Rosemary Murphy OBE
06 Jun 18
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Rosemary Murphy OBE, owner of Portland Nurseries.
Rosemary was recognised as a visionary in the early year’s sector and founder of the charity National Day Nurseries Association.
Both qualified teachers, Rosemary and her husband Michael’s passion for education led them to open their own children’s nursery in Lindley,
People who help us - A day in the life of a police officer
24 May 18
The Portland House preschool children had a visit from police officer Pete who came especially to talk to us all about his very special job and how he helps keep people safe in our local community.
Policeman Pete asked the children what they thought a policeman would do to help keep them safe the children replied ‘catch naughty people’. Pete explained to the children that
Buttercups Babies Beach Party
23 May 18
The Portland House Buttercup babies came to nursery in their beach attire ready for fun at their morning ‘beach party’. The babies took great delight splashing in the inflatable paddling pools having a wonderful sensory experience making their own tidal waves whilst developing their filling pouring skills.
They also had opportunity to explore the sandy beach feeling the texture of the wet sand and various
Eggscellent’ egg sandwiches
21 May 18
This week is British Sandwich Week!
Following on from learning about the life cycle of a chicken the children at Portland house this week will have the opportunity to learn how to make a British classic with our 'eggscellent' egg sandwich activities.
As well as cooking skills, children will learn all about the benefits of eggs, where they come from and how to handle them.<
People Who Help Us - A day in the life of a Paramedic
05 Apr 18
The Fun Club holiday children were very excited to have a special visit from one of our Bluebells parents who is a paramedic in our local community. He kindly came to talk to the children in the holiday club all about his special role, and brought lots of the equipment that he uses on a daily basis to demonstrate how he uses them in emergencies to treat injuries and
Similarities and Differences - ‘People Who Help Us’
27 Mar 18
At Portland House the Buttercup babies really enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day, the staff planned an opportunity to extend this learning further by introducing them to outfits from people who help us. They had tremendous fun dressing up in hospital super hero attire, thankfully our ‘doctor’ and ‘paramedic’ listened to heartbeats, checked x-rays and declared us all fit and healthy.
Celebrating Festivals in Partnership with Parents
13 Mar 18
Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
A Portland House pre-school parent kindly visited Bluebells to share their experiences of celebrating their Chinese New Year at home. She showed the children one of the hanging decorations that she used to decorate the inside of her house. The second decoration was a traditional decoration that is put around the outside of the front door to
Year of the Dog- Special visitor Max
13 Mar 18
As this year is the Chinese celebration of The Dog, to extend learning further at Portland House, Anne brought in her dog Max, to visit the children in the garden. The children stood at the edge of the garden with staff and Max stayed next to Anne on his lead. The children were told that they shouldn’t stroke and touch dogs that they do not
06 Mar 18
Two of our children at Portland House took great delight in showing staff and friends at nursery photos of themselves in a very special calendar 2018. They had taken part in this special fundraising activity for the charity organisation ‘SHABANG’ which supports children with additional needs and their families by creating accessible and inclusive projects for children and young people.
There were lots of familiar faces
Happy Chinese New Year 2018- ‘Year of the Dog’
16 Feb 18
The children at Portland House have been enjoying the festivities as we celebrate ‘Chinese New Year’ and embrace the year of the dog. Activities have been in abundance this week as we have looked at people who are special to us and have come dressed to nursery each day this week wearing something red and learnt about the Chinese New Year Festival and how the Chinese people
07 Feb 18
At Portland House the Bluebell children enjoyed an outdoor creative adventure in the tree top house. Using natural materials they collected from the woodland area the children created their very own ‘Stick person’; a new friend that could have exciting adventures. They used sticks, leaves and acorns to create its features. The children decided the stick person was a girl called ‘Melody’ and had magic
Songs and Rhymes with Babies
07 Feb 18
This week at Portland House we have been ‘singing’ the praises of Megan our Early Years student who is currently training with us whilst on her university placement in the babies Buttercups room. As part of one of her projects Megan has created a useful toolkit specifically for parents all about the importance of using songs and rhymes essential for the early development of young babies.
Literacy Adventures in the Community
02 Feb 18
The Portland House Poppy room children and staff enjoyed a nice winter outing in the local community in Lindley Village. They visited the Lindley bookshop where they were given the opportunity to look at some special books, read stories and even choose some to buy to bring back to nursery to share with their friends at group time.
We selected some beautiful books celebrating how we are
Exploring the Great outdoors
31 Jan 18
The Portland House Buttercup babies have had tremendous fun exploring the outdoors with the wonderful experiences that the winter season brings such as wind, snow and rain. Their favourite place is down at the bottom of the garden in the secret magical woodland area where they have been cooking up woodland treats in the rustic kitchen.
They have been skilfully practising their physical skills climbing the stair
Racing Car Adventures!
26 Jan 18
Today the Bluebell children built their own racing car from loose part equipment and natural materials in the garden. The racing car had an engine, a turbo boost and seat belts so the children could keep themselves safe.
The driver decided our destinations, we visited Cannon Hall to see the animals, the ice cream shop for a delicious ice cream and a trip to Scotland to find
Burns Night Celebration
25 Jan 18
Parents and carers at Portland House joined us for our Stay and Play adventure. Children and staff wore their Scottish dress and tartan patterned clothing and accessories.
One of our dads who have a Scottish heritage read some Scottish stories to the children. He came dressed in traditional Scottish kilt and sporran and talked to the children all about this. The children enjoyed listening to
10 Dec 17
On Monday 11th December the preschool children at Portland House joined together with staff and parents in the local church St Stephens at Lindley to perform their traditional nativity story.
The children had been practising their acting skills, taking on important roles such as Mary, Joseph, Kings, shepherds, angels, innkeepers and animals. They were all very excited to be wearing their special costumes.
25 Oct 17
The Portland House Bluebell children enjoyed their first science session with Professor Emma this week.
Mini Professors are science based classes specifically written for preschool aged children. They allow the children to get hands on with science and learn that science really is all around us. Each session lasts 45 minutes and consists of hands on experiments, storytelling, videos, songs and lots of fun.
Our Annual Staff Training Day
27 Sep 17
On Tuesday 26th September, we closed the nurseries so our staff team could come together for our Annual Training Day. This is an incredibly beneficial day for our teams and instrumental for delivering outstanding childcare. We use our constant observation and tracking of the children's development to inform the staff teams Personal Devleopment Plans and identify topic areas for training.
Training delivered during the
National Fitness Day
27 Sep 17
The staff and children at Portland House took part in National Fitness Day on Wednesday 27 September. They came to nursery dressed in leisure or sports attire to participate in the challenge to ‘Get your kids moving for 10 minutes at 10am’.
This continued throughout the day with the children demonstrating a wide variety of moves and physical skills. Starting with warm up preparations to get our
Thank you and Congratulations to Natalie!
15 Sep 17
Today we said a HUGE thank you and congratulations to Natalie, who has worked for Portland Nurseries for a fantastic 15 years!
Natalie has led rooms across all age groups and been an asset to the team with her caring manner and quiet confidence. She has helped so many children settle in to nursery life over the years, while also being a fantastic role model to new staff
PORTLAND HOUSE HOLIDAY CLUB SUMMER 2017
01 Sep 17
The Portland House Holiday Club have had an AMAZING summer holiday 2017!! The children have participated in lots of different activities from visits to The Climbing Wall, Play World, Eureka, hosting a Hill Billy Day and even a trip to Pondarosa where the children really enjoyed looking at all the different animals and reptiles!
The children also took part in a scavenger hunt through Lindley and
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
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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