Nursery News


Kirklees Healthy Choice Gold Award

Kirklees Healthy Choice Gold Award

25 Feb 15

Here at Oakwood House Nursery we have been awarded The Kirklees Healthy Choice Gold Award for our healthy children’s menu and the highest standards of food hygiene.

Fresh, healthy, nutritious food is prepared every day by our nursery chef for children from birth to five years. The menu changes seasonally and is packed with fresh fruit and vegetable, pulses, grains, high quality meat and fish

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Pre-school Get Physical

Pre-school Get Physical

25 Feb 15

P E Lessons

In preparation for preparing the children for their transition to school this summer we have been taking part in our very own P.E. lessons at pre-school. The children have been learning all about what they will do at P.E. lessons when they go to school and talking about why it is important for us to have regular exercise.

We have

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February Fun Time

February Fun Time

20 Feb 15

The Fun Club children have had tremendous fun this February half term participating in a variety of activities. They visited play world for an electrifying skating adventure on Tuesday and refining their physical skills whilst climbing, rough and tumbling in the play gym.

On Thursday we took part in an outdoor Olympic Games challenge. The ‘Lightening Strike’ team narrowly beat the ‘Don’t

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Archie’s First Pantomime

Archie’s First Pantomime

19 Feb 15

Archie one of Holly Bank pre-schoolers, is taking part in his first pantomime it is The Cliffites production of Aladdin at St Philips Community Centre, Birchencliffe during half term. Aladdin has been written by his mum Steph and his dad plays the silly policeman PC Ping and granddad is Widow Twankey.

Archie has broken the record as being the youngest person ever to take part in a

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Chatterbox Challenge

Chatterbox Challenge

16 Feb 15

The Chatterbox Challenge has begun!

Throughout February and March, the children at Holly Bank Nursery will be taking part in a Chatterbox Challenge to raise money for the “I Can Challenge”. This challenge provides a fantastic opportunity to get children chattering and allows parents and carers to join in the fun and support speech and communication at home.

Speech, language and communication skills

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Wild About Winter

Wild About Winter

12 Feb 15

Wild About Winter

This month the children at Portland House Nursery have been working towards strengthening their pre writing skills by undertaking activities to develop hand –eye coordination, elbow & wrist pivot and pincer grip. One of their favourite activities involved using real tools safely and appropriately in which the children hammered golf tees into melons.

With the spare melons some children made wonderful

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Our favourite colour is green!

Our favourite  colour is green!

11 Feb 15

OUR FAVOURITE COLOUR IS GREEN!

This week the children at Portland Nurseries have been taking part in the National People and Planet ‘Go Green Week’ by learning the importance of recycling, up-cycling and greener homes!

To support this event for the children, parents and employees at Portland House Nursery are setting up their very own recycling centre to collect materials for their brilliant

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Matching games using dinosaurs

Matching games using dinosaurs

09 Feb 15

The Harlequin Toddlers have been using their interests in dinosaurs to play matching games.

The games helped our children to look at similarities and differences in colour, shape and size. They also helped to develop  the children’s mathematical language, for example” big”, “bigger”, “small” “smaller”,  in addition to developing sorting and classification skills.  <

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Flip for fun on Pancake Day

Flip for fun on Pancake Day

06 Feb 15

Flip for Fun on Pancake Day Tuesday 17th February 2015

Creative Cooking Inspiration for Pancake Day Cooking is not only a fun, engaging activity for children, but an important tool for learning and development across all the Early Years Foundation Stages.

Social – Emotional Development: Cooking is a hands on experience for children, it helps develop their confidence while also encouraging them to learn to follow

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Visit to Lindley Library

Visit to Lindley Library

06 Feb 15

The children at Harlequin visited Lindley Library to choose some books about our forthcoming celebrations and projects.

The children chose books on Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year,  Keeping Healthy for Health Body Happy Me week on 16th to 22nd March. We also chose books on recycling for our work towards our Eco Schools Green Flag Award. 

