Highly Commended in the category of
Best New Product/Service, N. Ireland
Social Enterprise Awards 2012

Making a splash in city centre daycare

Puddleducks celebrates 10 years

Puddleducks has been spearheading a revolution of early years childcare and development since it opened its doors in June 2012. Consistently rated one of the top nurseries in the city, if not Northern Ireland, by the parents and families of its young charges, Puddleducks was named the Best Nursery in the whole of the UK at the Nursery Management Today awards in 2018.

This was in large part to the ground-breaking ‘Puddleducks Approach’ which Manager Sharon Malcolm and Deputy Manager Vicki Watton have painstakingly devised and continue to shape for the benefit of the children in their care, the families, and the staff.

The team at Puddleducks is primarily focused on nurturing a child’s emotional wellbeing, independence, and self-esteem so as they can approach formal education with a belief in themselves that they can achieve, and that they are important and valued.

In addition to speaking at conferences and contributing to textbooks on the subject, Sharon recently contributed to an episode of the ‘Because Caring Matters’ podcast to discuss the importance of empathetic early years childcare, while hearing first-hand from a parent whose children had been through Puddleducks before they went to Primary School.