Nursery News

Latest News from Willow Cottage

Willow Cottage Nurseries Are Now Recruiting - Willow Cottage Nurseries are recruiting. We are looking for part-time Nursery Housekeepers  for both our Farmoor and Bletchingdon Settings. Our nurseries are located in beautify rural settings in Farmoor, Eynsham and Bletchingdon with spacious, well resourced indoor and outdoor facilities. We offer highly competitive salaries, effective mentoring and training, great opportunties for career development, a… Click for more details
Mr Willow the Bear Why not take your child blackberry picking this autumn? - Blackberries are delicious eaten fresh or cooked and they are full of Vitamin C. They also contain potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. One cup of blackberries counts as one of our recommended five-a-day of fruit and vegetables. Blackberries freeze well too. Click for more details
Local Nursery Food - Our menus are meticulously planned to include lots of fruit and vegetables, regular oily-fish, quality meat and vegetarian options. They are designed to be low in salt and sugar with lots of fibre! Our meat is free range, traditionally farmed and selected for extra leanness. Click for more details
Willow Cottage Toilet Roll Challenge - As a piece of Willow Cottage history, Ruth Salway has put together a few videos of the children and teams having a little fun. We have added them to our YouTube channel. Here they are together. Click for more details
We Miss you! A message from the teams - Our teams may not be able to work at the moment, but it doesn't stop them from missing the children and families, here's what they've sent us....... Click for more details
World Book Week 2020 - We have had a wonderful week celebrating books of all kinds. Bletchingdon celebrated World Book Day today by having pyjama day. Click for more details
What does Willow Cottage do well? - In a recent feedback we asked the question "What does Willow Cottage do well?" here are some of the answers that our current and recent parents have said: "Communication between parents and the nursery and also between all nursery staff about each child." 1/6/2020 "All around the care is excellent. They seem happy, well fed… Click for more details
Willow Wedding and baby! - Today we had a double celebration at the Eynsham setting. We celebrated with Lorraine (Chef) who is leaving to have her baby and also Ben and Charni who will be getting married next week We would like to wish Ben and Charni all the best for a lovely wedding day and that they have a… Click for more details
Chosen Charities 2019-20 - Willow Cottage Nurseries Chosen Charities for 2019/20Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to consider, suggest and vote for the charity options for the coming year. The three chosen charites, as voted by the Willow Cottage Staff and Parents, are: Mind ( Cancer Research UK ( The Oxford Newborn Care Unit at the… Click for more details
Christina’s off to have a baby! - Today we wish Christina well as she goes on her maternity leave, we had a presentation with all the children and the staff and a shared lunch with a  variety of food. We will miss Christina lots and look forward to her coming back next year. We also wish her and Luke all the best… Click for more details
Willow Wildlife Week 27th – 30th August 2019 - For our final fundraiser for the Willow Cottage Chosen Charities 2018-19 Bletchingdon created a Willow Wildlife Week. Based on the National Trust’s ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾’, the teams were challenged to see who could achieve the most activities during the week. Click for more details
Beata’s Rhyming Zone - Beata (Eynsham Setting's Lead for Quality Teaching) has been developing a new Rhyming Zone in the Kindergarten room. Our Rhyming Zone has lots of bags with nursery rhymes or poems each with relevant props, some that we can make with the children at nursery. Click for more details
Recent feedback from our parents… - "My child is happy and content, he is well cared for, well fed, and staff communicate with me well. Since pre-school I am pleased to see more focus on reading/writing/phonics as well as free play. I feel staff know my son well and that means an awful lot. I love the structure you provide, the… Click for more details
Charlotte’s getting married! - Today we celebrated Charlotte’s last day before she prepares for her wedding. Click for more details
Nat’s getting married! - Today Nat 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 Maldives Click for more details
Bletchingdon Forest School - Sally has now completed her Forest School training and is awaiting her certificate, she has been running sessions for the three and four years olds on Tuesday mornings throughout the winter. The children have had a great time taking part in the following activities:Looking at and discussing bird’s nests and having a go at making… 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 Blueberry pancakes! Encourage your child to eat well and have fun at the same time! Click for more details
RAF Heyford 5K for our Chosen Charities - On Sunday the 16th of June, Ben Taylor (Team Leader for Eynsham's Lower Kindergarten) and over twenty other practitioners from our Eynsham Setting have decided to take part in a 5-kilometre run to raise money for our three chosen charities. Staff from all three departments will be running or walking the 5K at RAF Heyford… Click for more details
Love and Friendship Week - The children and staff had a wonderful week making flapjacks, low sugar biscuits, dairy free chocolate truffles and white chocolate and raspberry muffins to take home and share with their loved ones. We also played with heart shaped lose parts, set up a free hug from a cuddly toy station, talked about friendship, love and… Click for more details
A Big Snowy Thank You to our Amazing Teams - We would like to extend a huge thanks to the teams at all three settings. Snowy days will always be challenging for us as we are having to make decisions based on limited and changing information. We are very aware that these decisions impact not only the families that use Willow Cottage but also each… Click for more details