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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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