York Mumbler is run by parents, for parents. We understand that every family has a different situation and looks for a different childcare solution. We want to help point you in the direction of some local childcare providers that other Mumblers have recommended.
We have also put together this handy guide to explain the differences between all the childcare options available to you and all the considerations and decisions you’ll need to make: Childcare Choices Guide.
Blue Sky Day Nursery York
At Blue Sky Day Nursery we like to offer totally flexible care no matter what your childcare needs!
If you want full time, term time or the occasional day or the odd hour to go to the gym, do some shopping or just to get a hot bath, we will do our best to meet your needs.
We have a fantastic holiday club running from 7:30am – 6 pm, taking children from school age up to 12 years old. Cost is just £31 a day and booking is as flexible as you want. You can book 1 day or half a day, you don’t need to have come before and you don’t need to come again although we hope you will of course! Our team are all first aid, safeguarding and food hygiene trained.
We have funded places available for 2, 3 + 4 year olds for eligible children and we also offer creche, day nursery, preschool and wrap around hours.
We have a fantastic team who ‘Promise to care for your child as they would their own’ and this coupled with a delicate mix of adult led and child directed activities makes learning through play educational, exciting, often messy and always fun.
All meals are provided and are cooked on the premises to meet the healthy eating plate menu.
Our lovely nursery mixes colour and light to provide a happy, homely and safe and loving environment with a large well equipped outdoors area that can be enjoyed whatever the weather.
Please get in touch to arrange a visit to meet our amazing team and see our fab nursery for yourself.
We offer free settling in sessions and have spaces available now!
Blue Sky Day Nursery, Stirling Road, Clifton Moor, York, YO30 4TU
Dawn & Paul’s Little Munchkins, Clifton, York
Paul & I work together to care for our 2 daughters Olivia & Mia (who were born in May 2012 & March 2014) together with the other children in our care. I have experience of working with children from birth to 16 years old. I have worked with children with various additional needs and also children who speak English as a second language.
I provide a wide range of toys, books and activities for babies and young children including a baby gym, bounce-a-round, activity table, ride on cars, sand and water play, art and craft activities, baking, messy play, dressing up, ball pool, crawl through tunnel, trike, a swing and slide, sand pit & water table in the garden and much more!
I take children on regular outings to baby and toddler groups, local parks, walks around the lake to feed the ducks and to the local library for story time. Other trips out have included Piglets Farm, The Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Wacky Warehouse, Creepy Crawlies, York Bird of Prey Centre, Stockeld Park and The Deep. We have lots of fun!
We enjoy celebrating a range of religious festivals as well as the children’s birthdays as well as providing children with healthy snacks and meals & can cater for special dietary requirements.
We can accept 2 & 3 year old funded places & also childcare vouchers, please get in touch to discuss your needs.
Heather’s Nursery is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac next to West Bank Park, Holgate, ideal for trips and picnics!
We enjoy trips out in the local area such as the library and shops and are conveniently placed for trips a little further including the railway museum and train station. We hold regular events that include families, giving opportunities for parents/carers to come into nursery.
The nursery is split into two rooms- The Ladybirds (Under Two’s) in one room and the Hedgehogs (Toddlers) and Squirrels (Pre-Schoolers) in the other. The Under Two’s benefits from its own sleep room, milk kitchen and large play space with a free flow garden area. The Over Two’s has a large room separated into different areas to encourage exploring and investigating. The 3-year-olds have separate ‘Pre-School Time’ where they focus on activities which will prepare them for school.
We have our own well equipped outdoor play area consisting of balancing beams, a climbing wall, a mud kitchen, bikes, scooters and more!
We have been providing quality childcare since 1995 offering a warm, caring and stimulating environment with a qualified and experienced staff team who plan for children’s individual needs.
