Our Story

The Portland Nurseries journey started in 1991 and every since our first nursery was established our team has worked extremely hard to bring the families of Huddersfield the highest quality care and education for their children. We have achieved many milestones along the way from Ofsted Outstanding's to OBE's. Here are some of the key milestones on our journey over the last 28 years.

Portland Nurseries Timeline

1991

Portland House Nursery is Opened

Qualified Teachers, Rosemary & Michael Murphy open their first nursery due to an absence of high quality, flexible childcare.

1995

After School and Holiday Club is opened

The basement rooms were refurbished at Portland House to provide wrap around care.

1996

Harlequin Nursery is acquired

The company starts to grow, acquiring their second nursery in the group.

1998

CEO National Day Nurseries Association

After 3 years as Chairman & voluntary CEO, Rosemary formally took on the role. The NDNA is a national early years charity that provides support and advice, and campaigns for better funding for families.

2000

Holly Bank Nursery is acquired & expanded

Some of the staff are still working with us today!

2001

Rosemary is awarded an OBE for her contribution to Early Years Education

For her contribution to Early Years Education

2004

Healthy Eating Award

Our nursery menus are recognised by Kirklees and receive the Gold Healthy Eating Award

2009

Large Outdoor Development Projects at all 3 Nurseries

Our emphasis on outdoor play called for new outdoor areas; developed with funding support from a Quality Access Grant and opened by the Mayor and Huddersfield Giant’s star Andy Raleigh

2010

Oakwood House Forest School is opened

Based on the Scandinavian model of the importance of learning outdoors through the natural environment

2011

Portland Nurseries Limited is formed

Head office moves to Oakwood House and the company logo and website are rebranded

2011

Portland House & Harlequin both receive Ofsted ‘Outstanding’

2013

Oakwood House receives Ofsted ‘Outstanding'

2013

Rosemary & Michael’s children Anastasia & Michael become Managing Directors

2014

Portland Nurseries reaches 100 employees!

2014

One of our first children returns to use the nursery for their own child

2015

Rosemary is presented with the ‘Most Influential Person in Childcare’ award

By Nursery Management Today Magazine

2015

Introduced iConnect

Allowing us to take and link child observations and run comprehensive reports for cohorts or individuals

2015

Portland House Manager Julie Lister reaches 20 years with the company

2016

Portland House win the Huddersfield Examiner’s Nursery of the Year

2016

Food for Life Award

The first nurseries in the country to receive the Soil Association’s Early Years award, recognising our commitment to healthy eating and nutritional education

2016

Portland House & Harlequin both receive Ofsted ‘Outstanding’

Under the new, harder framework

2017

Parent Zone is launched

Online digital journal where parents can access their child’s observations and special moments from the day at nursery.

2018

Portland House receives 3rd Ofsted Outstanding in a row

The only nursery in Kirklees and Calderdale to achieve this

2018

Enhancement of our natural outdoor play areas starts across the 4 nurseries

2019

Exciting news to come

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