Mud Marvellous Mud!
01 Jul 15
Children and Early Years Professionals at Portland Nurseries and around the world celebrated International Mud Day on 29 June. The initiative started in 2009 at the World Forum for Early Childhood Care and Education in Belfast, and aims to celebrate nature and the outdoors and bring children together by getting muddy.
All four nurseries in the Portland Nurseries group put a huge focus on outdoor play and love mud!
Pre-school Releasing the butterflies
29 May 15
Pre-school have had a wonderful time learning about the life cycle of a caterpillar. We put our caterpillars into their own tubs along with some special food and observed them daily to see how quickly and how much the caterpillars grew. The children were amazed to see the caterpillars then build a cocoon around themselves.
“Look he has made a bed, he is very tired
Toddler Room Worm Farm
02 Apr 15
The Toddlers at Oakwood House have been very busy building a worm farm. They layered sand and soil in a clear tank so they could view the worms moving.
All the children have had so much fun building a wonderful home for the worms and learning all about our wiggly friends!
This is a great activity to do at home with your children and covers
Red Nose Day
13 Mar 15
A Wild Time at Oakwood House Nursery for Red Nose Day
The children, parents and staff from Oakwood House Nursery had a really wild time when raising money for Comic Relief.
Both children and the staff paid to dress up furry for the day in their animal onesies and had their faces painted when they arrived at nursery. The children paid to bring in their
RECORD NUMBER OF BABIES BORN TO NURSERY STAFF
05 Mar 15
Portland Nurseries has seen 35 babies born to employees over the last 3 years and an amazing 17 in the last year alone!
Anastasia Murphy, Joint General Manager of Portland Nurseries’ said “This remarkable number of maternity/paternity leaves has been a challenge to manage but it has been worth it. If you have a predominately female staff team that stays with you for many years, having babies
World Book Day
05 Mar 15
World Book Day
The children and staff at Oakwood House Nursery got dressed up as their favourite story characters for World Book Day on Thursday 5th 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 in which all
Kirklees Healthy Choice Gold Award
25 Feb 15
Here at Oakwood House Nursery we have been awarded The Kirklees Healthy Choice Gold Award for our healthy children’s menu and the highest standards of food hygiene.
Fresh, healthy, nutritious food is prepared every day by our nursery chef for children from birth to five years. The menu changes seasonally and is packed with fresh fruit and vegetable, pulses, grains, high quality meat and fish
Pre-school Get Physical
25 Feb 15
P E Lessons
In preparation for preparing the children for their transition to school this summer we have been taking part in our very own P.E. lessons at pre-school. The children have been learning all about what they will do at P.E. lessons when they go to school and talking about why it is important for us to have regular exercise.
Chinese New Year
19 Feb 15
Chinese New Year Stay and Play
All the children enjoyed taking part in many activities and learning all about the Chinese New Year festival.
Children in pre-school decorated their own dragon masks and enjoyed wearing them to do the Chinese dragon dance. They also tasted lots of different Chinese food, such as prawn crackers, noodles, sweet chilli sauce and spring rolls. They were all
Pancake Day Fun
19 Feb 15
We celebrated Pancake Day in style at Oakwood House baby room. The children enjoyed playing with the pots and pans as they helped make pretend pancakes. The older babies really enjoyed the imaginative aspect of this play and put the pots in the oven in our home corner.
At snack time we had pancakes! The babies joined in and selected the pancakes they
Our favourite colour is green!
11 Feb 15
OUR FAVOURITE COLOUR IS GREEN!
This week the children at Portland Nurseries have been taking part in the National People and Planet ‘Go Green Week’ by learning the importance of recycling, up-cycling and greener homes!
To support this event for the children, parents and employees at Portland House Nursery are setting up their very own recycling centre to collect materials for their brilliant
Men in Childcare - Breaking stereotypes & planting roots for the future
06 Feb 15
Across our nurseries the male practitioners are making their mark on the early year’s sector!
Forest School Practitioner Brook Evans rallied the ‘Portland Nurseries boy’s together at Oakwood House Nursery & Forest School to help the children plant a Christmas tree. The children continually learn the importance of nature and caring for their environment and the Portland Nurseries men have picked up
Cooking Season has Begun
02 Feb 15
Cooking season has begun in the Oakwood House garden. The toddlers have been busy in our mud kitchen with originality, creativity, and generosity from nature. The children have had a fascinating time with natures abundant "loose parts" comprising of mud, sand, water, parts of plants and cooking utensils.
This type of open ended play gives endless opportunity for creativity, which is only limited by imagination. These
Let it Snow
29 Jan 15
While the wintery weather can often cause chaos for many, the children at Oakwood House Nursery and Forest School took full advantage of the snow fall on Thursday 29th January.
