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

Manager: Emma Baker

Emma is a qualified CACHE level 3 Early Years Educator, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Child Protection coordinator and is a qualified paediatric first aider.

Deputy Manager: Joanne Sibthorpe

Joanne has a National Nursery Examining Board (NNEB) qualification at level 3 and an Introductory Certificate in Management. Joanne is also a Child Protection coordinator, an Equalities Named Coordinator (ENCO) and qualified paediatric first aider.

Play Assistants: Clare Davis

Play Assistant Clare is currently training for her CACHE Level 2 Early Years Educator and is a qualified paediatric first aider.

Play Assistant: Sarah Cook

Play Assistant Sarah is a qualified paediatric first aider.

Play Assistant: Karen Cook

Play Assistant Karen is a CACHE level 3 diploma in pre-school practice and is a qualified paediatric first aider.

Play Assistant: Joanne Vincent

Play Assistant Joanne has a Childrens Care and Learning Development (CCLD) level 3 qualification.

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 the 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 child’s 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 host 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.