Children in Need
13 Nov 15
The children at Holly Bank Nursery have enjoyed promoting awareness of Children in Need.
The children and staff wore bright clothes, or mix and match clothes, and enjoyed baking and creating pictures over two days of fun filled activities.
We raised a fantastic amount of £168.05 for Children In Need.
Thank you for all your contributions!
Healthy Eating Activities
12 Nov 15
At Oakwood House our younger pre-school room have been looking at and discussing healthy eating. As part of our Food for Life Award we are looking at lots of healthy options and what we can grow in our garden.
Whilst preparing to make our own fruit salad we sorted the fruit in order of size and then from lightest to heaviest?
We have made our
06 Nov 15
The children in the toddler room at Oakwood House have been fascinated by the leaves falling from the trees and have been learning about autumn.
They have taken torches outside and observed the wonderful shadows and shapes the light created in the woodland. The children started to compare the shadow shapes to animals and found a bear in the bushes! The children loved all the different shapes
EARLY YEARS TOP TRAINER INSPIRES PORTLAND NURSERIES STAFF!
03 Nov 15
Portland Nurseries, a Huddersfield based group of 4 day nurseries, held their Annual Training Day and Review on Tuesday 3rd November. Over 100 staff from the four nurseries came together at the Textile Centre of Excellence to enhance and develop their childcare practice for the future and reflect on the year past.
General Manager, Anastasia Murphy gave an overview of the previous year and reported that over 84% of the
Halloween Stay and Play
30 Oct 15
We had a great turn out for our Halloween Stay and Play session on Friday 30th October.
Everyone had a spooktacular time and the children dressed up in some lovely pumpkin themed outfits. We had lots of spooky activities organised and parents and grandparents had fabulous fun making lanterns from pumpkins.
29 Oct 15
The children at Holly Bank Nursery were very curious when Zoolab came to visit.
Many children have been interested in mini beasts at the bottom of the garden so they were excited to be introduced to other insects such as millipedes, a cockroach, a giant snail, a tarantula and also a rat and a snake!
The children handled the mini beasts very carefully and looked
16 Oct 15
Oakwood House Forest School have been busy exploring EID and the traditions it offers.
The babies have explored the crescent moon and star celestial symbols. They worked very hard creating their own versions of moon and stars, they added glue and glitter to create a sparkle to celebrate EID.
The toddlers made moon and star mobiles. They focussed on individual choice and decision making for
14 Oct 15
The baby room at Oakwood House have been exploring the different cultures of the world and this month we have paid particular attention to Harvest Festival.
Celebrating the Harvest Festival at Stay & Play led to parents and grandparents coming into nursery to engage in different activities to learn all about it together. Parents and children alike loved making a harvest soup with different vegetables from around
Our Herb Garden!
08 Oct 15
The Harlequin children have recently picked the vegetables and herbs they have been growing in the garden.
As part of our Food for Life Award we are looking forward to tasting all of the lovely produce we will be growing over the coming year! Exploration of the outdoor environment and real experiences of growing things outdoors supports all of the seven Areas of Learning within the Early
E Safety for All
01 Oct 15
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.
New technologies, including gaming, can offer our children many exciting and positive experiences. However nurseries and schools are increasingly aware of the negative impact that some online gaming is having on
Parent/Carers Woodland Workshop
30 Sep 15
A small group of parents and nursery staff at Portland House enjoyed an exciting woodland adventure where they were able to experience some of the activities delivered to pre-school children during their woodland sessions. The aim of the workshop was to provide a wide range of outdoor experiences for parent/carers to share with their children at home and to promote risky play within the natural environment, whilst recognising
Top rating from Food Standards Agency
22 Sep 15
Oakwood House Nursery has once again been awarded the top Food Standards Agency rating of 5 for the highest standard of food hygiene and well managed food preparation from Kirklees Council. Portland House Nursery has also been awarded the top rating of 5.
Our menu changes with the seasons and is packed with fresh fruit and vegetable and high quality meat and fish. Parents, staff and children are
From the garden to the table!
10 Sep 15
We have had lots of blackberries growing all over the garden at Oakwood House and some of the toddlers have been learning which blackberries are good to eat.
On Tuesday Jessica took the children around the garden to pick the blackberries asking if we could eat the green ones. “No, only the black ones” replied Eve and Isla. The children really enjoyed this activity
Down at the bottom of the garden…
07 Sep 15
Over the last few months at Portland House Nursery we have begun re-developing the woodland area at the bottom of the garden; Anne and Julie have created some lovely natural den areas for the children to explore and let their imagination come to life!
