Is the information we hold on you up to date?

In line with GDPR, we kindly ask that should any of your personal data change, whether it be your telephone number, address or emergency contact details, you let us know immediately and fill out / update the relevant forms previously provided by you.

Please let us know if any of your information needs updating!

PLEASE DO REMEMBER THAT IF YOUR CHILD IS ILL, TO CALL OR EMAIL US.  We may not pick your message up in the Facebook group.

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At Puddleducks we are not able to care for sick children and we ask that parents do not bring their child if he/she is unwell. If your child becomes ill whilst at playgroup, you will be contacted as soon as possible and asked to collect him/her.

If your child contracts an infectious illness (e.g. chicken pox) please inform us to make us aware in case other children also fall ill with it. 

We particularly ask that you keep you child away from the playgroup if he/she has sickness and/or diarrhoea. Your child can return to Puddleducks 48 hours after symptoms have cleared.

This policy is the guidance from the Health Protection Agency and Norfolk County Council and is in place so that we minimise the risk of infections being spread. This can so easily happen in a playgroup so please support us with this.  We would hate other children to fall ill, and / or staff to fall ill.  The severe consequences of this would mean the playgroup having to close for the short-term which none of us want to happen! 

If your child has been prescribed antibiotics or a medicine he/she has not had before, please keep him/her at home for 48 hours to ensure there are no adverse effects and to give time for the medication to take effect. Thereafter, it is usually possible to stagger doses so that the child receives medicine before and after attending playgroup. 

If, however, it is absolutely necessary for a prescribed medicine to be given during session time (for example, if a child needs an inhaler), our staff will administer it provided the necessary paperwork is in place. Please refer to our health and safety policy for more information. Please note that inhalers must be handed to a member of staff on arrival and not left in your child's bag.

For any queries please call 01508 571285 or 07762 132133.



Suncream / Sunhats


As the better weather and hot months approach us, please can we ask:

Parents / Carers to apply suncream to their children before coming to their sessions.  This will hugely help the staff as the time it takes to suncream to each child (!!) is very time-consuming as we must wash our hands after each application in case a suncream is not suitable for another child.

We recommend using a suncream that can be applied once a day and that will last for 8+ hours, if you are happy to.  Please do also provide a suncream for your child that can be left in group and is clearly labelled with their name.  We recommend a 50+ factor wherever possible.

A sheet is now provided in group that parents / carers can tick if they have applied suncream already to the child and if they have provided a named bottle of suncream.

In addition, sunhats and suitable clothing must be provided along with suncream - if you child does not have the right clothing, we will do what we can to provide them with this, but only have a limited supply of spares.  Whatever the weather, outside activities will always take place so we ask that your child is suitably provided with the appropriate clothing for the weather.  We don't want your child to miss out on being able to play outside.  

Puddleducks, with Maria Milburn, who is a qualified Level 3 Leader in Forest Schools, has implemented and rolled out Forest Schools to our children.  Small groups of children at a time are offered and enjoying Forest School activities. The children explore the local environment and have enjoyed games of '1,2,3, where are you' a game of hide and seek where the children have to use their listening skills as well as looking for their friends.
The children enjoy making  tent under the ground sheet and enjoy playing in the specially built mud kitchen, making grass soup and mud cakes!
The children enjoy going on nature trails, looking for natural resources and insects. The children have used pebbles for counting activities and natural resources to make pictures. They've also planted seeds, ready to transfer to the eco garden along with peas, french beans and sweet peas.  Little green fingers in the making!
We continue to develop the Forest Schools are and the garden as a whole and seek funding or local contributions locally such as MALGA (Mulbarton Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Association) who have very kindly donated £40 from a raffle they recently held!  The money will be spent on seeds and plants which the children can plant in the recently refurbished areas.  Thank you so much MALGA!
The garden is incredibly important to us as it offers such variety in activities and ways of learning and we are very privileged to have such a huge and ideal space.
Work is currently taking place to bring it up to scratch and Committee members and their partners or friends or even neighbors are helping improve the look and space overall!  The Committee and 'friends' and staff are doing an amazing job for your children.  Look out for the 'before and after' pics!  
Thank you to everyone involved for their help in all the recent weathers!
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