Happy Pancake Day from Harlequin!
13 Feb 18
Harlequin Poppies have made some delicious pancakes today with our cook Yannick. We helped him to measure the ingredients and mix everything together in a big bowl. Yannick cooked our pancakes in the kitchen for us and at snack time we chose our own toppings!
All the children agreed they were very yummy!
07 Feb 18
At Portland House the Bluebell children enjoyed an outdoor creative adventure in the tree top house. Using natural materials they collected from the woodland area the children created their very own ‘Stick person’; a new friend that could have exciting adventures. They used sticks, leaves and acorns to create its features. The children decided the stick person was a girl called ‘Melody’ and had magic
Songs and Rhymes with Babies
07 Feb 18
This week at Portland House we have been ‘singing’ the praises of Megan our Early Years student who is currently training with us whilst on her university placement in the babies Buttercups room. As part of one of her projects Megan has created a useful toolkit specifically for parents all about the importance of using songs and rhymes essential for the early development of young babies.
Music and Dancing!
07 Feb 18
A group of Oakwood House Pre-schoolers this week on our visit to our friends at Bryan Wood found music and practiced our dancing. There was a singer with a guitar and the children and their friends had a wonderful time singing along and dancing to the music.
Literacy Adventures in the Community
02 Feb 18
The Portland House Poppy room children and staff enjoyed a nice winter outing in the local community in Lindley Village. They visited the Lindley bookshop where they were given the opportunity to look at some special books, read stories and even choose some to buy to bring back to nursery to share with their friends at group time.
We selected some beautiful books celebrating how we are
National Storytelling Week
01 Feb 18
The Oakwood House Toddlers really enjoyed the outdoor storytelling as part of National Storytelling week. They learnt all about the 3 Little Pigs and collected the resources from the garden. They heard all about how the pigs built their house out of sticks and were fully engaged in the story the props brought the story to life!
National Storytelling Week
31 Jan 18
At Harlequin we have been celebrating National Storytelling Week. Some children brought books in from home to share at nursery, we talked about our favourite stories and recreated them outdoors: We went on a bear hunt in the forest and used hoops to join children together to make a long “hungry Caterpillar”.
Our Stay and Play was all about telling stories. The children enjoyed using
Exploring the Great outdoors
31 Jan 18
The Portland House Buttercup babies have had tremendous fun exploring the outdoors with the wonderful experiences that the winter season brings such as wind, snow and rain. Their favourite place is down at the bottom of the garden in the secret magical woodland area where they have been cooking up woodland treats in the rustic kitchen.
They have been skilfully practising their physical skills climbing the stair
29 Jan 18
This month, the Harlequin Daisies had a visit from Louise at Jo Jingles. She brought Jo along and introduced the children to lots of fun rhymes! The children joined in using musical instruments and clapping their hands.
Louise brought a parachute with her and the children really enjoyed playing underneath it while Louise sang along to music.
The highlight for the children had to be
Racing Car Adventures!
26 Jan 18
Today the Bluebell children built their own racing car from loose part equipment and natural materials in the garden. The racing car had an engine, a turbo boost and seat belts so the children could keep themselves safe.
The driver decided our destinations, we visited Cannon Hall to see the animals, the ice cream shop for a delicious ice cream and a trip to Scotland to find
Burns Night Celebration
25 Jan 18
Parents and carers at Portland House joined us for our Stay and Play adventure. Children and staff wore their Scottish dress and tartan patterned clothing and accessories.
One of our dads who have a Scottish heritage read some Scottish stories to the children. He came dressed in traditional Scottish kilt and sporran and talked to the children all about this. The children enjoyed listening to
Rain and Dark!
18 Jan 18
This month at Holly Bank the children have been enjoying playing out in the rain. We've loved putting onour wellies and splashing in all the muddy puddles!
We have also enjoyed playing out after tea time, using our torches and glow sticks to explore our outdoor area and talk about llight and dark!
