Nursery News


Never Too Young To Play

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

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Mud Marvellous Mud

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Victory for the early years sector

Victory for the early years sector

07 Jun 13

A big thank you to those parents who signed the petition demanding the Government rethink plans to change staffing ratios. Nick Clegg announced today that this would no longer be happening.

There has been a lot of coverage in press and on TV and we have provided a link below to what I consider to be a fairly reasoned response. Asking staff, no matter how well qualified,

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Story time with Puppets

Story time with Puppets

24 May 13

Story time with puppets at Portland 

Daisy led a story time with her friends in Bluebells today and superbly  narrated the story of the '3 Little Pigs'using the puppet theatre and puppets as props. She was highly descriptive in her story telling skills, using intonation adapting her voice, rhythm and phrasing to describe the story to her captivated audience and reduce her proud staff to

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Anayah’s Caribbean Carnival

Anayah’s Caribbean Carnival

23 May 13

The children at Portland House experienced a very special Stay and Play. Anaayah's family all came down to the nursery to join in our very own Caribbean Carnival. Anayah's Mummy and Daddy, Grandma, Auntie and siblings all came along to join in the fun.

Everyone joined in to dance, there was a game of Limbo, food tasting, hair braiding and we all came together to

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Pre-loved donations

Pre-loved donations

07 May 13

The nurseries recently asked parents to donate any pre-loved baby equipment such as cots, moses baskets, prams, car seats and stair gates for a special collection for the local charity Talkthru.

The charity would like to thank all the families that donated items to their baby equipment project, all of which will go to families who are experiencing financial hardship. Several items have gone out to clients

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Make a change today

Make a change today

15 Feb 13

The Minister Elizabeth Truss has recently published a highly controversial paper “More Great Childcare”.  There are a number of proposed changes but a key issue is her proposal to change the staffing ratios in order to force nurseries to reduce fees to parents. While we agree with the principle of making childcare affordable we do not agree that forcing staff to care for larger groups is

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Snow time

Snow time

29 Jan 13

The children have had a wonderful time playing in the snow over the last couple of weeks.  They have been sledging, throwing snow balls, making snow angels, snowmen, snow dogs and even a snow woolly mammoth.

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

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Star performance for the residents at Lindley Grange

Star performance for the residents at Lindley Grange

29 Jan 13

A group of pre-school children from Portland House spent a lovely morning at Lindley Grange Care Home for a special story telling session. They performed one of their  favourite fairy tales 'Goldilocks and the 3 Bears' and sang songs. They even did this twice for the residents downstairs and upstairs.  

One of our nursery children Isla who doesn't’t usually come to nursery on

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Children helping children

Children helping children

18 Dec 12

The children, parents and staff at Portland Nurseries have been donating toys to our local charity the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice to help raise funds this Christmas.

The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice has been raising awareness around their toy appeal over recent weeks, and we have shown our support with many kind donations from our families. 

Children at

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Pyjama party for Children in Need

Pyjama party for Children in Need

27 Nov 12

Well done to all the children, staff and parents at Portland House who raised £193 for Children in Need. The children came to nursery dressed in their favourite pyjama's. There was a bun and cake sale and the nursery raffled a Pudsey bear sponge cake which was won by Lachlan in Pre-school. We also auctioned  a signed 'Huddersfield Town Football' which was won by Amanda in Poppies.

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Jan White renowned expert in Outdoor Play leads company training day

Jan White renowned expert in Outdoor Play leads company training day

06 Nov 12

We were very lucky to have Jan White, the world renowned expert on Outdoor play lead our staff training day this month. Jan posed the question  “How can our outdoor space become an ‘enabling environment’ with the potential to support each child to be a unique, competent learner and to make progress at their own pace in a challenging and enjoyable way?”

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Nursery Staff applaud Outstanding Contribution to Special Needs and their Rising Stars

Nursery Staff applaud Outstanding Contribution to Special Needs and their Rising Stars

06 Nov 12

All 80 staff from Harlequin, Holly Bank, Oakwood House and Portland House Nurseries gathered at the Textile Centre for Excellence on Friday November 2nd 2012 for their training day followed by the Portland Nurseries Annual review and Awards presentation.

Pam Burrell, who has worked at Portland House for over 15 years, received an Outstanding Contribution Award for her work across all four nurseries for Special Needs. Rosemary Murphy OBE  

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Outstanding Achievement

Outstanding Achievement

05 Oct 12

A big thank you to all the parents, family and friends who have helped us raise an outstanding £4752 for our chosen charity the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice. 

Fundraising highlights have included a Den Making Festival, where the children, staff and parents came together to build their own dens out of the nurseries natural woodland resource’s, Sponsored Olympics, Tandem Sky Diving, Travelling

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A bug’s life

A bug’s life

11 Sep 12

We are expecting a number of new guests to check into Portland House this Autumn at our very own Bug Hotel! Over the summer the children have been helping to create a bug hotel at the bottom of the garden  which will provide a rich habitat to encourage a range of mini beasts to visit our garden. The nursery families and staff have all joined in collecting materials

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Transition to school

Transition to school

18 Jul 12

Starting school is a big step for both the child and their family. We work in partnership with parents and the local schools to fully prepare your child for the new challenge.

