Latest News from Willow Cottage
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.
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 Hot Cross Buns! Encourage your child to eat well and have fun at the same time!
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
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2017 - A huge congratulations to Julie B and her team for a wonderful coffee morning today at our Farmoor site. They have so far raised a valuable £173. This will be a fantastic help to a wonderful charity.
Autumn Newsletter 2017 - *Our Autumn Newsletter is now online* See pictures and updates of our Summer Challenge, Practitioner of the Year, New staff, Diamond Award for HR, contact details and dates for your diaries and much more...
A Great Big Thank you - "To Everyone at Willow Cottage, We wanted to say a big THANK YOU to ALL the staff at Willow Cottage for the time our boy has spent with you. He has had a great time, and with your help has developed into a lovely boy ready to start school. The kindness, support, compassion and care Click for more details
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.
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".
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