The children have enjoyed exploring the tree house, lazing in the hammock making music on the giant xylophone and cooking up a storm
First Family Through Oakwood House
26 Aug 15
This week everyone at Oakwood House said goodbye to Caitlin who starts school in September. We have been privileged to not only look after Caitlin, but also her two elder brothers. The family have been using the nursery since 2010, not long after we opened and we will all miss them greatly.
The family came in to say goodbye and have a quick photo with some of the
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
20 Aug 15
On Thursday, 20th August Portland House held a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ in order to have fun whilst raising some money for our nominated charity, Water Aid.
The children and staff all wore mad, mismatched clothes for the day and of course their mad hats. This set the tone for the tea party later in the day. All the children and parents had
17 Aug 15
The children were very creative and imaginative at a recent Forest School session. They made a huge clay face on a tree. Clay is a warm, tactile material which sticks to the bark of the tree easily and makes a great base for adding extra materials found in the woods. The children pressed, squashed, rolled and squeezed the clay to create the tree face. The woodland floor provided a
Sports Day Stay and Play
03 Aug 15
A great time was had by both children and parents alike at the Oakwood House Sports Day Stay & Play.
The children, parents and staff took part in various sporting activities including sack race, egg and spoon, long jump and running.
The children made medals from wooden discs for the prizes and the parents took part in a parent’s race. The children and
03 Aug 15
The children in Bluebells and Sunflowers at Portland House held a party to celebrate the leavers moving to big school in September.
Alison from the Melody Makers came to sing and dance, which was great fun. We learned new circle songs and rhymes, had a delicious buffet tea and the parents joined the presentation of the children’s graduation certificates.
We would like to
End of an Era
03 Aug 15
Presentations were made to a family who have been attending Portland House Nursery for over 13 years.
Mr and Mrs Latif brought their oldest son Zayn to the baby room over 13 years ago, followed by his younger brothers Uzayr and Armir in later years. Julie Lister, the manager of the nursery, presented a bouquet of flowers to Mr and Mrs Latif and a book token from a local
Transition to school
31 Jul 15
Over the past month the Pre-school children at Portland House Nursery have been involved in transition to school visits, exploring their new environments confidently and meeting their new class teachers, it’s all been very exciting and several teachers commented on just how ready they felt the Bluebell and Sunflowers children appeared for school and those next important stages.
The Bluebell and Sunflowers team and staff
THANK YOU TO NURSERY MANAGER JULIE LISTER
10 Jul 15
PORTLAND NURSERIES THANK NURSERY MANAGER JULIE LISTER FOR HER TWENTY YEARS CONTRIBUTION TO OUTSTANDING CHILDCARE!
Staff and children gathered today to congratulate nursery manager Julie Lister for her twenty year contribution to making Portland Nurseries “Outstanding”. Julie is the second employee at Portland Nurseries to have worked for the company for twenty years. Julie was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a cheque, a
Bugs and Mud!
07 Jul 15
The Oakwood babies have loved being outside!
They have found lots of enjoyment in digging in the big barrel of mud. They have enjoyed using their sticks and tools to see how deep they can go.
The babies have also enjoyed bug hunting. We have looked in trees, under rocks and under logs to see what bugs we can find and the babies have
Mud Marvellous Mud!
01 Jul 15
Children and Early Years Professionals at Portland Nurseries and around the world celebrated International Mud Day on 29 June. The initiative started in 2009 at the World Forum for Early Childhood Care and Education in Belfast, and aims to celebrate nature and the outdoors and bring children together by getting muddy.
All four nurseries in the Portland Nurseries group put a huge focus on outdoor play and love mud!
Home Learning Kits
12 Jun 15
Over the next ten weeks Helen, the Early Years Teacher Trainee at Portland House, is going to be working on a number of projects leading staff development and promoting home learning opportunities for the children and their families.
One of these projects is a collection of home learning kits filled with resources and advice to support bilingual and EAL (English as an Additional Language) children and families
02 Jun 15
To support Healthy Week we had a special visit from the Water Aid representative, Howard.
He told us a special story about Ababo, a little girl who lives in Ethiopia. She lives in a small shed, like in our garden, made from mud. She doesn’t have a bed or bedroom; she has to sleep on the floor. She doesn’t have a kitchen and
People who help us
01 Jun 15
To promote ‘Health Week’ we had a special visit from Mathew Edmondson’s mummy.
