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Little Ducklings Pre-School

Pre-School Playgroup

Coronavirus status: OPEN

Who to contact

01256 413794
Little Ducklings Pre School and Quackers After School Club

Where to go

Holbein Close
RG21 3EX
Accessible changing, Secure environment, Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking

Childcare Information


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Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement
When is childcare available
Visit & Outings
Car Parking
Messy Play Area
Sleeping Area
Outdoor Play

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Latest Inspection
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
11/02/2019Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Physical impairment
Medical Needs
Visual impairment
Challenging Behaviour
Social development impairment
Language impairment
Caters for children with special needs.



Age Ranges
5 to 8 years, 0 to 5 years

Time / Date Details

Session Information
4 Hours or More Per Day
5 Days or More Per Week
School Term Only
Weekday All Day

Local Offer

Local Offer
How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

Paula Ryman the SENCO will oversee and plan the Educational Programme. This will be delivered through the key person and other staff. Paula Ryman (SENCO) will work closely with the parents and child's key person. At Little Ducklings with the parents full input, we will work together for the good of the child, and form strategies. Progress will be reviewed on a regular basis, and in addition staff at Little Ducklings welcomes parents input and ideas at any time.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

At Little Ducklings all children are observed regularly and activities and equipment planned and provided accordingly. The majority of adult led activities can be extended for the more able child and simplified for a child who needs more support. We have can do lists as a starting point, to what children can already do that is filled in by the parents. Through learning journeys we are able to track children's progress. Through targets being set and regularly reviewing them we can gauge what age and stage the child is at.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

At Little Ducklings there is opportunity for the first twenty minutes of each session for parents to talk to staff to discuss any concerns or needs. At Little Ducklings we provide a home/school link book which gives opportunities for regular contact and two way sharing about the child's progress. Regular confidential meetings as deemed necessary by parent/carer, key person, Special Needs Coordinator Paula Ryman or Little Ducklings manager Sarah Baker to inform and talk about parent concerns. If a parent expresses a need to talk to the setting they can be advised on several places to go for help.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

We would like all of our parents to feel confident about their child’s safety and well-being when they leave them in the care of Staff at Little Ducklings. Safeguarding is taken very seriously at Little Ducklings, and any concerns can be bought up in staff meetings, regular training on safeguarding is done on inset days. All staff are CRB checked and all permanent staff are First Aid trained. Staff will administer medication with a signed permission form from the parents. If a child needs specialist treatment i.e. epipen or insulin the relevant training will be sought prior to the child attending. The following (which are in the entrance lobby and on our website) support this: Inclusion, Special Educational Needs, Behaviour, Safety, Health and Hygiene and Safeguarding.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

Our Special Educational Needs co-ordinator Paula Ryman has received SEN Induction and Induction Plus training provided by Hampshire County Council and has also completed a Level 3 SEN Diploma with Distinction, she has also passed Level 3 Autism Awareness Diploma with Distinction, Paula Ryman Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Beverley Rampton deputy Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator attend regular support meetings and cascade regular information to staff. Other specialist training and services can be accessed as and when necessary.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

All staff at Little Ducklings has initial Makaton training, and four staff trained Levels 1-4. Three staff is Behaviour Management trained. .The Special Needs Co-ordinator Paula Ryman has just completed a Visual Awareness course.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

>At Little Ducklings there is access to indoor and outdoor activities at all times. Provision can be made for additional needs such as higher/lower tables, chairs or various resources. We at Little Ducklings are members of the Basingstoke SEN Resource Library. As members of this we are able to borrow resources to accommodate various different needs. If Little Ducklings were going on an outing a child who has specific needs like a pushchair the child would have one to one adult and be included in all activities. Risk assessments will be done prior to outing.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Little Ducklings is fully wheelchair accessible, large doors for easy access to the outdoors and we are all on one level. We have disabled toilet and changing facilities. Awareness of individual child needs e.g. visually impaired child sitting at the front of group sessions, and making sure floor is obstacle free. We at Little ducklings have a variety of ways to communicate with English as Additional Language, e.g. Through Makaton or a third party and through the advice of EMTAS. EMTAS is Ethnic Minority and Travellers Achievement Services.

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

A transfer meeting will be arranged by Paula Ryman the Special Needs Co-ordinator, this will involve the Special Needs co-ordinator, parents, the school and any other professionals involved to ensure the measures that have been put into place at Little Ducklings will smoothly carry on into their school life. We would encourage the child involved to be part of the meeting so they get to know the teachers and other professionals involved in their care. Regular trips are arranged between Little Ducklings and the connecting school so children become familiar with the teachers and surroundings. Children attending a different school will be able to have the school come in and visit or have a phone consultation with the key person.

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

Little Ducklings as a setting are part of the Resource Library so we can borrow appropriate resources for the child’s needs. Additional funding forms are sent into the Area Inclusion Co-ordinator then checked, they are then sent to Hampshire County council for approval. When funds are agreed we will allocate in agreement with parents the best way to use them. This will include things like extra staff members, specialist training and resources.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

At Little Ducklings when a concern is bought to the Special Needs Co-ordinator Paula Ryman, she will make the decision to phone the Area Inclusion Co-ordinator and liaise with them. Between them a visit will be arranged after consent is given and signed for by the parents. The parents will discuss their concerns and what they think is needed. The Area Inclusion Co-ordinator will guide the Special Needs Co-ordinator in the right direction and they decide together with evidence and observations what support is needed. If the support is outside agencies such as Portage or the Behaviour Management team, the Area Inco will make initial contact then arrange a visit. The Special Needs Co-ordinator and parents will be invited to attend all meetings. It will be the Special Needs co-ordinator’s role to arrange any meetings making sure most of the people involved attend. Notes will be taken and given to all parties concerned. Regular meetings will obtain the effectiveness of the support.

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

At Little Ducklings parents input is very important as they are the child’s prime carer. We encourage parents to do some volunteer sessions as we feel that this is a good way to observe your child and the staff who work with them and learn about our ethos. We are run by a parent committee and any parents are welcome to join where they can contribute to decisions or ideas they may have. Little Ducklings every year do a parent questionnaire that we feel is a way we can make improvements. The lobby has a photo frame providing weekly pictures of the children doing their activities and having fun. The daily diary is filled in and we have a website and Facebook page. Live on our Twitter page providing weekly news

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