Puddleducks Chalford Hill

About Us

Puddleducks believe that every child deserves the best possible start to their early education and we will provide support to enable them to fulfil their potential. We provide teaching and learning to ensure children are fully ready to move on to school. Puddleducks aims to provide a secure, safe and happy environment for the children in our care. We follow the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

Overarching principles

The Underpinning themes and principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage are:
A Unique child – Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Enabling environments – Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experienced carers respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
Learning and development – Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.


  • 1967

    France Lynch
    Playgroup opens

  • 1985

    renamed to
    Puddleducks playgroup

  • 2013

    Moved premises
    to current location

  • 2017

    Latest OFSTED

Our Early Learning Goals

These are divided into prime areas which cover:

Communication and language

development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development

involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development

involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

And specific areas which cover literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design.


Meet Our Staff

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we’re proud of our numbers


Duckling staff:child ratio


Years since we began


Ducks staff:child ratio


Happy children


Years combined service


Would recommend to another family

What the parents say


I think the support & encouragement my child has received over the past 2 years has been incredible – all play leaders have been so supportive. PARENT


My child has changed a lot and become a lot more independent because of Puddleducks. PARENT


Our two biggest and most popular fundraising events are back.
In November, the Chilli and band night for parents and friends, and the ever popular Bunny hunt around Easter.

Chilli and Band Night

11 Nov. 2017 8pm – midnight


Bunny Hunt

30 Mar 2019 11-5pm