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. 

Covid-19 Update

We are fully operational now and have welcomed back many existing and new families and the children have settled back in amazingly well. The Department of Education has published detailed guidance which enables nurseries to care for children safely and minimise the risk of transmission of the corona virus. With this in mind we have implemented changes to our nursery sessions and routines and have up to date Covid-19 Policies, procedures and risk assessments which we share with our families.  We have an even greater emphasis on outdoor learning and play for all age groups. New procedures include social distancing between groups of children and adults and more frequent handwashing.  Children can only attend when they are fit and healthy with strict measures in place for managing illness, if they become unwell whilst in our care they will need to be collected immediately.  Children are not expected to social distance, within their groups, from each other or from the nursery practitioner caring for them. We are very mindful of your children's well-being and if they are upset or need reassurance then they will be comforted as usual by a member of staff. We are accepting new children and have limited places available in all age groups at this time.  We continue to offer socially distanced viewings of our nursery.  Please contact us if you wish to book in a visit.

Lucky Hedgehog Rescue visit

We were delighted to welcome Lucy from Lucky Hedgehog Rescue to nursery on 11th March 2020.  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

Moving forward our monthly home learning activities will come to you via your child's Tapestry account. 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.

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 are currently enjoying 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 are looking forward to a visit from HM Coastguard Hornsea on Wednesday 19th June 2019.

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


We were most delighted to have gained OUTSTANDING in ALL AREAS in our most recent Ofsted inspection which took place in June 2016. This is a fantastic achievement and is only gained by maintaining continuously high standards of care, education and welfare across all areas of the nursery. We continue to strive to maintain these outstanding standards in everything we do.

A huge thank you to everyone involved including our children, parents and carers, staff and management team, our families for being so supportive and the local authority childcare team for their ongoing support. An amazing team effort. that was made possible by everyone’s contributions. Thank you.

 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.


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