At Puddleducks we operate a key person system to enable our children to build a strong and secure relationship that helps to grow their sense of self confidence, security and resilience. Each member of staff has a group of children for whom they are particularly responsible.

Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to ensure that Puddleducks provides for your child's needs and interests. We would encourage you to speak with your child's key person and to share information, working together to build a strong foundation for your child's learning and development.

The key person will help your child settle into Puddleducks and will be available for you to discuss any queries you may have. This member of staff will be responsible for keeping your child's records, including their Learning Story and for observations and planning activities that encourage your child's learning and development. All staff will carry out assessments as required.


Lead Practitioner

Sarah has worked at Puddleducks Playgroup as Lead Practitioner for 8 years. Previously Sarah worked for the Playgroup as an Assistant Practitioner and was a Nanny before having her own son.

Sarah holds a Level 5 in Early Years Leadership and Management and is also trained in First Aid, Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Special Education Needs Coordination (SENCO), Behaviour Management and Food Hygiene.

Sarah has a son and in her spare time enjoys reading, gardening, exploring the outdoors, spending time with her family and watching her son playing rugby.

Session Supervisor/Assistant Practitioner

Janice has been with Puddleducks since it first opened in 1991!  She first joined as a Committee Member and volunteer bank staff then became One-to-One Support Assistant. Over the years she became Lead Supervisor and then went on to be Lead Practitioner. 

Janice holds a Level 3 Diploma in Preschool Practice.

Janice now works two and a half days a week, as Session Supervisor on Wednesday mornings and as an Assistant Practitioner during the other four sessions. Her dedication, professionalism and 28 years of experience is evident to all who meet her. 

Janice enjoys going to the theatre, spending time with her family and likes to holiday in Disneyland Florida!

Assistant Practitioner

Kerry joined Puddleducks as an Assistant Practitioner in 2013 having worked for Puddleducks as a volunteer while her children attended the Playgroup. During this time Kerry gained her Level 2 and more recently has gained her Level 3 in Childcare. Kerry is trained in First Aid and Child Protection.

Kerry runs Ducklings, a parent-child stay-and-play group every Wednesday morning 9-11am during term time in the Scout Hut at the end of the Mulbarton Village Hall car park. The group is aimed at children up to the age of 3 years.

Kerry is very creative and great at face painting. When not at work Kerry enjoys spending time with her two children and seeing friends.

Assistant Practitioner

Anna started working at Puddleducks as an Assistant Practitioner in 2014 having had a career break to bring up her children.  Previously Anna has worked as a Nanny and as a Teaching Assistant at a Pre-Prep school.  She holds a NVQ Level 2 in Childcare and Education.

Anna has three daughters and enjoys eating out with friends, walking her two dogs and family time.

Assistant Practitioner

Kim started working at Puddleducks in September 2015 and gained her Level 3 Childcare diploma in July 2015. She also holds a Paediatric First Aid qualification. Kim is the setting's Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

Prior to joining Puddleducks Kim worked in a private nursery.

Kim is currently on maternity leave after having a baby boy in 2018.  She enjoys spending time with her family and two border collies.  She also likes to watch movies and spend time with her two nieces.

Assistant Practitioner

Maria joined Puddleducks in October 2017 having worked in a nursery for 7 years practicing in Early Years, previously as a teaching assistant and as a pre-school practitioner.

She holds a Level 3 in childcare and is Montessori trained.  In addition, she has gained her Level 3 Leader qualification in Forest Schools, which Puddleducks are very pleased to offer their children.

Maria moved to Norwich from Colchester and enjoys cooking, sewing and creative crafts, walking and visiting her Son in Exeter.

Assistant Practitioner

Karina started at Puddleducks in September 2018 and has a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Early Years.  She has worked in childcare for 12 years and took a break to bring up her two children and has returned to work now they are both at School.

Karina has is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and First Aid in Child Protection.

In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and socialising with family and friends.


Assistant Practitioner
Becky joined Puddleducks in January 2019 having worked in a private Nursery setting for the previous 14 months, and prior to this was a Children’s Nurse based at the NNUH for 24 years.
She holds a Level 2 certificate in Childcare and is trained in Paediatric First Aid and Child Protection.
Becky has two children, a 19 year old son currently studying at Nottingham University and a 16 year old daughter undertaking a sport and exercise sciences course at City College.
In her spare time she enjoys relaxing with family and friends, eating out and travelling!

Our Bank staff are:

Debbie Alves

Ellie Jones

Holly Mabee

Janette Harrowven

Kelly Blanch


Debs became the Puddleducks Administrator in 2014 after serving on the Management Committee for nearly 4 years. Previously, she was an Intensive Care Nurse and took a career break to have her two children, who are now at School.

Debs enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.