Heather’s Nursery James Backhouse Place, Hamilton Drive, York, YO24 4NS
Huntington Kinder Class, Huntington, York
At Huntington Kinder Class, our mission consists of providing a warm and nurturing environment where children feel safe. Our community Pre School offers various activities that are specifically designed to encourage each child’s growth. Through cooperative play and creative activities, children reach their own social, emotional, and physical milestones naturally and with ease. All activities that our staff provide are designed to adequately nurture the emotional and intellectual growth of our children. Through stimulating situations and hands-on learning opportunities, young children are free to develop into bright young minds.
At Huntington Kinder Class our indoor area provides a vast selection of learning opportunities, and we also have a wonderful, enclosed garden which homes a mud kitchen playhouse to explore alongside our planters which the children have successfully grown their own apples and strawberries for snack time. If you would like to find out more, please contact us:
Joseph’s Nursery has been providing quality childcare for 30 years!
We are situated in a converted cricket pavilion, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the main roads which service the Clifton and Rawcliffe area of York. The nursery is surrounded by a beautiful woodland area, large garden and meadow.
The nursery is located on the ground floor and offers care for children aged 0-5 years. The Under Two’s room welcome babies from the age of 6 weeks to 2 years and the Over Two’s Room welcomes children from the age of 2 until they start school.
Our highly experienced staff provide a welcoming, safe, stimulating, loving and homely environment, where children can flourish into their own unique selves. We have a fabulous cook who provides us with delicious home-cooked meals and baking, some of which is made using home-grown produce from our nursery allotment area.
Joseph’s Nursery offers a limited number of flexible sessions for shift workers.
Little Badgers is an independent committee run pre-school, with charitable status, based on site at Badger Hill Primary school catering for children aged 2-5 years.
Little Badgers pre-school provides warm and caring childcare in a stimulating educational environment where children are encouraged to learn through play both indoors and out in our new purpose-built setting. We have an excellent staff to child ratio of 4 children to every adult with maximum of 18 children per session. We feel this gives every child the individual attention they need while allowing for interactive imaginative play with their peers in a small setting. We have both male and female members of staff to give the best all round start to your child’s education.
Sessions: Monday to Friday mornings 9-12 and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday afternoons 12-3.
Childcare vouchers and funded hours accepted.
OFSTED rating GOOD.
For more information please contact Julia or Laura.
Little Bugs Childcare offers full and part time childcare for children between 0 and 5 years. We are conveniently situated just off the York outer ring road and offer 30 hours free childcare. Parents and carers are very welcome to visit any time.
We treat every child as a developing individual and provide the support, surroundings and encouragement for a happy and fulfilling childhood. We have a friendly team of qualified childcare professionals with high staff to child ratios to enable the team to build close relationships with each child. Children are encouraged to discover and learn through a mix of structured activities, group or individual projects and personal encouragement. We follow the Reggio approach to childcare, supporting a child’s natural curiosity through a wide range of experiences with lots of positive support from staff.
We have excellent facilities both indoors and out and are proud to be a Forest School. Our children have on-site access to a dipping pond, generous and well equipped outdoor play areas and an orchard as well as exclusive use of the facilities at the Web Adventure Park each day before 9.30am. Our facilities enable us to offer a huge range of exciting and relaxing activities throughout the typical day. We currently have availability in the baby, toddler and pre-school settings.
Little Bugs Childcare, Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York, YO32 2RH
Little Green Rascals Children’s Organic Day Nurseries, Various sites around York
Little Green Rascals are the first organic Children’s Day Nursery Group to have opened in the North of England and have been caring for children since July 2009. The group has steadily grown and now offers exceptional childcare in seven settings in the York area including the City Centre, Bishopthorpe, Tadcaster Road, Haxby, Elvington, Flaxton and most recently in Poppleton.
Little Green Rascals thrive on delivering exceptional childcare with excellent learning activities all wrapped up in a home from home style care. With Forest Schools part of everyday life as well as extra curricular activities such as languages, science class and football lessons – a Rascals day is jam packed with excitement. This busy activity is fuelled with a home cooked, fully organic menu which rotates every few weeks to ensure the children are trying new flavours and seasonal produce.
