Puddleducks Day Nursery, Sheriff Hutton

“Laying foundations for lifelong learning”

Welcome to the multi award winning Puddleducks children’s day nursery, the area’s newest and only purpose built child care setting.

Our key aim is to create a secure, warm and welcoming environment where you are 100% happy to leave your children in our care. We pride ourselves on our ‘family feel’ where babies and children are cared for as valued members of our ever expanding extended family. With 120 families currently on roll, we’re getting something right. So often parents feedback that within minutes of visiting our nursery they just had a ‘feeling’. They just knew this was where they wanted their children to be.

Please read the testimonials on here. These all come from the hearts of parents just like you and prove our high standards of care. We are here to support you and your family and make sure that looking for and starting a nursery is a pleasure. We are here to answer any questions, to guide and support and to listen when you have suggestions or worries.

From Sarah personally…..

Sarah Kelly, Nursery Owner & Manager
BA Honours in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

I’ve been there; 9 years ago I set out to find a local nursery to care for my first precious baby boy because I was making the dreaded return to work. I was a primary teacher at that time, at a York school.
It was while visiting nurseries, (and I visited lots!) I realised what a huge position of trust it is to place your baby in the care of a team of people you have just met. In a nursery I wanted clean, homely facilities and caring, warm people to look after my baby. Yes, the standards of early education mattered to me, I was a teacher after all, but first and foremost I wanted to know my baby would be loved and happy. I wanted to know he would get cuddled when he was sad; that he would get help when he needed it; and that he would play and be happy.
And that was where it all began.
I embarked on a two year long journey of planning, meetings, research and many sleepless nights and on June 25th 2012 Puddleducks opened its doors. It has been the most amazing journey and I feel truly blessed to have met and worked with so many amazing babies, children and their families.

Our staff team has grown from 3 to 26,  and I have to give recognition to the truly wonderful people I have working with me, who really do make Puddleducks the place it is. They support my values and ethos, and work tirelessly to provide the very best care. We’re a close knit team; we laugh lots; many of us are parents ourselves and therefore share the trials and tribulations of parenting, but most importantly we all share the same view that babies and children deserve the very best care and early education that we can possibly provide, and we will always strive to achieve that.

I chose Sheriff Hutton firstly because no nursery that I looked at in the area offered the things I wanted as a parent, and secondly because I grew up in the village myself and attended the lovely primary school. My own mother took my brother James and I to the village baby & toddler group, which still thrives today and is somewhere I now love to take my own baby. (This runs every Thursday morning in the village hall, and is excellent!) If you want coffee, a biscuit and lots of friendly faces you should try it.

The ‘baby’ who inspired me to open Puddleducks is now 9 years old and nearly as tall as me! Since then, he has gained a brother in 2013, and sister in 2018. All 3 of my children have had a wonderful start at Puddleducks, and I will continue to use them and my values as a parent to set the standards within what is  most definitely my fourth baby, ‘Puddleducks’.

Sarah x

Ofsted Inspection – Ofsted inspected our setting in March 2019. Please follow the
link to read our full inspection report.

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Plastic free nursery

"These young children that we're looking after are the next generation." This Yorkshire nursery is re-inventing 'toys' in a bid to show children how to live without plastic.

Posted by BBC Radio York on Thursday, October 24, 2019

🎨 🎨 🎨 M i n i - A r t i s t s 🎨 🎨 🎨
Some of our preschool children were inspired by Vincent Van Gogh today. They created such beautiful masterpieces 😊
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💙 💛 💚 B a b y - T e a m - P r a c t i t i o n e r 💙 💛 💚
Our beautiful babies require another caring adult to provide them with love and exceptional care.
Our newly refurbished nursery is a multi award-winning, unique setting. We prioritise providing a beautiful environment for our little people, combined with mindful, attentive adults.
We would love to welcome a warm, smiley, caring, passionate person to complement our wonderful baby team. Ideally you will have experience of caring for babies, and have a particular passion for working with the littlest people.
The post becomes available due to an imminent maternity leave, but is a full time permanent position. Minimum level 3 relevant qualification required. To start as soon as possible.
Posts are subject to enhanced suitability checks, including reference checking and criminal record disclosures.
Contact Sarah or Lucy for further information and an application pack. t: 01347 878648 e: sarah@sheriffhuttonnursery.co.uk
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Some of our preschool children have shown such excellent team work this week. They have worked together to make a giant rain maker. They all took turns to carefully hammer nails into a cardboard poster tube. They filled the tube with rice and then applied a range of fabrics to make it look beautiful. What a fantastic effort. 🥰
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🏴‍☠️ 🏴‍☠️ R e p r e s e n t a t i o n a l - P l a y 🏴‍☠️ 🏴‍☠️
There has been some fantastic representational play taking place on our 2-3 room this morning. Representational play refers to play whereby children refer to items as representing something else. We ensure in our environment that there is a wealth of open-ended items available for children to use in their play. This type of play is hugely beneficial to children’s language development.
In their pirate play this morning alone, a wooden box became a treasure chest; poster tubes became telescopes; cardboard boxes became boats; tin foil became treasure and wooden decking boards became the boats ‘plank’.
Above all else, our little pirates (and our big pirates!!) had such fun as they went on a voyage in their boat together.
This level of imaginative and representational play is evident across our nursery, and the reason why we have steered away from providing children with plastic manufactured toys with a preconceived purpose.
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🥳 💜 🎈 H a p p y - B i r t h d a y - t o - u s 🥳 💜 🎈
Our lovely nursery is 8 years old today. 8 years since I opened the doors with 3 children on roll. 8 years on, a team of 26 awesome adults work with me to care for over 140 children! I have to pinch myself some days. It has been quite a journey but I am so proud of our nursery and everyone involved in it. There is nothing I would rather be doing than running my amazing business, my 4th baby. Happy birthday Puddleducks 💙💜
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