Nursery News


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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Simmy & Squidge - new friends at Holly Bank

Simmy & Squidge - new friends at Holly Bank

15 Sep 14

At Holly Bank Nursery there have been a number of new faces! We welcome all our new children that have recently started and we also welcome our new Guinea Pigs, Simmy and Squidge. The children have enjoyed looking after the guinea pigs and have developed their understanding of them by finding out how they like to live and what food they like to eat. The children have been very

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Woodland Adventures at Harlequin

Woodland Adventures at Harlequin

29 Aug 14

The children at Harlequin have been exploring the woodlands and getting to know the natural environment. They have been looking at how to keep safe in the woodland by using ribbons to mark out where they feel safe, they have also been exploring the leaves on the trees , practicing walking on different natural surfaces and steep slopes and investigating leaves from different trees with staff. Some children picked blackberries

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The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

21 Aug 14

At Oakwood House Nursery & Forest School the children have been learning all about the birds and the bees! The babies found a birds nest in the garden and the pre-school children had great fun exploring it discovering what it was made from. They learnt how the birds make nests and where they might find them. They also made their very own birds to live in the nest. Now

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Ice and Water FUNdraising

Ice and Water FUNdraising

15 Aug 14

On 5th August, Harlequin held a charity stay and play to raise money for Water Aid. We had lots of water themed activities including Ice Jenga, Ice dinosaur excavations, and Staff Splash!, but all had a message of how important clean water is in keeping us healthy. The children baked buns for their parents to buy and we held a raffle with prizes kindly donated by parents and local

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Never Too Young To Play

Never Too Young To Play

12 Aug 14

On Friday 8th August children from Portland House Nursery and Holiday Club took part in one of their regular fun Rugby sessions. Portland Nurseries’ General Manager Michael Murphy, not long back from his rugby career playing for Cootamundra in Australia, led the session with a helping hand from Harrison Lister; one of Portland House’s own alumni. 

Harrison attended Portland House Nursery from the

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Goodbye Bluebells

Goodbye Bluebells

03 Aug 14

The Holly Bank Preschool children and parents really enjoyed their leavers picnic and we were pleased that it almost stayed dry!

All the children received a certificate to show how well they had done and that they are now ready for school! They even wore the special graduation hat for a photograph. We will miss you all a lot, please do come back and tell us all

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Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun

01 Aug 14

All the children at Holly bank have been enjoying the lovely weather we’ve been having by spending time doing lots of water play to keep cool. The children have really enjoyed the sensory experiences this provides and have been observing how the water changes. They have painted with it, made footprints and watched it all disappear in the sun.

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Mud Marvellous Mud

Mud Marvellous Mud

30 Jul 14

The children at Portland House have been spending lots of time mixing up a treat in their new state of the art Mud Kitchen!

They have been making mud pies and mud soup and even some mud irthdya cakes!

Mud provides a fantastic sensory experience and provides endless options for experimentation and discovery about materials and textures. Mud connects the children directly with the natural

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Harlequin’s new bug hotel!

Harlequin’s new bug hotel!

22 Jul 14

Our lovely Poppies at Harlequin have been working hard on their bug hotel, visiting the woods to collect resources to attract minibeasts. We already have some woodlice and ants move in!

Poppies have also been monitoring the temperature and weather, recording their findings morning and afternoon and using our findings to decide when the temperature is cooler. We are really enjoying being outside in all this lovely

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Stay & Play Den Building

Stay & Play Den Building

17 Jul 14

Parents, children and staff had a wonderful time at this week’s Stay & Play session at Oakwood House. We were all outside building dens using natural materials, tarpaulin and old sheets. Everyone was keen to show off their den building skills and some fabulous hideouts were built.

The materials available outdoors such as soil and leaves, sticks and stones are ideal for children to manipulate

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Goodbye Graduates!

Goodbye Graduates!

15 Jul 14

The Oakwood House pre-school children and their parents joined us to picnic in the garden on Monday tea time. We said goodbye and good luck to all our little graduates who will be starting school in September. To mark this special occasion the children were presented with a certificate and their Learning Journal in celebration of their time spent at nursery, followed by lots of fun and games. A

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Having a ‘Wheel’ of a Time!

Having a ‘Wheel’ of a Time!

07 Jul 14

The children at Oakwood House had a ‘wheel’ of a time on 4th July. They all brought their bikes and wheeled toys to nursery to race as part of the Tour de France celebrations. The children really enjoyed the races and sharing each other’s toys. Even the staff had a go!

 

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Tour de France Fun for Portland Toddlers

Tour de France Fun for Portland Toddlers

07 Jul 14

To celebrate Le Tour De France the toddler and preschool children of Portland House nursery in Lindley have been rapidly racing round obstacles for their charity bike ride on Friday 4th July 2014.

