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Willow Cottage Nursery (Old School Bletchingdon)

Coronavirus status: OPEN
The Old School is a splendid building situated in the conservation area of the beautiful village of Bletchingdon (near Kidlington and Bicester).  Set in outstanding south facing grounds of over 2 acres, the Victorian school has been completely renovated to meet the needs of babies…

The Old School is a splendid building situated in the conservation area of the beautiful village of Bletchingdon (near Kidlington and Bicester).  Set in outstanding south facing grounds of over 2 acres, the Victorian school has been completely renovated to meet the needs of babies and children up to school age.

Currently we are caring for the children in "Bubbles" with mixed age groups.  Prior to COVID our childcare was provided as follows:

Each area within the children's accommodation is carefully planned to create an environment most suited to each particular age group.  The Nursery Department is planned to emulate the home situation, and as the children progress through the nursery school, the balance moves gently, but increasingly, towards that of a classroom situation in preparation for school.

The Nursery, Kindergarten and Pre-School Departments are purposefully designed; especially staffed for the appropriate age groups; and are well equipped with stimulating educational toys and games plus a range of small and large equipment to encourage optical physical and educational development.  All our toys are rotated so that the children ar regularly introduced to new and different experiences.  We have wide range of books available for every age and these are changed every four to six weeks.

Our garden facilities for the children are excellent and planned to provide an exciting "outdoor classroom environment" with areas of natural interest, discovery and learning.  The manager, at this setting, is a trained Forest School practitioner.

We are reviewing our provision from September when we hope that COVID restrictions will be eased.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Samantha Hitchman
Contact Position
Setting Manager
01869 351742

Parents wishing to apply for a place at The Old School, Bletchingdon should visit our website where they can see our fees and more information on the nursery. To make an application, parents need to complete a website availability request which will be received by the Nursery Manager. When he/she receives the request, an e-mail is sent to the parents to let them know when their requested days will become available or to suggest the waiting list. Parents can then contact the Manager to arrange a show round and if they wish to book, they can complete a registration form and pay the registration fee. The Manager will then confirm the place and a holding fee will become payable.

Where to go

Willow Cottage Nurseries
The Old School
Weston Road

Current Ofsted Judgment


Other Details



Monthly fees are shown on our website (it is necessary to read the note accompanying the fees).

Please contact provider for further details of costs


Age Ranges
4 months - 5 years

Additional Information

Providing services to
0 - 4 years (pre-school)


Although we have experience of caring for children with special needs, we will assess every child on an individual basis to ensure that we can meet their needs.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Special Needs

Has Provision
SEN Daycare Provision
Dependent on the individual child's needs, it may be possible to offer 1:1 care (Enabler Support)
Provider's SENCo has experience & undergone training to care for children with differing needs
SEN training updated on a regular basis
SENCo & staff have a broad skill basis and there are trained and experienced coordinators for additional needs
Special needs experience based on children who have previously attended our setting
Staff prepared to work with parents, carers and other professionals to provide a good level of care and development relevant to the child's needs
Whilst we do not have experience in all areas of need, we would contact different agencies and seek training in areas should the need arise
Experience with
Able to administer medication
Able to assist with moving and handling
Aspergers syndrome or autistic spectrum disorders
Behaviour, emotional or social difficulties
Cerebral Palsy
Complex health needs
Conditions requiring medical support
Cystic Fibrosis
DiGeorge Syndrome (22q11 deletion)
Diabetes Type 1: blood glucose testing and injecting insulin
Diabetes Type 2: diet
Disabilities affecting mobility
Downs syndrome
Eating Difficulties
Epipen Trained (severe allergy reaction)
Global Developmental Delay
Glue Ear
Hearing Impairment
Mental Health issues eg anxiety, depression, OCD...
Moderate learning difficulties
Moebius Syndrome
Noonan Syndrome
Physical disability
Profound Multiple Learning Difficulty
Profound and complex disabilities
Speech, language and communication difficulties
Sturge-Weber Syndrome
Toileting requirements owing to child having difficulties
Vision impairment

Childcare Information

Funded Places

2 year old funding

3 & 4 year old funding (Universal - 15 Hours)

3 & 4 year old funding (Extended - 30 Hours)

Term time only or stretched over more than 38 weeks
Offering split funding with other providers
Partnership settings
Information available upon request.
30 hour summary
Information available upon request.
Other - please specify
Please see our website for offering.

Opening Times & Facilities

When is childcare available?
All Year

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday - Friday 7:40am 5:30pm

0 - 1 steps into building
Accessible changing facilities
Accessible toilet
Arts and crafts
Climbing Frame
Dressing up
Educational Toys
Large Garden
Messy Play Area
Quiet room/area
Sleeping Area
Water play

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
29/05/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Last checked on 13/12/2021

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