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.
I’m Sarah, I have worked at Blue Sky York since it opened in October 2018. I began as the deputy manager and am now the nursery manager which I really enjoy. It is a pleasure to work with the kind and caring staff we have at Blue Sky and to look after the lovely children and families we have at our nursery.
I have worked in many different roles across education and child care, as well as bringing up my own 2 children who are now young adults. I have a dog, cat and 2 hamsters at home, when I am not at work I like to bake, see friends and go for walks with my dog
My name is Zoe, I have worked at Blue Sky since June 2019. I enjoy getting messy whether it be water play or gooey mixtures. I have a passion for working in childcare and hope one day to become a primary school teacher. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family.
I’m Stevie-Anne Garside, I’m 23 years old and have been working at Blue Sky since April 2019. I have been a cheerleader and dancer for 14 years and have been on Team England for 2 years. During which time I have competed in Florida at the world cheerleading championships. I have 2 brothers and a sister and am an auntie to 2 nieces and a nephew. They keep me very busy! My favourite colour is pink
My name is Nicola, I began working at Blue Sky Day Nursery in November 2019. I graduated from York St John in 2017 with a BA (Hons) degree in Children, Young People and Families. I have 2 daughters, Amy who is 4 and Holly who is 1. They both keep me very busy. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, going out places and camping on bank holidays
I’m Zoe, I am the room leader for the baby room and have worked at Blue Sky since it opened in York. It is a very rewarding job working with the children at nursery, watching them grow and develop as they move through the nursery. I enjoy getting messy, singing songs, reading books and having a run around outside with the children.
My name is Janette, I have been married for 44 years, I have 2 grown up sons and 3 grandchildren. I have recently moved to York from Suffolk to be near my family. I have been in catering all my life in roles such as: a cook in a primary school, a restaurant manager and a nursing home cook. I love to knit, crochet, do jigsaws and go for walks.
My name is Chloe, I have been working at Blue Sky since June 2019. I spend my time working throughout all the rooms in the nursery. I enjoy watching and helping the children learn new things every day. I like to do activities with the babies, toddlers and preschool children that are messy! I also enjoy going outside with the children so they can have fun running around. Outside of work I like taking my little sister and my baby nephew out for days to new and different places.
Hello, my name is Sonia and I am the Deputy Manager. I have been working with children for over 8 years in different settings and have been at Blue Sky since May 2019. I love to get creative and messy with the children, I also enjoy outdoor play and forest schools. I live with my partner, 2 children and dogs Mimi and Patch. When I’m not at work I like walking my dogs, family activities and travelling.
My name is Mary, I moved to York in July 2019 from Essex due to my partners work and I started work at Blue Sky in September 2019. I am currently working towards my Level 3 qualification. I worked in South Africa with children aged 1 – 13 years for a summer which made me realise how much I enjoy being with children. I find this job very rewarding watching and helping all the children grow and learn
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.