Meet the team here at Blue Sky Day Nursery.
Here at Blue Sky Day Nursery, our fully qualified team aims to bring the very best experience for every child that walks through our doors using our unique learning approach.
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, Blue Sky Pocklington 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 Area Manager for Blue Sky Day Nursery in Market Weighton, Blue Sky Day Nursery in Pocklington 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.”
“Hi I’m Heather, the Room Leader for the preschool room at Blue Sky York. I am originally from the Isle of Wight, but I have also lived in London, where I worked as a Room Leader for several years. I moved up to York nearly three years ago and worked as a Nursery Manager in Harrogate before joining the Blue Sky team. I am currently undertaking a ‘Development and Education of Children and Young People’ degree at York St. John University. I have recently adopted a beautiful rescue dog, and, outside of work, I am often found walking her. I also enjoy cooking, stargazing, and gardening.”
“Hi, my name is Zoe. I’ve worked in childcare for nearly 4 years and have worked my way up to become the Deputy manager here at Blue Sky. I have a passion for working with children, I absolutely love getting messy and you will always find me singing and covered in something! I have trained with the City of York Council to become the nursery’s Special Needs Coordinator. It’s a delight to work with SEND children and to ensure they receive the best care and opportunities possible.”
“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 have recently passed my Level 3 childcare practitioner 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.”
“Hello, my name is Tanya and I’m an NNEB qualified Nursery Nurse. I live with my husband Keith and rabbit called Itchee. I’m currently studying for a psychology and counselling diploma. When I’m not studying or working, I enjoy horse riding, spending time in my garden and having BBQ’s when the weather allows!”
“Hi, I’m Kim and I live with my parents and 2 younger brothers. I have always wanted to work with children from a young age, I went to York College to study childcare levels 2 & 3. I have worked with children since 2013 and completed level 3 in management during this time. I enjoy spending time with my cousins and seeing my friends for lunch and a catch up, I also like to watch rugby with my family on a Sunday.”
“Hi, my name’s Gabriella. I have a desire to make to make learning exciting and enjoyable and am motivated by the belief that all children can be successful learners. I have completed my PGCE in primary education with ages 3-7 years, I love playing sports and being active, am a qualified lifeguard and have worked as a sports coach for a holiday club in Durham.”
“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 Morgan, before coming to work at Blue Sky I was a Primary school teacher with specialisms in Early Childhood Education, Additional Needs and PE. I’m about to start studying at Leeds University with the hopes of becoming a Child Psychotherapist so I can provide additional help for children who struggle in a mainstream school environment. I love spending time outdoors and in my spare time I am often found reading or rock climbing.”
“My name is Betty and am a Level 3 apprentice. I have always wanted to work with children and have worked with children since I left school. I have joined Blue Sky to further my education and experience, I enjoy spending my spare time with family and friends.”
“Hi, I’m Joe. I started at Blue Sky York in December 2020 and am now enrolled on to a Level 3 apprenticeship. I love playing sports and am very active. I enjoy going outside and love walking my dog in my spare time. I also play football and have coached children in this from a young age. Getting messy and muddy is something I have always seemed to get myself in to and think it’s great for the children to have as much fun as possible at nursery as well as learning lots too.”