Welcome to Twinkles Nurseries
Twinkles Nurseries provide exceptional childcare, for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years in North and West Yorkshire. We opened the doors at our first nursery in 2000 and have since grown to a group of 6 nurseries. We are very proud to be a family orientated nursery group, small enough to care personally about all of our children, parents and staff, large enough to provide a professional level of service. You can be rest assured that our 20 years experience means that Twinkles Nurseries provide the very best childcare for you and your child.
Here at Twinkles, our aim is to help your children experience the awe and wonder of the world in which we live. The well resourced environments and exciting activities on offer each day ensure that children make good progress in their learning and development. Our well qualified and friendly staff form close relationships with you and your child and the friendly, nurturing atmosphere makes children feel happy, safe and keen to learn. We provide a home from home, a place where your child can flourish and you can relax knowing your child is in safe hands. 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 2018 and we 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.
Twinkles Boston Spa 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.
Twinkles Knaresborough Manager
Dan has been in childcare and early years for over 12 years and has had various roles across the sector. More recently overseeing the management of 11 nurseries, helping to support the quality of activities and resources for the children in their care. With the birth of his daughter just 4 months ago, Dan chose to come back to managing a nursery and working more directly with the staff and little people within! Dan has a BA Hons in Educational Leadership and is not only Paediatric First Aid trained, he is also qualified to deliver the training too! Dan also has a love of the outdoors and is passionate about Forest Schools and will soon be a qualified Forest School Teacher!
Twinkles Wetherby Manager
Hayley has been at Twinkles Wetherby since 2013 when she joined as a she was nursery practitioner gaining experience across all the rooms, whilst studying Childhood Studies birth-18 years at Leeds Beckett University. After Graduating, Hayley took on the role of Senior Nursery in the Pre-School room where her love of the children shone through. In 2018 Hayley became Deputy Manager and then stepped up to become Nursery Manager in September 2019. As well as an Early Years Degree, Hayley has her Paediatric First Aid qualification and a Level 3 in Safeguarding.
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.
Twinkles White Rose Manager
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.
Abigail Curtis, Kerri McGuire
Twinkles Oxford Place, Leeds Managers
Leeds Oxford Place
Kerri has been a part of the Twinkles team for 3 years, joining the team when they first opened as a Nursery Nurse. Kerri stepped up to be the Senior Nursery in Baby Stars before coming Deputy Manager in July 2018. Before joining Twinkles, Kerri worked in a mainstream primary school for 5 years, working with children from the ages of 3 to 11 years old. Kerri is Level 3 Qualified and has also gained experience of supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Kerri is the nursery SENDCo and has attended courses linked to SEND, which include Understanding ADHD, Autism and Speech and Language. Kerri enjoys creative/sensory activities and supports that staff team to develop these in the nursery.
Abigail has been working with Twinkles since April 2019, when she took on the shared Deputy Manager role with Kerri. She has several years experience working with children of all ages. Abigail has a CACHE Level 3 in Childcare and a BA Hons Degree in Childhood Studies. Abigail has over six years’ experience working with children and enjoys supporting that staff team to develop outstanding activities and interactions that all the children can enjoy.
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