Nursery News

Latest News from Willow Cottage

Risky Play - We know the value of allowing children to manage their own risks, take a considered approach when engaging with risky play and allowing them to make decisions about what feels safe for them. Click for more details
World Book Day 2023 - At Willow Cottage we have no need to find an excuse to read, explore, investigate, imagine, look at, discuss or celebrate books of all shapes, sizes and colours. We love books all the year round. Click for more details
Written and Illustrated - At Eynsham a growing love of books and developing stories has been a big interest for many children. Inspired by this, Beth set up a book writing station. Click for more details
Pancakes, Pancakes, Everywhere - Today we celebrated Shrove Tuesday with an array of pancake activities. Not least of all was the making and the eating of the pancakes themselves. Click for more details
Valentine’s Day and Love and Friendship Week - Last week at Willow Cottage we kept up our tradition of celebrating love and friendship during the week of Valentine's Day. Click for more details
Distinction for Casey - Many congratulations to Casey who has achieved distinction in both her final professional discussion and her end point assessment exam. Click for more details
Double Congratulations - Over the Christmas break we had not just one, but two, of our fabulous team at Farmoor who got engaged. Click for more details
Festive Gatherings - December 2022 saw Eynsham, Farmoor and Bletchingdon host the children and their families in various coffee mornings, festive gatherings and songs around the Christmas tree. Click for more details
Christmas Lunch - It has become an annual event at Willow Cottage that, for one lunchtime in December, we alter the menu and cook a traditional Christmas turkey lunch with all the trimmings for our children, as well as our staff team. Click for more details
A Huge Thank You - At our Eynsham, Farmoor and Bletchingdon settings as well as at our Head office we have been collecting for our local food banks. The response we have received has been amazing and we cannot thank our families and nursery teams enough. Click for more details
A Very Special Guest - On Tuesday 20th December all 3 settings had a visit from a very busy man, who made the time despite his packed pre-Christmas schedule, Father Christmas and one of his elves, Twinkly-Peppermint. Click for more details
Happy Graduation Shannon – Congratulations! - On Friday 9th December Shannon (Third-in-Charge at our Farmoor setting) received her PCGE in Early Years Practice at her graduation ceremony which she attended in Reading. Click for more details
Bonfire Night at Bletchingdon - Bletchingdon rounded off the Guy Fawkes celebrations at Willow Cottage with a bonfire in the paddock and some fizzing, crackling and popping fireworks. We rather enjoyed the dusk, it was so much fun. Click for more details
Bonfire Night at Farmoor - Our Farmoor setting kicked of the Guy Fawkes celebrations with a fizz, a crackle and a pop this evening as parents, children and staff came together to watch the fireworks and the bonfire in the field. Click for more details
Grasshoppers’ Got Talent - The last couple of weeks have seen a number of parents and carers come into nursery to share their talents with us and it has been wonderful. Click for more details
Autumn Fun - We have been spending time appreciating the beauty of autumn here at Willow Cottage. Haven't the leaves been really amazing this year? Click for more details
Good Luck Taygen - On Wednesday we wished Taygen, deputy manager at our Eynsham setting, all-the-best as she started her maternity leave before baby Swinstead arrives. Taygen was given a beautiful basket of gifts from her colleagues with hand knitted blanket and a crochet octopus, all with a grey and white theme. Thank you for all you've done as… Click for more details
Congratulations Owls Leat – Eynsham - Congratulations Owls Leat - Eynsham, on your recent Ofsted inspection Following Eynsham's recent Ofsted inspection we wanted to share with you some of the wonderful things included in the report as well as some fabulous things our families were able to express to the inspector on the day. "Children delight in being in this welcoming,… Click for more details
Promotions, Length of Service and Achievements -Autumn 2022 - A warm welcome to our new team members. Sue Wells, Victoria Jefferies, Linh Hoang, Amy Lawrence, Millie Druce, Gillian Boiling, Teodora Toia, Gemma Richards and Sharon Bastable. As well as Jess Mills who has joined us as our Eynsham Setting Manager. Recent Achievements Huge congratulations to Lisa Contstable, our Family Liason Officer, on the safe… Click for more details
Talking to children about death, loss and grief - Following the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8th September, Willow Cottage would like to send our deepest condolences to The Royal Family on their loss. We also recognise that her death may prompt a variety of questions from your child/children. The below links may offer some guidance and support… Click for more details