Nursery News


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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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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25 Years of OUTSTANDING Childcare!

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

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Celebrating our Food for Life Early Years Award!

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

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Play Evening Event

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

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First Aid for Parents, Carers & Grandparents at Portland House

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

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Snowy Day Play!

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

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OFSTED JUDGES PORTLAND HOUSE NURSERY “OUTSTANDING” ONCE AGAIN!

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

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Chinese New Year

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

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A visit from ‘Zoo Lab’

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

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Festive Visits and Outings

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

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‘Forget Me Not’ Charity Sleigh Collection

‘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.

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The Holy Commute

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

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‘Christmas is Coming’ .....to Portland House Nursery

‘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.

The atmosphere

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Charity Fundraising Event for ‘Children in Need’

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

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