The snow is a wonderful spontaneous opportunity for the children to have fun outdoors. For some of the children, it was their first time to experience snow and the staff at Oakwood House wanted to make the
Toddlers savour the Scottish Celebration
26 Jan 15
Och Aye the Toddlers Savour the Scottish Celebration
At Oakwood House Nursery on Monday 26th January the Toddler Room celebrated Burns Night with their first Stay and Play of the year. To mark this occasion the children enjoyed their Burns Supper of haggis, neaps and tatties. The children really loved it with some even asking for seconds!
Throughout the afternoon activities included Scottish flag
Snow Snow Snow
23 Jan 15
Here are some of the benefits that snow play can bring to your child
There are many benefits to children’s development through the provision of snow in their environment: they have a chance to explore the snow, its temperature, texture and how it melts when held. If children can experience snow first hand they can investigate its properties and learn whilst having fun and enjoying
23 Jan 15
In the Baby Room at Oakwood House we have been exploring food and the different textures and tastes.
The babies have enjoyed playing with rice and pasta and have enjoyed taking part in an indoor winter picnic. They enjoyed playing on the picnic blanket and selecting their own sandwiches from the gardener’s picnic platter.
The babies also enjoyed singing the “Teddy
Happy Hungry Caterpillars
22 Dec 14
The Pre-school children at Oakwood House ended their “Hungry Caterpillar” month by designing their own t-shirts based on the story.
Each child created a picture, choosing something memorable from The Hungry Caterpillar story. Some children chose to draw a caterpillar or the butterfly, and some chose the cocoon!
The children’s artwork was given to Beau’s mummy who kindly transferred
Putting the ‘Roar’ into babies - Learning with the Lion Learner!
17 Dec 14
Lion Learners came to the baby room at Oakwood House to deliver a Christmas story and an animal sensory experience.In total, 30 children, parents and grandparents attended to join in the festive cheer.
The babies enjoyed looking at the mini lop bunny ‘Arthur’ and giving him a kind stroke. The story was a success and the families gave a round of applause when Santa
Christmas Workshop at Oakwood House
08 Dec 14
Christmas Workshop at Oakwood
The baby room enjoyed a fabulous festive workshop this morning. It was a huge success with over 27 Mum’s, Dad’s, Grandma’s and Granddad’s attending. They had a wonderful time exploring the cold snow, mixing it together creating a winter wonderland. They also enjoyed a host of creative Christmas crafts including paint, glue and Christmas songs.
Oakwood House Parent and Baby group
02 Dec 14
Oakwood’s first Parent and Baby group was a great success. It gave our new parents a wonderful opportunity to make friends and to have a good chat. We hope to continue this on a monthly basis and include sessions on rhyme time, tummy time, and sensory experiences for the babies. These sessions provide parents with an opportunity to play with their child, giving them their undivided
E Safety for All
24 Nov 14
Following recent training at Portland House Nurseries and coverage in the national press this news item aims to highlight some of the issues regarding internet usage and offers recommendations to keep you and your children safe.
‘Home hackers’ spy on you and your children… with YOUR webcam Footage from inside homes, offices and shops is being intercepted and broadcast live on the internet –
Little Robin Red Breast
23 Nov 14
The Oakwood House Babies have had a very exciting morning. We were very lucky to receive an early visit from a Robin red breast who was extremely courageous. The Robin loved spying on our babies watching them play outside and kept flying closer and closer. The babies were so excited, they smiled and clapped at the Robin, and he responded by putting on a show with a series of
We are Going on a Leaf Hunt
20 Nov 14
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 opportunity for open ended play. The sensory benefits that can be found from a romp in a pile of leaves is endless.
Pre-school Building a ‘Fairy House’
16 Nov 14
Today the children from Oakwood House Pre-school we set off into our garden to make a magical fairy house. Our persona dolls Sage and Onion came with us and told us a story about how the strong winds in the night had blown the fairies house down and that they had chosen us to help build a new one! We were very excited and embarked on a search
Pre-school Trip to Lindley Grange Care Home
10 Nov 14
Oakwood House Pre-school enjoyed a wonderful visit to Lindley Grange Care Home at Lindley today. We walked from nursery and the children used fantastic listening skills, walking really well and keeping safe. On the way there we spoke about the different things we could see in the environment, playing ‘I Spy’ using our phonics sounds. When we arrived at the care home we were greeted by
Pre-school trip to National Coal Mining Museum
03 Nov 14
Today the children from Oakwood House Pre-school had a ‘trip day’ and went to The National Coal Mining Museum. We travelled by public transport and the children displayed such good manners and behaviour when travelling. On our way we were very lucky to pass beautiful views that got the children talking about what they could see. “Look there is Emley Moor Mast” Henry informed
10 Oct 14
The Pre-school children at Oakwood House Nursery had a wonderful time creating their very own healthy caterpillars. We used a variety of fruit and vegetables to make butterflies, caterpillars and cacoon's.
The children used good imagination and were really creative. Connie and Beau used a large apple as a caterpillar head and added apple segments along the back as "the body". They
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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