I have been there; (too many!) 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 had a vision for what a nursery should be, and I set about making that a reality. 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 30, and I must 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 for our children. We are 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 put our success down to good old-fashioned hard work, passion and unwavering commitment.
The ‘baby’ who inspired me to open Puddleducks is now at secondary school, and 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 Kelly, Nursery Managing Director
BA Honours in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
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