A Fond Farewell to Pam!
26 Aug 16
Today we say a fond farewell to Pam Burrell who retired this week to spend time with her new baby granddaughter. Pam is one of our longest serving members of staff, having worked at Portland House for 20 years with young children of all ages and learning capabilities, supporting them and their families to have the best possible start in life.
She has done so much for the
A Visit from Farmer Pogson
10 Aug 16
The pre-school children at Portland House Nursery were thrilled to have a visit from Daisy the cow. Daisy is a life sized replica cow, brought to nursery by our local milkman and farmer on his visit.
Farmer Pogson spoke to the children about the “magical” way that a cow makes milk: by eating green grass, digesting it through seven stomachs and then describing how
Poppies picnic at the park
25 Jul 16
The children in the Poppy room at Portland house enjoyed an outing to the local Reinwood Park. They had opportunity to practise their road safety skills such as ‘stop look’ and listening as they crossed the road for vehicles, listening and following instructions from the adults and walking safely on the journey holding their partners hands.
The children tested their physical skills at the park
School Leavers Party
20 Jul 16
The Portland House children from Bluebells and Sunflowers had an exciting afternoon of fun and music extravaganza in the nursery garden as the children celebrated leaving for their new adventure to school in September.
Mums and dads and family members joined in the fun with the children singing and dancing to the tunes with Alison from Melody Makers in the lovely sunshine.
Afterwards we had
Music Session - Pulse and Rhythm
18 Jul 16
Portland House preschool children in Bluebells and Sunflowers had their first session with Music teacher Lyn who came to visit us on Monday 18th July. In today’s session we learnt about PULSE & RHYTHM through a variety of different activities.
Activity 1 Understanding our different voices in a ‘question and answer’ activity Leader ‘Can you use your quiet voice? Children ‘yes we
13 Jul 16
As an Ofsted Outstanding nursery, the team at Portland House aim to make a continual positive contribution to the further development of childcare and have a responsibility to share good practice in order to help other nurseries and care providers achieve the best possible quality of care for children everywhere.
The visit from Prospect House Nurseries, based in Leeds, came about after our long serving staff member
Portland House wins the Examiner School Award for Nursery of the Year!
07 Jul 16
A big well done and congratulations to Portland House for winning the Examiner School Award for Nursery of the Year! We are so proud of all of the nurseries in the group and the staff teams who work so hard to provide the best possible learning opportunities and care for all the children who attend. However, this is a brilliant honour for Portland House and one that marks 25 years
Preschool Visit to Ponderosa
01 Jul 16
The Portland House preschool children in Bluebells and Sunflowers had an exciting adventure visiting Ponderosa therapeutic centre in Heckmondwike. We travelled by minibus and when we arrived were greeted by Eve and Elise who took us on an educational tour of the animals around the centre.
We saw a variety of animals such as different breeds of birds, monkeys, silver foxes, meerkats, reindeers, pigs, tortoises, baby
Celebrating the Queens Birthday
10 Jun 16
This month the Portland House Poppy room celebrated the Queen’s birthday at out Stay & Play session.
The children joined in with different creative activities using the colours red, white and blue and making flags. The children especially enjoyed playing pass the parcel with their friends.
Daisy room news
10 Jun 16
The Daisy room children at Portland House have enjoyed exploring the sensory tub with pasta, lentils and oats. We have been practising using our physical skills scooping, filling and pouring into pots and pans.
Buttercups at play!
10 Jun 16
the Buttercups at Portland have been having lots of sensory activities. They loved our ‘beach’ tray with sand, shells and pebbles. The children have also explored messy activities and loved the garden in the rain, where mud was the main attraction.
09 Jun 16
The Bluebells at Portland House have been excitedly experimenting with our new sound wall recently, discovering new ways to make loud and quiet sounds.
We have also incorporated it into our circle times, singing songs along to the rhythms made.
Yoga with the Bluebells
06 Jun 16
The Bluebells at Portland House have recently enjoyed taking part in their first Yoga class.
The children met Auntie Lisa, their teacher, who taught them how to do various stretches and movements along to a narrative story, this week we made sandwiches and went to the fun fair together.
The children were encouraged to listen and follow instructions and learnt the meaning of the
01 Jun 16
Today the Daisy and Buttercup children have been joined by Alison from Melody Makers for some musical fun and dance.
All the babies got involved listening to rhymes, exploring colours of ribbons and moving them in different ways, up and down and side to side. Alison had brought her guitar with her which the babies were fascinated by, wanted to touch and tried to have a go.<
OUTSTANDING again for Harlequin Nursery!
