Welcome to the ‘Dashing Ducks’ Pre-School Croydon

Babies

Our goal is to provide a warm and nurturing environment that is both home-like and stimulating.

Toddlers

Our approach to learning and teaching is through child centered play and education in a secure environment where the child is valued, respected and encouraged to develop their interests and skills.

Pre-Schoolers

Your child is growing up fast and ready for a little more independence, our pre school club will be a perfect introduction.

Why Dashing Ducks Pre-School

Dashing Ducks provide stimulating, inclusive Pre-School education and play environments in partnership with families and the local community. We will achieve this by being committed to high-quality care which values and supports the principles of early childhood education and at the same time creating a positive and rewarding environment for those who work in our Pre-School.

Our Teachers

We believe that Educators are critical to the quality of care provided for children.

Friendly

Qualified

Experienced

Classroom Facilities

Families are able to view daily communications here about their child’s sleep, food/bottle intake, and nappy changes.

To complement our indoor spaces we have a large outdoor play space rich in resources, natural play spaces, and opportunities for sustainable practices. Our outdoor play environment features opportunities for children to engage in the natural world, particularly growing vegetables in our gardens. We also have sandpits, water play, gross motor play, and large construction and art areas.

Educators

Our educators are critical to the quality of care provided for children. We will employ qualified, experienced, and caring educators from diverse backgrounds to work with our children. We will encourage educators to work as a team and build strong relationships with children and families.

We expect reflective practice for our educators as it is important for growing in their skills and knowledge of teaching. We will encourage educators to reflect on their teaching practices individually, as a team, and in the light of current research and theories about Early Childhood Education and Care.

Educators have a key role in guiding children’s learning. These roles may include but are not limited to: observing and documenting, provisioning the environment, intentional teaching, modeling, directing, questioning, encouraging, and scaffolding.

Families

Families play a major role in their children’s lives and therefore we will aim to work together as a team and one family. We will endeavor to incorporate family experiences, child-rearing practices, and goals for their children into our program. We will support families to feel confident and relaxed in the quality of care provided to their child or children by providing a nurturing environment and providing various avenues of communication between home and pre-school.

We are convinced in an association of trust and support for families. We will be sensitive and respectful of all people, including people with disabilities, multicultural/cross-cultural, religious, and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Community

Children belong to both families and communities. We will endeavor to support connections with the local community including local schools, emergency services, community services, and family support networks.

We will invite members of the community to visit our Pre-School and share with our children about different roles, cultures, and perspectives in our community. We will provide information about community services available to family members who may be interested or need support.

Nutrition

Munch & Move is a fun, play-based program that aims to support young children’s healthy eating and physical activity habits. The program is based on six health-promoting key messages:

  • Encourage and support breastfeeding
  • Choose water as a drink
  • Choose healthier snacks
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables
  • Get active each day
  • Turn off the screen and get active

The Munch & Move program has a strong alignment to the National Quality Framework (NQF) with links to all 7 Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard (NQS), the 5 Outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and the GetUp & Grow healthy eating guidelines and physical activity recommendations.

Our Results Speak for themsleves!

PASS RATE A
HAPPY CHILDREN
HAPPY PARENTS
Voted OUTSTANDING by our local education authority

What The Parents Say

Our Rooms

To keep our families connected to our program we use an online platform called Early Works. They can view the program and see their child work toward the learning outcomes through observations and journals. Families are encouraged to add any comments or share information from home, highlight any interests their child may have so we can include these in our emerging daily program.

Families are able to view daily communications here about their child’s sleep, food/bottle intake, and nappy changes. To complement our indoor spaces we have a large outdoor play space rich in resources, natural play spaces, and opportunities for sustainable practices. Our outdoor play environment features opportunities for children to engage in the natural world, particularly growing vegetables in our gardens. We also have sandpits, water play, gross motor play, and large construction and art areas.

Baby's Room

Our educators provide individualised care to children and create a warm, caring and nurturing environment to help with the development of your child’s emotional security.

Toddler's Room

Educators in the toddlers’ room use routines, transitions and play times to respond to the children’s interests and needs and create meaningful interactions.

Preschool's Room

Experiences are planned based on individual and group needs, interests and development.Our program encourages children to be involved in group projects and interest based learning.

Your Children

Our Philosophy

At Dashing Ducks Croydon, the child is viewed as strong, powerful, wealthy in potential, motivated by the power of wanting to develop, and nurtured by educators who take this drive for growth seriously. The curiosity of children makes them, question and research the reasons for all that surrounds them. Educators plan a variety of experiences for children based on their interests, skills, knowledge, and development. Experiences are planned for individuals, small and large groups of children. We value the importance of play for our children, regardless of the setting, we let the children choose their play area, we believe they will do it with great energy and move on to the next challenge.  When children explore through play they will have their theories about how the world works, they become deeply engaged. Our Educators in Dashing Ducks are seeing the children as active learners and they are the facilitator for their learning.

Learning is fun at Dashing Ducks

children are capable and competent learners. We will provide opportunities for children to be independent, make decisions, collaborate, and build confidence and self-esteem. Play is the best vehicle for children’s learning and happiness as it engages the whole child. We will provide a variety of interesting, age-appropriate, challenging, and culturally diverse play experiences. Our curriculum is based on children’s strengths, needs, development, and interests – both as individuals and in groups. We will use a variety of observation styles, and interactions with children and families to plan experiences and our curriculum.

Children need to be a part of a happy and safe environment where they have reasonable, realistic limits, consistency, and a good understanding of acceptable behavior. We are supporting continuity of learning. We will build and maintain strong relationships between home and our setting, support transitions throughout the day, between rooms. We will provide information and support to families and children transitioning from Pre-school to primary school.

Learning Motor Skill Movements

Through fun games, we teach the children fundamental movement skills.

Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are a specific set of gross motor skills that involve different body parts. These skills are the building blocks for more complex skills that children will learn throughout their lives to competently participate in games, sports, and recreational activities.

Children do not naturally learn how to correctly perform FMS as part of their normal growth and development. It is essential that as educators we provide children with intentional opportunities to explore and practice these skills to encourage development and confidence in the FMS. The earlier that FMS are introduced through play and exploration, the more likely children will be to engage in physical activity throughout their lives, developing competence and confidence.

The environment is our third teacher

children have a right to access the natural environment. We provide access to natural and recycled items in both our indoor and outdoor environments, fostering an appreciation and respect for nature.

children have the right to an environment that stimulates learning. We endeavor to provide an environment and daily routine that provides opportunities for creativity and self-expression, problem-solving, interactions with others, language development, and cultural competence.

We consider the environment as the third teacher In a well-ordered environment, young children are highly active, fascinated explorers of the world around them. In an interesting environment, children can play happily for hours.

Your children’s education and welfare are our main priorities

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We look forward to hearing from you!

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