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,
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!
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
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
Portland’s Poppies & Sunflowers
21 Oct 13
In May this year Portland House Poppies Room had an outdoor Stay and Play devoted to planting, where children and parents could choose to plant an array of seeds.
Liam and Jack chose sunflowers! They took them home and cared and nutured them so that they grew and grew! Here they are looking very proud of their amazing sunflowers! (click on the photo to see how
Harlequin children bring cheer to local Grandparents
10 Oct 13
On Thursday 3rd October, the children at Harlequin nursery visited Thornhill Nursing Home to celebrate Grandparent's Day. We made cards for the residents and cheered everyone up by singing and dancing to some lovely songs.
Sky Dive Daredevil
09 Oct 13
A big WELL DONE to Nursery Practitioner Brook Evans from Oakwood House Pre-school Room, who took part in a tandem sky dive on 22nd September to raise money for our chosen charity the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice. He jumped from a plane with a qualified instructor which saw them free fall from 15,000 feet reaching a terminal velocity at 120mph! This is his second dive and he clearly
Mini Beasts visit Holly Bank
08 Oct 13
The children at Holly Bank Nursery have enjoyed a very special visit from Zoo Lab who brought all sorts of insects and mini beasts that we haven’t seen before, including a giant snail named Flash, an albino corn snake named Rizzle and a tarantula!
We learnt lots about what they like to eat, where they live ,how they see and even how some of them
Portland House Thanks Anne Watson for 20 Years Service
23 Sep 13
Staff and children gathered today to congratulate Anne Watson for being the first employee at Portland Nurseries to have worked for the company for twenty years. Anne was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a Spa Voucher and a company Holiday Voucher. Staff receive a five day holiday voucher for every five years of service and this will mean that Anne has been rewarded with and extra twenty
Apple Picking at Holly Bank
18 Sep 13
The children in Bluebells have enjoyed picking the apples from our very own apple trees in the garden this morning. We brought them inside, peeled and washed them before enjoying them for our snack this afternoon.
The Poppies room have also been busy exploring the apples, talking about the different patterns and shapes they can make when creating their apple print pictures.