Nursery News

Latest News from Willow Cottage

Nat is starting her Maternity Leave - Today we surprised Nat with a (socially distanced) celebration in the garden so that Nat’s key children and the staff teams could give her our baby gifts and we could all wish her all the best. Nat finishes this week to go on her maternity leave, we are all going to miss her positivity and… Click for more details
Willow Cottage Nurseries Are Now Recruiting - Willow Cottage Nurseries are recruiting passionate and professional Early Years Practitioners and Educators to help us deliver the highest quality 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 to join the Willow… Click for more details
Bonfire Night Celebration at Bletchingdon - Today saw another successful Bonfire Night celebration at Bletchingdon. The Butterflies, Bumblebees and Bluebottles all enjoyed a special tea of Hot Dogs with homemade ketchup followed by fruit kebab rockets with toasted marshmallows. Click for more details
Matt is getting married! - It is with great excitement that the whole of the Willow Cottage family would like to wish Matt and his fiancé Lottie all the best for their wedding day this weekend, Saturday 31st October. The original date of their wedding was back in June, but their big day had to be postponed. However, they are… Click for more details
The sheep have arrived in Bletchingdon - The excitement levels were high today, as we saw the sheep arrive in our field at our Bletchingdon Nursery. There are “Thousands and thousands” of them according to one child. All the children are thrilled and the teams are pretty pleased too. We hope the sheep will be very happy in their new home and… Click for more details
Pumpkin Soup - Pumpkin Soup - Here is our favourite nursery recipe for pumpkin soup to make with your child with a few helpful tips and suggestions. We hope that you have a lot of family fun making it. Click for more details
The Bubble structure at Willow Cottage - The traditional departmental structure (based on age groups) has been replaced by smaller groups of children of all ages, called Bubbles. They have proven an effective way to help the children back to nursery after the lock-down, primarily as a way to reduce the risk and spread of infection, but they also have lots of… Click for more details
Welcome to Lisa Constable - Lisa writes; "I have worked in the early years sector for almost 25 years, including hands on practice and management roles. I am delighted to be here and working alongside a friendly team with family at its heart. My main responsibility is to ensure smooth running of parent accounts and I am now getting to… Click for more details
Clare Clarke’s Retirement - We all wish Clare and her husband Nobby all the best for the future and thank Clare for all her hard work and committment over the many years with us. We are so very proud to have been working with Clare for nearly thirty years. We would all like to wish her the best retirement… 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