We invite our parents to a presentation on the transition process into school and the practices we have in place at nursery to ensure a smooth transition for all children and parents.

We

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Tummy Time

Tummy Time

18 Jul 12

It’s Tummy Time in the Baby Room at Portland House. Tummy time is a great way for your baby to strengthen their neck muscles to prepare them for crawling. It also helps them to get ready to push up,  move from side to side, roll over, sit up, and eventually stand. 

The babies at Portland have been interacting with the staff, playing with

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Butterflies and chicks

Butterflies and chicks

11 Jul 12

We have been looking very closely at animal life cycles at Portland over the recent months. The children have watched caterpillars change into beautiful butterflies and have let them go in the nursery garden. We have also been on incubator watch while we waited for our 12 eggs to hatch into chicks. 

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Thumper

Thumper

11 Jul 12

The children at Portland House have a new furry friend, Thumper the rabbit. He is white and grey and lives in a special hut outside in the nursery garden. We introduced the pet rabbit as a result of following the children’s interests in life cycles and also their pets at home.

Introducing pets into the nursery environment enables the children to learn how to take

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Start Pre-school with us

Start Pre-school with us

13 Jun 12

The transition into pre-school is a very special milestone in your child’s development. Your child will have grown in confidence and ability and is now ready to develop all the skills needed for the new challenge of school. Our pre –school rooms are led by Early Years Professionals (EYPs) and childcare practitioners who plan for the individual needs of each child.

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Get Children Outdoors

Get Children Outdoors

29 May 12

We have found a great website which is all about inspiring  parents and teachers to find new ways of using the world beyond their front door to connect to their children and foster their sense of identity. 

There are some really fun ideas to do outside with your children from Mud Pies, Leaf Kebabs to Build an Imaginary Land. Follow the link to the

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Mark making to music

Mark making to music

21 May 12

A large roll of paper, 4 buckets of paint, different sized brushes and disco music, the perfect combination for mark making with paint.

A very excited group of toddlers from Portland House spent the morning mark making to disco music with the help of Assunta our toddler room practitioner. The children loved this activity they moved round the paper using all the brushes and colours; swirling, hand-printing, wellington-stomping,

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Ted travels for charity

Ted travels for charity

08 May 12

Travelling Ted has been set a challenge to raise money for ‘The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice’ our nominated charity.

His challenge:  To visit as many attractions, towns, cities and countries from Monday 2nd April to Friday 20th July.

So far the families of Portland House Nursery, Lindley  have raised over £60 taking Ted on some fantastic journeys which

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When I play outside

When I play outside

13 Mar 12

When I play outside.......

I take risks I face challenges I solve problems I make choices I belong I learn about my world I discover and explore I experiment I imagine I create I take responsibility I collaborate, communicate and co-operate I lead I can be noisy, messy and adventurous I am independent I am resilient My body is strong I learn about the natural world I

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Frosty Day

Frosty Day

17 Jan 12

The toddlers at Portland House have been exploring the frosty weather in the nursery garden. Their favourite part of the day was holding icicles in their hands and watching them melt. 

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Double celebration Ofsted ‘Outstanding’

Double celebration Ofsted ‘Outstanding’

09 Jan 12

Portland House, Lindley and Harlequin Nursery, Edgerton are celebrating Ofsted grading’s of “Outstanding” Both nurseries from the Portland Nurseries group were inspected shortly before Christmas and found to be “Outstanding” in every aspect of their provision. 

Outstanding is the highest judgment that can be made by an Ofsted inspector and is given only when there is exceptional childcare provision that

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Crafty Christmas

Crafty Christmas

23 Dec 11

Parents and children got crafty at Portland's latest Stay and Play. Kirsty and her Daddy coloured Rudolph in and Anastasio and his mummy painted a Christmas tree together. Thank you to all the parents who have supported our Stay and Play's over the year. We hope to see you all next year. 

Stay and Play Dates 2012

Themes

• January Festival

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Portland House awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

Portland House  awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

19 Dec 11

The staff at Portland House Nursery, are celebrating their recent Ofsted inspection which finds them “Outstanding” in every aspect of early years care and education. 

Outstanding is the highest judgment that can be made by Ofsted and is given only when there is exceptional childcare provision that greatly exceeds national standards.

Ofsted praised the Portland staff for creating an “extremely inclusive

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Children in Need

Children in Need

21 Nov 11

Portland House raised £217 for Children in Need this month. The children and staff came to nursery  dressed in their pyjamas and enjoyed a teddy bears picnic tea. The Fun Club children sold our home baked cakes and the Bluebells had a  fun disco dancing with their bears. 

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Its never too early to learn rugby

Its never too early to learn rugby

02 Nov 11

The children at Portland House Nursery teamed up with Huddersfield YMCA RUFC for a special game of rugby.  On Wednesday 19th October   Len Swift,  Under 13’s coach and nursery parent gave the a  lively group of pre-schoolers a class in how to pass, catch and kick the rugby ball in the nursery garden. 

Julie Lister Manager at Portland explains &ldquo

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