to realize how special they are. Not only children benefit in such a family-like situation, but also parents who come to experience real peace of mind when their children are 'at The Aunties'.
The Aunties' focus on doing little things with great love, creating an atmosphere in which both children and parents feel genuinely welcomed and valued. The Aunties provide first-class care and education within a safe, happy, interesting, family-oriented environment in which each child is encouraged to develop its full potential whilst having LOTS OF FUN! The young children (ranging from birth to four plus years) in our care are persuaded to develop lively, enquiring, imaginative minds, to enjoy learning, and to develop their social and personal life skills.
The Aunties place great emphasis on making the Nursery warm, kind and loving, where special care is taken to ensure that each child feels nurtured and cherished. The Aunties fully realize the vital necessity of guiding children well in their formative years; thus, by means of warm, positive encouragement we stimulate children’s natural enthusiasm for life and their desire to understand the world around them.
Children are kindly encouraged to appreciate the need to take responsibility for the care of the natural environment we enjoy. For example, we have, since our inception, always been a genuine "outdoors" nature nursery, making full use of the varied outdoor areas available to us in ALL weathers, for many hours at a time (from mid-Spring to mid-Autumn, we will be outside for the entire 10 hours of our day!). The Aunties go to great lengths to ensure that the children are able to enjoy doing as much as possible outside - for as long as possible each day - being thoughtfully attired and so wholeheartedly able to embrace the elements as a sensory exprience!
In addition, the children and Aunties have long been pro-active recyclers, vegetable gardeners, wildlife watchers (for example - via our webcam, we avidly study the birds). Such a positive atmosphere very successfully helps to foster many individual talents and confidence and helps each child to realize that we each have an important part to play in the fabric of life.
The Aunties' philosophy is founded on a belief that children play and learn best within a genuinely loving and stimulating environment. The Aunties believe that happy children give of their best and achieve their full potential; in short, laughing children learn! The Aunties aim to teach each child the invaluable skill of 'dancing joyously in the rain'- both literally and metaphorically. The Aunties strive to give both children and parents a delightful, never-to- be-forgotten experience of the precious and unique nursery and pre-school years.
Please come and see for yourself the inspired, loving and family-run approach that is unique to The Aunties.