Child learning and development

Puddleducks Playgroup complies with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS).

During each Playgroup session we offer the children a range of play activities and experiences appropriate to their age and stage of development and we help them develop new skills. Young children learn best through play so we aim to achieve a balance between child-led activities and activities which are adult-led.

At Puddleducks we aim to support children in their learning by recognising children's individual needs; social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. We encourage children to learn in different ways and in their own time.

We like to offer children a wide variety of educational experiences. This includes inviting visitors to the Playgroup (for example, a vet, a ballet dancer, a dentist etc) or animals (such as horses, ducklings, hedgehogs, tadpoles etc). Our local Police Community Support Officer visits us regularly to meet the children and talk about road safety and we welcome visits from our local fire brigade to enable the children to see inside a fire engine and learn about fire safety.

We have also taken groups of children to the library, the bakery, the farm shop and the post office. Other local events include a Christmas service at Mulbarton Church, a summer group outing and nature walks around the Common. Occasionally, extra visits are offered to children and parents, such as the trip to the Theatre in Norwich to see Stickman.