Karen James first opened Kiddlywinks Pre-School Centre and Day Nursery on the 5th of November 2003. Since then Karen and the nursery team have won many national and county awards for excellence in early years. In addition the nursery has been awarded outstanding status by Ofsted during their past two early years inspections, both in 2009 and 2014.
The nursery team pride themselves on giving loving and nurturing personal care to each and every child through forming strong attachments with the children and their families. Our dedicated , highly qualified and experienced practitioners use their skills to plan for inspirational, exciting, motivating and fun filled learning and development opportunities for children aged 3 months to 5 Years. The nursery also provides an exciting holiday club for children up to 8 years of age.
The nursery is family owned and is situated in a quiet location on the outskirts of Penrith . The building is a modern two story development and both floors are easily accessible to wheelchair users. In 2015 Kiddlywinks took the exiting step of opening a second, rural nursery and holiday club at Redhills just outside Penrith. This is situated in a beautiful single-story former stable block and boasts an enclosed all-weather courtyard and a three quarters of an acre learning meadow.
Both settings have safe strategic parking well away from the main road for easy drop off and collection of children.
Both nurseries have all weather safety surfaced play areas which supports our belief that learning should be spontaneous and happen in the indoor and outdoor environment. The play areas are extremely well equipped with a sand house, mud kitchen, creativity studio, play house, mark making area, growing garden and climbing frame, offering play and environmental learning opportunities for the children.
Caring for children is our priority and we always put the needs of the child first, striking a balance between care, play and learning. The ethos of both settings is to deliver effective, nurturing, high quality provision and services that are responsive to the direct needs of all our families.
Kiddlywinks aims to demonstrate through its work that it positively values and respects children of all ethnic origins/racial groups, religions and cultures, linguistic backgrounds and abilities. The Kiddlywinks staff are committed to offering respect and equality of opportunity to all children and adults who use the nursery and we expect all those who choose to use the nursery to share our philosophy.
Kiddlywinks staff are highly qualified and a high adult to child ratio will ensure that every child will enjoy personal attention as well as lots of interaction to enhance their social skills. Our approach to learning through play and natural curiosity will ensure that every child’s development is built upon. Careful planning, observing and reviewing of each child’s progress, educationally, socially, emotionally, and physically will ensure that their individual needs are recognised and met. The staff are committed to ensuring that the quality of care each child receives will help him or her reach their full potential. The philosophy of Kiddlywinks of learning through play ensures that education is tailored to the life stage of the individual.
We believe strongly that the key to a child’s happiness with us is by ensuring that there is a strong partnership between Kiddlywinks and the Parent/Carer . Kiddlywinks staff will do their utmost to provide quality care and education which will enhance each child’s early years opportunities and provide firm stepping stones in creating positive foundations for his or her future. Our goal is to nurture all children and provide fun filled happy childhoods for all children within our nursery family.
Welcome to Kiddlywinks Pre School Centre and Day Nursery and Kiddlywinks The Meadows.