Nursery News


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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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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