Puddleducks Children's Nursery

7 Alan Farnaby Way, Sheriff Hutton, York YO60 6PG

Owner: Sarah Kelly

Person in charge: Sarah Kelly (Managing Director)

Local Authority / Social Services: North Yorkshire County Council

Number of Staff: 22

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 65

Age Range: from 0 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

Directions:

Puddleducks is very easily accessed, and lies approximately half way between Malton and York, avoiding the A64 (which can prove challenging during rush hour times). Located in a quiet little business park on the approach to Sheriff Hutton, the nursery benefits from a very appealing and accessible location.

Visiting:

Please call the nursery and ask for Sarah in the first instance. Sarah owns and manages the nursery and endeavours to meet and show every family around the nursery personally.

Parking:

Puddleducks has a private car park, and is situated in a quiet business park away from the main roads.

Vacancies

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Reviews

10 Puddleducks Children's Nursery has a Review Score of 10 (9.971)

The Review Score of 10 (maximum of 10) for Puddleducks Children's Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 5 out of 5 from 41 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Puddleducks Children's Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 21 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.971 for Puddleducks Children's Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (477 Excellents x 5) + (14 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 491 Ratings = 4.971

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Puddleducks Children's Nursery is based on 21 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 13 positive Reviews (65 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 21 Reviews ÷ 13 Target Reached = 1

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    41
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    41
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Puddleducks Children's Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    38
  • Father of Child
    3

A friend of mine who had recently been a teacher, before having children herself, recommended Puddleducks to me and I then had other recommendations from other friends when I started thinking about a nursery for my little girl.
I have not been disappointed. the atmosphere is nurturing, loving and fun and my little girl always has a smile on her face.
I know that I have found the best possible place for her whilst I am at work and I know that she is happy - such a relief.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Puddleducks really is outstanding! From our first contact with the nursery just under a year ago, we have been overwhelmed by the kindness and helpfulness of the staff, which comes as a direct result of the dedication and commitment that the manager has to childcare. The nursery is friendly, welcoming and homely, whilst also maintaining an excellent learning environment where my daughter has truly flourished. The staff all show a real passion for their work which is reflected in the happiness of the children. After a short period of illness, my daughter and I turned once again into Alan Farnaby Way and her face just lit up - 'There's nursery!' she said, with a huge beaming smile. She missed it enormously and couldn't wait to go back. Who could ask for more?

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Puddleducks has been excellent for my 4-year-old! They conducted 2 home visits to make sure he settled in well and made sure the visiting staff were his key workers. The activities are well planned and include lots of outdoor play, as well as this my son takes part in 2 clubs at Puddleducks (baking and football) and has made lots of friends. He enjoys the variety of pets they have and has learned how to take care of them too. The indoor and outdoor equipment is great and is updated on a rolling basis so everything is fresh! The food is varied and made on site which is perfect. All the staff know my son by name and provide excellent care which has really helped him feel at home and look forward to his Puddleduck days! Highly recommended!

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

This nursery is just amazing The staff are so caring and passionate about the children they look after. Always full of energy and making sure the children are not just looked after but are having a fab time! I'm always amazed that at 5pm when I'm shattered, the children are so engaged in a magical story being told with such enthusiasm and props that they don't even notice any mummies entering the room!
The food is delicious and our son always has seconds, plenty of extra activities even trips out with lots of toddlers!
On a personal note, this nursery has been a life line to our family, my son has special needs and the manager and her team have been a huge support to us. Not just caring for our son but supporting us as a family through our journey and we couldn't have done it with out them! We feel completely relaxed knowing that he is in safe hands and that his development is constantly progressing through fun learning and play.
We would highly recommend this fabulous nursery without a doubt!!!

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 07 Feb 2017:

Mel, it is our pleasure to have your lovely little boy in our care, and I am so pleased we are able to be such a support to you and your family.

We couldn't be happier with all the staff and our little daughter's experiences at Puddleducks. The personal touch and attention to detail make dropping off our firstborn so much easier. Whenever you call there is always a friendly reassuring voice at the end of the phone to put your mind at rest about how she is settling in.
We also find with both of us being self-employed, the ease of and flexibility Puddleducks offer makes our work more manageable.
No inconvenience seems too much for the manager and her team.
We thoroughly recommend Puddleducks to any nervous and cautious parents just like we were.
You can leave your child knowing that they are in great hands.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Sarah Kelly, Nursery Owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 02 Feb 2017:

Thank you Jenny.

