Nursery News


Writing Skills with a difference

Writing Skills with a difference

23 Jun 17

The Pre-school children at Portland House have been practising their pincer grip hold and experimenting making marks with natural feathers.

The activity began with the children guessing which bird the large feathers came from.  Anne gave them clues saying it was a large bird that could swim on water.The children made lots of suggestions such as duck, swan, eagle and albatross eventually guessing it was

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Daisy Room’s new pet fish

Daisy Room’s new pet fish

22 Jun 17

After the sad departure of beloved pet goldfish Winston earlier this month, who had lived in a tank in the Daisy room at Portland House for an outstanding 7-8 years the babies were excited to welcome 2 new play mates into the fish tank.

They have settled in really well and everyone loves to watch them swim around at super-fast speed. Frankie is white with orange spots and

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5 Years at Portland!

5 Years at Portland!

09 Jun 17

A big thank you and congratulations to Bethany who celebrated her 5 year anniversary with us last week!

She's such a caring and hardworking member of our Portland House team and we hope she celebrates many more years with us!

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Charity Walk at Reinwood Fields

Charity Walk at Reinwood Fields

17 May 17

At Portland House pre-school children and babies joined together to complete a charity walk at Reinwood playing fields.  The challenge was set for pre-school children to walk three laps of the field and babies to complete one.

The parents and children had been busy weeks before collecting sponsorship on their sponsor forms.  Children had been invited to attend in fancy dress, superhero or sports clothes

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Hanging out the washing!

Hanging out the washing!

10 May 17

The toddlers at Portland House have been making the most of the sunshine, having great fun making their own washing line and hanging out their washing and their lovely artwork to dry!

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Visit to a Mosque

Visit to a Mosque

15 Mar 17

A group of Portland House pre-school children travelled on the local bus to visit a Mosque as part of their learning about others and how they worship.

On arrival, the children took off their shoes before entering the Mosque and looking at the room where children come weekly to have lessons and study the Holy Quran.

We were shown the steps on which the speaker

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Wow a Real Wildlife Adventure!

Wow a Real Wildlife Adventure!

06 Mar 17

This morning Portland House had a special visitor that popped in for a visit.

Amy discovered a little Robin redbreast that had flown into the open window of the daisy baby room and was merrily hopping around the room and happily perched on the fireplace. The Robin was struggling to find its way back outside through the window by itself so Anne came on an SOS mission

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Visit from a local hairdresser

Visit from a local hairdresser

13 Feb 17

The Preschool children at Portland House had a special visit from Louise who is a hairdresser in the local community. They enjoyed an educational group session where Louise asked the children various questions about their own experiences of visiting a hairdressers and they discussed similarities and differences of people’s hair types and what their own was like e.g. colour, straight, curly, short, long.

Louise

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Preschool Phonic Session

Preschool Phonic Session

03 Feb 17

Portland preschool children are responding to their phonic sessions really well. They are working together in small groups and joining in with exciting activities to promote the recognition of letters and sounds starting with ‘s a t p i n’.

Children were highly engaged in a game based on musical statues, when the music stopped the children had to choose a sound that was written

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Twinkle Boost

Twinkle Boost

31 Jan 17

Today Portland Poppy Room children had their first visit from Kerry who is a qualified Speech and Language Therapy Assistant as part of a Nursery Programme ‘Chatter Away’. It is specially designed to provide Speech and Language input to children from birth to 5 years through fun interactive classes for the young children to boost the language communication development of all children.

In small groups

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Thank You Samantha for 20 Years Contribution to Outstanding Childcare!

Thank You Samantha for 20 Years Contribution to Outstanding Childcare!

22 Jan 17

Staff and children gathered last week at Oakwood House Nursery & Forest School, to congratulate nursery manager Samantha Richmond for her twenty year contribution to making Huddersfield based Portland Nurseries group “Outstanding”. Samantha is the third employee at Portland Nurseries to have worked for the company for twenty years and she was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a commemorative award, a cheque, a company Holiday

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Holiday Club in The Forest School

Holiday Club in The Forest School

19 Dec 16

Holiday Club children and staff went to Oakwood House Forest School for the day during the Christmas break.  Forest Leaders, Teresa, Jordan, Amanda and Rebecca lead our fun packed day creating natural Christmas decorations using sticks, mud, leaves, berries and any other natural resources the children could find in the garden.

We also had lots of fun playing different games such as hide and seek and

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Christmas Tree!

Christmas Tree!

16 Dec 16

The after school children at Portland House have joined together to demonstrate great team work in creating our spectacular Christmas tree. 

They have used excellent communication with each other regarding their plans, what they were painting and where!  They all enjoyed talking to each other about their different festivals and traditions they celebrate at home.

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Fun Club Leavers

Fun Club Leavers

15 Dec 16

At Portland, Sofia and Emily have both been part of our nursery family for over eight years now!  They started at nursery in our baby and toddler rooms and have been an absolute treasure to look after all these years.

