Puddleducks Pre-School offers high-quality child care and education for children aged between 2 and 5 in an idyllic woodland setting in the grounds of Harnham Infant School.
We are passionate about delivering excellent standards of care and early education for our children. Our dedicated and enthusiastic staff are well qualified and ably supported by the Pre-School Manager and Committee.
All aspects of our curriculum and approach to learning are designed to develop self-esteem and independence, enabling children to take their place in society as happy and confident children.
We place a high emphasis on personal ands social skills, praising good behaviour and encouraging the children to have a 'caring and sharing' attitude towards others.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, balancing teacher-led structured activities and free choice activities based on the childrens' interests.
The aims of the Pre-school are to enhance the development and education of children primarily under statutory school age by encouraging parents to understand and provide for the needs of their children through community groups and by offering appropriate play, education and care facilities. The Pre School offers opportunities for all children whatever their race, culture, religion, means or ability.
The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Puddleducks these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We listen to children’s and parent’s voices. Our behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others.
The Rule of Law
We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules), that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken.
Within Puddleducks, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a Pre-school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events.
Part of our ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and children are modelled this by caring, sharing and listening to others. Staff help children to understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others.