Twinkles Knaresborough is a 92 place, private day nursery and after school club that opened in September 2012. We won the ‘Harrogate Mumblers Day Nursery of the Year’ in 2014 and were also shortlisted for the award in 2015. We were also in the Top 10 day nurseries in Yorkshire and Humber in 2015. More recently we have again been given the title of ‘Day Nursery of the Year’ in the Harrogate Mumbler awards in 2018. Twinkles Knaresborough is Ofsted Rated Good.


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 4 different rooms, called Baby Stars, Rising Stars, Shooting Stars and Shining 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.

Amanda Quinn – Nursery Manager

Amanda joined Twinkles Knaresborough as Nursery Manager in January 2019. Amanda qualified in 2004 with a Diploma in Pre-School Practice. Before joining Twinkles she has project managed the complete set up of a Private Children’s Nursery in Leeds, which she then managed before selling in November 2015. Amanda has also had previous experience working as a General Manager for an international leading Wireless network consultancy, training and support services provider. Amanda has 2 children aged 14 and 18 and several horses, enjoying riding and showing up and down the country and in Europe. After taking a break from childcare, she is looking forward to working as part of a team again with the children and their families at the Knaresborough setting.

Ofsted 2017

“Staff welcome children into a nurturing, stimulating and safe environment where they flourish and thrive. Children are supervised well. For example, sleeping babies and young children are continually monitored to ensure their safety. Staff share advice with parents when children are developing new skills, such as weaning and toilet training. They provide many opportunities that help children to begin to understand healthy lifestyles. For example, children of all ages frequently enjoy fresh air and exercise in the outdoor play area and also during outings to local parks and farms. They enjoy nutritious and inviting snacks and meals. Children are learning to keep themselves safe during their play, for example, when they climb equipment in the outdoor play areas.” 

What our Parents Say



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!


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.



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.

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’.





Ofsted 2017

“Young children have fun using all of their senses to explore and investigate a wide range of stimulating resources and materials, including water, paint, dough and natural materials. The development of children’s early literacy skills is supported well. Children delight in using puppets and props to illustrate a familiar story. The skilful use of questioning by staff, such as, ‘What happens next?’, helps children to think for themselves and practise their good communication and language skills. Staff provide older children with the opportunity to play games, for example, identifying similarities and differences between themselves and their friends. Effective strategies are used, including story resource packs, to support parents to extend their children’s learning.

Our Rooms

We have four different rooms, each of them designed to cater for a different age group. The four rooms are called Baby Stars, Rising Stars, Shooting Stars & Shining 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 is for the youngest of our children and has space for up to fifteen babies at any one time, with one member of staff for every three babies. Babies are given new experiences according to their individual needs.


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. 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


Rising Stars is for our toddlers and 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.


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 whilst 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, weekly classes such as Jo Jingles or Socakidz and even a spot of gardening mean there’s never a dull moment in Rising Stars.

Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars can accommodate up to 28 children, with one adult for every four children aged two to three and one adult for every eight children aged three years or over. There are 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.READ MORE

Children will also take part in early maths activities such as colour and shape recognition via matching and sorting, as well as activities to develop early reading skills such as listening walks and rhyming stories and songs. There are always lots of creative activities going on, either painting, box modelling, sensory trays or a bit of exploring the dedicated mark making area. A cosy book corner offers space for quiet time, sharing stories with friends or group activities. There’s also outdoor play every day and trips out in to the local community, to help the children find out more about the world in which they live.

Shining Stars

Shining Stars

Shining Stars can accommodate 28 children aged three years upwards, with one adult for every eight children. There’s lots of preparation for school in here. An increased interest in co-operative play such as make-believe, construction and games help children to learn the important social skills of sharing and co-operating. Children also learn about helping adults in everyday activities and finding a balance between independence and considering the wishes of others. READ MORE

Our planning is based around the children’s interests, so there’s always a wide variety of activities to take part in. Children are given the option to take part in developing early language skills as they learn either French or Spanish. We have trips out in the local environment, go on nature hunts in the gardens and the children take part in lots of cooking and baking activities as they learn all about being healthy and looking after themselves

Take a ‘Peek’ around our nursery…

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.

Click here to see our ‘winter’ menu

Our Garden

The garden is securely enclosed and offers a range of experiences for children of all ages. There’s places to grow vegetables, outdoor sandpits, a huge playhouse, a slide, a stream and lots more. There are shrubs in pots for year round colour, as well as bright flowers, all planted by the children, and with astro turf instead of grass, the only place you find mud is in the mud kitchen! There are just as many learning opportunities provided outside as there inside, so all round development is promoted for every child. As well as the nursery garden there’s also lots to see and explore on trips into the local town. We like to visit the bustling market, take a trip to the library and go for riverside walks to see the ducks and rowing boats. There’s also a trip to the train station or the castle and we even have a small holding with lots of animals just round the corner from nursery.

Ofsted 2017

“All children make good progress. They share, take turns and cooperate with others during their play. Children form firm friendships. They make choices freely in their play from a broad range of high-quality and accessible resources. Children develop their independence skills well, for example, in dressing themselves and serving their own food and drink at mealtimes. They are motivated and eager learners. Children of all ages are well prepared for future learning within the setting and for their eventual move to school.”

Visit our nurseries

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