Hampers for the Homeless

This year Twinkles are helping to make Christmas Hampers for the Homeless people in our area. These will be distributed out over the festive period. We have already had some donations, but there’s still time to donate, we are looking for the following items: new socks, new hats, new gloves, crisps, individually wrapped cakes or biscuits, chocolate,…

Bugsy and Mister Scruffs

We are very excited about the addition of two lovely guinea pigs to our Twinkles White Rose family!! We have called them Bugsy and Mister Scruffs and we have been getting to know them, they are a little bit shy but enjoyed being stroked. We were very gentle with them and loved how soft their…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Primary School Offers

April 16th 2015 marks the day where Primary School Offer Letters will be emailed and posted out to parents, a big day for families across Yorkshire. Some councils require you to log on to the system to check your offer, so it’s best to double check today just in case! It is a legal requirement…

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…