About Us

I am honoured and very privileged to be the Owner and Manager of Puddleducks. After managing the setting as a committee run charity for 4.5 years, when the committee struggled to recruit new members and was in need of change, I made the decision to offer to buy the business. The committee and parents unanimously voted in favour and so Puddleducks and I began in our new venture in June 2021.

I have over 16 years experience working in Early Years. I have over the years worked in many different roles including as a Practitioner, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Senior Practitioner, Room leader and 12 years in Management.

I have 3 gorgeous children whom embrace Puddleducks alongside my partner and I when we spend time during the weekends and holidays enhancing the setting! It's definitely their second home! Often you will find my extended family there helping too! 

I have a great staff team working with me, all eager and keen to help our children learn in a unique and fun way. They have many different qualities, skills and a vast array of knowledge and together they make the foundations of the Puddleducks family.

Family involvement is vital to both educational success and wellbeing of our children, one of my passions is working with our families as a whole rather than just with the child. We work very closely with Parents/Carers and have fantastic relationships with each of our families, providing support, guidance and a friendly face each and every day.

If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to come by and see me, drop me an email or give me a call. 



Kirsty Merrifield

Owner and Manager