Welcome to our Spring 2021 Newsletter.

Each term we will be sharing information from across the Portland Nurseries group. Please keep on reading to find our more about our Staff Training Day; Safeguarding information; the Projects we are focusing on; Topic and Book of the month and some staff news!


Harlequin 8th July

Holly Bank 9th July

Portland House 9th July

Oakwood House 27th July


The Spring/Summer menu has been implemented for a few weeks now and the children are eating and learning about some new foods. We featured in Nursery World https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/other/article/healthy-start-1 and have had great feedback on our wholefood plant based menu.

The new menu can be downloaded from our website https://www.portlandnurseries.co.uk/nutrition/menu


Safeguarding is an integral part of our work in Early Years, and our commitment to this covers the children we care for and their families too.

If you are concerned about your child, or need advice about something that you are experiencing in your home life please be assured that you can reach out to nursery for support.

You can speak to your child’s key person, the room leader, the manager or any member of staff that you feel comfortable speaking to.

If you can explain or give some idea of what your concerns are we will offer advice, or if we do not feel that it is appropriate for us to advise on the subject provide details of someone that can.

Anything that you speak to nursery about will be treated with confidence, and we will not share that information unless we feel it is necessary in order to protect a child from harm.

We work closely with agencies that can offer support including Locala, the Early Years SEN Support service, and Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnership. We keep contact details for services that can offer support with issues from Domestic Abuse to housing and financial support.

If ever we felt that more formal support was needed for a child or family we would discuss with the parents or carer before making any referrals, unless we felt that to do so would place a child at risk of harm.

If you ever need support please remember that you can look to us and we will help however possible.


Eco Project – We are making good progress with this project and are working our way towards renewal later on in the year. The children and staff have been busy with planting ready for the spring/summer. They have also been learning about the water cycle, being sustainable with our products such as paper towels and tissues and the children have been reminding the grown ups to turn off lights when they leave a room – maybe they could remind parents at home too!?

Community Project – This project is slightly halted due to the current restrictions, however towards the end of the year we were able to help a few really great causes – The Welcome Centre and Rainbow Baby Bank - by collecting items such as food, clothes and toys for families in need. We are hoping to be able to introduce the children to their local community and engage with others once restrictions are lifted. We did have a wonderful visit from an Ambulance and the friendly paramedics at Harlequin nursery and the children at Oakwood have been enthralled watching the tree surgeons fell old trees and plant new ones in their places. These were all fantastic things for the children to watch and discuss people’s different roles within the community .

PANCo Project – The Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordination (PANCo) project is doing well. We reintroduced the Daily Mile which is 15 minutes of exercise daily and aims to get children interested in physical activity in a fun way. We are taking part in a Food For Life competition in April to grow seeds in unusual containers and will be sending information out to parents so you can join in too!




We are working towards a new award for all our sites. It is a wellbeing award which focuses on the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children, parents and staff. We will require parent contributions as we work our way through the award and would like a parent volunteer from each site to share their thoughts, ideas and help us to progress through the award.

If you are interested in getting involved then please contact Nina (nina.projectlead@portlandnurseries.co.uk)


Portland House Nurseries have celebrated several milestone anniversaries since our last newsletter.

Samantha Warburton 20+ years

Kirsty Cooper 15 years

Up and coming 5 Years’ Service Celebrations to

Estelle Maginess, Yannick Verrier, Rebecca Scott and Elise Lister


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