TWINKLES NURSERY WETHERBY

Twinkles Nursery is a 73 place, private day nursery that opened in April 2008. We had our latest Ofsted inspection in March 2017 and we were awarded an Ofsted Rating of OUTSTANDING. 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

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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 artwork, as well as individually planned next Steps to support their individual needs.

Hayley Cuthbert – Nursery Manager

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.

“Staff are well qualified and have a superb knowledge of children’s next steps in learning. Staff observe children at play and use their highly accurate observations to track children’s progress. Children’s learning is monitored meticulously to assess the progress of different groups of children. Children excitedly play and explore different media, such as sand, water and gloop. Staff skilfully question children, encouraging them to think for themselves. They talk with children and engage them in singing sessions extremely well. Staff support early language and communication skills exceptionally well. Staff repeat words when children play to extend upon children’s vocabulary and understanding.”

Ofsted 2017

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

“All children make rapid progress in their learning and development. They display exceptionally high levels of self-esteem and confidence. Children play very well together and learn to share, take turns and are extremely considerate of others needs. They have the emotional readiness they need for successful learning and rapidly develop the skills they need for the next stage in their learning.”

Ofsted 2017

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, 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 has space for up to twelve 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 cosy sofa for stories and snuggles, a kitchen for role play, a black and white area with a light tree, a small climbing frame for developing physical skills, 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, which we can access directly from our room. 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 peek-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 21 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 40 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 have fortnightly Forest School lessons. Children find out about healthy eating through cooking and baking activities and learn how to keep themselves healthy.

Take a ‘peek’ around our rooms

Take a look around our nursery, here are 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.

See our tasty winter menu

The Garden

The garden is securely enclosed and offers a range of experiences for children of all ages, with each of the rooms having their own area. Baby Stars have lots of sensory herbs and bright flowers as well as balls, rockers and push along toys. Rising Stars have a canopy over half their garden, to protect them from the sun and rain and there’s a tree house with a slide, a large sandpit and lots of resources, ensuring we offer everything outside that we do in. Shooting Stars have a cosy den, a mud kitchen, a stream for splashing and sailing boats, a bug hotel, bikes and trikes and a wide range of resources to support all round development.

“Staff gather a wide range of information about children and their families before children start. This enables them to identify children’s individual needs in precise detail from the outset. Staff give children and babies affectionate attention who develop exceptionally strong attachments to staff who care for them. The nursery garden provides children with a particularly wide range of opportunities to develop their physical skills. For example, children eagerly climb, complete obstacle courses and confidently ride tricycles.”

Ofsted 2017

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