TWINKLES NURSERY BOSTON SPA

Twinkles Nursery is a 53 place, private day nursery that opened in November 2003. Our qualified and experienced staff are all dedicated to the development of the babies and young children in their care and here at Twinkles, the children’s play experiences are based around their individual developmental needs. There are always lots of stimulating activities on offer and plenty of fun things to do, both indoors and outside.

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Naomi Pratt – Nursery Manager

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.

At Twinkles we operate a key person system, whereby your child is allocated a Nursery Nurse who will support both yours and your child’s needs. They will build up a strong bond with your child during their time with us and help them to feel safe and secure in their new environment. The key person is also responsible for building up a Learning Journey for your child. This will include observations, photographs and art work, as well as individually planned Next Steps to support their individual needs.

“The learning environment for children is welcoming and stimulating and through effective activity planning and continuous provision, staff ensure children experience activities across all areas of learning. In each room, children of all ages have free and independent access to a good selection of resources, especially creative, messy and sensory experience.”

Ofsted May 2014

What our Parents Say

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Education

As a childcare provider, we must meet the criteria of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is defined by the Department for Education. This means following a structure of learning, development and care for children aged up to five years old. We are wholeheartedly committed to the EYFS, ensuring that:

  • Children learn through play
  • We work closely with all parents
  • We keep you up-to-date on your child’s progress
  • We meet the welfare, learning and all-round development needs of children with different backgrounds and levels of ability, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

To help children reach their full potential, we deliver the EYFS curriculum of learning through play and planned activities.
The three main areas are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional

The further four specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive art and design.

     Extra-curricular classes

    We offer a range of extra-curricular classes and these vary across the sites and at different times of the year. Classes include Jo Jingles, Diddi Dance, Rhythm Time, Scientots, Hartbeeps, Pyjama Drama & Soccerkidz.

 

 

 

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Outdoor Play

We believe outdoor play to be vital to your child’s development, so at Twinkles we go outside every day, whatever the weather may be doing! There is nothing children love more than running around in the fresh air and that’s why we invest in outdoor areas for all of our nurseries. Our outdoor areas are well resourced, with lots for the children to do to support development in all areas of the EYFS. At Twinkles, children have all the same learning opportunities outside as they do inside, so you can be rest assured, wherever your child is playing, they will always be learning something new!

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Friendship

Every parent wants their child to make friends and enjoy close, long lasting and genuine relationships. We love watching their friendships with other children flourish, sharing in their joy as they make special bonds with other children, and seeing how their friendships enhance their confidence and social skills. We support our children from babies through to pre-school to help them to develop their social skills and encourage positive behaviour with their peers.

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Development

Your child’s development is of paramount importance to us. We would define development into 5 key areas.

Physical Development – we provide a range of activities for our children to keep them active in our wonderful outdoor play areas with lots to explore, keep them entertained & active. We also run fun and stimulating music, dance & movement classes in term time by Jo jingles.

Social development – we support your child in making, building and maintaining friendships & their interaction with other children and adults

Cognitive development – We support your child in developing the skills used to think and reason, enabling them to remember, problem solve and make decisions.

Communicative development – we encourage, teach and support your child’s skills to understand the spoken word and to express themselves verbally

Adaptive skills – we support your child with the skills they need for daily living, such as dressing, eating, toileting and washing. Our children are always reminded of the importance of good hygiene such as washing hands before meals and after using the toilet.

 

 

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Nutritious food for your child

A well balanced and nutritious diet is vital to a child’s development. Here at Twinkles Nurseries our trained cooks prepare fresh, healthy, tasty and nutritious meals for the children daily. Our four weekly menus have been carefully put together, and your children will enjoy tasty home cooking for both dinner and tea. At Twinkles we are able to cater to any dietary requirements that your little one may have, and try to incorporate the wealth of cultures we have at nursery into our meals!
We are always on the lookout for tasty new recipes to try, so please feel free to suggest a meal for us to try!

5 Star Rated Food Hygiene
All of our five nurseries have received a 5* rating in their most recent food hygiene inspections. Health and safety is of paramount importance to us and we are very proud to achieve the highest possible rating in ‘Food Hygiene’.

 

“Staff ensure babies have the space and freedom to explore their environment, while being under their close supervision.”

