Nursery News


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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Portland’s Poppies & Sunflowers

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

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Harlequin children bring cheer to local Grandparents

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.

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Sky Dive Daredevil

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

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Mini Beasts visit Holly Bank

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

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Portland House Thanks Anne Watson for 20 Years Service

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

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Apple Picking at Holly Bank

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.

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Super Team!

Super Team!

31 Aug 13

The staff team at Oakwood House have recently taken on a “Krypton Factor” challenge (as seen on television) which consisted of a 900 metre army style obstacle course. With the kind support of the children, staff and parents we reaised over £1,050 for the 'Forget Me Not Children's Hospice'. This event was not only a fantastic team building session, but a great opportunity to test their fitness!

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Mini Musicians at Holly Bank

Mini Musicians at Holly Bank

24 Jul 13

The boys and girls at Hollybank enjoyed a visit from Liz today who brought some special musical instruments for them to play with and explore. The children had a lovely, musical time creating loud ,quiet ,high and low sounds on instruments such as recorders, accordions, guitars and flutes. With all the fantastic tunes being played everybody enjoyed some dancing and singing in the garden!

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Leaver’s picnic at the park

Leaver’s picnic at the park

11 Jul 13

The Harlequin children starting school this September enjoyed a special Leaver's Picnic at the Lindley duck pond with staff and parents. All the children received a special graduation certificate and especially loved sharing their picnic with the ducks. 

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Ofsted Judges Oakwood House Nursery “Outstanding”

Ofsted Judges Oakwood House Nursery “Outstanding”

02 Jul 13

Oakwood House and Forest School became the third nursery in the family owned group, Portland Nurseries to be judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted. The nursery, which has been opened for less than three years has already been celebrating it’s well deserved result and the manager Samantha Richmond, who has been with the company for over 20 years complemented her staff team

“I am immensely

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