Ages

Children can start from 2 years and we support their development up to primary school age

Hours

We are open from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday and children are welcome to stay for the whole day or for just part of the day

Fees

Puddleducks charges a competitive £4.95 an hour for each child aged three or over and £5.95 an hour for each child aged two

Our Ethos and Curriculum

At Puddleducks we understand the importance of the Early Years and believe children learn best when they are given lots of opportunities within a safe, stimulating and engaging environment to help them to gain first-hand experiences to help further their development abilities, build their confidence, raise their awareness, and strengthen…

Why Choose Us

Meet Our Team

Emma Baker

Manager
Emma is a qualified CACHE level 3 Early Years Educator, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Designated Safeguarding lead and a qualified paediatric First Aider. Emma loves Puddleducks almost as much as her dogs Ruby, Bella and Marley!

Charlie Bown

Deputy Manager
Charlie Bown is a qualified teacher who has taught in mainstream primary and Special schools. She has also worked as a qualified playworker and childminder. She is a designated safeguarding lead, prevent lead and a qualified paediatric First Aider. In her free time she is a children's author.

Chell Haizel

Child Practitioner
Chell has a level 3 diploma in The Children’s and Young People’s Workforce, is a qualified paediatric First Aider and qualified in Child Protection. She is the setting's ENCO lead. In her spare time Chell has also illustrated two children's books.

Katie Passey

Child Practitioner
Katie is a qualified paediatric first aider, and has basic child protection. Katie is a Level 3 Early Years Educator. She is an excellent baker and playdoh maker.

Harriett Ball

Child Practitioner
Harriett joined the team at the end of 2023 and is loving life at Puddleducks! She has basic child protection and is awaiting her paediatric first aid training. She is also a parent at the setting and knows it well having volunteered on the Puddleducks Committee before joining the staff team.

Hels Davis

Child Practitioner
Hels joined the Puddleducks team at the start of 2024. She has basic child protection and is awaiting her paediatric first aid training. She is a parent of the setting and enjoying getting to know all the children and parents.

Jemma Barnett

Apprentice Child Practitioner
Jemma (known as J) is training with us for her Level 3 qualification in childcare. She is a dedicated member of the team and all round lovely person. She is a qualified paediatric First Aider and has basic child protection training.

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Don't Take Our Word For It!

Laura

Choosing a pre-school setting for the first time can be a daunting decision to make. There are so many variables to take into consideration; the most important for my husband and I was that our son would be safe and feel happy. We always felt welcome and well supported by the staff and our son was always excited to attend. As someone who works in education myself, I was also impressed by how the staff kept us up to date on his progress against the Early Years curriculum. The links that the pre-school hold with Over Primary School supported our son very well in his transition to Reception. We have been so pleased with the provision our son received whilst he was at Puddleducks that we will shortly be sending our youngest son there too.

Danielle

Puddleducks is not just a pre-school, it’s an extension of our family! We chose to move Ronnie from his nursery setting, partially at first, so he would integrate with the peers he would eventually go to school with. After a couple of weeks of doing his 2 days here, it was obvious to us all that this was the place for us. I cannot praise the staff enough. The attention, care, passion and thoughtfulness that they bring each and every day blows me away. They have structure to the day, with various activities helping the children learn through play whilst building meaningful relationships. They offer local village outings and their communication and updates are second to none. The setting itself is always full of exciting toys for the children, they encourage them to eat well with their friends and have plenty of group time as well as independent play. I think I bore my other mum friends with how wonderful Puddleducks is, as I never stop raving about them, purely because my little boy also doesn’t! The only thing Ronnie would change is to have them open 7 days a week as he misses the team and his friends very much when he doesn’t go at the weekends! If you’re considering a pre school in Over, look no further…

Tracey

My two eldest children with complex needs have both attended Puddleducks, they provided fantastic support to my children and ourselves, my boys loved the environment and the staff. My third boy is about to start, and I know he will love it just as much as his brothers did.