Our committed, experienced and highly trained staff make Puddleducks a special place. They are:

Play Leader: Mandy Butt

Mandy holds a Children’s Care Learning & Development (CCLD) NVQ Level 3, is a Special Education Needs Coordinator, Child Protection Coordinator, Common Assessment Framework Coordinator and qualified first aider.

Deputy Play Leaders: Rachel Skelson and Joanne Sibthorpe

Rachel holds a CCLD NVQ at Level 3, is a Child Protection Coordinator and qualified paediatric first aider who has also been trained in behavioural management.  Rachel will qualify as a SENDCO co-ordinator in June 2017. Joanne has a National Nursery Examining Board qualification at level 3 and an Introductory Certificate in Management. Joanne is also a Child Protection coordinator, an Equalities Named Coordinator and qualified paediatric first aider.

Play Assistants: Claire Leggott, Emma Baker and Sarah Cook

Senior Play Assistant Claire has a Level 3 certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) and is a qualified paeadiatric first aider. Emma is studying for a level 3 Diploma in CCLD and is a qualified paeadiatric first aider.

How we work

Puddleducks uses a key person system in which, each child is assigned a specific member of staff who will monitor and record their progress throughout their time at pre-school.

Puddleducks staff use a secure online observation tool called Tapestry. All observations and development records are stored on Tapestry and shared with parents and carers. Parents and carers can access Tapestry at any time to view their childs daily observations, learning journeys, next steps and summaritive reports. Parents and carers are encouraged to use Tapestry to share home observations and progress too.

Children are assessed according to the Early Years Foundation Stage via staff observation, photographic evidence and the child’s own work.  Each child’s learning and development progress is recorded in Tapestry and regularly updated by his or her key person.

We have two parent consultation evenings each year, where parents and carers can discuss their child’s progress with their keyworker.  Parents and carers will be notified of these as they approach.