Nursery News


Stick Man

Stick Man

24 Jun 16

This week in Forest School at Oakwood the children have been very creative making stick men from the resources they have found in the garden.

They have learnt how to use secateurs safely and cut their sticks to size. This type of environmental art is great fun and a huge learning activity. The children learnt sequencing and ordering deciding which sticks to use, how long they needed

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Babies Baking in the Mud Kitchen

Babies Baking in the Mud Kitchen

17 Jun 16

The babies at Oakwood House have had a wonderful time this morning playing in their mud kitchen. They have added water, mixed, sat in it, moved it…

Mud kitchens even for the youngest children offer endless learning opportunities such as the stimulation of their senses, hand eye co-ordination, cause and effect and gross motor skills to name but a few. This is a wonderful open ended

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Fly Fly Away

Fly Fly Away

17 Jun 16

The children at Oakwood House have had an exciting time learning about the life cycle of a caterpillar.  The caterpillars came in a tub along with some special food and the children observed them daily to see how quickly and how much the caterpillars grew. The children were amazed to see the caterpillars then build a cocoon around themselves.

The caterpillars, in their cocoon, were then

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Secret Fairy House

Secret Fairy House

16 Jun 16

The children at Oakwood House found a ‘secret’ fairy house hiding in the bushes and trees.

They looked in amazement at the detail in the house “look it has a slide and a chimney”, it even glittered!

We put leaves and berries inside for the fairies to eat when they return “the door is closed now, maybe just the fairies

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The Giant at Oakwood!

The Giant at Oakwood!

15 Jun 16

The Giant has left another letter in the forest today, asking the children to make some ‘bunting’ for him to have a party in the wonderful house the children built for him last week!

The children set off around the garden to look for different coloured natural materials, to make a colourful party bunting.

We spoke about numbers and symmetry and the children

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Celebrating the Queens Birthday

Celebrating the Queens Birthday

10 Jun 16

This month the Portland House Poppy room celebrated the Queen’s birthday at out Stay & Play session.

The children joined in with different creative activities using the colours red, white and blue and making flags. The children especially enjoyed playing pass the parcel with their friends.

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Daisy room news

Daisy room news

10 Jun 16

The Daisy room children at Portland House have enjoyed exploring the sensory tub with pasta, lentils and oats. We have been practising using our physical skills scooping, filling and pouring into pots and pans.

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Buttercups at play!

Buttercups at play!

10 Jun 16

the Buttercups at Portland have been having lots of sensory activities. They loved our ‘beach’ tray with sand, shells and pebbles. The children have also explored messy activities and loved the garden in the rain, where mud was the main attraction.

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Sound Wall

Sound Wall

09 Jun 16

The Bluebells at Portland House have been excitedly experimenting with our new sound wall recently, discovering new ways to make loud and quiet sounds. 

We have also incorporated it into our circle times, singing songs along to the rhythms made.

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Yoga with the Bluebells

Yoga with the Bluebells

06 Jun 16

The Bluebells at Portland House have recently enjoyed taking part in their first Yoga class.

The children met Auntie Lisa, their teacher, who taught them how to do various stretches and movements along to a narrative story, this week we made sandwiches and went to the fun fair together. 

The children were encouraged to listen and follow instructions and learnt the meaning of the

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Walk in Lindley

Walk in Lindley

02 Jun 16

Pre-school 1 enjoyed a local walk today to Lindley. We went to the library and loved choosing stories to listen to and talking about what kind of books we would like to buy at the Children’s Bookshop.

The children loved looking around the book shop and spoke about all the different books that they have at home and what they like to read with their families.

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Melody Makers

Melody Makers

01 Jun 16

Today the Daisy and Buttercup children have been joined by Alison from Melody Makers for some musical fun and dance.

All the babies got involved listening to rhymes, exploring colours of ribbons and moving them in different ways, up and down and side to side. Alison had brought her guitar with her which the babies were fascinated by, wanted to touch and tried to have a go.<

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A bridge to safety!

A bridge to safety!

01 Jun 16

Today in our forest school session the children enjoyed making a bridge out of natural materials to build over the Trolls cave. The children worked really hard together to move some very big logs around the garden. They used fantastic problem solving skills to figure out how to move the logs.

Some of the logs were too heavy so one child shouted to his friends "we're

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Children’s interests in spiders!

Children’s interests in spiders!

26 May 16

Preschool children have been on the hunt for mini beasts! They have spotted some big spiders in the basement area at Holly Bank Nursery. The spiders ignited their imaginations and creativity skills and many of the pre-schoolers enjoyed using different materials to create their own spiders!

Our fantastic spiders will be on display in the basement.

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Mud Monsters!

Mud Monsters!

24 May 16

Today in our forest school session we made and moulded our very own mud creatures to hide around the garden. We discussed the properties of mud and learnt that if we added water it went sticky! We looked at different shapes and one child said “I want a long shape” another said “I would like mine to be circle”.