Since my 1-year-old boy started Puddleducks Nursery, his confidence and development has really grown. His relationship with his key worker is great and he has gained great trust in her and the nursery itself. As a parent, I was very anxious when leaving my little boy to go back to work and the nurseries approach to this was comforting and reassuring after many settling in sessions and a home visit. I was looking for a nursery with a gentle baby/child led approach and I feel I have found this with Puddlesducks.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My little boy is always very happy at Puddleducks and was well supported with settling in - he has made lovely relationships with staff and peers. Parents are kept well informed on important issues and also are well included in the child's experiences at nursery and get the chance to join in with special events.

The team are dedicated and professional and the communication about how my child is getting on at nursery has been brilliant. I also would like to praise the staff on what I have seen of their skills in early years - with how they respond to each child's interest with such imagination and scope for the child to learn with such enjoyment- with resources but also their wonderful way of interacting with the children- (I particularly loved the firemen ideas- my little boy was in his element!) We are very happy with Puddleducks and would highly recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I was very concerned with leaving my son at nursery (as every parent is) but from the first step through the front door I felt immediately reassured. All the staff are warm and welcoming, and all the babies/children are smiling/laughing and most importantly, engaged in some sort of meaningful activity.
Over the two years, my son has been going to Puddleducks, he has brought home all sorts of biscuits, cakes, presents and pictures that he has made, little things like that keep reassuring me that he is learning and having fun.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son had been attending Puddleducks for around two years now and he loves it. The staff are amazing, so caring and helpful. They will go out of their way to help you.
My son always looks forward to and enjoys every moment of his days there.
Puddleducks provide a wide range of activities and learning which has brought my son's development on greatly.
I couldn't recommended Puddleducks enough and wouldn't have my son go anywhere else.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

What an absolute gem of a nursery, our extended family, which I would travel any distance for. The staff go above and beyond their duty to provide a safe, loving environment full of wonderful learning opportunities outside of the usual "nursery" remit e.g trips out!

As a first time Mum, they have supported and advised me on many occasions, always keeping me in the loop and involved in his developmental progress. The nursery uses a wonderful online learning journey tracker making it easy for me to view at any time. It also allows me to add keepsake comments and our own photos of learning at home! The children eat like kings and queens! They continuously invest in new equipment, staff training and always look for new ways of challenging the children's learning.

If you're looking for a small, family run nursery whose aim is solely to provide THE best childcare for each individual child then go and visit Puddleducks. It will be a sad day when our time with them is over.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We are really happy with the nursery. The staff are lovely and helped my child settle in well. The activities seem good and varied and the online journal is very helpful. The meals and room set up in the areas are also very well done.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My little boy has been attending Puddleducks for just over 2 years now and he loves it.
He previously attended a different nursery and would never settle. As soon as he started Puddleducks he settled very quickly and enjoyed going.

This is down to all the hard work and dedication that all staff members put in on a daily basis.
My little boy required speech therapy for a short time and the support he got was amazing.
I cannot recommend Puddleducks and all the staff enough. 5* nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

Ever since my son started at Puddleducks the care that he has received has been excellent. As a mother, I was apprehensive at first, which I think all mothers can relate to, but the staff and management there have made this process the easiest it could be. He's settled in extremely well and loves going to nursery. This is solely down to how warm and friendly the staff are.
They are absolutely brilliant with him.
The facilities that they have mean he always has something fun to do but is learning all the time. Since he started there his development has been so much quicker than it was before. I absolutely love how informed I am of what he has done, through the conversations with staff when I pick him up but also his e-learning journal.
I know that when I leave him he is in a safe and happy environment where he is surrounded by people that care for him. I cannot recommend this place enough!

