The Old Station Nursery latest news

2 of our team are finalists in national awards

September 24th, 2017 by Sarah Steel

We are delighted to hear that 2 of our team have been shortlisted as national finalists in the Nursery Management Today awards. Julie Rees (Innsworth nursery manager) has been chosen as one the best Nursery Managers in the UK, and Nikki Moran (Faringdon Pre-School Leader) has been chosen as one of the best Room Supervisors.

Both ladies will attend a judging day and interviews in London in the next couple of weeks, and the awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner in London on 25th November at the London Hilton Metropole.

It was a complete suprise for both finalists, who were nominated by colleagues, parents, educational support workers and the children themselves. We will keep you posted with the outcome in November, but for now, a huge ‘Well done!’ to them both and all their colleagues who support them in their outstanding work.

Mottershead Drive Open Day Saturday 23rd September

September 20th, 2017 by Sarah Steel

We have had a really busy summer in Innsworth, refurbishing the old nursery site at Mottershead Drive, a stone’s throw from our main Innsworth nursery. We are really excited to be having an Open Morning this Saturday from 10 until 12, when parents and friends are invited to come and have a look around. There have been some major changes! The nursery will be overseen by our fantastic manager at Innsworth, Julie Rees, and the deputy manager for the new nursery will be Emily Parslow, our current Lead Practitioner. Emily is a qualified Early Years Teacher (QTS) and will be joined by Sammi Wood, also an Early Years Teacher, who has been a stalwart of our Toddler room at Innsworth. Do come and have a look around and say hello!

Innsworth nursery is expanding!

July 24th, 2017 by Sarah Steel

We are very excited to have signed the lease today for the old Noah’s Ark Nursery site just around the corner from our Innsworth Nursery in Gloucestershire. We have a major refurbishment starting later this week and the new nursery will open in September, operating closely with our existing nursery. Julie Rees, our outstanding nursery manager, will oversee both sites, ably supported by Amy Barwick as deputy manager in the existing nursery and Emily Parslow and deputy manager of the new Mottershead Drive site. We will let you know as soon as we’re ready for visitors!

Children at The Old Station Nursery, Oxford Science Park, were pirates for the day last week, when they launched their new pirate ship and refurbished outdoor area. The pirate ship was officially launched by Piers Scrimshaw-Wright, MD of the Science Park, and Ramona Kantschuster, Nursery Manager, with her merry band of pirate helpers! For the full story visit:

Filkins Nursery awarded Millie’s Mark

May 17th, 2017 by Sarah Steel

Our Filkins Nursery team have just been awarded Millie’s Mark for Excellence in First Aid, after several months of work to prepare for it. Having the Millie’s Mark award demonstrates their commitment to going above and beyond the minimum requirements for keeping children safe. It shows that all staff working directly with children not only hold a paediatric first aid certificate but that they are also competent in how to apply this in practice. Achieving Millie’s Mark shows that they have the correct procedures and documentation in place and gives parents that greater reassurance.

It is a process that has taken you between three and six months and ensured that they have worked as a team to fulfil the Millie’s Mark criteria and ensure that staff are able to keep children safe and minimise the risks and accidents.

Nursery Manager, Louise Jenkins said, “We are delighted to be the first nursery in the Old Station Nursery Group to achieve Millie’s Mark, and we have been sharing our learning with our other nurseries, so that we can all be more confident in our First Aid practice and our ability to keep children safe in our nurseries. We will be celebrating on 23rd June with all our parents, children and staff, as this is a real achievement for all the team.”

To find out more about the award, do visit


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