Please encourage your child to be involved with circle time. Encourage them to find and bring something that relates to the colour of the week, or something special that they wish to share with their friends. If your child brings things to show, please could we ask that they are clearly labelled and small enough to fit in out basket.

Committee vacancies to start in October 2017

As you may be aware, Puddleducks is a volunteer-run charitable organisation. A committee of volunteers is responsible for making all the decisions in relation to the running of the group, as well as fundraising and managing its finances. To put it bluntly, without the committee, the group legally cannot exist.

The next committee will come into being in October 2017. A number of current committee members are stepping down before then as their children move on to school from Puddleducks. Are you interested in being involved in the running of this fantastic group? Please give it careful thought and get in touch with me to discuss further if you need any more information. We urgently need parents to become involved. The committee meets once a month during term time, usually on a Monday evening at the Jubilee rooms although this can be amended to suit the availability of members.

The roles that will need filling in October are:-

Treasurer - this involves (in brief) monitoring the financial position of the group, producing monthly financial reports, liaising with the bookkeeper, and presenting the annual accounts at the AGM. The present treasurer is Amy Snowling. If you want any further information about this role, please do not hesitate to contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice chair - this involves supporting the chair of the group and helping with the general running of the group, and getting involved in recruitment and staffing issues. Currently the vice chair is Sarah Haddon. Please feel free to contact her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss further.

Secretary - this role involves setting up the monthly meetings, booking venues, taking minutes and circulating them and the agenda ahead of the meetings. Sarah Headland is the current secretary. Please contact her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

General members - this involves attending the monthly meetings and giving your views on all aspects of the running of the group.

Fundraising - as a charity we are hugely reliant on raising funds for our group to pay for new equipment, trips out for the children, parties and other special events. We currently organise a diverse range of events - a Spring and Christmas fayre, pop-up cafes, quizzes, stalls at other village events, etc, etc. Jo Doughty currently coordinates all our fundraising. If you are interested in helping in any way with this then please do get in touch.

Please please please give this careful thought and if you can help in any way at all, then do get in touch. Volunteering is a great way to have a say in the running of your child's group, to meet new people (we are a very friendly bunch), contribute something to your community, and develop new skills. It also looks great on a CV. Some employers even give time off for volunteering. There is also some training provided by the County Council (usually evening sessions) for committee members and there would be a full hand over given by existing committee members where needed.

Please don't hesitate to contact me or any of the other committee members if you are interested.

Again, without volunteers this fabulous playgroup cannot operate. Please support it if you can.

Many thanks

Rachel Cushing

Chair of Puddleducks

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The end of term summer party has been booked. This year we will be entertained by Graham from The Fun Force Experience. 

The party will take place on Friday 21st July

We would like to invite all children that attend Puddleducks to the party; unfortunately we cannot accommodate younger siblings if they are not on register. We would ask that all children are left at the party and that parents return at 11.20am with a picnic. We will maintain our staff to child ratios during the entertainment. We would welcome younger siblings at the picnic. 

Please note that we would ask that all children are accompanied by an adult for the picnic and due to there NOT being an afternoon session they will be able to leave with their parents when they have finished their picnics. 

Children will need to arrive at Puddleducks for 9.15am. Fun Force will start at 9.30am and finish at 11.30am. The children will be offered a party snack during the morning. 

Please could complete your reply slip and return it to Puddleducks by Friday 7th July.  

Dear parents and carers, 

It is that time of year again when we need to think about saying 'goodbyes' to this year's pre-schoolers!

We would like to invite all pre-school children to attend on this afternoon along with their families. An afternoon of looking back at your child's time with us at Puddleducks. 

If your child is normally in for the afternoon session with us, then we would ask that they arrive at their normal session start time of 12.30 having had their lunch

If your child normally goes home at 12, then they will be welcome to bring their lunch and stay. 

If your child is not with us for a Thursday afternoon session, then please could they arrive at 1.45pm with their adults

Please could parents, carers and other families arrive at Puddleducks at 1.45pm

This is a special time for the staff, children and their families to say their goodbyes. We would ask that where at all possible, younger siblings are not brought to this afternoon, but we do understand that for some getting childcare is difficult. 

Please could you complete the reply slip and return to group by Thursday 29th June at the very latest.

Kind regards

Puddleducks staff x