Settling in/extra hours
Additional charge of £2.76 for lunch for all children. Voluntary consumables fee of £1.50 per day for children in receipt of Nursery Education Funding to cover the cost of snacks.
We are open during all school term times. We also offer additional optional childcare (outside of your child’s normal booking schedule) for 2 weeks during the Easter holidays and 3 weeks during the August school holidays.
Puddleducks ensures that children have a safe, positive environment where they can learn and develop. It is also the duty of the Trustees to ensure that all staff and volunteers:
To prevent cross infection, staff members, volunteers or children suffering from illness or infection should not attend Puddleducks Nursery. We do not provide care for children who are unwell, have a high temperature, or sickness and diarrhoea, or who have an infectious disease. This is in line with the Health Protection Agency’s ‘Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other
Puddleducks adopts a 48-hour rule for sickness and diarrhoea. This means that children and staff cannot return to Puddleducks until 48 hours after their last bout of sickness and/or diarrhoea. Children’s nappies and toilet visits will be individually monitored. If a child is displaying obvious sickness and diarrhoea they will be sent home. If a child informs us they have been sick in the night and we are concerned, we will contact the parent/carer to see if this is the case and if necessary, ask the parent/carer to come and collect their child. If a child complains of feeling sick or having stomach pains, we will use our judgement as to whether it is necessary to contact the child’s parents/carers.
Parents/carers are advised to consult Puddleducks before returning their child after illnesses such as chickenpox or refer to our Puddleducks Playgroup A-Z on infectious illnesses.
Puddleducks is responsible for planning and implementing appropriate protective measures to reduce coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission. We will follow all the published public health advice for early years settings and the processes that should be followed if any staff or children develop coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at Puddleducks. We are very mindful that the safety and welfare of the staff, children and their families must be our utmost priority. With this in mind, precautions and procedures to minimise the risks to prevent an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Puddleducks are in place. We will adhere to all Government advice and guidelines, which change frequently.
Puddleducks ensures that children are provided with healthy, balanced and nutritious meals, snacks and drinks, during their time with us. We provide two snacks per day (mid-morning and mid-afternoon). Snacks include fresh fruit/vegetable sticks and a healthy carbohydrate option (for example breadsticks, rice cakes, crackers, toast, cereals etc.), and a choice of milk or water for the children to drink. Food is prepared and cut up safely to avoid choking. Jugs of fresh drinking water are available and accessible to the children at all times. Children are reminded and encouraged to drink water throughout the day, especially after physical/outdoor play or on hot days
Children are provided with a hot lunch each day which is cooked at and collected from Chalford Hill Primary school (provided by Caterlink). The meals are nutritionally balanced and we cater for any special dietary requirements
Puddleducks Nursery believes that everyone has the right to enjoy their session without fear of being hurt or unfairly restricted by anyone else. We ensure every child is aware of the boundaries and rules that should be followed. Staff support the children, and ensure every child is listened to and understands who they can turn to for help.
We aim to provide an environment that promotes acceptable behaviour and where children are able to learn to respect themselves, other people and the environment and equipment. We believe that promoting positive behaviour is important within our community, as it leads to social and moral acceptance and helps children form relationships, have self-esteem, personal pride, and a positive outlook.