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The thought of putting my baby in a nursery was awful, I didn't think I would be able to leave my little girl.
I was recommended to try Puddleducks Day Nursery.
From my initial call, to viewing, to my daughter's first visit, all of this was handled with great care. They understood how difficult this experience was for the parent as well as the baby.
My daughter loves this nursery, her key worker is just fantastic and all of the staff acknowledge her every day (and know her name) Even staff who look after the different age groups.
The way the nursery is run is just brilliant, I would (and regularly do) recommend this nursery , both me and my daughter are very lucky to have found it!

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 20 Jan 2017:

Thank you Kayleigh. x

Both myself and my husband have been thrilled with the care that our daughter has received at Puddleducks. She really enjoys it and we've been very fortunate not to have tears when we've left her, and she is quite often too interested in the activities and games that she doesn't notice when we're there to pick her up! The staff in the baby room go above and beyond and it's wonderful to leave your little one in the hands of people you trust.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son started Puddelducks in September when he was 18 months old. He has settled in so well and loves going to nursery. I have been really impressed with all the members of staff at Puddleducks. They are so friendly, welcoming and genuine and I love to hear all their stories about what my little boy has been getting up to! My son's key worker has built a great relationship with him and I feel happy that she is taking good care of him whilst I'm at work. The nursery provides a super range of activities for children, from exploring cooked spaghetti to playing with, cars in shaving foam and all children have access to outdoor play. The meals provided are of great quality and the sleeping wing in the baby room is lovely and calm so I know he is well fed and rested during the day. I would highly recommend Puddleducks to any parent looking for a nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 18 Jan 2017:

Thank you Corrine; it's our pleasure x

Our son has been attending Puddleducks for 4 months now and in that time he has grown in so many ways. Every day is full of activity and learning. He always comes home happy which is a credit to all the staff. It is great to see that the staff treat every child as if they are the most special person in the world. The 'e-learning book' that is used is a valuable tool for parents to see what goes on during the day and to keep up with the progress of their child. I would not hesitate to recommend Puddleducks to any parent. We go to work and can be sure that our child is safe, happy and learning new skills every day.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 18 Jan 2017:

Thanks Izzy. We love looking after your little man x

My son started here at 10 months and the staff are warm, welcoming and very caring. I love the relaxed atmosphere which makes it feel homely. There is a lovely, large, separate sleeping area with gentle music and dimmed lights. The room is divided into a large messy play area and a carpet area for floor play. My son has developed so quickly and all he is doing is playing. The owner is always there and happy to chat about the children. She knows each child like they're her own. My son has a food allergy and they cook him fresh, exciting meals which he loves. It's the perfect place for children to learn and grow and I can't speak more highly of all the staff or the environment. My son is currently in the under 2 years room and loves it so much he blows kisses at all the staff and isn't in a hurry to leave! I looked at 2 other nurseries in the area but nothing could match this nursery! In my opinion, it's outstanding!

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 17 Jan 2017:

Thank you for your lovely words Dawn xx

Puddleducks is such a wonderful environment for our children. My son has been there for 3 years and adores it. His development in every aspect has come on massively. My daughter has recently joined him here and she absolutely loves it. In even just 3 months, we have seen such a change in her development too. Both children are loved and cared for. Their interests catered for and their every need met. The staff are just fantastic and universally adored not just by my kids but all the kids there. The bond staff have with the children is so lovely to see. I thank my lucky stars every day that I stumbled across Puddleducks. They make being a working mum so much easier because I know my kids are happy and loved and quite often they don't want to come home!

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah, Yo606pg at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 17 Jan 2017:

Thanks Nikki x

My 4 year old little boy has attended Puddleducks since he was 9 months. Leaving your child in the care of someone else, let alone someone you don't really know, is always difficult, but Puddleducks are truly amazing. My boy only attends 2 1/2 days and they know him inside out. They really do take the time to get to know each individual child and they are great at putting your mind at ease. What I like most about Puddleducks is the caring nature of the staff - they offer great TLC when needed. The new online learning diary allows you to see what your child is doing at nursery and I love watching the videos that are posted. I can't recommend this nursery highly enough. My little girl will start at the nursery later this year and even though we are looking to move further away we will travel to make sure she goes to Puddleducks. A great team, led by a great and well-informed management team.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah, Owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 17 Jan 2017:

Thank you Ruth x

My son (15months) has been attending Puddleducks nursery since last summer and he absolutely loves it! He is always eager to arrive and is clearly happy and settled with all of the staff who support him. His development has come on so well throughout his time there and he thrives on spending time with other children. All staff are warm and friendly and always have time for sharing information. We never have to worry about him while we are at work, because he is so happy and well cared for (and well fed!). The nursery also uses an excellent online learning log to share his achievements with us. The staff have been extremely flexible and accommodating when we have needed to make changes to our arrangements, which all adds to our experience being so positive. I'm about to start my second maternity leave but will be keeping my son in nursery part time because he enjoys it so much! I cannot recommend Puddleducks highly enough. They're the best!!

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah, Owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 17 Jan 2017:

Thank you Rachel x

This is a fantastic nursery and I feel privileged that my child has a place here. The staff are excellent, they are friendly, compassionate and supportive towards children and parents. My daughter thoroughly enjoys going, she has improved physically, intellectually and emotionally in such a short space of time.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 06 Dec 2016:

Thank you for your lovely review.

My daughter has been attending Puddleducks for over a year now and in that time she has come on in all aspects of her development. When dropping off/picking up she's always in a fab mood and at times doesn't want to come home, this speaks volumes for the staff and environment provided by the nursery. I'm so pleased with the kind, talkative and gentle nature she has and I have no doubt a vast majority of this is a result of her time at Puddleducks. The staff and owner are polite and friendly and we just had that feeling as soon as we walked through the door that she was going to be well cared for. There is so much for her to do and opportunities for her to get involved in activities she wouldn't be doing at home. The communication between myself, owner and staff taking care of her is reassuring and comforting we made the right decision in sending her here. I can't thank them all enough for there daily input and involvement in moulding our little girl into the lovely little lady she is today.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 02 Aug 2016:

Thanks Andy. Glad you are so pleased with our service!

My boys absolutely love going to Puddleducks. It's everything you could wish for in a nursery, lots of play and learning all in a fantastic environment. Would recommend to anyone looking for a 5* nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 27 Jul 2016:

Thank you Kayley. We love looking after your two monkeys!

Puddleducks have been amazing in everything that they have done for us.
His development, especially his independence, has come on in leaps since starting, due to the time and effort that staff take to plan such a lovely range of stimulating and appropriate activities.
Staff genuinely care about him and us, his key worker always takes the time to have a little chat when I pick him up and I am always fully informed of everything that he has done that day, we always feel involved in his learning.
Our little boy is always very happy and often very dirty when we pick him up, 2 signs that he's had a really fun day.

We are very lucky to have found such an amazing place and feel 100% happy leaving our son in the care of Puddleducks. The ethos and atmosphere very much mirror our home life and it really does have a lovely family feel.
I cant think of a single criticism and I think my colleagues are getting bored of me telling them and showing them pictures of the exciting things that he has been doing each day.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 25 Jul 2016:

Thank you Jennifer, we love having your son in our care x

My daughter and twin sons have been attending Puddleducks for just over a month and I couldn't be happier with my choice of nursery. The children have settled in with no problems at all and enjoy their days within the setting. All of the staff are friendly and happy towards all the children and parents, at all times.
The setting is always clean and presentable, although my children always come home in a change of clothes, because they've got messy some how having fun. I do not feel guilty for them being in childcare when I know they have such good fun and are learning too. The nursery concept is one I like and works well with the children too, they move freely around their areas and know how to get what they need when needed. I'm glad I made the choice of Puddleducks for my children.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 25 Jul 2016:

Thank you for your kind words Angharad....your children are a pleasure x

After having my second child only 13 months after having my first child and a husband away on military deployment, I needed help! I was quite anxious about putting my child into nursery because I'd not left him with anyone other than my parents. The staff are lovely, always very attentive and they provide a huge variety of toys, activities and opportunities for the babies. My child particularly enjoys being outside and the babies go outside most days and play in a lovely outside space with plants and mud and water and slides etc. They always apply sun cream and wear hats. I love the reading area in the nursery and the babies always read books, sing and dance. The bubble machine goes down particularly well too, so much so that we've had to buy one at home! My child is dairy intolerant and the nursery chef always accommodates his needs by either doing something separate for him or making a slight alteration to the main meal so he can have virtually the same as the other children. She even makes dairy free cake!

