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.

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

From Sarah personally…..

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
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We’ve had some really lovely feedback this week, from families who have just visited us and families leaving us for new adventures. It’s really lovely to receive such kind words.🥰
‘’To be honest I wish we could take Puddleducks with us. I can’t believe how quickly he has settled in and he absolutely loves going to nursery. What you’ve created is something really special and so forward thinking, I never imagined such a place existed until we came to visit!’’
‘’Thank you for Friday, I would definitely like to reserve a space for ***** for when I return to work. Every member of staff I came across were so friendly, there was such a pleasant atmosphere that I didn’t feel at any other nursery I visited and all of the children also seemed so content. Like I said, Puddleducks was head and shoulders above anywhere else and I wouldn’t consider sending ****** anywhere else.’’
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‘’We're going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared.’’
One of our absolute favourite stories celebrated it’s 30th birthday today. To mark the special occasion, today has been ALL about bears 🐻. Not only did we go through the wavy grass; a deep cold river; thick mud; a dark forest; a swirling snowstorm and a gloomy cave to find the bear in our very own garden, we’ve also been busy doing bear baking and craft. Later in the day we went out into the beautiful countryside surrounding us, to see how many hidden bears we could find.
I think our children might sleep quite well tonight (you’re welcome parents)!
Thank you to our wonderfully creative team, who made today really excellent for our children.
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What a fabulous week our Toddlers have had!
They started the week with learning about colours, they enjoyed mixing colours through a skittle experiment. The children were really amazed to see the colours blend together.
They have enjoyed lots of walks through the beautiful countryside of Sheriff Hutton. The children enjoyed running and laughing with their friends.
Today they have also been very busy baking, making sensory bags and celebrating 'National Music Day'. For National Music Day the Toddlers enjoyed making musical instruments using lentils, oats, rice, pasta and glitter placed into a bottle to make different sounds. They really enjoyed singing and making music at circle time.
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