The Library will be coming

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Men in Childcare - Breaking stereotypes & planting roots for the future

Men in Childcare - Breaking stereotypes & planting roots for the future

06 Feb 15

Across our nurseries the male practitioners are making their mark on the early year’s sector!

Forest School Practitioner Brook Evans rallied the ‘Portland Nurseries boy’s together at Oakwood House Nursery & Forest School to help the children plant a Christmas tree. The children continually learn the importance of nature and caring for their environment and the Portland Nurseries men have picked up

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Buttercups in the Community

Buttercups in the Community

02 Feb 15

Buttercups in the Community

The Buttercup babies at Portland House enjoyed a trip to Lindley Library to take part in their weekly ‘Rhyme time’ sessions. This was the first nursery outing experience for some of the babies who are our new starters this term, providing the opportunity for a new adventure to explore the local community along the way.

The babies enjoyed meeting

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Cooking Season has Begun

Cooking Season has Begun

02 Feb 15

Cooking season has begun in the Oakwood House garden. The toddlers have been busy in our mud kitchen with originality, creativity, and generosity from nature. The children have had a fascinating time with natures abundant "loose parts" comprising of mud, sand, water, parts of plants and cooking utensils. 

This type of open ended play gives endless opportunity for creativity, which is only limited by imagination. These

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinese New Year Celebrations

30 Jan 15

Chinese New Year Celebrations

The Bluebell children at Portland House enjoyed a group time session in January led by Charlottes daddy, who came especially to talk to the children about how Charlotte’s family celebrate the Chinese New Year. He told the children that the family all get together just like at Christmas, but that the Chinese New Year is on a different date which changes

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Snow babies

Snow babies

30 Jan 15

At Portland House the children in daisy room have enjoyed exploring the snow over the recent weeks and spent lots of time wrapped up warm playing in it. We used this opportunity to explore and learn about cold, wet and melting and made and followed foot prints to see where they led and the patterns they made. The children used the snow to fill buckets to build snow castles;

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Let it Snow

Let it Snow

29 Jan 15

While the wintery weather can often cause chaos for many, the children at Oakwood House Nursery and Forest School took full advantage of the snow fall on Thursday 29th January.

The snow is a wonderful spontaneous opportunity for the children to have fun outdoors. For some of the children, it was their first time to experience snow and the staff at Oakwood House wanted to make the

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Toddlers savour the Scottish Celebration

Toddlers savour the Scottish Celebration

26 Jan 15

Och Aye the Toddlers Savour the Scottish Celebration

At Oakwood House Nursery on Monday 26th January the Toddler Room celebrated Burns Night with their first Stay and Play of the year.  To mark this occasion the children enjoyed their Burns Supper of haggis, neaps and tatties. The children really loved it with some even asking for seconds!

Throughout the afternoon activities included Scottish flag

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Snow Snow Snow

Snow Snow Snow

23 Jan 15

Here are some of the benefits that snow play can bring to your child

There are many benefits to children’s development through the provision of snow in their environment: they have a chance to explore the snow, its temperature, texture and how it melts when held. If children can experience snow first hand they can investigate its properties and learn whilst having fun and enjoying

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Fun Club budding star on the rise

Fun Club budding star on the rise

08 Jan 15

Portland House Nursery would like to congratulate Tilly Budd on a great achievement for her talented synchronised swimming. Tilly has attended Portland Nurseries from a young age and currently attends the Afterschool Club at Portland House and Fun Club. She took up synchronised swimming at the age of 6 years and has earned herself a place in the England talent development squad; this makes Tilly the top ranked 10 year old

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Happy Hungry Caterpillars

Happy Hungry Caterpillars

22 Dec 14

The Pre-school children at Oakwood House ended their “Hungry Caterpillar” month by designing their own t-shirts based on the story.

Each child created a picture, choosing something memorable from The Hungry Caterpillar story. Some children chose to draw a caterpillar or the butterfly, and some chose the cocoon!

