Welcome to the ‘Twinkles’ nursery website
Twinkles Nurseries are a chain of private day nurseries based in North and West Yorkshire. Twinkles began in 2000 when their first nursery opened in Boston Spa and have since grown to a chain of six nurseries. The most recent of our nurseries, Leeds Oxford Place opened in October 2016.
Here at Twinkles, our aim is to provide your children with a safe, intellectually stimulating and fun environment. Our nurseries provide high quality childcare for children aged six weeks to five years old, and three of our five settings also offer out of school care to children aged five to eleven. We look to create a home from home, a place where your child can flourish under the care of our experienced, dedicated and passionate Early Years Educators. With a team of over 100 staff, and in excess of 1,000 children and families accessing our settings, Twinkles Nurseries have been recognised as leading childcare providers in the Yorkshire region of the UK.
All of our nurseries operate at Ofsted ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ levels and we go the extra mile providing a high quality service to our families. Twinkles Nursery was the first nursery in the country to attain the ‘Investors in Children’ award.
Our nurseries have been listed in the Top 10 Day Nurseries in Yorkshire and Humber in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Twinkles Knaresborough were voted Harrogate Mumbler Day Nursery of the Year 2014 and were shortlisted for the award in 2015. Lauren Smith, our Nursery Apprentice at Twinkles Boston Spa was shortlisted in the NMT Nursery Apprentice Award 2015, making it into the final 5 out of the WHOLE COUNTRY!
Then more recently we are proud to say that we won the Harrogate Mumbler ‘Day Nursery of the Year’ award in 2016 and were were shortlisted to the final 5 in the whole of the UK for the NMT Awards for ‘Website of the Year’ and ‘Nursery Chef of the Year’.
meet Jill Johnson – the owner of Twinkles Nurseries
Jill Johnson (MD) is a qualified Primary Teacher. Jill is regarded as an industry expert who contributes to government policy & industry think tanks. With total quality orientation, she has been shortlisted three times for Business Woman of the Year,
and was awarded the NMT Nursery Power 20 Award 2015.
Jill started the company with the vision of providing quality childcare for children who lived in the local area after she struggled to find somewhere she felt happy enough to leave her young daughter. She wanted to create a place that she’d felt her daughter could benefit from when she was growing up, somewhere where children could shine.
Naomi has been at Twinkles Boston Spa since March 2004 and after a period of time as the Senior Nursery Nurse in the Baby Stars room, became Deputy Manager of the setting. She was then promoted to Nursery Manager in 2007. Naomi has a wealth of experience, completing her NNEB over 20 years ago and has been working in private day nurseries with children aged 3 months to 5 years since she qualified. Naomi has completed many short courses from Safeguarding and First aid to Food Hygiene, and continues to update them as required. Naomi embarked on an award in first line management in 2007 and then went on to complete a level 5 in Leadership and Management in 2010.
Aimee joined Twinkles Knaresborough in October 2017. She has recently returned to the area following 2 years nannying and working in nurseries in Australia. Aimee has 13 years early years’ experience and has worked with all ages as well as running a busy pre-school for 3 years. Aimee is currently working on her dissertation for her final year of her BA Hons in Young Children’s Learning and Development at Harrogate college. Aimee is passionate about providing the best possible care for all children.
Amy has been with us at Twinkles since May 2013. Amy has worked in both the Out of School Club and Shooting Stars room. In January 2015 Amy took over as Nursery Manager. Amy has a BA honours in Early Childhood Education and has recently completed her Early Years Initial Teacher Training. Amy is now studying for a Masters in Early Childhood through The University of Sheffield. Prior to Twinkles, Amy worked for a holiday company, Mark Warner for 10 years, she ran busy and successful children’s clubs and crèches in Greece and France. Amy is the senior safeguarding officer and has a valid first aid certificate.
Leeds Church Walk
Nadine joined our team in January 2015 as Nursery Manager. Nadine has a Cert Ed in FE sector and Level 2 and 3 in Early Years and Education. She is also first aid qualified. As well as being a mother herself, Nadine has over 20 years of varied experience having worked in Early Years Centres, schools and day nurseries. Nadine has spent the last 7 years working as an adult Tutor/Assessor, teaching childcare and development but decided that she would like to come back into nurseries. Responsibilities also included quality control and mentoring. Nadine is the setting Safe-guarding Officer.
Leeds White Rose
Pauline became our Nursery Manager at Twinkles White Rose in September 2014 when it opened. She has a wealth of experience spanning over 37 years in the child care field, this ranges over many different sectors including Neonatal care right through to Reception Class and Out of School Clubs and also includes 4 years working overseas in Australia. The past 24 years has been spent working in Leeds as a Nursery Manager within the private sector in both independent and corporate settings. Pauline not only has this vast amount of experience, but also holds the NNEB certificate and a BA Honours in Early Childhood Studies, along with a Paediatric First Aid Certificate.
Leeds Oxford Place
Clare first joined Twinkles in October 2009 as the Senior Nursery Nurse in our Rising Stars room and in August 2012 she was promoted to Deputy Manager. Clare moved to work in the NHS in July 2014 before re-joining Twinkles as Manager at our Oxford place nursery in September 2016. Clare has lots of experience in private day nurseries and has also worked as a nanny abroad and has a BA Hons in Early Years and her Early Years Professional status. She is fully first aid trained and is the nursery SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and has specific training which allows her to support children in the setting with additional needs. Clare attends SENCo Network meetings across the county and keeps up fully up to date with legislation and policy in relation to SEN. Clare is the settings Safeguarding Officer and has completed training for this role.
Read our Latest Ofsted Reports
Twinkles News & Events
Special Visitors at White Rose Centre
Recruitment Open Day 27th January 2018
Christmas Toy Collection for Needy Children
Knaresborough Ofsted Good
Finalist for NMT Nursery Awards 2017
Finalists for 2 Nursery Wold Awards
Job Vacancy – Nursery Manager Knaresborough
We’re delighted to be listed in the Nursery Management Today (NMT) Top 5 Business index for 2017
Sponsors of The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2017
Exciting News…Our Wetherby Nursery has just been Rated OUTSTANDING by OFSTED
Your children’s education and welfare are our main priorities