03 May 16
We are delighted to announce that Harlequin have once again been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ grade by Ofsted in all categories!
We would just like to say a big congratulations and well done to all the staff who have done so well to achieve this working together as a new team. The high quality childcare and education we provide would not be possible without all their
25 Years of OUTSTANDING Childcare!
20 Apr 16
This summer we will be celebrating 25 years of outstanding childcare!
With four nurseries in the Huddersfield area, we have continually strived to provide local families with the highest standard of early years care and education for generations and have truly become part of the community.
Owners Rosemary and Michael Murphy both qualified teachers opened their first nursery Portland House in September 1991 followed in later years
Celebrating our Food for Life Early Years Award!
18 Apr 16
We're delighted to announce that Oakwood House Nursery and Forest School has become one of the first nurseries in the country to achieve the Soil Association's Food for Life Early Years award.
The award requires nurseries to demonstrate that they are providing tasty, nutritious meals in an environment that encourages good social skills and healthy choices. It acknowledges how we are supporting the development of
Play Evening Event
16 Mar 16
Parents joined the staff team at Portland House us for an evening ‘PLAY’ event (Parents, Learning And You) on Wednesday 16th March. The staff team ran several fun activity workshops during the evening, which promoted children’s learning and development across the Early Years Foundation Stage. This gave parents/carers the chance to engage with each other and the nursery, as well as lots of ideas
First Aid for Parents, Carers & Grandparents at Portland House
14 Mar 16
Gain valuable First Aid knowledge and practical skills on a 3 hour short course preparing you to deal with everyday childhood illnesses, accidents and First Aid situations delivered by a qualified Paediatric First Aid Instructor.
The following subject areas will be covered:
Resuscitation Choking Bleeding Head & Spinal Injuries Fractures & Dislocations Sprains & Strains Seizures Burns Meningitis Poisons Bites & Stings Allergic Reactions
Snowy Day Play!
04 Mar 16
The Daisy children have been very excited to explore the snow outdoors.
We got all ready and went outside in the morning in the fresh laid snow.
The Daisy children happily explored the garden on foot making welly prints in the snow and catching it in their hands as the snow fell. We had lots of fun sledging in the garden going up and down
OFSTED JUDGES PORTLAND HOUSE NURSERY “OUTSTANDING” ONCE AGAIN!
03 Mar 16
Portland House Nursery has once again been judged “Outstanding” in every category by Ofsted under the new, even tougher framework.
With their 25 year anniversary around the corner and this glowing and well-deserved Ofsted report, there's lots to celebrate!
The Ofsted inspector commented that “Children have immense fun in the nursery” and the “teaching is consistently outstanding” supporting the
Chinese New Year
08 Feb 16
Today we had a visit from Samson’s mummy who came to talk to us about Chinese New Year and how they celebrate it in Taiwan which is their home town.
Firstly she showed us some big banners that they put up around the front door. They were red with gold Chinese writing on them meaning good luck she also explained that the colour red is
A visit from ‘Zoo Lab’
08 Jan 16
On the 8th of January the Portland House Bluebell and Sunflower children were visited by some very interesting guests!
Peter the ranger brought a variety of small animals and insects; including a snake, a gerbil, a giant centipede and a tarantula for the children to see. The children were encouraged to listen to Peter as he told them about each creature and follow instructions to
Festive Visits and Outings
23 Dec 15
During December at Portland House the children in Bluebells have had tremendous fun out and about within the community exploring different aspects of the festive period.
A couple of groups of children enjoyed the experience of catching a local bus to visit the garden centre where they saw lots of Christmas decorations and talked about why we might have these in our own homes and where we
‘Forget Me Not’ Charity Sleigh Collection
22 Dec 15
Santa’s little helpers at Portland House were busy filling their sleigh this morning for a special delivery which would help to fill the shelves of the local Forget Me Not charity shop.
The children and parents had kindly brought in lots of lovely donations of gifts, toys and books to nursery to recycle for the nursery’s annual festive charity fundraising event.
The Holy Commute
22 Dec 15
A group of the Bluebells children at Portland House very much enjoyed a special outing to visit a church within the local community, which recently celebrated 100 years in September 2015.
We took a bus ride on public transport up to Outlane Methodist Church where we were warmly greeted by Rev. Deborah Hopkinson who is also a parent at Portland House Nursery. She began by telling the children the
‘Christmas is Coming’ .....to Portland House Nursery
11 Dec 15
Today everyone at Portland House Nursery embraced the Christmas spirit brought by the choir from the College of Resurrection at Mirfield.
