Why Choose Kiddlywinks?
Our dedication to delivering the very best care and education for children is as strong today as it was when our story began. Through the support of a dedicated, long serving and passionate team, our Curiosity Approach and learning environments continue to evolve. Our ethos is to gently nurture children by learning through play, encouraging natural curiosity and promoting high levels of self-esteem.
We have a real enthusiasm for outdoor learning, and the role it can play in children’s development. We run daily Forest Schools activities at both nurseries to develop practical skills and encourage children to take responsibility for assessing risks (all under close supervision!). We have fantastic outdoor facilities at both nurseries and our three-quarter acre learning meadow at The Meadows’ offers opportunities for river walks and exploring the countryside safely. Our nursery pets (dogs, guinea pigs, hens) provide a connection to nature and teach respect for all living things – and the children love collecting the eggs!
Child-centred learning encouraging curiosity
Learning through play is a vital part of development and our nursery environments, both inside and outdoors, provide children with opportunities to safely explore and investigate. Our “real” resources using authentic materials stimulate children’s curiosity and innate desire to learn. In current fast-changing technological times we are on a mission to ensure imagination, awe, curiosity and wonder are not lost and we provide children with the opportunity to become the empowered “thinkers and doers” of the future. When the children leave us, our aim is that they will be fully ready for school - confident, independent and good communicators.
We place great importance on helping the children develop a healthy relationship with food. Our nutritious food, much of it local, prepared in diverse menus allows the children to enjoy familiar foods and to develop new favourites by experiencing new tastes. Mealtimes are relaxed occasions where children can develop social skills and independence. More generally, our nurturing staff, stimulating environments and facilities for outside play, exercise and fresh air all work together to promote general well-being.
Kiddlywinks is very much a family business and a family approach is the foundation for everything we do. It has helped us build an excellent team through our commitment to ongoing training. It also underpins our desire to have strong links to local community – the team and the children benefit greatly from interacting with local organisations and businesses ranging from the local fire service to Penrith Library and links with local charities.
Dedication to excellence
We are delighted that both our nurseries are rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted. We have also been awarded the Golden Apple Education Awards – “Best Early Years Provider 2019”. However, we never rest on our laurels and we strive constantly to stay at the forefront of current thinking in early years education.
The two nurseries are on the edge of Penrith, easily accessible from the town centre.