The Garden Challenge

All five nurseries were recently set the challenge of developing their outdoor areas, they were give a budget of £200 each and had to ensure that the garden offered learning opportunities for all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The garden needed to be accessible for children of all ages and all weather…

Healthy Body Happy Me

We recently took part in the National Day Nurseries Association, Healthy Body Happy Me Campaign. We spent a whole week finding out how we can look after ourselves to ensure we are healthy. The first day was ‘Eat Well, Feel Fantastic’ and we talked about healthy foods and not so healthy foods. We read the…

World Book Day 2016

We had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March. We all dressed up as our favourite characters and brought in our favourite stories to share with our friends.  We made a cave like in our favourite story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’  at Twinkles Leeds and invited our parents to…

One Snowy Day

We were very excited by this weeks snowfall and were lucky enough to get snow at all five of our nurseries!! As soon as it started falling we wrapped up warm and headed outside to make the most of it before it disappeared! We used sticks to make marks, write our names and draw pictures in…

Chinese New Year

We have been celebrating Chinese New Year here at Twinkles and took the opportunity to find out how Chinese New Year is traditionally celebrated. In the days coming up to New Year every family buys presents, decorations, food, new clothes and people have their hair cut. Houses are cleaned from top to bottom. The aim…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We have recenty had a whole week of Very Hungry Caterpillar activities at Twinkles Wetherby. The letter of the week in pre-school was ‘H’ and the children chose ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ as their story of the week. The children shared the story at circle time and then talked about the different foods the caterpillar…

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…

Twinkles Graduation 2015

The summer is a time of year for mixed emotions at Twinkles. We are always incredibly sad as we say goodbye to our oldest children, as they make the transition to ‘Big School.’ We feel amazingly proud of the progress they have made since joining the nursery and are so happy that they have developed…

Help Your Child to Learn at Home

Here are a few easy activity ideas you can try at home that will help support your child’s development… How about supporting some fine motor skills by posting corks into an empty bottle, threading cereal onto spaghetti or arranging flowers in a colander? You could support development of gross motor skills by making a racing…

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…

From a tiny seed to a tasty sandwich!!

The Rising Stars at Wetherby have been busy doing some growing, with a very tasty end product in mind! It started last week when they very carefully arranged some cotton wool balls in a tray. Separating it with their fingers was very good for developing fine motor skills. Next they poured some water onto the cotton wool before…

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…