Preschool children listened intently to the magical story of baby Jesus, told by one of the choristers and they joined in with traditional Christmas carols such as ‘Little Donkey’ and ‘We three Kings’ linking to the story theme.
Charity Fundraising Event for ‘Children in Need’
13 Nov 15
The children and staff at Portland House had great fun on Friday 13th November to raise money for the Children in Need charity.
They came to nursery dressed in the pyjamas, guessed the name for the superhero Ted and especially enjoyed making and tasting culinary delights for a cake bake sale. A big thank you to everyone who donated to this great cause an excess of £180
09 Nov 15
In the Poppy room at Portland House we have introduced the children to our new furry friend which is a beat baby.
They have learned that although she is very friendly she can also be very shy too. The children enjoy it when she comes out to play and they all handle her with care and give her a cuddle.
Baby beat provides the opportunity
EARLY YEARS TOP TRAINER INSPIRES PORTLAND NURSERIES STAFF!
03 Nov 15
On Tuesday 3rd November we held our Annual Training Day and Review at the Textile Centre of Excellence to enhance and develop the childcare practice of our 107 strong staff team and reflect on the year past.
General Manager, Anastasia Murphy gave an overview of the previous year and reported that over 84% of the childcare staff now hold a NVQ Level 3 qualification, with many of them going far
E Safety for All
01 Oct 15
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.
New technologies, including gaming, can offer our children many exciting and positive experiences. However nurseries and schools are increasingly aware of the negative impact that some online gaming is having on
Parent/Carers Woodland Workshop
30 Sep 15
A small group of parents and nursery staff at Portland House enjoyed an exciting woodland adventure where they were able to experience some of the activities delivered to pre-school children during their woodland sessions. The aim of the workshop was to provide a wide range of outdoor experiences for parent/carers to share with their children at home and to promote risky play within the natural environment, whilst recognising
Down at the bottom of the garden…
07 Sep 15
Over the last few months at Portland House Nursery we have begun re-developing the woodland area at the bottom of the garden; Anne and Julie have created some lovely natural den areas for the children to explore and let their imagination come to life!
The children have enjoyed exploring the tree house, lazing in the hammock making music on the giant xylophone and cooking up a storm
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
20 Aug 15
On Thursday, 20th August Portland House held a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ in order to have fun whilst raising some money for our nominated charity, Water Aid.
The children and staff all wore mad, mismatched clothes for the day and of course their mad hats. This set the tone for the tea party later in the day. All the children and parents had
03 Aug 15
The children in Bluebells and Sunflowers at Portland House held a party to celebrate the leavers moving to big school in September.
Alison from the Melody Makers came to sing and dance, which was great fun. We learned new circle songs and rhymes, had a delicious buffet tea and the parents joined the presentation of the children’s graduation certificates.
We would like to
End of an Era
03 Aug 15
Presentations were made to a family who have been attending Portland House Nursery for over 13 years.
Mr and Mrs Latif brought their oldest son Zayn to the baby room over 13 years ago, followed by his younger brothers Uzayr and Armir in later years. Julie Lister, the manager of the nursery, presented a bouquet of flowers to Mr and Mrs Latif and a book token from a local
Transition to school
31 Jul 15
Over the past month the Pre-school children at Portland House Nursery have been involved in transition to school visits, exploring their new environments confidently and meeting their new class teachers, it’s all been very exciting and several teachers commented on just how ready they felt the Bluebell and Sunflowers children appeared for school and those next important stages.
The Bluebell and Sunflowers team and staff
THANK YOU TO NURSERY MANAGER JULIE LISTER
10 Jul 15
PORTLAND NURSERIES THANK NURSERY MANAGER JULIE LISTER FOR HER TWENTY YEARS CONTRIBUTION TO OUTSTANDING CHILDCARE!
Staff and children gathered today to congratulate nursery manager Julie Lister for her twenty year contribution to making Portland Nurseries “Outstanding”. Julie is the second employee at Portland Nurseries to have worked for the company for twenty years. Julie was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a cheque, a
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!
Home Learning Kits
12 Jun 15
Over the next ten weeks Helen, the Early Years Teacher Trainee at Portland House, is going to be working on a number of projects leading staff development and promoting home learning opportunities for the children and their families.
One of these projects is a collection of home learning kits filled with resources and advice to support bilingual and EAL (English as an Additional Language) children and families