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Twinkles Leeds is a 106 place, private day nursery that opened in March 2013. We were rated as a ‘good’ nursery by Ofsted in September 2018 – READ REPORT.  We been placed in the top 10 Day Nurseries in Yorkshire and Humber in 2014, 2015 and 2016. 


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 needs.

Nadine Brown – Nursery Manager

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.


“Children in the pre-school room demonstrate advanced communication skills. They are able to express themselves effectively & use a range of tenses. For example, when listening to the story about the three pigs, they are very keen to join in and tell the story. Children talk to each other about the story & repeat the tale about the different houses they have built talking about the straw & the bricks, without prompts from staff. Children also express in depth how angry the wolf is as they pull their angry faces and show each other. This prompts staff to extend the activity by asking them to show each other happy and sad faces and they express these by using the puppets of the wolf, and pretend to talk with the puppet in an angry voice. This activity teaches children about their feelings along with the development of their literacy and communication skills, as they talk to each other and tell the story in some parts word for word.”

Ofsted 2013

What our Parents Say


Our learning through play approach allows us to meet your child’s needs and extend their learning and development whilst encouraging their curiosity about the big wide world. We invest in ensuring that our environments are equipped with resources to help your child make good progress in their learning and development.

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




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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!




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!

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!

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.


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


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 & activities.

Baby Stars

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Our Baby unit has space for up to twenty seven babies, we have a 12 place room and a 15 place room, 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 we provide a wide range of sensory experiences each day. Each of the rooms has black and white area, a comfy seating area for snuggles, bottles feeds and story time, a heuristic area to explore, sand and water play and of course comfortable cots and coracles 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 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 staff and other children. A weekly visit from Hartbeeps helps to develop imagination as we sing, dance, listen to stories and have fun with puppets and dressing up props!

Rising Stars

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When our babies are ready, they move through to toddlers. In here we can have up to 27 children, again this is across two rooms, a 12 place room upstairs and a 15 place room downstairs.


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. Rising Stars access the garden 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. They also use the pushchairs to go for walks in the local environment, visiting the train station, market and library.

Shining Stars

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The last stage of nursery is pre-school and we have two rooms, upstairs can accommodate 24 of our oldest children and downstairs have space for 28.


  • There’s lots of preparation for school in here. An increased interest in make-believe play, building complicated constructions and playing games all 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 complying with the wishes of others.  Our planning is based around the children’s interests, so there’s always a wide variety of activities to take part in and  they will still be able to experience natural materials such as sand and water and of course messy play. 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 maths skills such as counting and number recognition. There are always lots of creative activities going on, either painting, box modelling, sensory trays or a bit of writing in the dedicated mark making area. A cosy book corner offers space for quiet time, sharing stories with friends or group activities and the computer helps children to develop a wide range of skills across all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. 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. There’s even some vegetable planters out in the garden where we grow salad leaves, beans, spinach and peas!

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 tasty menu 

Our Garden

The garden is securely enclosed and offers a range of experiences for children of all ages. There’s a wooden house, a sandpit and roads for the bikes and trikes. An outdoor mud kitchen means there’s lots of opportunity for making tasty mud pies and the large construction site with lots of open ended resources helps to developing both imagination and physical skills as children create their own transport, buildings and obstacle courses.

The children access the garden throughout the day, sometimes as a whole groups and sometimes small groups from each of the rooms, so the different ages can mix together. Playing with children from the other rooms helps to aid transitions as they engage in play with their peers, join in group activities and begin to build relationships with less familiar practitioners.

Visit our nurseries

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Your children’s education and welfare are our main priorities