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
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Plastic free nursery

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Friendships developed during early years give children valuable contexts in which to learn and practice skills related to social, cognitive, communicative, and emotional development. Through developing friendships children learn how to be sensitive to the viewpoint of others; how to use standard rules of conversation and learn what constitutes age-appropriate behaviour. Friendships benefit children by creating a sense of belonging and security and reducing stress. Early friendships contribute to children’s quality of life and ability to adjust to changes within their environments as well. The impact on mental well-being is significant.
When children establish strong friendships, they have higher self-esteem. Having someone to turn to who can help them deal with stress and transitions is absolutely essential to developing healthy coping mechanisms.
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Despite the mini summer that we’ve all enjoyed this week, our attentions have turned to autumn and all of the wonderful learning opportunities our favourite season brings. We have really enjoyed going out walking and finding signs of autumn. Sarah brought some branches in from her oak tree and we’ve looked closely at acorns. We even made little acorn hats for our peg people 😊. We’ve loved listening to some new autumn stories and have looked closely at the colours of autumn. 🍁🍂🍃🍁🍂🍃🍁🍂🍃🍁🍂🍃🍁🍂🍃🍁
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At the start of a new academic year, and with lots of new children in our preschool, much of our attention is focused on learning about each other. Enabling children to share their knowledge of their world; their family; their homes, supports them in feeling a sense of belonging. Today our children constructed their houses using various loose parts. They used photographs that we requested from parents, to look closely at their homes and identify the features that make it their unique home. Some used small scale loose parts, and others constructed with larger materials. How amazing are their homes?! 😍🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠
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The start of a new academic year, and a new preschool group always brings lots of discussions about who we are and our family make-ups. This supports children to establish themselves as a valued member of our preschool family and gives a wider sense of themselves. Today the children produced a self portrait. Using mirrors, they carefully identified their own features and used ‘loose parts’ to create a play dough portrait. How incredible are their portraits?!! 😍
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