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Latest News from Willow Cottage

The Merry Month of May - The British weather has been out in full force during May. Rain, sunshine, wind, cool nights and warm days. Spring is rapidly becoming summer and the Willow Cottage growing season is in full swing. Click for more details
Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 - Supporting our teams, children and families with their mental health is something that we are passionate about. Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 gives us a wonderful opportunity to draw attention to some of the areas we can support each other throughout the entire year. Click for more details
Forest School Fun and Fire Safety - During the Forest School cycle the children have been learning about the fire circle and being safe around fire. They also have the chance to experience using tools such as the bow saw and have used potato peelers to whittle their own pencils. Click for more details
Forest School Fun - Both Bletchingdon and Farmoor offer Forest School sessions on a 6 week rotation cycle. Once the six week cycle comes to an end the day of the week Forest School is on is changed in order to allow all children to experience the sessions despite not all children doing the same days. The sessions are… Click for more details
Promotions, Length of Service and Achievements -Spring 2022 - Congratulations to Rubie Gray and Alice Woollard-Storey who have been completed their Level 2 apprenticeships with distinction and Michaela Abraham who has recently completed her Level 3 Team Leading qualification. Welcome back from maternity leave Nat Haynes to our Farmoor setting and Sophie Holcombe to our Eynsham setting. Click for more details
Apprentice achievement - We would like to send huge congratulations to Rubie Gray for gaining a distinction in her Early Years Practitioner end point assessment. A fantastic achievement. Rubie’s knowledge of child development and her interactions with the team have far exceeded the standards she needed to meet to pass her Early Years Practitioner apprenticeship. Click for more details
Happy Retirement Julie - Many people will know of Julie's quiet and humble nature. Those who have worked with her will speak of her calm nature and the stability that she has given to Willow Cottage Nurseries over her many years. We have been privileged to have had her as such an important part of our team. She should… Click for more details
Happy Birthday Bletchingdon Nursery - This time, 6 years ago, after months of renovation work, we were finally able to open the doors of Bletchingdon Nursery to welcome our first child. Click for more details
Farmoor Staff Awards - We are thrilled to be able to announce the winners of the staff awards for our Farmoor setting. All staff at the Farmoor setting have had the opportunity to nominate and vote for the colleague who they felt most fitted the brief of each category. Click for more details
Willow Cottage Nurseries Are Now Recruiting – Team Leader and Apprentices - Are you looking to take on a fresh challenge? We have several leadership positions becoming available across our settings in Farmoor, Eynsham and Bletchingdon. If you would like to join the Willow family, we would love to hear from you. Our nurseries are located the beautiful rural settings of Farmoor, Eynsham and Bletchingdon with spacious,… Click for more details
20 Years Service - Today we have the privilege of celebrating with Julie Badnell, the 20 year anniversary of her joining Willow Cottage.   We are extremely glad to have someone like you working for Willow Cottage. We would like to wish you huge congratulations on this fantastic professional milestone. Click for more details
Bletchingdon Staff Awards - Bletchingdon Staff Awards We are thrilled to be able to announce the winners of the staff awards for our Bletchingdon setting. The team at Bletchingdon have had the opportunity to nominate and vote for the colleague who they felt most fitted the brief of each category. Covid Superstar Award Sam Hitchman For being someone who… Click for more details
An Auspicious Achievement - There is a sense of shared pride when a member of staff achieves something really special. Alice has given us much cause for celebration. She really is a truly valued member of our team. Congratulations. Click for more details
Eynsham Staff Awards - We are thrilled to be able to announce the winners of the staff awards for our Eynsham setting. All staff at the Eynsham setting have had the opportunity to nominate and vote for the colleague who they felt most fitted the brief of each category. Covid Superstar Award For being someone who really stood up… Click for more details
Weather Conditions Update Friday 18th February - Our nurseries intend to open as usual. Any updates will be shared via our primary channel of communication eyLog and then collated on this page and shared via social media. Parents should of course consider their own individual circumstances, and if they deem the conditions unsafe to travel, please notify the nursery via the usual… Click for more details
Amazing Apprentices - Apprentices of all levels are role modelled and mentored by our managers, qualified staff and Head Teacher as well as by college tutors and assessors. We know that these talented practitioners will be the Early Years Professionals educating and nurturing young minds into the future. Click for more details
Five stars again - Five Stars - once again Congratulations to Liz and the Bletchingdon Team this week who received their five stars for their Food Standards Agency - Food Hygiene inspection yesterday. This achievement is especially celebratory as Liz was not cooking at Bletchingdon at the time of the inspection. Alison was standing in to cover and the… Click for more details
Rain, rain, don’t go away - At Willow Cottage you are spoilt for choice as to where to play outside first. From the mud kitchen to The Orchard, the balance beam to the bikes, from Forest School to the sand pit, or snuggled into a cosy den there are a myriad of options for the children to choose from. Click for more details
Five Star Food Hygiene Rating - Willow Cottage has a rich history of prioritising nutritious home cooked food. Something we are very proud of. Click for more details
Festive star biscuits - Low Sugar Festive Star Biscuits -A winter recipe to make with your child. You will need: Set of scales, large mixing bowl, small bowl, sieve, tablespoon, large baking tray, star shaped cutters if possible, a rolling pin and a Teflon liner. A fish slice/spatula and timer. Before you start. Wipe all food preparation surfaces with… Click for more details