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Latest News from Willow Cottage

Feedback Friday - Our child has learned and developed hugely over her time at Willow Cottage. I honestly can’t imagine her having gone anywhere else, and I know that having such confidence in the Willow Cottage team enabled me to relax and helped me be a better parent. Click for more details
Willow Cottage Nurseries Are Now Recruiting – Nursery Manager - Willow Cottage Nurseries are recruiting passionate and professional Nursery Manager and Early Years Practitioners and Educators to help us deliver the highest quality of education and childcare. 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… Click for more details
Willow Cottage Winter Menu - As we move into autumn, our new Four Week Rolling Menu will start this Monday. The lighter summer menu will be replaced with some delicious hearty soups and warming meals. We look forward to the return of our famous Gobble Gobble Turkey Pie and Cluck Cluck Chicken Pie. The children will once again be in… Click for more details
Hedgerow Harvest - During September we encouraged our families to go blackberry picking and share with us some of their spoils. As part of this month's fun food activity, Willow Cottage families have been scouring the hedgerows for seasonal bounty with a special focus on blackberries. Thank you to everyone who has shared their fruitful finds with their… Click for more details
September Festivals - The month of September has been a busy month of celebrations for the Jewish community. With Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot all occurring this month. At Willow Cottage we have enjoyed experiencing and exploring some aspects of these festivals. We have learnt some of the meanings behind the celebrations and how they are celebrated… Click for more details
Wedding Congratulations - Many congratulations to Robyn and Dan who were married on Saturday 4th September at Ettington Park Hotel. In advance of the celebrations, the Eynsham team presented Robyn with some wedding gifts in the garden with the children and staff. Click for more details
Song Bingo - Song and rhyme at Willow Cottage has always been central to our continuous provision. This year's Song Bingo Summer Challenge encouraged the teams to build confidence and use of songs an rhyme in a fun and friendly way. Our Summer Challenge is a well established, fun and friendly competition between the teams over the summer… Click for more details
Peas in a Pod - The children begin to learn about food handling and healthy eating from the start and they do so having fun and playing with their friends. A tray of peas in their pods, or a pea plant itself, opens up a world of exploration and learning experiences for us to support. Click for more details
School Leavers 2021 - Our Bletchingdon, Eynsham and Farmoor settings each had their school leavers celebration in either July or August. An occasion that is always thoroughly enjoyed and cherished by children, parents and staff alike. This year was made all the more special by being able to host a party at all. We were all finally able to… Click for more details
Apprentice Appreciation - Apprentices on each level are role modelled and mentored by our managers, qualified staff and Head Teacher as well as by college tutors and assessors. In fact the whole of the nursery team have learnt to support and encourage apprentices. We know that these talented young practitioners will be the Early Years Professionals educating and… Click for more details
#FeedbackFriday - At Willow Cottage we are always pleased when we receive feedback. We would like to share with you some of our most recent feedback. Our child has thoroughly enjoyed spending time with all of the team at Willow and his peers, establishing some blossoming friendships. He talks daily of the activities and tasks he has… Click for more details
Gooseberries Galore - This month the children at Willow Cottage have been having lots of HOME GROWN GOOSEBERRY fun. Gooseberries are nutritious berries containing lots of Vitamin C and E as well as antioxidants. We have been encouraging the children to develop their food handling skills and food understanding with lots of sensory activities such as smelling, touching… Click for more details
Christina is getting married! - Everyone at Willow Cottage would like to wish both Christina and Luke all the best for their new future together and we look forward to seeing lots of wonderful photos of their special day on Saturday. Click for more details
Willow Cottage staff update Sept 2021 - A warm welcome to our new team members. Amy Gallant, Emily Grant, Kayleigh Jukes, Jodie Palfrey, Nicola Oxley, Liz Wooloff, Lulu Boheimer and Casey Craft Many congratulations to: Robyn and Dan Maddocks who were married on Saturday 4th September Dan, Robyn and Vixen Recent Achievements Congratulations to Ben Taylor who has been studying for his… Click for more details
Visit from our local firefighters - Our Eynsham setting wanted to share with you their very exciting morning. Today we had a planned visit from our local @Oxfordshirefireandrescueservice . The children had a great time and were very excited! They explored the different protective clothing, walked around the fire engine and took a closer look inside. We even had a demonstration… Click for more details
Laura Starr is getting married! - Laura goes off today to get ready for her wedding next week Saturday 5th June. The children and team came together in the field to present her with some gifts and to wish her and Johnny well for their special day. We wish them all the best for their new life together and look forward… Click for more details
Willow Cottage Team Update Spring 2021 - A warm welcome to our new team members. Martha Shepherd, Jessica Harper, Rubie Gray, Sherry Smith, Sarah Taylor, Jane Gibbs, Jessica Klincsek, Ashley Ormandy-Salter, Donna Burton, Beth Egan and Kerry Smith. Many congratulations to: Charni and Ben Taylor (Eynsham) for the safe arrival of baby Freya. Baby Freya Taylor Mimi & Stevie’s Tudor (Eynsham) for… Click for more details
A reflection on our Journey through the Pandemic. - Last spring, we were thrown into the challenges of lockdowns and a pandemic that has had a significant impact on our provision. Since reopening our nurseries in June last year, Willow Cottage has been structured in mixed age group Bubbles. This structure was introduced to minimize the infection risk whilst also providing a secure and… Click for more details
Rebecca’s Baby Shower - Last Thursday we had intended to be Rebecca's maternity leave send off with a surprise baby shower. We had “it’s a girl” cupcakes, balloons, a nappy cake and socially distanced games all planned and ready to go. Click for more details
Mr. Willow’s Hot Cross Buns - Children’s Cookery and Food Understanding made FUN with Mr. Willow (The Bear Chef). Mr. Willow’s Hot Cross Buns. A recipe to make with your child. Makes approximately 12 buns. Click for more details