FUNDED PLACES

Funded Places for Children

Twinkles are registered for 2, 3 & 4 year funding. All 3 to 4-year- olds in England are entitled to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This can be used as 15 hours per week over 38 weeks of the year.  The 38 weeks are spread over three terms, Spring, Summer and Autumn with the exact number of weeks in the terms varying slightly each year and are set by the local authority.

Funded Places for 2-year-olds

Some 2-year-olds in England can also get free early education and childcare. To be eligible for this you must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • Tax credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

Children are also entitled to a place if:

  • They’re looked after by a local council
  • They have a current statement of special education needs (SEN)or an education health and care plan
  • They get Disability Living Allowance
  • They’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

If your child is eligible, you can start claiming after they turn 2. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is, please see above. You can check if you are eligible for two year funding by following this link to contact your local council. You will be required to provide a copy of your eligibility letter to claim 2 year funding.

Funded Places for 3 to 4-year-olds

You can start claiming free childcare, the term after your child turns 3. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is:

Child’s Birthday                                  When you can claim

1st January to 31st March                      The beginning of the term after 1st April – Summer Term

1st April to 31st August                          The beginning of the term after 1st September – Autumn Term

1st September to 31st December        The beginning of the term after 1st January – Spring Term

Why Choose Twinkles…

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, Science Tots, Hartbeeps, Pyjama Drama & Soccerkidz.

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Outdoor Play

We believe outdoor activities and play to be vital to your child’s development. There is nothing children love more than running around in the fresh air. This is why we invest in outdoor areas for all of our five nurseries. Our outdoor play areas are spacious with lots for the children to do to keep them amused. From bikes & play houses, planting and ‘mud kitchens’ you can be assured your child will always be stimulated and having fun.

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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 relating to pertaining to learning and thinking through a range of structured activities. For our older pre-school children they have the opportunity to learn french.

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’.

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Visit our nurseries

Click on any of the links below to be taken the microsite for the nursery