Nursery News


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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Beat Baby

Beat Baby

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

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EARLY YEARS TOP TRAINER INSPIRES PORTLAND NURSERIES STAFF!

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

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E Safety for All

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

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Parent/Carers Woodland Workshop

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

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Down at the bottom of the garden…

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

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

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

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Leavers Parties

Leavers Parties

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

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End of an Era

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

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Transition to school

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

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THANK YOU TO NURSERY MANAGER JULIE LISTER

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

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Mud Marvellous Mud!

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!

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Home Learning Kits

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

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Water Aid

Water Aid

02 Jun 15

To support Healthy Week we had a special visit from the Water Aid representative, Howard.

He told us a special story about Ababo, a little girl who lives in Ethiopia. She lives in a small shed, like in our garden, made from mud. She doesn’t have a bed or bedroom; she has to sleep on the floor. She doesn’t have a kitchen and

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People who help us

People who help us

01 Jun 15

To promote ‘Health Week’ we had a special visit from Mathew Edmondson’s mummy.

She is a physiotherapist and came to talk to us about the importance of exercise when we are three and four and how this helps make our muscles and bones become strong when we are older. Mathew’s mummy’s job involves making people better. She sometimes works

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Fun on the Farm

Fun on the Farm

01 Apr 15

On 1st April at Portland House we held an exciting Stay and Play session "Eggstodinary Fun on the Farm" which also raised money for our nominated charity WaterAid.

The staff along with the children dressed up as animals or farmers and took part in lots of Easter activities including Easter egg hunt, Easter bonnet parade and an Egg and spoon race.  They also had 8 quail eggs

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RECORD NUMBER OF BABIES BORN TO NURSERY STAFF

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

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February Fun Time

February Fun Time

20 Feb 15

The Fun Club children have had tremendous fun this February half term participating in a variety of activities. They visited play world for an electrifying skating adventure on Tuesday and refining their physical skills whilst climbing, rough and tumbling in the play gym.

On Thursday we took part in an outdoor Olympic Games challenge. The ‘Lightening Strike’ team narrowly beat the ‘Don’t

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Wild About Winter

Wild About Winter

12 Feb 15

Wild About Winter

This month the children at Portland House Nursery have been working towards strengthening their pre writing skills by undertaking activities to develop hand –eye coordination, elbow & wrist pivot and pincer grip. One of their favourite activities involved using real tools safely and appropriately in which the children hammered golf tees into melons.

With the spare melons some children made wonderful

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Our favourite colour is green!

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

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Flip for fun on Pancake Day

Flip for fun on Pancake Day

06 Feb 15

Flip for Fun on Pancake Day Tuesday 17th February 2015

Creative Cooking Inspiration for Pancake Day Cooking is not only a fun, engaging activity for children, but an important tool for learning and development across all the Early Years Foundation Stages.

Social – Emotional Development: Cooking is a hands on experience for children, it helps develop their confidence while also encouraging them to learn to follow

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Men in Childcare - Breaking stereotypes & planting roots for the future

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

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Buttercups in the Community

Buttercups in the Community

02 Feb 15

Buttercups in the Community

The Buttercup babies at Portland House enjoyed a trip to Lindley Library to take part in their weekly ‘Rhyme time’ sessions. This was the first nursery outing experience for some of the babies who are our new starters this term, providing the opportunity for a new adventure to explore the local community along the way.

The babies enjoyed meeting

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinese New Year Celebrations

30 Jan 15

Chinese New Year Celebrations

The Bluebell children at Portland House enjoyed a group time session in January led by Charlottes daddy, who came especially to talk to the children about how Charlotte’s family celebrate the Chinese New Year. He told the children that the family all get together just like at Christmas, but that the Chinese New Year is on a different date which changes

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Snow babies

Snow babies

30 Jan 15

At Portland House the children in daisy room have enjoyed exploring the snow over the recent weeks and spent lots of time wrapped up warm playing in it. We used this opportunity to explore and learn about cold, wet and melting and made and followed foot prints to see where they led and the patterns they made. The children used the snow to fill buckets to build snow castles;

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Snow Snow Snow

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

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Fun Club budding star on the rise

Fun Club budding star on the rise

08 Jan 15

Portland House Nursery would like to congratulate Tilly Budd on a great achievement for her talented synchronised swimming. Tilly has attended Portland Nurseries from a young age and currently attends the Afterschool Club at Portland House and Fun Club. She took up synchronised swimming at the age of 6 years and has earned herself a place in the England talent development squad; this makes Tilly the top ranked 10 year old

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