There’s Nothing Like a Bit of Healthy Competion!

The team at Twinkles Wetherby were recently set a challenge by Amy their Nursery Manager. They were asked to look at their room and the areas of provision and how they could enhance it. The girls were given just £50 and had a few weeks to research, prepare and create, before presenting it to the…

Autumn Activities

We have been very busy here at Twinkles recently, following the children’s interests in the changing seasons. There has been lots of opportunity to find out about the world in which we live and develop new skills at the same time. As it’s Autumn, there have been lots of leaf related activities. The children have…

Garden Development

The big girls at Twinkles Boston Spa have been very busy developing the outdoor area. First of all they made a Construction Area. Several of the children were spending extended periods of time building with anything they could find, so we used our Twinkles Facebook page to appeal to our parents for items to add…

Halloween Stay and Play

We have had a very succesful Stay and Play session at Twinkles Wetherby. There was a fantastic range of Halloween activities planned for each room, including baking, creative and messy play. Lots of parents came along to take part in the activities and of course join us for a party tea. Becky our nursery chef, planned a…

Eid al-Fitr

The boys and girls at Twinkles White Rose have been finding out about Eid al-Fitr. The Arabic name Eid al-Fitr translates to ‘Festival of the breaking of the fast’ in English and it marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, and the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated…

A Little Red Flower…

It all started with a little red flower the Shooting Stars children at Wetherby saw on their walk. It sparked lots of interest and lots of conversation. Once back at nursery the children were keen to get the paints out and document these beautiful flowers. After lunch we made playdough with the children so they…

The Summer Menu

Healthy eating for us is not just about what’s on the Twinkles menu, but how we educate the children about the food they eat and the example that we as adults set to them. The food a child eats in their early years can influence their dietary habits later in life, so it’s important to…

Promoting Positive Behaviour

Here are a few tips to help you promote positive behaviour: Make sure all toys are in good repair, the pieces are all there and they work correctly. Something in poor repair will mean a child is not able to use it as intended and it can be incredibly frustrating for them Children can become…

What Are The Benefits Of Sharing Stories?

Sharing stories gives us a chance to spend one on one time together – no TV, no places to be, just child and carer together. Very valuable in today’s hectic world! Reading a book can help provide a calm environment to discuss issues, problems, fears and joys. Many books provide avenues into discussion, into all…

One Man’s Junk…

…Another Man’s Treasure. Creativity can stem from the simplest of things, items we would usually regard as waste or rubbish can soon be transformed into something new and wonderful. Our children, and our practitioners are incredibly creative; and are on the look out for bits and pieces that you may have lying around at home…

Let’s get growing!

The Rising Stars have been doing lots of growing recently, they have been busy growing grass hand prints, and now they have been growing cress heads! We went on a walk to the shops to buy some plant pots, and asked our handyman Bob to get us some compost from the garden centre – it…

Solar Eclipse 2015

Today, we witnessed a very special occurrence – a solar eclipse! A solar eclipse is when the moon covers the sun, and blocks out the sunlight! This can only happen when the moon moves directly between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow onto the Earth’s surface. It is very rare that an eclipse…