We looked at each

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Little Explorers

Little Explorers

17 May 16

After our recent Earth Day Stay and Play the toddlers have done an excellent job at looking after our beans and carrots that we planted. The children have enjoyed taking the watering cans into the garden and also getting their hands stuck in the soil pulling out weeds.

A group of children noticed our beans were getting bigger so decided to have a closer look. “Them

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Using Tools

Using Tools

12 May 16

Working in teams of two, the pre-school children took part in some woodwork activities using a range of tools from hack saws to screwdrivers and hammers. 

Before they started, the children took part in a safety discussion where we talked about how to be careful and sensible. 

Allowing them to manage risk and learn a range of new skills, the pre-schoolers worked on

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Making Music

Making Music

10 May 16

Today in the baby room we have enjoyed making music using lots of different instruments to create loud and soft sounds, both fast and slow. 

We encouraged all the children to use the instruments themselves and sang songs such as “Twinkle Twinkle” and our favourite “Horsey, Horsey” because we liked the “clip-clopping” noise the wooden instruments made!

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OUTSTANDING again for Harlequin Nursery!

OUTSTANDING again for Harlequin Nursery!

03 May 16

We are delighted to announce that Harlequin have once again been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ grade by Ofsted in all categories!

We would just like to say a big congratulations and well done to all the staff who have done so well to achieve this working together as a new team. The high quality childcare and education we provide would not be possible without all their

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Forest Friends

Forest Friends

02 May 16

Lots of the children have been talking about a troll that is living in our forest area but we don’t see him because he is scared of all the children and staff at the nursery.

To show the troll that we are very kind and caring, the pre-school children worked together making a large card and present to send to the troll.

The

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Cooking up a Storm!

Cooking up a Storm!

28 Apr 16

Today during our forest session the children discovered a letter sent from the fairies, telling them that the Sneezy Dragon had been to visit again and eaten all of their food! “We can make them some more!” 

The children made two teams and set off to find different, natural materials to use as ‘dinner’. They created a 2 course meal together.

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Healthy Body Happy Me

Healthy Body Happy Me

28 Apr 16

NDNA’s Annual Healthy Body Happy Me campaign encourages better health and happiness by giving children ideas for play, learning and fun, sponsored by Hope Education and Citation Professional Solutions. Each day of the week-long campaign has a special theme promoting healthy messages with fun activities, tips and ideas.

At Harlequin children were taking a look at themselves in the mirror. The children in the Poppies

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25 Years of OUTSTANDING Childcare!

25 Years of OUTSTANDING Childcare!

20 Apr 16

This summer we will be celebrating 25 years of outstanding childcare!

With four nurseries in the Huddersfield area, we have continually strived to provide local families with the highest standard of early years care and education for generations and have truly become part of the community.

Owners Rosemary and Michael Murphy both qualified teachers opened their first nursery Portland House in September 1991 followed in later years

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Sowing the seeds!

Sowing the seeds!

20 Apr 16

In the baby room at Oakwood House the babies have had lots of fun planting seeds and they used trowels to help them put the compost into their own planting pots. We talked about the different names of the herbs which were lemon balm, dill, parsley, rocket, marjoram, basil and chives and the children felt the different textures of the compost and seeds.

The babies brilliant planting

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Celebrating our Food for Life Early Years Award!

Celebrating our Food for Life Early Years Award!

18 Apr 16

We're delighted to announce that Oakwood House Nursery and Forest School has become one of the first nurseries in the country to achieve the Soil Association's Food for Life Early Years award.

The award requires nurseries to demonstrate that they are providing tasty, nutritious meals in an environment that encourages good social skills and healthy choices. It acknowledges how we are supporting the development of

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

12 Apr 16

Today at our Forest School session the children have really enjoyed exploring a ‘secret’ part of our garden! We learnt about boundaries and how to keep safe in the area and all worked together to make a bridge to get us to the other side.

“Maybe we could use two logs, so we can put one foot on each side, this will help us

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Baby chicks at Holly Bank

Baby chicks at Holly Bank

08 Apr 16

The children at Holly Bank nursery were delighted when two of their Easter eggs hatched this week! The eggs had been kept warm in an incubator before hatching on Wednesday. The children had chance to observe the baby chicks “pipping” the egg shells to crack out of them.

The children have had chance to hold the baby chicks and we are all surprised as to

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Land of the “knock knocks”

Land of the “knock knocks”

07 Apr 16

The Sneezy Dragon came to play at Oakwood today!

The children quietly tiptoed through the garden, being careful not to wake the dragon. We heard some sneezes along the way, so quickly layed down and covered our eyes. “We have to cover our eyes so the sneezy dragon could not see us”  “If we tiptoe the sneezy dragon can’t hear our

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Eggsellent Easter

Eggsellent Easter

23 Mar 16

Parents, staff and children had fun at Oakwoods Easter Stay and Play.

