Willow Cottage Nursery Schools are located at Farmoor (nr. Cumnor,Oxford,UK) and Eynsham (nr. Long Hanborough, Witney,UK). Our nurseries are both rated as OUTSTANDING by Ofsted and offer parents the highest quality childcare "Second to Mum" and a preschool education of excellence. Parents can leave their child with confidence, knowing that they are in a happy, safe, and loving environment. We enjoy a longstanding reputation for the high standards that our children achieve within the Early Years Foundation Stage (E.Y.F.S.) of the National Curriculum (UK). In 2012 we gained a prestigious National Award for our cutting edge performance and educational practice within the E.Y.F.S. Our "Leading Aspect Award" is entitled "Nursery Food Matters - An Embedded Educational Philosophy."

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*Please note that in order to safeguard and protect the privacy of our children, all visits to view the nursery are strictly by appointment and subject to a future place being available for your child.
 
 
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”The children adopt healthy lifestyles – OUTSTANDING"
 
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Our CHRISTMAS "FUN FOOD NEWSLETTER" is here! - Eat well with seasonal food!

Our CHRISTMAS "FUN FOOD NEWSLETTER" is here! - Eat well with seasonal food!

If your child enjoys food preparation and cooking you might like to try some more Fun Food activities  with Mr. Willow our teddy bear chef! 

This month Fun Food Activity Low Sugar Christmas Star Biscuits Let's show children how to eat well and have fun at the same time.

Mr. Willow’s FUN FOOD NEWSLETTERS give you better access to some of the children’s “foodie” work that we do here at Willow Cottage ..... and you can forward them to friends and relations that might enjoy them too!
  
     

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Britain declares childhood obesity a "National Crisis"

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) then we can offer you downloadable recipes which are easy and economical to make and designed around the growing and developmental needs of children. 



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OUTSTANDING RATINGS FROM OFSTED

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.

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2013/14 editions of our NURSERY RECIPES recipes are now published and available!

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 balanced family menu economically and on a budget.  

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Getting enough Vitamin D from sunshine and diet.

Getting enough Vitamin D from sunshine and 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.


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"The Bear Chef's Children's Stories and Rhymes” - available as Paperbacks and eBooks.

"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 choices for themselves.

Book 1- Mr. Willow's Herb Garden And Some Very Cheeky Seagulls! 
Book 2 - All Kinds of Boats
Book 3 - Carrots are very good for you ...don't you know?
Book 4 - On the beach

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Willow Cottage Nurseries  gain prestigious Leading Aspect in Education Award & receive a  special message from the Prime minister.

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.
 
 

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Department of Education says "It's important to develop a healthy attitude to food at an early age".

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!

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Scores on the Doors - 5 Stars again for both Farmoor and Eynsham Settings from O.C.C Public Health.

Scores on the Doors - 5 Stars again for both Farmoor and Eynsham Settings from O.C.C Public Health.

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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.  

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Just Released! - The Bear Chef's Children's Books

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
Mr. Willow Children’s Books contain a wealth of early science concepts, sensory activities and other educational suggestions to extend your child’s learning .... all encourage early cookery and provide a healthy recipe to make together.

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Language and Literacy - The demonstrable benefits of reading with children.

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 the findings."                                         2011 06 13

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Mr Willow  (The Bear Chef) continues his "Nursery Food Matters" Campaign!

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 chidhood 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 Family Fun Food Packs!    

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Healthy diet boosts childhood IQ        2011 02 08

Healthy diet boosts childhood IQ 2011 02 08

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.

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New - The Willow Cottage Collection of Children's Stories, Rhymes and Poems.

New - The Willow Cottage Collection of Children's Stories, Rhymes and Poems.

As part of our Language, Literacy and I.C.T. provision for children attending Willow Cottage and their family, we are compiling our own very special video library of children’s stories, rhymes and poetry.
The stories, rhymes and poems selected have been personalised and recorded by our own nursery practitioners to provide interaction, familiarity and therefore extra enjoyment for the children. Children can now listen to, join in with, and enjoy these stories, rhymes and poems both at nursery and with their family at home. Please note that this should be an activity led and overseen at all times by an adult member of the family.
 01/02/2011 
 
Why are children's stories rhymes and poems so important?                                                 

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Children need sunshine as well as a healthy diet!

Children need sunshine as well as a healthy diet!

We are all aware now that a healthy diet in the early years influences a child's growth and development and their educational attainment.  (More information on the research findings is available on our website) We also know that it is vital that a child's diet contains good quality fats (dairy, oily fish etc) since these foods contain the important "fat soluble" vitamins (A,D,E, & K).  These vitamins especially Vitamin D are really important for a child's bone and teeth development. Some of the body's need for Vitamin D can be met by sufficient sunshine since it is made by the sun's action on the skin. Lack of outdoor play and too much of a high factor suncream are taking its toll.  Why?  ......read on  <here>
18/01/2011
 
 

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David Cameron visits Willow Cottage Nursery

David Cameron visits Willow Cottage Nursery

ITV News captures David Cameron M.P. visiting Willow Cottage Nursery at EYNSHAM, renowned for its healthy food provision and "Fun Food Education". 

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DAVID CAMERON OPENS OUR NEW CLASSROOMS

DAVID CAMERON OPENS OUR NEW CLASSROOMS

 

David visited us recently when he planted an apple tree and opened our new classrooms. We all thought that it was great role-modelling when David took a short break from the clamours of Westminster to plant a special apple tree for the children in the nursery garden and to promote the importance of "growing your own" fruit and vegetables.

David’s apple tree and the classrooms are dedicated to promoting the well-being of children, their learning and development, through play and having fun. We hope that they will serve many children over many years to come. 

 
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To see the photos click <here>
 

 

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David Cameron with the Kindergarten children

David Cameron with the Kindergarten children

David Cameron spends some time with the children of the kindergarten who are "rooting" through the vegetables! 

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Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie - Food Report sponsored by Organix Ltd. and The Soil Association

SKY TV visits Willow Cottage Nursery at FARMOOR promoting this independent investigation into the quality of foods served to children when attending nursery.

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The importance of good food at an early age

The importance of good food at an early age

Professor John Stein F.R.C.P. of Oxford University says:-There is now overwhelming evidence that infants' nutrition plays a very important part in optimal development of their brains.

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Willow Cottage Nursery National Food Award

Willow Cottage Nursery National Food Award

Willow Cottage Nurseries at Eynsham & Farmoor were named runner-up in the first National Nursery Food Award 2007/2008 at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham.

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