The nurseries green ethos is maintained throughout the business ensuring there are no nasties in anything from skincare to paints and natural materials are used from furniture to toys.
Owned by Vanessa and Ben Warn – Little Green Rascals is a family run business and is overseen daily to ensure that the very essence of what they aim to achieve is delivered.
Situated on the grounds of Westfield Primary School, Muddy Boots Acomb is a safe place where your child will grow, develop and thrive!
Choosing the right nursery setting for your little one is probably leaving you feeling uncertain, anxious and confused. Our qualified and experienced team genuinely love the little ones they look after and work hard to ensure every one of their unique interests is built upon, providing plenty of adventurers and new experiences every single day, giving you the peace of mind to get on with your busy life.
We offer full day places which run from 8am – 6pm with lunch and dinner included for £56, or half day sessions for £30.75 which also include 1 meal (8am – 1pm / 1pm – 6pm).
To find out more, follow these 3 easy steps:
1. Check us out on Facebook for a glimpse into life at Muddy Boots.
2. Book a show round on our website to see it for yourself.
3. Join the family and keep up-to-date every day using our fantastic Famly app!
Westfield Community Primary School, Askham Lane, York, YO24 3HP
Quackers, York’s Outdoor Playgroup, Copmanthorpe
Does your child love to be outside? Quackers is a term time, school hours provision based in Copmanthorpe. We spend our days in our large, child friendly garden. Here children are free to play and explore, learning and setting their own challenges, supported by our team of experienced graduate staff. Contact us to visit and find out more…
‘The ethos at Quackers, learning through being outdoors and from the world around you, has proven to benefit M’s wellbeing, confidence, establishing strong friendships and linking learning from playing outside.’
‘Quackers has such a lovely friendly home from home environment with very caring staff and a fantastic outdoor space where the children can have adventures and develop their imagination with all their friends. We couldn’t have asked for a better setting for our children for them to have fun and prepare them for going to school.’
Scarcroft Green Nursery is situated in the grounds of Scarcroft Primary School. Our central location offers easy access to York City centre, making it popular with parents who work in town.
The nursery is split into 3 separate rooms- The Jelly Babies (Under Twos), The Jelly Tots (Toddlers) and The Jelly Beans (Pre-Schoolers) and has its own exciting and stimulating garden area with lots of fun outdoor play equipment. The nursery looks out over Scarcroft Green Park which we take the children to on a regular basis.
The nursery also benefits from its very own allotment area where home grown fruit and vegetables are picked and used in the nursery meals!
We ensure that we plan exciting activities in line with the children’s interests. These include messy play, art and craft, baking and outdoor play.
As a team we have an extensive range of experience of working with children with additional needs and we have met many different needs such as feeding needs, hearing impairment and disabilities. Our practitioners are highly motivated and keen to develop professionally to provide the best quality care and education to children.
Scarcroft Green Nursery, 54a Nunthorpe Road, York, YO23 1BP
St Aelred’s Catholic Primary School & Nursery for 3 & 4 Year Olds, Fifth Avenue, York
St Aelred’s is a welcoming and caring school, serving St Aelred’s parish and our local community – Catholic children, children of all faiths and of no faith, are all welcome. At St Aelred’s, positive relationships underpin great teaching and learning: our skilled, committed and friendly staff foster positive relationships with children as individuals so that children recognise they are valued members of our school family and are confident to learn. We seek to work in partnership with parents, building trust and openness, so that we can nurture pupils and enable them to thrive. We are an inclusive school and want every child to be happy, excited to learn, to achieve their best and to flourish in all areas of their development.