There was an egg hunt outside in which the Easter Bunny made an appearance. The children also worked hard on their Easter Bonnets and decorated eggs.

The staff had baked some amazing cakes for the bake sale and a big Thank you to parents as we raised £222.43 for WaterAid!

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Woodland Chip Mountain

Woodland Chip Mountain

22 Mar 16

The children in toddlers and pre-school at Oakwood House have been having great fun with a delivery of chipped wood kindly donated to us by Able Tree Surgeons. They really enjoyed climbing to the top like they were conquering a mountain and began working collaboratively together to fill the wheel barrow and move the wood chippings to the bottom of the garden.

Forest school gives children the

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Easter Fun Week

Easter Fun Week

21 Mar 16

The children at Harlequin have enjoyed lots of Easter fun this week, helping to make some yummy chocolate Easter nests decorated with chicks and chocolate eggs.

The children had lots of fun getting creative taking turns to use a salad spinner filled with paint to create some lovely eggs pictures as well as gluing and sticking to make Easter cards for their families.

We even

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Celebrating Science Week

Celebrating Science Week

18 Mar 16

As part of British Science Week, pre-school children explored chemical reactions. A few children have been interested in volcanoes and how they erupt. To link with science week the pre-schoolers made a volcano from newspaper and glue, waited for it to dry before painting it to look like a volcano.

The children mixed vinegar and bicarbonate of soda into the volcano mould and were amazed to see

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Top of the Morning on St Patricks Day

Top of the Morning on St Patricks Day

17 Mar 16

The children are celebrating St Patricks Day today at Oakwood House and have been helping to make some colcannon Irish mash! Colcannon is traditionally made from mashed potatoes, cabbage and spring onion.

The children used potato peelers and small knives to peel and prepare the potatoes ready to cut and the children have helped to chop some spring onion and cabbage.

When talking about St

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Outing to the Garden Centre

Outing to the Garden Centre

17 Mar 16

Children at Holly Bank Nursery enjoyed a visit to the local garden centre to buy flowers, plants, herbs and bulbs for their garden.

The pre-schoolers challenged themselves to walk to the garden centre and back. They counted their steps in an effort to raise money for water aid. Jointly the children walked well over 10,000 steps and raised £30.00!

The toddlers walked part of the way

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Play Evening Event

Play Evening Event

16 Mar 16

Parents joined the staff team at Portland House us for an evening ‘PLAY’ event (Parents, Learning And You) on Wednesday 16th March. The staff team ran several fun activity workshops during the evening, which promoted children’s learning and development across the Early Years Foundation Stage. This gave parents/carers the chance to engage with each other and the nursery, as well as lots of ideas

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First Aid for Parents, Carers & Grandparents at Portland House

First Aid for Parents, Carers & Grandparents at Portland House

14 Mar 16

Gain valuable First Aid knowledge and practical skills on a 3 hour short course preparing you to deal with everyday childhood illnesses, accidents and First Aid situations delivered by a qualified Paediatric First Aid Instructor.

The following subject areas will be covered:

Resuscitation Choking Bleeding Head & Spinal Injuries Fractures & Dislocations Sprains & Strains Seizures Burns Meningitis Poisons Bites & Stings Allergic Reactions

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Forest School Learning

Forest School Learning

14 Mar 16

Teresa and Jordan are having a great time on their 5 day Forest School Training course.

They have been learning lots of new skills and have come back to nursery with lots of ideas!  The Forest School ethos is a unique and fun approach to learning outdoors, specifically a woodland environment.

These are a few of the activities they have taken part in: Day 1 An

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Gardening work at Harlequin!

Gardening work at Harlequin!

10 Mar 16

The babies have been watching the big diggers at work while the gardeners have been renovating our grass area.

They are having lots of fun exploring the texture of the new Astro Turf, crawling and walking around exploring. They are also having lots of fun crawling in and out of the new wicker tepee den, playing peak-a-boo games.

We are currently in the process of

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Cardboard Box to Castle – Open Ended Play at Oakwood

Cardboard Box to Castle – Open Ended Play at Oakwood

09 Mar 16

The children in Pre-School have been having great fun in their new castle which they built with James out of a cardboard box!

The children decided they wanted to build a castle and then became knights and dragons. They have really enjoyed playing in their new play space.

A cardboard box is one of the most basic and universally loved open ended resources and it

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Gloop Group

Gloop Group

09 Mar 16

The babies at Oakwood House have been having great fun with sensory play. They have been exploring the properties of Gloop which is a mixture of cornflour and water and they were mesmerised.

Babies learn through their senses and this sensory rich activity stimulates the brain and is perfect for this age group.  Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine

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