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 21 Jul 2016:

Thanks Amy. I'm so pleased you feel this way about the care A receives! x

We as parents have been extremely impressed with Puddleducks. Our 6 month old daughter has been going since April and loves coming to see all the staff who work here. We have been very happy with the way they treat the children and how much it seems to have brought our little one on, with having extra resources we don't have at home.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 19 Jul 2016:

Thank you for your kind words Sam! It is our pleasure to care for your beautiful baby girl! x

My little boy has been coming to Puddleducks for 6 months now and I couldn't be any more happier with the exceptional standard of care he receives whilst at nursery. The staff are amazing and my little boy has a fantastic bond with his key person. They cater to his needs on a daily basis and it's great to see him so happy each time I drop him off and pick him up. I couldn't recommend Puddleducks enough they are utterly outstanding!!!

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 13 Jul 2016:

Aw, thanks for your lovely words Tash. We love looking after your little man!

My daughter started at 9 months old and has settled in amazingly. The staff are kind and thoughtful and have taken time to get to know my daughter and I don't mind leaving her there in the morning. The nursery is flexible and understanding and I feel part of their extended family, as does my daughter who is always so happy when I see her there.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 01 Apr 2016:

Thank you Cat for your lovely review of our nursery!

have two children who attend Puddleducks. The quality of care provided to the children is outstanding. All the staff have excellent childcare knowledge. The indoor and outdoor space in each room is great for the children and always a varied range of play areas. The nursery have its own cook who prepares amazing meals for the children every day. My children's development has come on massively thanks to Puddleducks and the staff. My children love attending Puddleducks and I am very happy to leave them in such a caring and environment. Would recommend this nursery to everyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Puddleducks has offered my son a safe and nurturing environment. He has been at Puddleducks since he was 9 months old and the team in the baby room made the settling in period and my subsequent return to work very easy. They are incredibly professional, offer the highest standard of care and actively involve the parents. The atmosphere is relaxed and family focused and it is clear the staff are proud to work there. There is a huge focus of fun and stimulating the children, and the children are encouraged to be creative and messy. My son goes there happily every morning and this is the main thing for me. Also the food is home cooked and amazing.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I could not have wished for a better child care provider than Puddleducks Children's Nursery. My youngest three children all started at Puddleducks soon after it opened in 2012, one into the pre-school room and my youngest two into the baby room. My children have had a wonderful time at Puddleducks everyday they have been; the staff are a caring, warm hearted and dynamic group of people and the environment is one of excitement and security. The owner ensures that all her staff believe in her values and mission of Puddleducks being a home from home which means that as children move from room to room the transition is smooth and children settle quickly with new staff.
I have seen my children grow and develop over the last three and a half years supported by inspirational staff and activities. No experience is ever too difficult to arrange or too time consuming to explore at Puddleducks. Over the years my children have amongst other things been on a river boat trip, visited Father Christmas, sold cakes to local businesses for charity, had visits from reindeer, guide dogs and creepy crawlies had weekly football coaching sessions and been on many a very muddy walk through puddles. Whether the children's interest that week is space or dinosaurs or being a car mechanic the team will put their ideas into action and within hours the children will be climbing into cardboard box rockets, playing in a dinosaur garden or fixing a car in the Puddleducks garage.
If you are looking for a nursery where children and their ideas and their development really do come first then I recommend you visit. I cannot thank the owner and her dedicated team enough for the enjoyment they have given my children, and for the amount of muddy clothes I have washed over the years!

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 03 Feb 2016:

Thank you so much for your lovely words! You were one of the very first mummy's to trust us with your children when we first opened our doors in 2012. What a pleasure it has been to work with your delightful family. I am so pleased you feel so happy with our service!

