Welcome Pack

Little Ducklings Pre-school


Thank you for taking an interest in our pre-school, we hope the information will help you to decide whether or not your child or children will be joining our group. If you have any questions please do not hesitate in talking to a member of staff, we will try to answer any of your queries and help in any way?

We opened in September 2014 working alongside the school to benefit the younger children, by joining in some activities such as singing, music, sports day etc. We will let you know in advance what activities we will be doing so you have the option to join in.

We look after children from the age of one and a half to five years, and support children in transition from home to Pre School with help from yourself and the key person designated to help the child or children settle in.  As the child or children settle in we would ask you to come in after one month to discuss whether you’re happy and if you would like us to help in any other way; such as potty training.

We have a number of policies that you are more than welcome to look at, just ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.


Why bring children to Pre School?

We aim to provide a happy and safe place to encourage them to learn in play and at their own pace:

  • To experience new understanding of the world they live in
  • To gain experience by taking part in different activities
  • Learn Number skills
  • Help communicate with others
  • Express themselves by language and pre literacy skills
  • Develop physical control and manual dexterity

The children learn as they play and by exploring and discovering themselves. They get the option to do the activities then it helps the children to build up their self-esteem and to be more confident and independent. We encourage children to have fun whilst doing this.


About the pre-school

At each session we will have a maximum of fourteen children at any one time attending the Pre School. Our staff ratio is one member of staff for every three children under the age of three years, and one member of staff for six children over the age of three years. A child with special needs will be attended one to one for extra support.

The setting has a range of resources and equipment that can be accessed by children and supported by staff:

List of resource: arts and crafts, sand and water, puzzles, games, books, musical instruments, home corner with dressing up, also sensory equipment.

We also try to encourage independent play to explore and interact with others and learn at their own pace. We also do adult led activities like singing, dancing, story time, circle time, and playing games.


Pre school opening times

Monday to Fridays (Term Time)

Morning Session:  9.00am – 11.30am

Lunch:  11.30am – 12.30pm

Afternoon Session:  12.30pm – 3.00pm


Staff at pre-school

All members of staff in the setting are qualified to look after children. They have childcare qualifications, first aid, health & safety, food hygiene level 2, risk assements, fire safety, and child protection. All members of staff are CRB or DBS checked before starting in the setting. The members of staff are continually keeping up to date with training courses. We encourage the staff to respect and behave using positive language in the group towards adults and children.

 Each child in the setting has a key person who works one to one or works in small groups with your child, and is responsible for helping your child develop. They also record their progress in All About Me books that are available to be viewed at anytime by the parent or career.


Fees, Funding and Registration

If you would love to join us you will need to complete an application form and return this to us with £10 registration fee per child [if funded no fee]. Then we will be able to guarantee you child or children a place, unless a space is not available on a requested date. When we have your form back we will arrange a visit for you to meet staff and to complete registration and agreement forms.

The fees are payable each half term in advance, unless your child has three or four year funding, which is paid by the government. If you think you are entitled to 2 year funding please let us know and we can give you the relevant information on how to claim and whether you are eligible.

If your child is not attending a booked session the fee is still payable, if you would like your child to come all day and funded it would be a cost of a pound per day extra.

We do try to keep costs down to help parents and careers. We do apply for grants to help with equipment and are in the process of registering as a charity.

Sessions                                  Times                                               Fees       

Morning                                  9.00am – 11.30pm                           £10.00

Lunch                                     11.30am – 12.30pm                         £3.00

Afternoon                               12.30pm – 3.00pm                           £10.00

All Day                                    9.00am – 3.00pm                           £22.00


Funded Sessions                    Time

Morning                                  9.00am – 12.00pm

Afternoon                               12.00pm – 3.00pm