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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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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

It’s been so wonderful to observe our children back at nursery deep in learning. The little girl sat for such a long time in our new outdoor den, engrossed in imaginative play with her safari animals. The boys enjoyed play dough indoors today, and loved using different herbs and spices in their dough. There’s been much debate about the use of play dough currently, due to the hazard it poses in children sharing germs. Our children have all got their own play dough, labelled in little bags. This avoids that cross contamination without having to get rid of play dough! It’s a firm favourite with our children 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

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What an utterly amazing day we’ve had. Our children are absolute little superstars, skipping excitedly back into nursery like nothing happened. They’ve listened and learnt new ways to keep safe, and have been an utter pleasure.
Our parents have been their usual supportive fabulous selves. And staff? Where do I start. They’ve executed new routines and adapted to new ways of working with unbelievable dedication. They’ve maintained a beautiful environment for our children, cleaning at every opportunity. And they’ve continued to provide love, cuddles and nurture for our children without hesitation or fear. All round a bloomin fabulous first day back. A massive heart-felt thank you to our children, parents and staff 🥰 💪
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I think this quote is apt as we head into our reopening week. We really look forward to welcoming many of our little people back this week 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

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Could we kindly request that our preschool parents share this little photo and message from our nursery duck ‘Puddles’ please 😊. The images in his diary show a new fairy garden and a new natural reading den, both in the outdoor area. And indoors, some additions to their home corner. It would be really helpful if parents could scroll through all of the photos we shared yesterday to let the children see their environment prior to their return to nursery. Many thanks. Team PD x ... See MoreSee Less

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All done. Cleaned, organised and set up ready with a huge amount of love and attention to detail. At a time when our littlest people need familiarity, love and emotional support more than ever, they’ll get it in abundance here. ... See MoreSee Less

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