The children’s artwork was given to Beau’s mummy who kindly transferred

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Putting the ‘Roar’ into babies - Learning with the Lion Learner!

Putting the ‘Roar’ into babies - Learning with the Lion Learner!

17 Dec 14

Lion Learners came to the baby room at Oakwood House to deliver a Christmas story and an animal sensory experience.In total, 30 children, parents and grandparents attended to join in the festive cheer. 

The babies enjoyed looking at the mini lop bunny ‘Arthur’ and giving him a kind stroke. The story was a success and the families gave a round of applause when Santa

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Christmas Workshop at Oakwood House

Christmas Workshop at Oakwood House

08 Dec 14

Christmas Workshop at Oakwood 

The baby room enjoyed a fabulous festive workshop this morning. It was a huge success with over 27 Mum’s, Dad’s, Grandma’s and Granddad’s attending. They had a wonderful time exploring the cold snow, mixing it together creating a winter wonderland. They also enjoyed a host of creative Christmas crafts including paint, glue and Christmas songs.

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Room news from Harlequin

Room news from Harlequin

07 Dec 14

Daisies In Daisies we have been getting very festive this season.  We have been making lots of decorations to make the nursery look like a winter wonderland.  The babies decorated a snowman, a Christmas tree and some snowflakes which have all been hung up in the baby room.  Together we have also enjoyed singing lots of Christmas songs too.  Merry Christmas from all of us

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Oakwood House Parent and Baby group

Oakwood House Parent and Baby group

02 Dec 14

Oakwood’s first Parent and Baby group was a great success. It gave our new parents a wonderful opportunity to make friends and to have a good chat. We hope to continue this on a monthly basis and include sessions on rhyme time, tummy time, and sensory experiences for the babies.  These sessions provide parents with an opportunity to play with their child, giving them their undivided

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Daisies Rhyme time

Daisies Rhyme time

01 Dec 14

Following National Nursery Rhyme Week, the children of Portland House Nursery have enjoyed visiting Lindley Library for their weekly Rhyme-time session. As well as joining in with their favourite nursery rhymes, they have been learning some new ones. These sessions have helped to build children’s communication and language skills.

This month, our Stay and Play sessions have been focusing on nursery rhymes. Parents have taken

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E Safety for All

E Safety for All

24 Nov 14

Following recent training at Portland House Nurseries and coverage in the national press this news item aims to highlight some of the issues regarding internet usage and offers recommendations to keep you and your children safe.

‘Home hackers’ spy on you and your children… with YOUR webcam Footage from inside homes, offices and shops is being intercepted and broadcast live on the internet –

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Little Robin Red Breast

Little Robin Red Breast

23 Nov 14

The Oakwood House Babies have had a very exciting morning. We were very lucky to receive an early visit from a Robin red breast who was extremely courageous. The Robin loved spying on our babies watching them play outside and kept flying closer and closer. The babies were so excited, they smiled and clapped at the Robin, and he responded by putting on a show with a series of

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Children in Need Event

Children in Need Event

21 Nov 14

To support this year’s funding event for Children in Need the children and staff at Portland House Nursery came dressed as their hero or favourite superhero. The Bluebell children joined in activities such as making super hero dust, face painting, and guess the name of the teddy, making hero masks and outfits. The nursery children had been busy creating an assortment of home baking delights and along

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We are Going on a Leaf Hunt

We are Going on a Leaf Hunt

20 Nov 14

It’s that time of year again, the wind is picking up and the air is getting cooler. What could be a better activity than Leaf Play? Nestled in Oakwood’s garden is nature’s own unique activity centre with lots of opportunity for open ended play.  The sensory benefits that can be found from a romp in a pile of leaves is endless.

