The Aunties Old School Nursery and Pre-School - Wheatley

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The Aunties' Old School Nursery was established in 1989 by a loving, close-knit family and exceptionally caring staff team (The Aunties).  As loving, concerned parents we set up the  nursery for our own children more than 28 years ago. As a family, our aim has always been to provide the superior care and education for others' children that we sought for our own children (who are now graduates themselves); thus, our standards were, and continue to be, of the very highest calibre.  

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 will undoubtedly flourish in every way when genuinely loved and respected in a family situation, helping 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' Old School Nursery provides 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 are 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.

Ofsted Information

Current judgement
Ofsted Inspection
Ofsted URN
EY385583Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
25/11/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
05/03/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
29/08/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Who to contact

Contact Name
Alexandra Enjily
Contact Position
01865 872606 01865 872606
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Where to go

The Aunties Old School Nursery
33, Littleworth Road
OX33 1NW
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Variable depending on days attending  Per term


Age Ranges
0 to 5 years
Other notes

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Additional Information

Providing services to
0 - 4 years (pre-school)
0 - 2 years
4 - 11 years (primary school age)

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Supporting people with
Physical disability
Hearing impairment
Vision impairment
Challenging behaviour
Learning difficulty
Mental health conditions
Autistic Spectrum Condition
Communication impairment

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair access
Accessible parking available. Disabled access.
Special Needs provision
Special Needs Experience
Physical disability
Moderate learning difficulties
Speech, language and communication difficulties
Disabilities affecting mobility
Behaviour, emotional or social difficulties
Vision impairment
Conditions requiring medical support
Hearing Impairment
Complex health needs
Able to administer medication
Provider is interested in developing the care for children with specific requirements/disabled children.
Provision for special dietary needs
Lunch provided by parent/carer.
Can make special cultural provisions

Childcare Information

Funded Places

2 year old funding
3 & 4 year old funding (Universal - 15 Hours)
3 & 4 year old funding (Extended - 30 Hours)
Term time only or stretched over more than 38 weeks
Offering split funding with other providers
Other - please specify
Stretched over 50 weeks

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday - Friday 8:00am 6:00pm
Open school holidays 8.00am 6.00pm
Messy Play Area
Visit & Outings
Large Garden
Water play
0 - 1 steps into building
Accessible toilet
Pet Fish
Accessible changing facilities
Arts and crafts
Quiet room/area
Climbing Frame
Sleeping Area
Dressing up
Educational Toys

School Pickups

Does not offer school pickups


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