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.
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 all encouraged to be involved in the development of each new
For 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 Though 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.<
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. <
Celebrating Chinese New Year
27 Feb 15
Harlequin has been celebrating Chinese New Year in style! We started our celebrations with a Stay and Play where we made Chinese zodiac masks, tasted Chinese food using chopsticks and made Chinese red lanterns. This year one of our children and his family when to Malaysia to celebrate New Year. William’s mum, Liane came in to talk about how Chinese New Year is celebrated and showed
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
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.
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
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
Chinese New Year
19 Feb 15
Chinese New Year Stay and Play
All the children enjoyed taking part in many activities and learning all about the Chinese New Year festival.
Children in pre-school decorated their own dragon masks and enjoyed wearing them to do the Chinese dragon dance. They also tasted lots of different Chinese food, such as prawn crackers, noodles, sweet chilli sauce and spring rolls. They were all
Pancake Day Fun
19 Feb 15
We celebrated Pancake Day in style at Oakwood House baby room. The children enjoyed playing with the pots and pans as they helped make pretend pancakes. The older babies really enjoyed the imaginative aspect of this play and put the pots in the oven in our home corner.
At snack time we had pancakes! The babies joined in and selected the pancakes they
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
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
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
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. <
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