Puddleducks is an extremely impressive and caring nursery and I have no hesitations in recommending it to other parents. My daughter started in the baby room and subsequently transitioned into the toddler room. She settled very quickly into nursery life and the nursery staff helped us to prepare for each transition so that it felt safe for my daughter. The proprietor of the nursery is a talented and inspiring woman. She has hired an equally strong team to run and work in each of the rooms. The staff are professional, caring, creative, fun and passionate about what they do. I really enjoy going into the room in the morning to see what has been planned for the little ones. The activities they have planned and set up are so creative.

The team have always honoured my daughters home routine and replicated that during nursery hours so that it is as much home from home as possible. They regularly ask me for my daughters current interests so that they can design activities that take those into account. I feel that there is a strong partnership between the parents and the nursery to support every child's development. The meals provided for the children are all cooked freshly on site and a new appetising menu is published regularly, my daughter always eats very well on nursery days!! In addition the Manager openly shares with parents her plans for the nursery's developments and also staff developments, and as a parent, this makes my husband and I feel like our daughter is in very good hands.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 18 Jan 2016:

Thank you Hannah for your kind words. x

Puddleducks is an amazing place for children to develop and grow as individuals as well as make new friends. The team are dedicated to the children and make all learning fun and interactive,including with the parents. My daughter is in the baby room and has flourished since day one, the staff work closely to get to know the babies individually and adapt to their learning. All activities are reported to parents so we can continue the same things at home but also let parents update input on their child's current likes and dislikes. An amazing nursery and team,recommend to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sarah Kelly, Nursery owner at Puddleducks Children's Nursery responded to this review on 14 Jan 2016:

Thank you for your lovely words Bryony! Your family are a pleasure to work with.

The nursery offers an excellent standard of care; staff are professional and caring. My oldest daughter loved the nursery and developed in the setting, she was confident, and independent, her communication skills were excellent and she made some excellent friends, and by the time she went to school she was so confident - it was lovely to see. My youngest daughter is in the baby room. She is happy and content and staff are excellent at helping children settle in. She has flourished in the setting, she is happy to go to nursery, she enjoys her time there. Staff communicate fully with parents and there is a real sense of care for the children. I would strongly recommend the nursery to any parents. The nursery setting is clean and welcoming, there is a sense that staff really enjoy their job and develop strong bonds with the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

An absolutely amazing setting for babies and young children to flourish. They receive fantastic care and so many opportunities to learn. The staff care so much about the children making it such a special place and somewhere you can feel 100% confident to care for your children as much as you! Very different to other nurseries I have experienced.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Excellent caring staff whose willingness to please both the child and parents is second to none. The variety of food which my child has whilst at the nursery is healthy and nutritious, I just wish they did take outs! Activities which my child does whilst at nursery has aided her learning and development and the use of makaton has really helped at home. My child comes home extremely happy each week and the dialogue between staff and parents is exceptional in letting us know her progress. Highly recommended.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My little girl started nursery at Puddleducks in September & loves going to nursery. The Manager & all the staff are absolutely fantastic with both children & parents. The staff all know my daughter by name even if they do not look after her & her key person is fantastic with her, I have total confidence walking away & leaving her there knowing that she is 100% happy & in the best possible care. The nursery have also worked wonders with my little girls speech which is an on going process, they go the extra mile to work with me as her parent so we are all on the same page with this.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We are so happy with Puddleducks and feel very lucky to have found such a caring, pro-active nursery for our son. It was really important we found the best setting for our little boy who has additional needs, we did quite an extensive search of surrounding nurseries and Puddleducks was by far the best choice. We feel the Manager and the team go above and beyond for our son and we could not be happier with the care and support we receive for him and us. Our little boy is eager to arrive at Puddleducks and has built up really strong relationships with his key worker and the rest of the team, he engages in lots of fun activities and always has a big smile on his face when I pick him up! The communication between nursery and home is brilliant and I love to see regular photo updates of him and all his friends on Facebook. We cannot praise Puddleducks enough for all their hard work and enthusiasm, we feel reassured to have their support.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

An amazing nursery with amazing staff willing to go above and beyond what is expected. The effort put into each activity and the attention given to each child is really remarkable. Every time I look at my child's file it is brimming with individual observations and notes. The staff are genuinely lovely and I feel completely at ease when I drop my little boy off for the day knowing he will be 100% happy.

How likely would you be to recommend Puddleducks Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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