Little Ducks is a unique preschool set in the sports pavilion of the quaint village of Childrey, Oxfordshire.
We are working towards our Curiosity Approach Accreditation. We believe it is important to provide a warm and welcoming environment that is stimulating and safe for children to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Little Ducks is a committee-led preschool with a manager who runs the day-to-day running of the setting.
Little Ducks is lucky to have the use of the play area and playing field to benefit the children to develop in all areas further; we use these to our advantage.
We regularly go for walks around the village itself, the church, and the school to use their early years area and participate in song time at the Little Ducks Toddler Group based in the Methodist hall.
As a setting, We encourage parental/grandparental participation, too, whether that's teaching the children about their jobs to join us to read with the children as a parent helper.
DONATIONS are very much welcome and appreciated. Our plans for the pre-school continue and every penny counts towards achieving our goal of providing even better facilities for our children and helping give them the best start possible in their educational journey.
If you would like to donate please contact us.
It is our aim to enable the children that attend Little Ducks to feel secure, have fun and enjoy themselves whilst learning. We aim to help children to develop their intrigue into the world around them, to be active and independent learners.
We strive for the children to be confident and school ready by the time they leave Little Ducks. We aim for the children within our care to be able to express themselves and have the understanding or have some understanding of self-regulation.
We as a pre-school operate on a sessional basis;
Morning session 8.30am – 11.30am
Lunch 11.30am - 12.15pm
Afternoon session 12.15pm – 3.15pm
Full Day 8.30am – 3.15pm
We are open term time only Monday to Friday.
We are proud of the high ratio of adults to children in our group. (4 members of staff at every session. Which means we have a minimum ratio of 1 adult to 4.5 children) This ensures individual attention to the needs and development of each child
Preschool Manager Claire (SENCO)
Deputy Manager Kealiegh
Qualified Pre-School Assistant: Ayako
Qualified Pre-School Assistant: Katie
Unqualified Pre-School Assistant: Vicky
Unqualified Pre-School Assistant: Emily
A full qualification and training log is available to see upon request for all members of staff.
Early Years Development & Ofsted
Our preschool is registered with the local Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership and qualifies for local education grants for our children.
We are registered by Ofsted (EY495310) and received a very positive report in our last inspection in May 2022. Should you wish to view the report, go to the Ofsted website.
Our Ofsted report gave us an overall grade of GOOD for both the quality and standards of our care and the quality and standards of our nursery education. This is a testament to the hard work our staff and committee put into making Little Ducks a welcoming environment for all parents and children and involving the wider community in the preschool setting.
Ofsted were very complimentary and their comments included:
Comments from the Ofsted inspection May 2022
"Children have a positive attitude towards learning and are keen to explore."
"Children learn to behave well. They take turns, share, and show kindness to their peers. For example, older children show new children how to order stacking shapes."
"Staff know the children well and understand what they want them to learn, reflecting on their individual interests."
We are working towards our Curiosity Approach Accreditation
Our preschool works with OCC’s Children and Families Service and qualifies for Nursery Education Funding (NEF) for our children.
We are a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance (ref 21814) and a Registered Charity (number 1157264).