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Pre-school Building a ‘Fairy House’

Pre-school Building a ‘Fairy House’

16 Nov 14

Today the children from Oakwood House Pre-school we set off into our garden to make a magical fairy house.  Our persona dolls Sage and Onion came with us and told us a story about how the strong winds in the night had blown the fairies house down and that they had chosen us to help build a new one! We were very excited and embarked on a search

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Autumn Play

Autumn Play

13 Nov 14

As we approach the tail end of Autumn and we're about to embrace Christmas (and with it Winter), there are still plenty of natural play resources falling from the trees to enjoy this type of activity for a few weeks yet with your children.

Autumn Play dough The no-cook play dough recipe can keep for months in the fridge if wrapped up in clingfilm or plastic

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Pre-school Trip to Lindley Grange Care Home

Pre-school Trip to Lindley Grange Care Home

10 Nov 14

Oakwood House Pre-school enjoyed a wonderful visit to Lindley Grange Care Home at Lindley today.  We walked from nursery and the children used fantastic listening skills, walking really well and keeping safe. On the way there we spoke about the different things we could see in the environment, playing ‘I Spy’ using our phonics sounds. When we arrived at the care home we were greeted by

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Staff team honoured with awards & prizes after a productive Training Day!

Staff team honoured with awards & prizes after a productive Training Day!

09 Nov 14

On Friday 7th November we closed the nurseries to hold our Annual Training Day and Review. Over 95 staff from the four nurseries in the group were brought together at the Textile Centre of Excellence to enhance and develop their childcare practice for the future and reflect on the year past.

Rosemary Murphy OBE, the owner and managing director of the company, took a back seat this year

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Pre-school trip to National Coal Mining Museum

Pre-school trip to National Coal Mining Museum

03 Nov 14

Today the children from Oakwood House Pre-school had a ‘trip day’ and went to The National Coal Mining Museum.  We travelled by public transport and the children displayed such good manners and behaviour when travelling. On our way we were very lucky to pass beautiful views that got the children talking about what they could see. “Look there is Emley Moor Mast” Henry informed

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All about Eid

All about Eid

22 Oct 14

At Portland Nursery, Amir’s daddy came into Bluebells to lead a very special group time, talking about Eid. We learnt that it is a celebration similar to Christmas for Muslims. At Eid children and adults dress up in special party clothes, eat lots of treats and play fun games with friends and family. They pray on special mats to show they are thankful for such a special

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Go Bananas

Go Bananas

17 Oct 14

The children in the Bluebell room engaged in a morning of monkey mischief as they enjoyed having special friends which were cheeky chimps visiting bluebells today.

The children entertained toy monkeys at a chimps tea party. The mischievous monkeys devoured an assortment of banana delights that the children busily created at the play dough activity table such as banana sandwiches; banana bread, cakes, soup and even banana

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Healthy Caterpillars

Healthy Caterpillars

10 Oct 14

The Pre-school children at Oakwood House Nursery had a wonderful time creating their very own healthy caterpillars.  We used a variety of fruit and vegetables to make butterflies, caterpillars and cacoon's. 

The children used good imagination and were really creative.  Connie and Beau used a large apple as a caterpillar head and added apple segments along the back as "the body".  They

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Group Time - People who help us

Group Time  - People who help us

09 Oct 14

Today we had a very special group time led by our new friend Hector. He is spending some time visiting with the preschool children in Bluebells before he goes to work in Canada where he will be teaching young children 4-5 years old how to learn to ski.

Hector spoke to the children all about his favourite sport which is Skiing and brought in some of his

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A little stars trip down memory lane

A little stars trip down memory lane

02 Oct 14

Anjali Singh who is now 16 years old attended Portland House nursery in June 2001 came back to visit Portland House Nursery to say hello to her key person Pam and Debbie to give them pictures that she had made them as a special ‘Thank you’ for looking after her. Pam, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who specialises in working with children with additional needs, had worked closely

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All About Me

All About Me

25 Sep 14

September has been a time of transitions with children settling into their new rooms and also making relationships with new friends. Our recent STAY & PLAY presented the perfect opportunity for families to be invited into the nursery to have a look through their children’s Learning Journals. Some parents enjoyed decorating Learning Journal’s with their children, but most loved looking through the photos with their

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