Latest News from Willow Cottage
Staff Summer BBQ a Sizzling Success - At the weekend Bletchingdon hosted their first Willow Cottage staff summer BBQ, which was a great success. It was the perfect opportunity to relax, eat sausages and drink lots of Pimm's. Many of the staff from other settings had not seen the Bletchingdon nursery and were able to have a good look round. Sam, Alison Click for more details
Certificate of Achievement for Commitment to a High Standard of Employment Practices - Willow Cottage is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Commitment to a High Standard of Employment Practices by Peninsula Business Services Limited. Our staff team has recently grown to nearly 80 individuals across our 3 settings. This award is a credit to the hard work of Angela Willson and Click for more details
Owl’s Leat (Eynsham) Leavers Festival 2017 - Our leavers party took the form of a “Leavers Festival” this year! It was a rip-roaring success with all 30 school leavers, their parents and siblings having a wonderful celebration of the time spent at Willow Cottage.
Oxley’s Farm (Farmoor) Leaver’s Party 2017 - Our leaver’s party was a very happy yet somewhat sentimental celebration as we had to say farewell to 28 school leavers and their families, many of whom had had several siblings with us over many years. We would like to thank them for their support and encourage them to keep in touch with us as Click for more details
Nursery Food Matters – Our Fight Against Childhood Obesity. - At Willow Cottage we continue to push forward our healthy food campaign, working to ensure not only that our children receive home-cooked, nutritionally balanced and low sugar meals on a daily basis, but that this is underpinned by a robust and exciting healthy food education.
Our latest Parents’ Newsletter is Here! - Our newsletters are written to keep you informed of what is, and has been happening at Willow Cottage.
Learning Through Play - At Willow Cottage Nurseries all our learning is based around play. To read more please see our latest Newsletter article called "learning through play".
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 make Mr Willow’s delicious Toad in the Hole. Encourage your child to eat well and have fun at the same time!
Mr Willow (The Bear Chef) continues his “Nursery Food Matters” Campaign! - Mr. Willow's Nursery Food Matters Campaign continues with his new initiatives to educate young children in healthy food matters and so to help fight childhood obesity and its related diseases. On 4th June a consultation meeting was held with staff and parents at Willow Cottage Nurseries Oxford as to how best to develop his new Click for more details
Britain declares childhood obesity a ‘National Crisis’ - Obesity in children was in the headlines again this week reporting that, among children in their final year at primary school, one child in three is now overweight or obese. Why not make a difference and "pass" on the junk food? If you are feeding children on a regular basis (individually or in larger groups) Click for more details
Healthy diet boosts childhood IQ - Eating chips, chocolate and cake may be damaging to a child's intelligence, according to researchers at Bristol University. Bristol University study suggests a link between a diet high in processed foods and a slightly lower IQ.
2013/14 editions of our NURSERY RECIPES recipes are now published and available! - The latest editions of our electronic nursery recipe books are now ready and available as DOWNLOADS We now publish all the recipes from our award winning Three Week Rolling Menu both in Nursery size and Family size. With step by step instructions, colourful photos, cooking and nutritional advice they guide you to provide a well Click for more details
OUTSTANDING RATINGS FROM OFSTED - "OUTSTANDING" ratings by Ofsted for Willow Cottage Nurseries both Oxford & Witney settings. Willow Cottage Nursery,Owl's Leat, Eynsham, Witney and Willow Cottage Nursery,Oxley's Farm, Farmoor, Oxford have both received OUTSTANDING judgements by Ofsted and as such heralded as being highly effective early year’s provisions meeting the children’s needs exceptionally well.
Getting enough vitamin D from Sunshine & Diet - Willow Cottage Nurseries, Oxford & Witney are used as a "case study" in “An essential guide to Vitamin D” for children because of their proactive attitude towards Vitamin D in the diet and sunshine.
“The Bear Chef’s Children’s Stories and Rhymes” – available as Paperbacks and eBooks. - Mr. Willow's Children's Books 1-4 are now available as paperbacks or as ebooks for iPads and Kindle. These lovely factual children’s books are full of activities and early science concepts and are great to read "together" with your child; they have lots of fun-food-activities to help your child learn about healthy food and making healthy Click for more details
Willow Cottage Nurseries gain prestigious Leading Aspect in Education Award & receive a special message from the Prime Minister - Title of Leading Aspect Award - Nursery Food Matters – An Embedded Educational Philosophy. The food education for children, staff and parents is a strand that permeates all aspects of Nursery life and given equal importance as all elements of development and learning.
Department of Education says “It’s important to develop a healthy attitude to food at an early age”. - We are now officially the fattest nation in Europe!
Scores on the Doors – 5 Stars again for both Farmoor and Eynsham Settings from O.C.C Public Health. - ***** 5 Stars again for both settings of Willow Cottage Nurseries and a special Elite Business Food Award from the County for our Farmoor setting for their consistent standards of Excellence.
Just Released! – The Bear Chef’s Children’s Books - The books from our Highly Commended Fun Food Family Packs are now available in print from all good on line booksellers such as Blackwells, Waterstones, Smiths, and Amazon etc. Mr. Willow Children’s Stories & Rhymes are also available via our website http://www.nurseryfood.com/ Mr. Willow Children’s Books contain a wealth of early science concepts, sensory activities Click for more details
Language and Literacy – The demonstrable benefits of reading with children - Once again the benefits to children of being read to by their parents is being highlighted by the latest research. "Children are much less likely to develop social and emotional problems in later life if they are read to, according to the latest study from Essex University. Professor Yvonne Kelly, who led the study explains Click for more details