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Ducklings Pre-School

Your local parent run pre-school

Ofsted Outstanding since 2005

Helping to Grow

Think. Reason. Question. Experiment. These are just a few of the skills and qualities that children will develop at Ducklings Pre-School. Since our founding in 1995, we’ve focused on supporting our little ducklings to be the best they can be.


All activities are designed to nurture the emotional and intellectual growth of each child. Through stimulating situations and hands-on learning opportunities, young children are free to develop into bright young minds. Reach out to learn more at our 'Ofsted Outstanding' setting.

We have a very experienced, stable staff who have been with us for many years.  Staff are fully trained and are encouraged to make the most of professional development opportunities.

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Creative Play

Our Highly Qualified Team

Julie Cook

Supervisor

Certificate in Nursery Nursing (Level 3)

Designated Person for Safeguarding Children

Level 3 Award in Health and Safety

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

Behaviour Management

Paediatric First Aid

Trained to deliver Early Talk Boost

Level 3 Award in Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis

Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma

Introduction to Child Psychology

CACHE Level 2 certificate in Understanding Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace

Emma Batchford

Deputy

Diploma in Nursery Nursing (Level 3)

Designated Person for Safeguarding Children

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

Behaviour Management

Paediatric First Aid

Trained to deliver Early Talk Boost

Level 3 Award in Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis

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Chris Saunders

Deputy and SENDCo

Certificate in Nursery Nursing (Level 3)

Trained SENDCo

Level 3 Award in Health and Safety

Behaviour Management

Paediatric First Aid

Safeguarding Training

Trained to deliver Early Years Talk Boost

Level 3 Award in Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis

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Sara Cross

Pre-School Assistant

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care

and Education Paediatric First Aid

Safeguarding Training

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

Trained to deliver Early Years Talk Boost

Level 3 Award in Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis

 

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Michelle Gibson

Pre-School Assistant

CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the

Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF)

Safeguarding Training

Level 2 Award in Health and Safety

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

Paediatric First Aid

Level 3 Award in Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis

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Jo Jacobs

Pre-School Assistant

Level 3 in Child Care and Education

Paediatric First Aid

Safegauding Training

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

Trained to deliver Early Talk Boost

Level 3 Award in Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis

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Joanna Yap

Pre-School Assistant

(lunch cover/bank staff)

Paediatric First Aid

Safeguarding Training

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Steph Boyle

Pre-School Assistant

(lunch cover/bank staff)

Paediatric First Aid

Safeguarding Training

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Maria Bell

Pre-School Assistant

One to One Support

NVQ Level 3

Paediatric First Aid

Safeguarding Training

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Tiffany Maher

Administrator

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Our Ducklings team want the very best for each individual child.  It is our privilege to be part of your child's early education. 

Working in partnership with all parents is important to us.

At a recent Parents' committee meeting we presented our Ofsted Representative and NGCA Trustee Ken with a cake and thanked him for 20 years service with Ducklings, helping to make our setting outstanding.

Our Mission

We believe that children thrive in an environment which values their own uniqueness, while providing support and opportunities to grow emotionally, socially and creatively. By building on each child’s strengths, interests and curiosities, we guide each child to explore the world around them as well as develop new abilities and form close relationships.

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Upcoming Events

  • Parent Fundraising Committee Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, 11 Oct
    Great Notley
    11 Oct, 20:00 – 21:30
    Great Notley, Community Centre, Notley Green, Great Notley, Braintree CM77 7US, UK
    Come and help us to generate ideas for raising much needed funds to provide new roleplay resources for our indoor and outdoor areas.

Ducklings is an amazing preschool with a fabulous staff. My daughter attended Ducklings back in 2006 to 2008. They provided her with an outstanding start in life and she has continued to love learning. Ducklings helped her to grow in confidence, provided challenges and more importantly lots of fun. The lovely thing is that when we met staff members after she left they all remember her and stopped to chat, even years later. So I write this review now as the current Chairperson, having been asked to help out when the last Chair wanted to step down.  I am pleased to say that every Duckling is treated with the same care and attention as my daughter was, all  those years ago, mostly by the same excellent staff members. It is now a privilege to be able to give a little back to the Ducklings team and help them to stay 'Outstanding'.

Tina Cassidy

Fundraising

We have been busy raising funds for...

Our new rubber safety path in our garden area. 

Thank you to Wayne at 

WN RESIN BOUND DRIVEWAYS

The path is amazing! 

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Contact Us

Community Centre, Notley Green,

Great Notley, Braintree, Essex,

United Kingdom

CM77 7US

07846 828464

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