At St Aelred’s, we have our own nursery class, integrated into our Early Years provision, providing our youngest children with a high standard of care and teaching; supporting their readiness to progress to our Reception Class. If you would like to visit St Aelred’s to see our great school for yourself, please contact the school office to arrange to look round; you will be made very welcome.
“Thank you for all the time, care and support you’ve all shown. The progress she has made is definitely down to how safe and secure you have all made her feel.” – parent of Reception pupil
Our multi-award winning Nursery School can be found just outside York city centre nestled in the corner of the beautiful St Paul’s Square in Holgate. Truly unique, we provide your child with all the skills and attributes they need to be prepared for the exciting journey through Primary School that is to come. We structure our day similar to the primary school day so that children become aware of the different sessions that take place and will be ready when it is time to transition to school.
We are open 7:30 – 6pm term time and offer holiday clubs like no other during most school holidays. Children can start with us just before they turn 3 and stay until they start primary school.
15 and 30 hour places available, flexible childcare education that guarantees to meet your family’s needs.
A sense of belonging, infinite opportunities and unlimited possibilities is what it feels like to be a child at St Peter’s 2-8, the nursery and pre-prep school for St Peter’s School, York.
Our innovative ethos is driven by an unbounded joy of learning that goes far beyond the classroom, and our children grow into confident lifelong learners as they progress through St Peter’s School.
Wellbeing is central to everything we do, giving children the confidence to adapt to change, see the world in a new way, and embrace life to the full.
Nursery children can attend full days, or morning or afternoon sessions, and before and after school care is available for all children. We also run a free weekly Parent, Baby and Toddler group on Thursdays from 9am–10.30am.
Join us for our Open Event on 9 October to explore our 47-acre campus at the heart of York and discover why we were named the Tes Independent School of the Year 2021.
For more information please contact Ms Caroline Fattorini:
The Mount Junior School’s all-girls primary education provides a strong foundation for every girl’s learning journey. Our bespoke curriculum is tailored to motivate and enthuse girls, taught by a team of Primary specialists with expertise in the mind-set of young girls.
We provide a rounded education which follows our Quaker values of simplicity, truth, equality, peace, social justice and sustainability; this fosters our Junior girls’ self-belief, independent thinking, kindness and sensitivity to others.
Whatever they do in or out of the classroom, from the age of 2 onwards, Mount girls’ role models are older girls. This subtle, yet powerful dynamic consistently reminds girls that they can achieve and be kind; they see it all around them, every day.
We support girls, encouraging them to take intellectual risks and to live adventurously. Because we listen to their views and value their opinions, girls know they can contribute positively and make a difference within the School. Through this supportive and nurturing atmosphere, girls learn from a young age to be secure in themselves and trust their choices. The girls thrive as they develop confidence, curiosity, creativity and genuinely enjoy learning.
To learn more about the exceptional education The Mount Junior School has to offer your daughter, please call or email Nicola Craig, Admissions Manager (contact details below).
Woodthorpe Ducklings Nursery Class, Woodthorpe, York
Woodthorpe School Ducklings Nursery accepts pupils from the age of 3 years old. Situated in a purpose built building on the grounds of Woodthorpe Primary School, the Nursery pupils also make full use of the wider school facilities including the Forest School area and Sports facilities.
Ofsted rated our Early Years provision as ‘Good’ in our last inspection. Our highly qualified teaching staff work closely with the Early Years team in the school Reception class.
We accept both 15 and 30 hour funding and provide wraparound care with a Breakfast and After School Club for our Nursery Children. Parents are also able to pay for additional sessions that are not funded at a rate of £4 an hour.
We have regular school tours if you would like to visit us. Registration forms are available on the school website or from the school office. For further information about our activities and curriculum please see the school website.
Fees: Morning/Afternoon Sessions: £12.00 (09.00-12.00) (12.30 – 3.30) Lunch Club (packed lunch) £2.00 Breakfast Club £4.00 (08:00-9:00) After School Club £10.00 (3:30 pm to 6:00pm)