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Ducklings Staff

The dedicated team of staff at Ducklings go above and beyond in their duties to deliver outstanding care and learning experiences to the children. Their enthusiasm, expertise and commitment is part of what makes Ducklings such a special setting. 
All children are assigned a key person from our team. Their role is to ensure your child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs, track their learning and development, help them become familiar with the setting, provide a settled relationship within the setting and build a relationship with their parents/carers. Your child's key person is assigned before they start so someone is there to meet them on their first day. If after starting your child appears to develop a stronger bond with a different member of the team, we change the assigned key person to meet the needs of your child.
We hold parents evenings throughout the school year to discuss your child's development and progress but appointments can be made with your Key Person at any time during the school year if you have any concerns.
All of our staff know basic sign language and within the team we have a wealth of knowledge on SEND and SALT. We also have an independent Speech And Language Therapist who visits the setting on a weekly basis for those children who need additional support.

All  staff at Ducklings are first aid trained and are committed to continual professional development, regularly attending further courses and training to update their knowledge and practice.

Ducklings Pre-School are committed to Safer recruitment. All staff and volunteers are vetted thoroughly and DBS checked before and whilst working at Ducklings.
Emma Connor
Key Person

Early Years Teacher

Emma is our designated Behaviour Co-ordinator and a qualified Enhanced SENCO

"I love it when the hard work proves successful and just seeing the children's faces when they do something they didn't think they could do. What could be better than that?"

Leanne Crosthwaite
Deputy Manager
Key Person

Qualified Level 3

"I love looking after children because I enjoy seeing them grow, becoming independent and feeling you have been a part of their education"

Joselyn Webb
1:1 Key Person

Qualified Level 3

Highly experienced in providing 1:1 support with knowledge in a range of speech therapy techniques.

Joselyn is our qualified and designated SENCO.

"Supporting children in their routines and then watching them grow and develop,  and find their voice, whether it be visual communication or verbal, is so rewarding.

Diana O'Neil
Key Person

Qualified Level 3


Studying Level 2 in Young Person's Mental Health Care

"I love that each day is different, full of mystery and wonderful learning experiences. Children love exploring and finding out new ways to learn"

Sarah Greschner
Key Person

Qualified Level 3

"I love the fun we have together when learning through play!"

Emily Pryer
Key Person

Qualified Level 2

Level 3 Apprentice

"I feel really happy when I know something I have taught the children has made their time at Ducklings even happier"

Daniel Connor
Apprentice/ Key Person

Level 2 Apprentice

"I love getting to see the children's successes and helping them to develop"

Sophie Daniels

Experienced childcare practitioner

Danielle Widdowson-Fuller
Office Manager

Level 3 Qualified in Accounts & Bookkeeping

Behind the scenes, our staff and committee are supported by Danielle who works alongside Emma to ensure the smooth running of the setting.

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