About Us

Puddleducks is an Ofsted-registered playgroup which has been established in Mulbarton for over 25 years. Growing year on year, we now serve more than 80 families in the village and surrounding areas. We take children from their second birthday, up until they start school. 

 

At our latest Ofsted inspection in November 2016, Ofsted judged the quality and standard of care and education as "GOOD". You can read the full report here. You will need our Ofsted URN which is EY444386.

As a not-for-profit playgroup, we rely on donations from supporters to purchase new equipment and activities for the children. We also depend upon parents and carers to volunteer to be "parent helper" for at least one session each term.

Puddleducks is run by a voluntary Management Committee. Without this Committee, we would not be able to open our doors, so support from parents is vital. We always welcome new members to our Committee so if you would like to get involved please email our Chair, Rachel Cushing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Our objectives are:

• To ensure the happiness of each child entrusted to our care.
• To provide a happy, informal atmosphere that is orderly yet relaxed and enjoyable.
• To provide opportunities to develop social skills, encouraging interaction between children and adults, developing confidence and independence.
• To recognise children's individual needs – social, emotional, physical and intellectual – allowing children to learn in different ways and in their own time.
• To offer a broad range of stimulating experiences that support development in personal, social, spiritual and cultural understanding.
• To provide opportunities for children to talk and to be listened to.
• To encourage respect and equal regard for themselves and others.
• To promote an understanding of the principles of equality of opportunity.
• To employ sufficient, good quality, qualified staff with a sound understanding of child care, development and education.
• To ensure there is every opportunity for parents to have a good understanding of and a close involvement in all aspects of their child's development and education.
• To offer a broad and balanced early years curriculum for all children, which will be delivered through careful planning and continual assessment.