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.

The Learning and Welfare requirements
The care and education offered by Puddleducks Playgroup helps to provide all of the children with a wide range of activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development. We value the importance of play, and ensure that all our activities are meaningful, hands on and most importantly lots of fun! We endeavour to fully support all children, and will put in place plans to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

We appreciate that children develop and learn in different ways. The Early Years Foundation Stage recognises that there are three different styles of learning and throughout our planning and delivery of activities we aim to accommodate each one. These are known as the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

The Characteristics of Effective Learning are:

  • Playing and exploring – finding out and exploring, playing with what they know, being will to ‘have a go’.
  • Active learning – being involved and concentrating, keep trying, enjoying achieving what they set out to do.
  • Creating and thinking critically – having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things.

Opening times

Monday 8:45am - 3pm 90%
Tuesday 8:45am - 3pm 90%
Wednesday 8:45am - 3pm 90%
Thursday 8:45am - 3pm 90%
Friday 8:45am - 3pm 90%


Fees for 2018/19 are £4.91 p/hour for 2-3 year olds,
and £3.90 p/hour for 3-4 year olds.
Reviewed annually.

We provide the 15 hours and 30 hours free-childcare entitlement for eligible 2 year olds and 3 to school age.
We are also able to accept childcare vouchers and tax free childcare. Please visit https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ to check what funding  your child is entitled to.