18 Dec 17
Holly Bank have been getting very Christmassy this month. We have been decorating all our Christmas trees by ourselves, making new baubles to hang on the tree and having ‘tinsel baths’ which the babies really enjoyed. We have shaking the musical instruments and singing Christmas songs, really getting in to the Christmas spirit!
13 Dec 17
The Oakwood House toddlers have been enjoying the weather this past month. They’ve seen frost, snow, rain and sunshine, but they’ve been particular fond of the new experiences with frost and snow!
During this weather we’ve been learning about keeping warm when it’s cold and about how ice is formed and how it melts. The toddlers loved cracking
Christmas Fayre Stay & Play
12 Dec 17
Holly Bank had a very successful Christmas fayre at our Stay & Play this month. We sold lots of Christmas biscuits and buns and the children made Christmas Eve sacks to sell. With our Christmas jumper day today we have raised a total of £142.50 for our nominated charity Candlelighters.
Well done everyone!
10 Dec 17
On Monday 11th December the preschool children at Portland House joined together with staff and parents in the local church St Stephens at Lindley to perform their traditional nativity story.
The children had been practising their acting skills, taking on important roles such as Mary, Joseph, Kings, shepherds, angels, innkeepers and animals. They were all very excited to be wearing their special costumes.
07 Dec 17
In the Daisies Room at Harlequin the children have been using all their senses to explore items in the treasure baskets.
Treasure baskets are filled with everyday items made from everyday and natural materials, such as a paint brush, metal spoon, rolling pins, fir cones, and feathers. A simple treasure basket gives babies an opportunity to explore, experiment and make choices at their own pace.
Visit to Lindley Library
06 Dec 17
This week Harlequin Poppies went on an adventure to Lindley Library. They wrapped up warm and walked to Lindley, singing songs and talking about what we could see.
Once there, the children enjoyed looking at books and choosing Christmas stories to bring back to nursery and share with all their friends.
They are looking forward to going on another walk to return the books
06 Dec 17
The children at Holly Bank have been very busy this week making new art work for our Christmas displays. We have talked about Christmas and why it is a special time for some of us. We have also talked about different religious celebrations for different faiths throuhgout the year.
We are looking forward to sing our creative skills to make some baubles and a topper
Christmas tree making
05 Dec 17
Today, at Oakwood House Forest School the children have made their own Christmas trees.
They each found a stick and did lots of knot tying with different colourful ribbon attached; the children then used scissors skilfully to cut the ribbon into the shape of a tree.
03 Dec 17
The Holly Bank children had an amazing time at our Christmas party. We had a very special visit from Santa Clause and we played with the balloons and did some dancing! We were all very excited and full of Christmas cheer!
Thank you to all those who came.It's lovely to spend time with you all as a family.
01 Dec 17
Oakwood House large preschool room were really excited to do a Mini Professors session! We learnt all about different colours and what happens when we mix them. We poured different colour mixes together to see how they changed and at the end we made a colour explosion by mixing food colouring with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Just as well we had out mini lab coats and
If you go down to the woods today….
17 Nov 17
If you go down to Oakwood House today you are sure of a big surprise! The children in their Forest School session this morning collect lots of the autumn leaves that have fallen from the trees. They talked about all the different shapes, sizes and colours and the decided they would like to make a Pudsey Bear from them. The result was amazing so we have our
03 Nov 17
The children in Hollybank Bluebells enjoyed helping to make our bonfire display. We talked about fire and how to stay safe. We talked about the colours and the noises the fireworks make.
Holly Bank Scarecrow
03 Nov 17
The children at Holly Bank have been making a ‘Holly Bank scarecrow’ this week. The gardener collected a huge bag of leaves for us which we used to stuff the scarecrow. We drew a face on him with pens in our own design. The scarecrow played on our slide with us, we enjoyed pushing him down!!
01 Nov 17
The Hollybank Bluebells have had a very busy afternoon. After talking about fireworks and bonfires and all the lovely colours they make, we decided to make some out of Lego. Then we used our whole bodies to show the movements and sounds fireworks make.
26 Oct 17
Today the preschool children have enjoyed their first Bilinguasing session. We had lots of fun learning Spanish words though song.