They have both grown up to be confident, fabulous girls who will be greatly missed by all the staff at Portland House Nursery and Fun

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Portland House Nativity

Portland House Nativity

13 Dec 16

The pre-school at Portland House gave a star performance at their charity fundraising nativity play.

There was no room at the inn as parents flocked to see their children perform. The event was so popular and raised in excess of £100 which is to be donated to the Candlelighters charity. Parents joined in the Christmas spirit by singing traditional carols together. One of the parents commented

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Twighlight Picnic

Twighlight Picnic

12 Dec 16

The Portland House children in the Poppy room had an exciting outdoor adventure as they had a secret picnic tea in the woodland area under the big tree.

At this time it was dark outside, the children had torches to shine lights making it a very magical experience. The children liked talking about all the sounds they could hear and see finding things with the

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Garden Centre Visit

Garden Centre Visit

12 Dec 16

The preschool children at Portland House have enjoyed their trips out in the community to visit the garden centre, they especially like travelling by local transport on the bus and meeting people. When they arrived they were very excited to see what was inside, exploring the festive isles and looking at the beautiful decorations and lights. The children chose a lovely story book and new decorations for their tree

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Lindley Grange Visit

Lindley Grange Visit

09 Dec 16

On the 9th December Portland House children were invited to Lindley Grange, where the preschool performed their ‘Christmas Nativity Tale’. The children took great pride in performing their roles, some of them acting out particular characters within the Christmas story, whilst others took part in singing traditional Christmas songs such as ‘Jingle bells’ ‘When Santa got stuck up the chimney’ and ‘We

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‘Spotacular’ Children in Need

‘Spotacular’ Children in Need

28 Nov 16

The children and staff at Portland House have had a week of Spotacular fun filled activities for Children in Need. Their days have been filled with an array of colourful activities representative of this year’s Pudsey spots, red, yellow, green and blue.

Friday’s celebration, everyone came dressed for the day in pyjamas or bright colours. We baked lots of spotty culinary delights such

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15 Years of Fun!

15 Years of Fun!

23 Nov 16

Happy 15 Year Anniversary to our lovely staff members Debbie and Vickie.

Debbie and Vickie were both working at Holly Bank Nursery when Portland Nurseries took over in 2001. They have stayed with us ever since, supporting staff across the company.

They've made a difference to the lives of so many children over the years, and we just wanted to say a huge thank you for

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Flexible Term-time Sessions Available at Portland House

Flexible Term-time Sessions Available at Portland House

16 Nov 16

Portland House is now offering 3, 5 and 7.5 hour a day, term-time sessions in their Sunflower room.

The room will be open from 7.30am - 3.30pm allowing you to use your 15 hours a week of Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds in a variety of session patterns.

Morning Session: 3 hrs x 5 days (between 7.30am and 11.30am)

Afternoon Session: 3 hrs x 5 days (from12.30pm to 3.3

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Broomstick Training!

Broomstick Training!

31 Oct 16

The children at Portland House Fun Club turned into a wizard school for the day with Professor Annie Bobbins and Professor Julie Woolie. They made their own broomstick using branches from the enchanted woodland, twine and coloured materials with magic flying dust sprinkled upon them as we chanted our magic spell.

Their first flying lesson involved how to mount and dismount their broomstick safely, turn on their

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Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

25 Oct 16

The children at Portland House have been learning about the Harvest Festival and the importance of giving and sharing. Children and their families joined in with the Harvest Festival celebrations by donating produce from home in the form of dried, and tinned food to promote the traditional values of sharing and giving to others.

The Fun Club children designed their own gift packs by arranging food packs

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First Aid Training

First Aid Training

03 Oct 16

Our staff teams across our nurseries recently updated and gained valuable First Aid knowledge and practical skills on their 12 hour paediatric first aid course. The course was run by Kiss it Better and everyone passed with flying colours.

All our staff are trained in first aid and qualified to level 3 in paediatric first aid. Our forest school staff are also trained in a level 3 outdoor first aid

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Busy Bee

Busy Bee

27 Sep 16

Busy Bee's  first day at nursery in Bluebell Room, he arrived with Lyn our music teacher and will be staying with his new friends for the next few weeks.

It is the children’s task to keep Busy Bee happy with a smile on his face. He loves the children to sing the new ‘Busy Bee’ song to him that they have

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A Fond Farewell to Pam!

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

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A Visit from Farmer Pogson

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

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Poppies picnic at the park

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

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School Leavers Party

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

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Music Session - Pulse and Rhythm

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

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Sharing Practice

Sharing Practice

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

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Portland House wins the Examiner School Award for Nursery of the Year!

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

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Preschool Visit to Ponderosa

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

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Celebrating the Queens Birthday

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.

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Daisy room news

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.

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Buttercups at play!

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.

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Sound Wall

Sound Wall

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.

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Yoga with the Bluebells

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

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Melody Makers

Melody Makers

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.<

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OUTSTANDING again for Harlequin Nursery!

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

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