THE PARENT ZONE
Parent Partnerships at Twinkles
At Twinkles we really value parents input and will work closely with you to ensure that you’re kept up to date with your child’s progress. We believe in building strong Parent Partnerships to ensure that every child is given the best possible learning opportunities. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. Children are born ready, able and eager to learn and at Twinkles we work hard ensure that we support each and every one of our children’s development. A tailored made approach to learning means that your child will be fully supported in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Your child’s Key Person will plan activities to facilitate learning, provides lots of new experiences for them and follows their interests to make sure they are getting the best possible start in life. We record their development using Capture Education’s individual online learning journeys and as a parent, not only do you get a notification every time we add an observation, you can also add your own observations and news from home. Capture Education has state of the art security, which means it’s as safe online banking and unique log in details for each family mean that only you can access your child’s information. We will also set your child Next Steps to help support their Learning and these are shared with you, along with activity ideas to try at home. Regular Parent Partnership Meetings enable both parties to share valuable information about each child’s learning and development.
To log on to your child’s Learning Journey just click on the link below and then enter your username and password:
Twinkles Boston Spa – https://twinklesbostonspa.capture-eduk8.com/#login
Twinkles – Wetherby – https://twinkleswetherby.capture-eduk8.com/#login
Twinkles Knaresborough – https://twinklesknaresborough.capture-eduk8.com/#login
Twinkles Leeds – https://twinklesleeds.capture-eduk8.com/#login
Twinkles White Rose – https://twinkleswhiterose.capture-eduk8.com/#login
Twinkles Oxford Place – https://twinklesoxfordplace.capture-eduk8.com/#login
Learning through play
(at home and at nursery)
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support that enables them to fulfill their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. 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
Your child’s Key Person will carefully track their development through observation and assessment and ensure that development is supported in all areas of the EYFS.
The three Prime areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The four Specific areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive art and design
As well as the Next Steps shared with you by your child’s Key Person, we have a selection of information leaflets especially designed with parents in mind. As well as information about the EYFS and how children develop, there’s also information about ways you can support learning at home and inspiration for easy activities to try and ideas to make every day activities into a fun learning experience. We are always looking for ideas to for new leaflets, so if there’s something you’d like to see, please email email@example.com
Download your information leaflets here
Sensory play at home
What are the benefits of sharing a story
Parent Guide to the EYFS
Promoting positive behaviour
Maths Development at Home
Promoting Positive Behaviour
What to expect & when
At home observation sheet
for more information see our learning through play page
Funded Places & Info Packs
Twinkles are registered for 2, 3 & 4 year funding. All 3 to 4-year-olds in England are entitled to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. In addition to this, some 2 year olds are eligible to 570 hours of free early education entitlement and some 3-4 years are eligible to an additional 570 hours, bringing their total to 1140 hours.
You can also visit the Childcare Choices website to find out about eligibility criteria for funding and other ways you can make savings on the cost of your childcare.READ MORE
Download an information pack on each of our 6 nurseries below:
Download a nursery registration form here to apply for a place for your child at any of our 6 nurseries:
Nursery Registration Form – White Rose
Nursery Registration Form – Wetherby
Nursery Registration Form – Church Walk Leeds
Nursery Registration Form – Leeds Oxford Place
Nursery Registration Form – Knaresborough
Nursery Registration Form – Boston Spa
At Twinkles we have a range of policies and procedures, the purpose of these is to ensure and endorse the well-being of all families, children, staff, volunteers and everyone who is connected to the nurseries. Here are the ones we think you will find most useful, but please ask if there is something else you would like to know more about. Policies will be updated as required, and all policies are reviewed regularly. Should information within any policy be unclear, please ask for clarification.
Download our policy documents below
Policies will be updated as required, and all policies are reviewed regularly. Should information within any policy be unclear, please ask for clarification
Special Educational Needs Local Offer
Please find below our ‘Local Offer’ document, which outlines the support Twinkles are able to provide for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability.
Parents as Partners
At Twinkles we really work hard to include you in every aspect of nursery life, so as well as sharing information about your child’s learning, there are lots of other ways you can get involved too. We hold regular Stay and Play sessions, often with a theme, so you can come along and take part in lots of lovely activities. There’s arts and crafts, sessions, baking, afternoon teas, bedtime stories and even a bit of gardening. Then there’s the family fun days, parties, Summer Fairs and the pre-school Graduation. We also hold parent information evenings so you can support learning at home, there’s sessions on being ‘School Ready’ and supporting language skills as well as ones on the benefits of sharing stories. And if you’ve got skills that you think would benefit nursery, we’d love to hear about them. Perhaps you love to bake or enjoy reading stories, love singing, play an instrument or have green fingers. Maybe you’ve got a really interesting job that our older children would love to find out about, just call in to the office and let us know, we’d love to have you!
News From Home
We love to find out what you’ve been up to on a weekend, hear about your latest adventure or share your joy in your child’s latest new skill. The easiest way for our families to do this is through the Capture online Learning Journey, the links to log on for each site can be found at the top of the page, you will need your user name and password. You can also email pictures in to your nursery manager who will print these out for you. Your child’s Key Person will use any news or pictures you share to inform their planning or enhance current provision. They might also use it as a conversation starter or even use the printed pictures to encourage your child to share their own news with their friends at circle time. If you have trouble logging on to Capture, please ask in the office for some help.
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Your children’s education and welfare are our main priorities