The Aunties have a unique, family-like approach with absolute integrity to the children as our primary motivating factor. Although it seems we have two settings (in Stanton St John and Wheatley), we consider that we have ONE nursery (as if they are two rooms in the same house).
As such, both Stanton St John and Wheatley are absolutely identical in every single respect (apart from the buildings themselves), sharing exactly the same ethos, approach, leadership and management,, staff, policies, procedures, curriculum, quality systems, etc, etc, etc down to the minutest detail!
Ofsted''s definition of "Outstanding" is as follows:
"Grade 1, Outstanding: This applies to EXCEPTIONAL settings which are way above the norm. They are HIGHLY EFFECTIVE at making sure that outcomes for children are excellent. The childcare practice is EXEMPLARY. Nursery education is of SUCH A HIGH QUALITY that 3 and 4 years olds are making very rapid progress towards the early learning goals...the practice is worth disseminating beyond the setting."
In 2004 the grades were as follows:
VERY GOOD; Good; Satisfactory: Inadequate. As is the case now, it was also necessary then to obtain the highest grade in every single area in order to be awarded the highest grade (Very Good) overall.