TWINKLES NURSERY BOSTON SPA

Twinkles Nursery is a 53 place, private day nursery that opened in November 2003. 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. Twinkles Boston Spa is Ofsted Rated Good.

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Naomi Pratt – Nursery 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.

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.

“Practitioners are courteous and cheerful role models, and this helps to promote children’s positive behaviour. They teach children to help each other and to take turns. As a result, children learn to respect and be kind to other people”

Ofsted 2018

What our Parents Say

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Education

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!

 

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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!

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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!

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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, 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 winter 2019 menu here

“Key persons are attentive and children form close, trusting relationships with them. Good settling-in procedures ensure children are ready for the move from home to nursery. Babies receive lots of cuddles, helping them to feel happy and settled. Children’s health and physical development are promoted effectively. For example, children have fun joining in their daily yoga session. They enjoy healthy snacks and well-balanced meals which are freshly prepared by the on-site cook. Children help to serve food independently and pour their own drinks. The outside area is extremely inviting and children delight in sensory activities as they investigate plants and flowers.”

Ofsted 2018

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

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Our Baby room has space for up to nine 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 comfy story corner, a kitchen for role play, a cosy black and white den, 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 whatever the weather! The routine here at Twinkles is very flexible and we will happily fit in with you do at home, to help them 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 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 18 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 26 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!

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 Beautiful Garden

We have recently invested lots of time & imagination in our garden here at Twinkles Boston Spa to make it exciting and engaging for our children with lots to do and explore! The garden is securely enclosed and offers a range of experiences for children of all ages. There’s a vegetable patch, outdoor sandpits, a story corner and lots more. There are lots of shrubs for all round colour as well as bright flowers, all planted by the children, and with several well established trees, there’s lots of natural shade on those hot sunny days. The garden is separated into two areas, by a low fence, with a style and gate to allow children to move from one area to the other. This means that children of different age groups can safely use the garden at the same time.

“Robust procedures for recruitment and checking the ongoing suitability of practitioners are implemented well. The management team works closely with the other settings operated by the same provider to share good practice ideas and to further enhance their provision.”

Ofsted 2018

Visit our nurseries

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