First we sang a Hello song with all the children’s names – Hola!
Next we sang the Peek-a-boo Song “Cu cu”. The children loved using scarves for this song.
Then we turned on the disco lights for “fum,
26 Oct 17
Here at Harlequin the children have enjoyed being “leaf monsters”! We went on an adventure in to our forest area, making monster foot prints in the mud as we stomped along!
25 Oct 17
The Portland House Bluebell children enjoyed their first science session with Professor Emma this week.
Mini Professors are science based classes specifically written for preschool aged children. They allow the children to get hands on with science and learn that science really is all around us. Each session lasts 45 minutes and consists of hands on experiments, storytelling, videos, songs and lots of fun.
19 Oct 17
This week at Holly Bank the children have been celebrating Diwali. We have been talking about Diwali and what it means, using torches and a coloured disco balls to celebrate the light festival.
The Bluebells have made some glitter mendhi hands for our display board. Everything is very sparkly including the children!
17 Oct 17
Today In Harlequin Poppies the children have had a Spanish session with Jade.
The children have enjoyed learning the “hello”, “goodbye” song and they are learning lots of nursery rhymes in Spanish, such as 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' and 'Tommy Thumb'. The favourite song of the session had to be the bubble song! Fantastico!!
16 Oct 17
Leaves are starting to fall from the trees and these are ideal resources for of loose part activities both at nursery and at home. 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
13 Oct 17
The children in Pre-School at Oakwood House have been making their own juice today with fresh oranges.
They counted how many oranges we had and then helped to cut the oranges in half and the we had twice as many! The children turned the oranges upside down and squeezed the oranges hard into the juicer.
“This looks so juicy”
11 Oct 17
At Holly Bank finally with great excitement, the grass heads we have made, watered and watched grow over the last few weeks in Bluebells have sprouted grass hair!
Using scissors we carefully ‘snipped’ and ‘cut’ the grass hair to give the grass heads a new look!
We have talked about ‘long’ ‘short, ‘curly’ and ‘straight
28 Sep 17
Following on from our calming natural environment workshop on the training day the Oakwood House babies went out for a nature walk to Lindley duck pond. Early experiences with the natural world have been positively linked with the development of imagination and the sense of wonder. Although we do spend a lot of time in our wonderful natural environment at Oakwood a walk to visit the ducks is always
Our Annual Staff Training Day
27 Sep 17
On Tuesday 26th September, we closed the nurseries so our staff team could come together for our Annual Training Day. This is an incredibly beneficial day for our teams and instrumental for delivering outstanding childcare. We use our constant observation and tracking of the children's development to inform the staff teams Personal Devleopment Plans and identify topic areas for training.
Training delivered during the
National Fitness Day
27 Sep 17
The staff and children at Portland House took part in National Fitness Day on Wednesday 27 September. They came to nursery dressed in leisure or sports attire to participate in the challenge to ‘Get your kids moving for 10 minutes at 10am’.
This continued throughout the day with the children demonstrating a wide variety of moves and physical skills. Starting with warm up preparations to get our
21 Sep 17
The children at Oakwood House have been busy out and about in the community delivering harvest hampers both at St Stephens’s Church and at the welcome centre.
We then paid a visit to the Clock Tower where we thought we may see the “Giant who lives there”.
We received a lovely letter both from the Rev Rachel Firth to send out
18 Sep 17
The preschool children at Oakwood House have had their first visit to Bryan Wood Residential Home.
When we arrived the residents faces lit up! The children were happy to hold hands and share cuddles and did some fun activities together. We made collage pictures, using lots of glitter and beautiful feathers. The residents told the children about birds that they cared for when they were younger and
Thank you and Congratulations to Natalie!
15 Sep 17
Today we said a HUGE thank you and congratulations to Natalie, who has worked for Portland Nurseries for a fantastic 15 years!
Natalie has led rooms across all age groups and been an asset to the team with her caring manner and quiet confidence. She has helped so many children settle in to nursery life over the years, while also being a fantastic role model to new staff