TWINKLES NURSERY WETHERBY

Twinkles Nursery is a 73 place, private day nursery that opened in April 2008. We had our latest Ofsted inspection in March 2017 and we were awarded an Ofsted Rating of OUTSTANDING. 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

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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 artwork, as well as individually planned next Steps to support their individual needs.

Amy Whiting – Nursery Manager

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.

“Staff are well qualified and have a superb knowledge of children’s next steps in learning. Staff observe children at play and use their highly accurate observations to track children’s progress. Children’s learning is monitored meticulously to assess the progress of different groups of children. Children excitedly play and explore different media, such as sand, water and gloop. Staff skilfully question children, encouraging them to think for themselves. They talk with children and engage them in singing sessions extremely well. Staff support early language and communication skills exceptionally well. Staff repeat words when children play to extend upon children’s vocabulary and understanding.”

Ofsted 2017

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!

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’.

 

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“All children make rapid progress in their learning and development. They display exceptionally high levels of self-esteem and confidence. Children play very well together and learn to share, take turns and are extremely considerate of others needs. They have the emotional readiness they need for successful learning and rapidly develop the skills they need for the next stage in their learning.”

Ofsted 2017

Our Rooms

We have four different rooms, each of them designed to cater for a different age group. The three rooms are called Baby Stars, Rising Stars, Shooting Stars & Shining Stars and All 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 twelve 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 cosy sofa for stories and snuggles, a kitchen for role play, a black and white area with a light tree, a small climbing frame for developing physical skills, 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, which we can access directly from our room. 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 peek-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 21 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 40 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.

ALL STARS

ALLSTARS

Twinkles provide a drop off and collection service for children attending Crossley Street and St Joseph’s Primary Schools. All Stars is run from the Wetherby Scout Hut, which means that there’s lots of room for fun activities.

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We operate a breakfast club from 7.30am, children can take part in a range of activities on offer in the morning as well as helping themselves to a healthy breakfast. We then head off to school in our walking bus, leaving enough time for a catch up with their friends in the playground before the bell goes.
Children are collected at 3.15pm and we make our way back to the Scout Hut for a two course hot tea, prepared by the nursery chef. Its self-service at mealtimes and the children sit with their friends and chat about their day as they tuck in. Then there’s a variety of activities on offer once everyone’s finished and the practitioners build up good relationships with the children and their teachers at school to ensure we are offering activities that are of interest.
Children can play outside or in and there’s sand and water, construction, painting and craft activities, baking, games and puzzles and lots more. We also operate a Holiday Club for the school holidays and this is for children attending any local primary school.

Take a ‘peek’ around our rooms

Take a look around our nursery, here are 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.

See our tasty summer 2017 menu

The Garden

The garden is securely enclosed and offers a range of experiences for children of all ages, with each of the rooms having their own area. Baby Stars have lots of sensory herbs and bright flowers as well as balls, rockers and push along toys. Rising Stars have a canopy over half their garden, to protect them from the sun and rain and there’s a tree house with a slide, a large sandpit and lots of resources, ensuring we offer everything outside that we do in. Shooting Stars have a cosy den, a mud kitchen, a stream for splashing and sailing boats, a bug hotel, bikes and trikes and a wide range of resources to support all round development.

“TStaff gather a wide range of information about children and their families before children start. This enables them to identify children’s individual needs in precise detail from the outset. Staff give children and babies affectionate attention who develop exceptionally strong attachments to staff who care for them. The nursery garden provides children with a particularly wide range of opportunities to develop their physical skills. For example, children eagerly climb, complete obstacle courses and confidently ride tricycles.”

Ofsted 2017

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