Our fantastic team is headed by business owner Vivienne. Vivienne has two children of her own and has a foundation degree from York St John University in working with children and young people. Viv opened the first Blue Sky Day Nursery in 2005 when she needed a more flexible approach for childcare for her eldest daughter. Viv is a very ‘hands on’ business owner and shares her time between the Market Weighton Blue Sky, Blue Sky York and her full-time job at Smith and Nephew in Hull. Being a parent herself Viv understands the need for childcare that fits where you need it and that can be flexible enough to suit parent’s various working and family patterns. Viv believes firmly that children learn most through play activities when they are engaged, entertained and happy and that happy childcare practitioners lead to happy children.
Jo is the business manager for Blue Sky Day Nursery in Market Weighton and York and has a first-class Honours degree in Early Childhood Studies along with many other qualifications she has gained over the 24 years she has been a childcare practitioner.
Jo has worked in many areas across the nursery including running the office and sorting the finances and advertising to working in the care rooms where she can usually be found making a mess and having fun with the children.
Jo, who is a mum to three grown up children and now a grandma to two little boys shares her time between the Market Weighton and York branches of Blue Sky and is often lost somewhere on route between the two.
Level 3 Nursery Manager
Being a nursery manager is such a rewarding job, I am able to guide and help my team develop and also see the children grow in all areas.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and partner, going on days trips and adventures. I enjoy cooking, baking, listening to music and watching movies.
Deputy Manager and Level 3 Nursery practitioner
I feel very much at home at Blue Sky, I have many years of experience working across a broad range of childcare/educational settings. These range from setting up and running a village pre-school/private nanny/pre-school room leader at a day nursery and a school nursery nurse. Put this next to having brought up 2 children of my own, who are now grown up, gives me vast knowledge and experience.
Outside of work, I love socialising with friends, baking, taking my dog for long walks and gardening.
Level 3 Room Supervisor
I love being part of the children’s growth and developing, seeing their big smiles when they achieve something. The children bring so much joy to your day and I wouldn’t change anything about my job.
Outside of work I like to spend time with my loved one, going to the gym and watching movies.
Level 3 Nursery practitioner
I love working in a nursery because seeing all the children happy only makes me happy, watching them grow and develop their own personalities is a very reward part of my job.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy watching films and exploring.
I’ve always been interested in working with children, being able to support and encourage them in what they do. I love working at Blu Sky because it is such a friendly, loving environment where you can be yourself.
I work at Blue Sky 3 days of the week and spend the rest of the week as an Air b&b host, I also love riding my horse, Fabien, in competitions such as dressage.
During a full day the children will be offered:
- Mid-morning snack
- Mid-afternoon snack
Breakfast is served in a morning until 8:30 and consists of a variety of cereals, diluted fruit juice and toast with butter and or jam.
Mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks are usually a choice of fruit or vegetable sticks served with rice cakes, bread sticks or crackers.
Lunch is our main meal of the day and is generally a 2 course hot meal served at 11:45 which tries to incorporate portions of our ‘5 a day’ fruit or veg, fibre, carbohydrates and proteins. Followed by a pudding, yoghurt or fruit for dessert.
Tea is at 4 pm and is a light 2 course meal to put the children on until home time. Often consisting of sandwiches, bean on toast, jacket potatoes or quiche with maybe a small slice of cake for dessert.
All our menu is based on the ‘eat well plate’ and is low in fats, salt and sugars. We have a bi weekly menu that is changed with the seasons four times a year.
Our nurseries always have been and always will be NUT FREE!
Care and Education
At Blue Sky we follow the national curriculum for learning and development, this is called The Early Years Foundation Stage. The EYFS is a method for interacting with the children whilst watching them play in order to develop an understanding of what the children enjoy playing with, can do and might like to learn next. This information is then used to come up with exciting ideas for activities the children can take part in to move onto the next step of their learning journey.
At Blue Sky we take huge amounts of photographs of the children which go into the children’s files showing each of their learning journeys, these files are always available for parents to look through and more recently we have begun the move to an electronic filing system where parents will have access to view photos, their child’s work and view their progress SECURELY on line. Photos and artwork are regularly sent home to parents so that they know what their children have been doing during the day.
Here at Blue Sky we believe every child should be treated as an individual and every family as unique, we have no hesitation in welcoming children and families from any walk of life or background into our ‘Blue Sky family’.
We have a team that we believe is second to none, who possess a wide range of qualifications and experiences in supporting children with special needs, whether those needs are emotional, educational, behavioural or dietary.
We have had many children who didn’t speak English as a first language, who had physical disabilities or who needed support with their development in a particular area, whom we have watched blossom into happy, self- confident young people during their time with us.
We are always more than happy to work alongside parents and other outside agencies in order to put the individual child’s needs, welfare and development first. We have worked closely with agencies such as speech and language, inclusion team, Portage and the Children’s Centers and always welcome any help or advice we can get from other professionals.
We will never share information about our children or families without prior consent unless there is a specific safeguarding issue.