The fun and colourful obstacle course was set up in the nursery’s outdoor area and the children were challenged to complete as many laps as possible. Each little rapid racer was sponsored by

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Baby Birds at Holly Bank

Baby Birds at Holly Bank

03 Jul 14

Here at Holly Bank we have some birds nesting in the bushes. The toddlers have really enjoyed watching the Mummy and Daddy bird come with worms and other food for the baby birds in the nest. We can’t really see the baby birds, but we can hear them chirping from the nest. Hopefully we’ll see them as they get a bit bigger and learn to

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Oakwood House Staff Swimathon!

Oakwood House Staff Swimathon!

16 Jun 14

Congratulations to the Oakwood House Team! An energetic group of nursery staff started swimming yesterday at 10.00am and managed to swim the width of the English channel accumulatively. The team all put in a great effort with some people swimming as many as 130 lengths. Each member had to swim 90 lengths to make the distance and many surpassed this. A big thank you to Huddersfield Sports Centre who generously gave

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Most Influential People in Childcare Recognised!

Most Influential People in Childcare Recognised!

02 Jun 14

The most influential people in childcare and early year’s education gathered at a glittering Awards Night on the 29th May held on the 31st floor of the Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf.

Organised by NMT Magazine with support from Barclays and six commercial partners, the purpose of the awards evening was to discover, recognise and reward the people who are most influential within the whole

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National Smile Month

National Smile Month

30 May 14

On Thursday 29th May we had a gleaming visitor in nursery. Lindley Dental Practice came to visit Oakwood House to talk to the children about oral health. They told toothy tales and had ‘Alfie’ the Dragon with them. The children loved Alfie and were able to brush his teeth making them gleam!!, why not try it at home...

Sang to the tune of Row, Row,

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Circle Time

Circle Time

09 May 14

WHAT IS CIRCLE TIME?

At Portland Nurseries we believe that Circle Time is an activity where a group of children and practitioners sit together (at the same level) with the purpose of creating space in which children can communicate. It is about discussion, reflection, emotional understanding, personal identity and making connections. Exploring Relationships, feelings, reflections and emotions lies at the core of Circle Time.

Circle

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Easter Education at Portland House

Easter Education at Portland House

17 Apr 14

Today we had Suzanna's Mummy Deborah Hopkinson come and visit us all at Portland House!

Deborah who is currently on maternity leave after recently giving birth to wonderful twins is a local minister and came into nursery to talk to the children about the true meaning of Easter. The Oreschool children were delighted to have another visitor at Circle Time and learnt all about the

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Portland Nurseries Staff Training Day

Portland Nurseries Staff Training Day

11 Apr 14

On Tuesday 1st April 2014 Portland Nurseries brought over 80 of their employees together from their four sites, Harlequin, Holly Bank, Oakwood House and Portland House to enhance and develop their childcare practice at their Annual Training Day.

As a company we have always put a strong emphasis on continual training and development, holding the Investors in People award for 13 years and ensuring that the staff are trained above

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Charity Car Wash

Charity Car Wash

08 Apr 14

On Saturday 5th April all the staff from Holly Bank nursery got together to help raise money for Water Aid. To discourage our friends and parents from using the commerical car wash companies who use gallons of water they put on our own cheap, easy and environmentally friendly Charity Car Wash. Conserving as much water as possible the Nursery Practitioners worked up a lather on over 25 cars! They also

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Project Tomato

Project Tomato

31 Mar 14

Today our Harlequin children have been having some green fingered fun and have built their very own greenhouse! We now have 3 tomato plants to care for; one red, one yellow and one black tomato plant. The children worked together to count out the pieces and used the instructions to build their greenhouse. They recognised shapes and identified how the construction pieces looked like letters from their names.

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Healthy Body Happy Me at Holly Bank

Healthy Body Happy Me at Holly Bank

28 Mar 14

All week the children at Holly Bank have been taking part in the NDNA’s* 'Healthy Body Happy Me' week. We have learnt about keeping active and how fun it is to spend time outside in the fresh air (but we already knew that!) We’ve also learnt about germs and how it’s really important to wash our hands properly to keep the nasty bugs

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A Letter from Lydia

A Letter from Lydia

26 Mar 14

When Louise from Holly Bank went to visit Finland her little bear Lydia decided she wanted to stay!

Lydia promised to write to all the children at Holly Bank to tell them all about the nursery in Finland she is now living in and they have just received their first letter! All the children are very excited and are going to write back and tell her

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Book Week at Portland House

Book Week at Portland House

14 Mar 14

We would like to thank all the parents who came in each day last week to help celebrate of World Book Day by sharing their favourite stories from home .

Portland House also had a visit from the Mobile Library on Friday 7th March. In small groups we had the opportunity to explore around the bus and we learnt how to handle books with care. The librarian had

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World Book Day

World Book Day

09 Mar 14

The children at Oakwood House Nursery got dressed up and in character for World Book Day on Thursday 4th 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. The pre-school children also had a trip to Lindley Children’s Book Shop

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Pancake Day already? That crêped up on us!

Pancake Day already? That crêped up on us!

07 Mar 14

The children at Harlequin Nursery had lots of fun this week learning about Shrove Tuesday, especially the part where they got to try Pancakes! They enjoyed taste testing different types of pancakes with various toppings while talking about all the different tastes, textures and colours and counting all the toppings. They also listened to a story about Easter and learnt why Christians celebrate Shrove Tuesday.

