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Latest News from Willow Cottage

Martinstag at Willow Cottage - At Willow Cottage we have several families (and Nat Litzka of Farmoor's Kindergarten course) with German heritage. Following on from the announcement of this year’s three chosen charities, SeeSaw, Sands and Helen House, we are excited to let you know that our first fundraising event at Farmoor was Martinstag. Martinstag (Also known as St Martins day Click for more details
Our Latest ‘FUN FOOD NEWSLETTER’ is here! - If your child enjoys food preparation and cooking then you might like to try some of Mr. Willow's Fun Food Activities! This month's Fun Food eNewsletter includes how to have fun making Mr Willow’s Bonfire Night Firework Popcorn! Encourage your child to eat well and have fun at the same time!
Where does our food come from? - We choose locally sourced and low mileage food as far as possible using organic, home-grown, and locally produced food, in preference (subject to availability and pricing). We grow, and prepare with a little help from the children, a variety of our own seasonable fruit and vegetables like apples, rhubarb, plums, spinach, runner beans, courgettes, marrows, Click for more details
Childcare Vouchers - Childcare providers, like Willow Cottage, can continue to accept Childcare Vouchers as a form of payment from those parents who are already registered for and using the Scheme. However, from 4 October 2018 the Government has closed the Childcare Voucher scheme to new entrants. Please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to find out about the current options.
New Four Week Menu - Over recent weeks the children from all departments have been enjoying our Summer Menu. This has been very successful with its lighter menu replacing the heart-warming soups, pasta bakes, and hot fruity (though still low sugar!) puddings with more salad and lower sugar options. Within this menu they have also been gaining some new food Click for more details
Tracking your Child’s Development – eyLog - At Willow Cottage, we recognise that each child’s home life and relationship with their primary carers has the biggest impact on their development. With this in mind, we are keen to encourage you to share with us via eyLog things that happen away from Nursery so that we can use this information to support your Click for more details
Nikki’s getting married! - Today Nikki (Deputy Team Leader of Farmoor Kindergarten) goes off to get ready for her Wedding on Saturday. We would like to wish them both all the best for a lovely day and that they have a wonderful honeymoon in Mauritius. From everyone at Willow Cottage Nursery.
Willow Cottage School Leavers 2018 - During the summer our nursery settings hosted their annual school leavers party as the children graduated from Willow Cottage to their chosen primary Schools. The children and parents had fun and games with such activities such as Tug-of-war, treasure hunts, oversized bubbles, cupcake decorating (obviously with low sugar toppings such as fresh strawberries and cream!) Click for more details
Willow Cottage Charities 2018-19 - At nursery, we will be talking about what charity means and how we will be raising money for people who need a bit of help. This means that whenever we have a charity event, any money raised will be shared equally between the three charities. If you would like any information about the charities, we Click for more details
Summer Challenge Update - As we approach the end of the Summer, things are hotting up with our Recycling Challenge... here are a few photos and an update from Toni our Deputy Manager for Training and Effective Practice. We look forward to sharing more about what they have all been up to soon, but in the mean time, here Click for more details
Beryl Carver - A huge thank you and Bon Voyage to Beryl from all at Willow Cottage! Beryl has given tireless dedication and support to us as a family, has cared for and educated many many of the Willow Cottage children. We would like to sincerely thank her and wish her well as she takes a step back Click for more details
Summer Challenge 2018 - Here is a little insight into this year's Summer Challenge, every year we set a challenge for the staff at Willow Cottage, this years theme is Recycling. The challenge is to see how we can use recycled materials to develop and enhance their team's provision.
New Menu Trials - Following the Government's new guidance for menu and dietary advice, we are reviewing and trialling some new exciting recipes in our new ‘Four Week Rolling Menu’. Please note that over the next few weeks we will be varying our normal menu pattern to include a few new recipes that have passed our Healthy Eating Criteria. Our Click for more details
Results of the Cohort Tracking Initiative - After some really tough judging and a VERY close fought contest we have the great joy (and immense pride) in announcing the winner of our first Cohort Tracking Initiative. And the winner is...
Our Latest Parents Newsletter Is Here! - We hope you enjoy reading our Spring/Summer 2018 parents newsletter! Read the latest on what is happening at Willow Cottage Nursery, as well as dates for your diary, important updates and exciting new initiatives.
Resilience at Eynsham - Congratulations to the Eynsham team for surviving last week's 8 hours power cut. Lots of preparation, hard work, washing up and a 10kW generator got us all successfully through the day. The children had lighting, heating and even the internet and there was even enough power to boil the kettle for bottles and heat our Click for more details
***** Top Marks all round for our Food Hygiene Rating! ***** -   CONGRATULATIONS to our children’s chefs Marion and Lorraine at Eynsham, Ciprian at Farmoor and Sophia at Bletchingdon, who have all this year been awarded 5 stars by the Food Standards Agency for their kitchens again! Well done to all our nursery chefs, the nursery managers and the whole team, for their dedication to achieving Click for more details
Sands – One of Willow Cottage’s Chosen Charities 2017/18 - In recognition of the wonderful work that the charity Sands does, we have decided to support them with our charity work this year. Their vision is for a world where fewer babies die and when a baby dies anyone affected by the death receives the best care and support for as long as they need. Click for more details
The Lullaby Trust – One of Willow Cottage’s Chosen Charities 2017/18 - The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families. The Lullaby Trust also provides support for parents who lose a child older than 1 year old - every year a very small number of older babies and young Click for more details
Thinking of Oscar – One of Willow Cottage’s Chosen Charities 2017/18 - Thinking of Oscar is an Oxfordshire based charity which was founded in memory of Oscar Cole, the older brother of one of Willow Cottage’s children, Barney Cole. Oscar was a healthy, speedy 16 month old who died very suddenly and unexpectedly aged 16 months. Oscar’s parents, Hannah and David, founded the charity soon after his Click for more details