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
link to read our full inspection report.

Click here to view our Full Ofsted Inspection Report

***The Curiosity Approach***
We are very excited to be working towards an accreditation called the ‘Curiosity Approach’. Having received our Ofsted OUTSTANDING judgement in March this year, this accreditation brings our team some new inspiration, to continue building on our exceptional practice.
This approach helps to take childhood back to what it used to be! In a digital age, with so many young children already addicted to electronic devices, 'The Curiosity Approach' promises to bring awe and wonder in bucket fulls.
This accreditation is for forward thinking settings like ours, who want to create beautiful environments for our incredible children, inspiring them to be inquisitive and curious, moulding the ‘thinkers and doers’ of the future. We hope to be an accredited setting by the middle of 2020.
We look forward to sharing posts and keeping our Facebook community informed of our progress. Here's a glimpse at some of the work we've been doing in our environment so far. Isn't it beautiful! 😍
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We’re here in Leeds for an evening listening to the inspiring ladies from ‘The Curiosity Approach’. ... See MoreSee Less

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We LOVE autumn 🍂😍 So many new learning opportunities to experience 👌 ... See MoreSee Less

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Today we have LOVED celebrating Roald Dahl day. 🥰
We have made potions and Medicines inspired by Georges Marvellous Medicine. We enjoyed making Fox 🦊 artwork inspired by Fantastic Mr Fox. And we’ve been making dream catchers inspired by The BFG.
We’ll all sleep well tonight 👌😊
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* A P P R E N T I C E S H I P - O P P O R T U N I T Y **

Are you looking for an excellent employment opportunity, which will provide you with a qualification? Do you want to make a difference to young children?
Working in childcare is not an easy job, especially in our busy nursery, where we have very high expectations for delivering the best care for young children.
In joining our nursery as an apprentice, you are guaranteed the support of a passionate team. You will learn from exceptional role models and will be prepared for a very rewarding career working with children.
You will need the right attitude. We work hard; we value each other; we give our all; we put our children at the heart of all we do; and we have a lot of fun at the same time. We will equip you with all of our knowledge and skills; what we need is an ambitious, friendly and passionate person. And, as the image suggests, you must be prepared to get your hands dirty!
We are a multi award-winning, Outstanding nursery and you will be expected to demonstrate the skills and attitude required to support us on our continued quest for the highest standards.
Please get in touch with us to discuss this opportunity further. T: 01347 878648 e:sarah@sheriffhuttonnursery.co.uk or drop us a message.
We are committed to the safeguarding of all of our children and therefore this post is subject to a full DBS criminal record check and excellent references.
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