The children

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Show and Tell

Show and Tell

24 Feb 14

Last week the Pre-school children at Oakwood House were all very excited to share their special things from home and stories with their friends at nursery. They shared their toys, instruments, stories and even information about animals they had seen, taking care in the sun on holiday and useful travel advice on how to get to Dubai!  We had lots of fun listening to each other’s

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The Friendly Giant at Portland House

The Friendly Giant at Portland House

10 Feb 14

Recently while the Bluebell children were playing outside, one of the children found a HUGE footprint in the mud. From this the staff members helped the children's imaginations and creative thinking run wild, forming a story about a BIG FRIENDLY GIANT who visits the Portland House garden. Read on to hear all about their adventures....

One day while playing in the garden Calum found some footprints

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Oodles and Noodles of Fun for Chinese New Year

Oodles and Noodles of Fun for Chinese New Year

05 Feb 14

Harlequin Nursery on Queens Road has recently been celebrating Chinese New Year with all the children and their families. The children have had a lovely time learning all about the animals of the Chinese Zodiac and enjoying tasty Chinese foods using chopsticks, which was a bit of a challenge! As a very special treat on one boy’s mummy came into nursery and sang some traditional Chinese songs

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Chinese New Year at Holly Bank

Chinese New Year at Holly Bank

03 Feb 14

The Bluebell children at Holly Bank have been learning all about Chinese New Year! They have been very busy creating an array of artwork for our display board, inluding Chinese dragons. We all got to taste various Chinese snacks and learn about different foods from around the world.

One lucky boy has jumped on a plane and flown all the way to China with his mummy and

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Huffing and Puffing at Harlequin - The Three Little Pigs

Huffing and Puffing at Harlequin - The Three Little Pigs

31 Jan 14

During January the children at Harlequin have really enjoyed the 'Three Little Pigs' story and have had lots of fun pretending to be the pigs and the wolf! We went on an adventur to the local library and borrowed the three little pigs book and spent lots of time reading and discussing the story. Then we created our own role play areas outside; a house made of straw, a

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Healthy Hair Fun at Portland Preschool

Healthy Hair Fun at Portland Preschool

03 Jan 14

To link in with our 'Health and Self-care' early learning goal we invited Oscars mummy Louise to join us for circle time sessions. Louise owns her own hair salon and she talked to the children about how to keep their hair healthy and showed them some super photos of the salon, how customers have their hair washed, different hairstyles and what the inside of their hair follicles look like.

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A Christmas Visit to the Garden Centre

A Christmas Visit to the Garden Centre

19 Dec 13

The Bluebell children from Portland House took a magical trip to the garden centre last week! The children saw glowing sparkling sights of an array of colours, rows of tinsel, bobbing baubles and artic animals. After walking along the enchanted path through the forest of glistening trees they peeped in Santa’s grotto and saw Rudolph with his glowing red nose peeking out from behind a tree. They

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Creating Artwork for the Lawrence Batley Theatre’s Christmas show Rapunzel

Creating Artwork for the Lawrence Batley Theatre’s Christmas show Rapunzel

12 Dec 13

Oakwood House Pre-school children took part in a wonderful workshop creating magical artwork to place in the foyer of the Lawrence Batley Theatre for its festive production of Rapunzel.

The children worked with the show’s set designer Catherine Chapman to create masterpieces to decorate the theatre. They will get the chance to see their artwork on show when they attend to watch the stage adaptation

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Nursery staff honoured with awards

Nursery staff honoured with awards

22 Nov 13

On Friday 22nd November we held our Annual Review and Awards Evening with over 80 staff from the four nurseries in the group enjoying a celebratory evening at the YMCA, Huddersfield.

Rosemary Murphy OBE, the owner and managing director of the company, gave an overview of the previous year and reported that absences were down by half and over 85% of the childcare staff now hold a Level 3 qualification,

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Yummy Apple Pie Gifts

Yummy Apple Pie Gifts

08 Nov 13

The Children in Poppies at Holly Bank Nursery have been busy making good use of their abundance of apples this year, making a special apple pie to take up to the care home as a treat for all the residents.This yummy treat was gratefully received and they are looking forward to the mince pies at Christmas!

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Bonfire Fun!

Bonfire Fun!

05 Nov 13

Today the children at Oakwood House Nursery and Forest School celebrated Bonfire Night both indoors and out!

After listening and learning about all the bonfires and fireworks the children and staff have seen over the last few days they headed outside to construct a huge and wonderful bundle of twigs and branches to make a bonfire. When the pile was high and the shape was just right

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Shortlisted for Local Awards!

Shortlisted for Local Awards!

24 Oct 13

The Examiner Business Awards 2013 offer a chance to recognise the achievements of local companies from a variety of sectors and this year we have been shortlisted for two awards; Business of the Year and Employer of the Year!

For 22 years Portland Nurseries has strived to provide the highest standard of early years care and education. Today we employ a highly trained and qualified team of 97 early

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