She is a physiotherapist and came to talk to us about the importance of exercise when we are three and four and how this helps make our muscles and bones become strong when we are older. Mathew’s mummy’s job involves making people better. She sometimes works
Pre-school Releasing the butterflies
29 May 15
Pre-school have had a wonderful time learning about the life cycle of a caterpillar. We put our caterpillars into their own tubs along with some special food and 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.
“Look he has made a bed, he is very tired
20 May 15
At the beginning of May the staff at Holly Bank enjoyed an enabling environments training day. The day helped staff to reorganise resources and reflect upon the environment our children learn within. You may have noticed the room layouts have changed slightly as a result of this. The day has been a huge benefit not only to the staff team but to children having fun exploring new open-ended resources.<
11 May 15
The children became enthralled with the book Whatever Next, by Jill Murphy. The story is about a bear that goes to the moon. The children decided they wanted to build their own rocket to go to the moon in. They looked carefully at what Baby Bear used to create his rocket and his space helmet.
The children collected a box each and worked together to put
22 Apr 15
Holly Bank’s new cook Jamie has been offering the children a helping hand when they planted vegetable seeds this month.
The children have been learning how seeds grow and have helped add compost to the soil beds to then plant carrot, onion and lettuce seeds! Millicent observing soil beds & pointing to lettuce leaves “I can see the leaves, they are starting to grow
Toddler Room Worm Farm
02 Apr 15
The Toddlers at Oakwood House have been very busy building a worm farm. They layered sand and soil in a clear tank so they could view the worms moving.
All the children have had so much fun building a wonderful home for the worms and learning all about our wiggly friends!
This is a great activity to do at home with your children and covers
Fun on the Farm
01 Apr 15
On 1st April at Portland House we held an exciting Stay and Play session "Eggstodinary Fun on the Farm" which also raised money for our nominated charity WaterAid.
The staff along with the children dressed up as animals or farmers and took part in lots of Easter activities including Easter egg hunt, Easter bonnet parade and an Egg and spoon race. They also had 8 quail eggs
World Book Day
13 Mar 15
World Book Day The children of Harlequin took part in World Book Day and a week of activities with lots of dressing up, favourite books and acting out our favourite stories. Our activities were even “tweeted” about when one of our parents contacted the author of The Queens Hat, Steve Anthony, about her daughter’s props for the day. He tweeted back wishing her a &ldquo
Red Nose Day
13 Mar 15
A Wild Time at Oakwood House Nursery for Red Nose Day
The children, parents and staff from Oakwood House Nursery had a really wild time when raising money for Comic Relief.
Both children and the staff paid to dress up furry for the day in their animal onesies and had their faces painted when they arrived at nursery. The children paid to bring in their
Healthy Body, Happy Me Week
09 Mar 15
The children at Holly Bank Nursery have been gearing up for the Healthy Body, Happy Me Week.
The babies enjoyed visiting the local fruit and vegetable shop in Birkby. They noticed the vast array of colours of the fruit and vegetables and on the way back to Nursery they spotted a bright red fire engine!
The Toddlers have enjoyed looking more closely at the
RECORD NUMBER OF BABIES BORN TO NURSERY STAFF
05 Mar 15
Portland Nurseries has seen 35 babies born to employees over the last 3 years and an amazing 17 in the last year alone!
Anastasia Murphy, Joint General Manager of Portland Nurseries’ said “This remarkable number of maternity/paternity leaves has been a challenge to manage but it has been worth it. If you have a predominately female staff team that stays with you for many years, having babies
Harlequin Daisies visit to Holly Bank
05 Mar 15
Harlequin Daisies visited Holly Bank’s soft play room. The children enjoyed bouncing, climbing, sliding and investigating with all their senses. Thank you to Hollybank for letting our children visit, they had a great time!
World Book Day
05 Mar 15
World Book Day
The children and staff at Oakwood House Nursery got dressed up as their favourite story characters for World Book Day on Thursday 5th March.
We saw Peppa Pig, Pirates and Princesses as well as Batman and even Alice in Wonderland! They brought in their favourite books and parents joined them for an extra special Stay and Play that afternoon in which all
Poppies book of the week
02 Mar 15
Our Pre-Schoolers book of the Week has been “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. The children have made play dough with porridge, bear collage pictures and used these pictures to measure sizes in Duplo using comparison language and learning the Goldilocks song using Makaton.
Our Poppies have been also looking at stories, what comes next and filling in the missing words. <