Ofsted May 2014

Our Rooms

We have three different rooms, each of them designed to cater for a different age group. The three rooms are called Baby Stars, Rising Stars and Shooting Stars. Each of these rooms is carefully set out to offer a wide range of learning opportunities, specifically designed for children in that age range, through a variety of resources and activities. 

Baby Stars

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Our Baby room has space for up to nine children at any one time and we have one member of staff for every three babies. Babies are given new experiences according to their individual needs.

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At such a young age babies learn through their senses, so we provide a wide range of sensory experiences each day. There’s a comfy story corner, a kitchen for role play, a cosy black and white den, sand and water play and of course comfortable cots for sleep time.

There’s lots of support from the adults in the room, encouraging physical skills for crawling, standing and walking, as well as encouraging independence through a range of care routines or activities. We use our nursery pushchairs to explore the local environment and make good use of our garden whatever the weather! The routine here at Twinkles is very flexible and we will happily fit in with you do at home, to help them feel safe and secure and settle quickly into their new surroundings. Enjoying early games such as peak-a-boo, clapping and finding hidden objects will all be part of your child’s daily play. There’s also painting, sticking and even a bit of baking, so there’s always lots of lovely things to take home. There will also be opportunities for one-to-one interaction with staff and other children.

Rising Stars

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When our babies are ready they move through to our toddler room. In here we can have up to 18 children, with one adult for every three children under two and one adult for every four children aged between two to three years.

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Children are given the opportunity to explore colours, shapes and counting, through a range of activities and the staff ask lots of open ended question, to help extend your child’s play. Everything in the room is carefully labelled with  clear writing as well as bright photographs, to encourage your child to be independent from a young age as they access their own resources within the room, all under supervision of course. There’s self-registration in the morning, the younger children have to find their photograph from the chart outside the room and the older children look for their first name. Rising Stars play outside every day, come rain or shine, so everyone comes prepared for the British weather with sun cream and hats, as well as wellies and waterproofs. Regular baking activities, a weekly Jo Jingles session and even a spot of gardening mean there’s never a dull moment in Rising Stars.

Shooting Stars

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This is our biggest room and can accommodate up to 26 pre-school children. In Shooting Stars there is a wide variety of activities for children to access; they will still be able to experience natural materials such as sand and water, as well as taking part in role-play, dressing up and construction activities.

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Children will also take part in pre-reading activities such as colour and shape recognition via matching and sorting, as well as activities to develop early maths skills such as counting, comparing and number recognition. Children are given the option to take part in early language skills as they learn either French or Spanish. We have trips out to the local library, go on nature hunts in the school grounds and the children take part in lots of cooking and baking activities as they learn all about being healthy and looking after themselves. There’s even a vegetable patch out in the garden where we grow salad leaves, tomatoes, spring onions, garlic, beans, spinach and strawberries!

Take a ‘peek’ around our rooms…

Take a look around our nursery, here is a mixture of photos from all of our rooms. Seeing is believing though and we recommend paying us a visit so you can see, hear and feel the love, laughter, care and warmth that is ‘Twinkles’!

Healthy Eating…

A well balanced and nutritious diet is vital to a child’s development. Here at Twinkles our trained cooks prepare fresh, healthy, tasty and nutritious meals for the children daily. Our four weekly menus have been carefully put together, using the guidance provided by the Children’s Food Trust to ensure we are providing a healthy, balanced and tasty diet.

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Our Beautiful Garden

We have recently invested lots of time & imagination in our garden here at Twinkles Boston Spa to make it exciting and engaging for our children with lots to do and explore! The garden is securely enclosed and offers a range of experiences for children of all ages. There’s a vegetable patch, outdoor sandpits, a story corner and lots more. There are lots of shrubs for all round colour as well as bright flowers, all planted by the children, and with several well established trees, there’s lots of natural shade on those hot sunny days. The garden is separated into two areas, by a low fence, with a style and gate to allow children to move from one area to the other. This means that children of different age groups can safely use the garden at the same time.

“Staff skilfully support younger children’s communication and language skills. Through copying the sounds babies make, repeating words and providing narratives in children’s play, babies and younger children are eager to communicate.”

Ofsted May 2014

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