Farmyard Friends


For our latest news and information and to see what we have been up to please take a look at our facebook page Farmyard Friends Day Nursery and Holiday Care. 


Nursery Parent & Carer Opening Evening - Wednesday 25th October 2023 -  5.45pm-7pm 

Please make an appointmnet with your child's key worker.


Macmillan Cancer Support Bake Sale

Through out week commencing 25th September nursery & pre school will be having a baking sale at nursery in aid of Macmillan Cancer support. Any support of purchases or donations is very much appreciated.


Nursery Open Evening - Wednesday 9th August 2023 - 5.45pm-7pm - All Welcome


We are opening our doors to both existing and new families who would like the opportunity to have a look around our setting to re visit or view our facilities for the first time. The 0-2's, 2-3's, Pre School and outdoor areas, will all be open and our friendly and knowledgable practitioners will be available to chat with and answer any questions that you may have. Our management team will be on hand for questions regarding funding, sessions or anything else you would like to discuss.


Millie's Mark Accreditation

We are delighted to have been successful in re-newing our Millie's Mark accreditation in October 2022.  Millie's Mark is awarded to childcare providers who go above and beyond the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage in relation to paediatric first aid. 



Dates for your diary 


Nursery is open all year round, apart from the week between Christmas and New Year.

Half term information is for families who use their funding term time only.

Monday 30th October - Friday 3rd November 2023 Half term

Nursery Christmas Party - Saturday 2nd December 2023

Funding ends for the autumn term on Friday 22nd December

Nursery will close for the Christmas and New Year break on Friday 22nd December at 5.30pm

We will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2024 (Monday 1st January is a bank holiday and nursery is closed)

Funding commences for the Spring term on Monday 8th January 2024.

Spring half term is 12th-16th February 2024. 

Easter holidays are from Monday 25th March -Friday 5th April 2024

Nursery will be closed on all bank holidays including Good Friday 29th March and Easter Monday 1st April. 


Rudolph Walk in aid of Dove House Hospice


Thank you to all our families, children and nursery staff who took part in the Rudolph Walk along Hornsea sea front on Saturday 4th December 2021.  An amazing £1188.50 was raised through sponsorships for Dove House Hospice.


Ofsted O U T S T A N D I N G ... again! 


On the 27th October 2021 we had our full Ofsted inspection and are delighted and very proud to announce that we have, again, achieved Outstanding status in all areas.  We are so very fortunate to have such a dedicated, passionate and hardworking team who always give their all to our very special nursery.  Having first achieved Outstanding staus back in 2016 we have worked very hard to maintain our high standards which have been recognised again.


Paediatric First Aid

The whole nursery team have renewed  their 12 hour Paediatric First Aid qualifications in October 2021.


Defibrillator Arrival 

We are delighted to have received a defibrillator at the nursery which has been funded by Esh Construction and HFR Solutions.  This will be positioned on the outside of our 0-2's unit to be accessible to the village and wider community.


Lucky Hedgehog Rescue visit

We were delighted to welcome Lucy from Lucky Hedgehog Rescue to nursery on 11th March.  This visit supported our other activities associated with National Wild Life Week. Further information about Lucky Hedgehog Rescue and the brilliant work they do can be found at


Confucius Institute visit
We are very excited to be welcoming back to nursery the wonderful ladies and giant panda from the Confucius Institute at the University of Hull. They promote Chinese language and culture in the wider community. The children will be taking part in Chinese activities including story and dance sessions and craft activities based on the year of the rat! This will be a fantastic opportunity for the children to explore Chinese culture further and to show off their Chinese counting skills to our visitors. A huge thank you to them for visiting us here at Mappleton.


Home Learning Activities

Our monthly home learning activities will come to you via your child's Tapestry account or we are happy to provide paper copies if you would prefer. We would be delighted if you will take part in these activities and could post your pictures and achievements back to us on Tapestry.


Bags of Support

We currently have four bags of support available for our families to borrow.  These offer help and support  with toilet training, healthy eating and expecting a new baby.  Please ask our practitioners for further information. We also have a variety of parent fact sheets on topics such as biting and weaning.


The Yorkshire Post Rural Business of The Year Award

We were delighted to be awarded 'The Yorkshire Post Rural Business of The Year Award' at The  Pavillions in Harrogate on 10th October.  Huge thanks and congratulations to all of our team for helping us to achieve this prestigious award.


Pumpkin Patch

The children have enjoyed lots of little trips to the Pumpkin Patch at Bewholme. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children and we are very grateful to The Pumpkin Patch team for their continued hospitality 


HM Coastguard Hornsea Visit

We were delighted to welcome the HM Coastguard Hornsea, to Farmyard Friends and the children thoroughly enjoyed this visit.


Millie’s Mark & Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses

We are delighted to have gained the Millie’s Mark accreditation this month. Millie’s Mark is awarded as a
special endorsement to childcare providers who go above and beyond the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage in relation to paediatric first aid. It has taken us six months to complete and we are delighted to have gained this very worthy award. We hope it will provide our families with the reassurance that all our practitioners know what to do in a paediatric first aid situation. Six ladies from our team have also completed the Cache Certificate in Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses over the last few months. Well done to Jess, Leanne, Becca, Abigail, Bethan & Tina who have just received their certificates.


Hornsea Inshore Rescue visit
We had a wonderful visit from the Hornsea Inshore Rescue team and the WACCI dogs water rescue team on Tuesday 22nd May. Please see photographs on our Facebook page 'Farmyard Friends Day Nursery and Holiday Care'. 

Fire Brigade Visit
We are very excited to have the Withernsea Fire Brigade visiting us here at nursery on Wednesday 11th April. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to gain knowledge about one of the emergency services and learn about basic fire safety. This follows on from our ambulance service visit last term. We look forward to additional visits from Hornsea Rescue and Humberside Police over the coming terms.

 Many thanks to everyone for recommending our services. The majority of our children come through recommendations from current families and we cannot thank you all enough for this.

If you are considering changing or increasing your sessions in the near future please do let us know to ensure a place is reserved. Waiting list forms are also available for babies who require a place next year. Please let us know, even if the baby isn’t here yet.