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Bitterne Manor Primary School

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Bitterne Manor Pre-school - Ducklings Class

          Welcome to Ducklings Class


In Ducklings class we believe that ALL children deserve the best start to their  education and it’s our aim to help them learn to be the best they can. We want to encourage children to experience new and different things every day .


At the centre of our approach is enabling children to learn through play. Play is the foundation for learning and creative problem solving.  Through play children learn at their highest level and are actively involved in their own learning. We encourage the children to be able to create, co-operate, concentrate and keep trying in all that we do.  Through play we enable children to deal with situations and people without discriminating which helps them to develop vital life skills that can be developed as they grow and develop.

Session Times:

We are open during term time our term dates match those of the school.

Morning:                   8.30/9.00 - 12.00

Afternoon:               12.00—3.00/3.30



Parents can choose which combination of sessions they would like.  We are able to offer:


· Morning, afternoon and all day sessions

· Flexible drop off and pick up times


All children are entitled to 15 hours of free funded childcare from the term after their 3rd birthday; however, parents can choose to pay for more hours if they wish. Children who are not yet eligible for government funding or for those whose session requests take them over the 15 funded hours are charged the hourly rate of £4.60.


We accept 30 hours funding codes for those eligible.


Our Environment:


We have a purpose designed room within Bitterne Manor Primary School which  provides easy access to our secure outdoor area. We have a small kitchen area and toilets which include a changing area for children in nappies.

We enjoy use of the school hall, library, learning lab and outdoor play areas which gives children the opportunity to experience the school environment and allows us to offer a wide variety of physical activity.

Our staff work together across the Foundation Stage Unit and are involved in all aspects of school life.


Safeguarding and Child Protection:

The pre-school operates and adheres to a strict safeguarding policy, which parents can access at any time through the website or by requesting a copy from pre-school staff. All staff carry out enhanced DBS checks and carry out regular training and updates. A standard ratio of 1 adult to 8 children is required; however, we endeavour to work to a ratio of 1:6.


The Unique Child:

We believe every child is different and every child learns in their own way and at their own pace. As a part of the induction of your child into the pre-school you will be asked to complete a booklet. This booklet celebrates your child’s learning journey so far, values you as your child’s prime educator, indicates the starting point for the setting and where our practitioners can begin to make a contribution to your child’s learning.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.”


A copy of the “Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework” is included in your information pack.


Working in Partnership with Parents:

Parents are regarded as members of our setting, who have full participatory rights. These include; the right to be valued and respected, kept informed, consulted, involved and included at all levels. We encourage parents to be involved in their child’s learning. You will be introduced to your child’s key person when your child starts with us  and be offered a meeting each term to discuss your child’s progress. You are also welcome at any time to take part in sessions, meet with your child's key person and support our fundraising.


We are a preschool based in and managed by Bitterne Manor Primary School as a part of their Foundation Stage. Our Ducklings class are an important part of our school and benefit from the wider opportunities available to all our students at Bitterne Manor. We believe making the best possible start to learning in the early years is vital for our children as they progress into school and beyond.


Our excellent team is looking forward to meeting you and your child. Duckling’s class teacher is Samantha Davis and she is supported by our Senior Practitioner, Emma Canaway and our Early Years Practitioners Claire Finn, and Rachael Williams.


Our school vision is “learning to be the best we can.” We encourage children to do their best by using their head, heart and hands as these are important characteristics of effective learning.


How to Register:

We can accept children between 3 and 5 years of age, subject to  availability.

We operate waiting lists according to age. Priority may be given to children who live in the Bitterne Manor catchment area, then to children who live outside this area. All information is held in line with data protection requirements.


Call in and collect an application pack, download using the link below or we can email one on request:


Who To Speak To:


Head Teacher: Mr Mike Adams

Class Teacher: Mrs Samantha Davis

Senior Practitioner: Miss Emma Canaway

Admin: Mrs Lia Chance


Data Protection:

We have procedures in place for the recording and sharing of information about you and your child that is compliant with the principles of the General Data Protection Regulations 2018. When you register your child with us, we will provide you with a privacy notice that gives you further details of how we fulfil our obligations with regard to your data.