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’.

Jills Story

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.


A mix of adult led & child initiated activities ensure we support learning across the seven areas of development which form part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, these are:

Communication & Language – involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations

Physical Development – involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity6, and to make healthy choices in relation to food

Personal, Social & Emotional Development this involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities

Literacy – involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest

Maths – involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure

Understanding the World – involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment

Expressive Arts & Design – involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology 1

 As well as looking at ‘what’ children are learning, we also look at ‘how’ they are learning and ensure that our learning environments and highly skilled early years educators support children in developing the Characteristics of  Effective Learning and these are:

Playing and Exploring – Engagement

Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active Learning – Motivation

Being involved and concentrating
Keeping trying
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and Thinking Critically –Thinking

Having their own ideas
Making links
Choosing ways to do things




Well Being

We want to make sure that you and your child settle quickly into nursery life. To achieve this your child will be allocated a member of staff called a Key Person who will be their own special person at nursery. The Key Person will help your child to feel happy, safe, stimulated and secure at nursery and will give you peace of mind that you always have someone with whom you can share information about your child. The key person will take responsibility for meeting your child’s needs and making careful records of your child’s learning, development and progress. You’ll be able to talk to your Key Person regularly at our Parent Evenings to find out how your child is getting on and your Key Person will also be able to support you with activity ideas to try out at home. There’s always lots of cuddles to go round and we believe that every child is unique, so the Key Person will plan activities just for your child, based around their current interest, that way we know they are going to enjoy every single day at nursery!





Parents as Partners

We really want you to be part of your child’s learning, so we use a secure online programme called ‘Capture’ to record your child’s progress at nursery. This means you can you can log in at any time to see what your child has been getting up to at nursery and read the observations written by their Key Person. We value the knowledge you have about your child, so you can add your own observations from home and let us know what new skills your child has developed!


Outdoor & Physical 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! As well as ensuring there are lots of opportunities for outdoor play, we also want to ensure that your child takes part in enough physical activity each day to keep healthy and for under fives, this means 180 minutes every day!


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, in line with the British Nutrition Foundation. Your children will enjoy tasty home cooking for both dinner and tea, as well as a choice of breakfasts and healthy snacks. 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’.

See our menu here


Meet the managers

Naomi Pratt
Twinkles Boston Spa Manager
Naomi pratt

Boston Spa


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.

Elizabeth Atwood
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!

Hayley Cuthbert
Twinkles Wetherby Managerhayley



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.

Nadine Brown
Twinkles Church Walk, Leeds Manager

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.

Pauline Dent
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.

Kerri McGuire
Twinkles Oxford Pl Manager

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 becoming 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 in 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.

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