TWINKLES LEEDS OXFORD PLACE

OUR NEW LEEDS CITY CENTRE NURSERY IS NOW OPEN

Twinkles Oxford Place is the newest nursery in the Twinkles Group. The 60 place nursery opened in October 2016 and is located right in the heart of LS1, a fantastic location for those working or living in the in the city centre. The nursery offers fantastic facilities over four floors, with three light and spacious rooms, a soft play room and a beautiful, all weather outdoor play area.

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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.  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. We have three different rooms, called Baby Stars, Rising Stars and Shooting Stars. Each of the 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.

Clare Cotton – Nursery Manager

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.

“Children in the pre-school room demonstrate advanced communication skills. They are able to express themselves effectively & use a range of tenses. For example, when listening to the story about the three pigs, they are very keen to join in and tell the story. Children talk to each other about the story & repeat the tale about the different houses they have built talking about the straw & the bricks, without prompts from staff. Children also express in depth how angry the wolf is as they pull their angry faces and show each other. This prompts staff to extend the activity by asking them to show each other happy and sad faces and they express these by using the puppets of the wolf, and pretend to talk with the puppet in an angry voice. This activity teaches children about their feelings along with the development of their literacy and communication skills, as they talk to each other and tell the story in some parts word for word.”

LEEDS – CHURCH WALK Ofsted 2013

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 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 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.”

Boston Spa – 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

At such a young age, babies learn through their senses, so activities are varied and concentrate on touch, texture, sound, shape and sizes as well as looking to develop physical co-ordination. There’s a comfy story corner, a kitchen for role play, a cosy black and white den, sand and water play and of course cots for sleep time.

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 There’s lots of support from the adults in the room, encouraging development of new skills, as well as supporting 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 what you do at home, to help your child 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 the Key Person and older siblings are always welcome to come in during the day to check how they are doing, share a story or help give a bottle.

Rising Stars

When our babies are ready they can move through to the toddler room. In here we can have up to 24 children, with one adult for every three children under two and one adult for every four children aged between two to three years. Children will be given the opportunity to explore colours, shapes and counting,

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through a range of activities and the practitioners will ask lots of open ended question, to help extend your child’s play. Everything in the room will be 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. Self-registration in the morning will help your child to feel part of nursery and develop a sense of identity. The younger children will find their photograph and the older children can look for their first name. Rising Stars will play outside every day, come rain or shine, so everyone will come prepared for the British weather with sun cream and hats, as well as wellies and waterproofs.

Shooting Stars

This is our biggest room and can accommodate up to 28 pre-school children. In Shooting Stars there will be 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 take part in role-play, dressing up and construction activities. Children will also take part in pre-reading activities such 

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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. As well as using our outdoor area every day, there’ll be trips out to the City Art Gallery, the Library and the Market. The children will also take part in lots of cooking and baking activities as they learn all about being healthy and looking after themselves.

Soft Play

Twinkles Leeds Oxford Place is the first of the nurseries in the group to have a soft play room, specifically designed to help support development of physical skills for all our children. Research has shown that children who are regularly involved in active play develop well on many levels, including physically, emotionally, mentally and socially.

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Active and exploratory soft play helps children learn new motor skills in a fun and stimulating environment. It helps develop physical activity and encourages children to enjoy exercising, but as it’s essentially play it also fun and exciting for them!

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 Lovely Garden

Despite the central city location, there’s still a small but exciting outdoor space that the children will access every day. There’ll be a wide range of activities to keep the children busy when outside, including a music wall, sand play, water play, ball runs, small world play and more. We’ll be able to go outside every day, whatever the weather may be doing thanks to a full size canopy to keep off the heat of the sun and torrential downpours!

“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.”

Boston Spa – Ofsted May 2014

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Your children’s education and welfare are our main priorities