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Little Ducklings Day Nursery

Welcome to Little Ducklings.

Our nursery opened in April 2012 and is a family run nursery, we are open 51 weeks a year ( closed bank holiday and Christmas) the nursery is situated in Murdoch House, Wombwell (Barnsley) with highly secure premises and experienced, nurturing staff delivering excellent opportunities for your child to flourish.


We aim to provides high quality childcare for children aged 0 - 8yrs in a safe and stimulating environment. We provide exciting and stimulating indoor and outdoor activities that meet children's interests and individual needs by planning to meet the Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines. 

Our nursery is split of 5 different rooms, our Nursery has a dedicated baby room, toddler room and Pre-school room, in addition we also have a sensory room which focuses on stimulating the senses with bubble tubes, mirrors, lighting and much more we also have a soft play room that promote gross motor skills for all children with a small soft play climbing frame, ball pool and trampoline this area also has thick padding on the floor, our last room is our dining hall and our after school club, out dining hall is a large room that is used by the whole of the nursery for lunch and tea time so that all of our children can engage with children of different ages and all the staff in nursery, which then helps when children beginning to transition to the next rooms as they are then familiar with the other children and staff. 

We have spaces available for children of all ages including limited free 2 and 3 year old places. We are able to meet the needs of all children including children with additional needs. We have an experienced Senco who works directly with any children who require additional support. All our team are highly qualified and experienced practitioners to meet the needs of all children.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lydia Holgate
Contact Position
Nursery Manager

Where to go

Little Ducklings
Murdoch House
Hemingfield Road
South Yorkshire
S73 0LY

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£7.20 Childcare Cost per hour: 0-1yrs
£7.20 Childcare Cost per hour: 2yr olds
£7.20 Childcare Cost per hour: 3-4yr olds
£49.30 Childcare Cost per day 0-1yrs
£47.20 Childcare Cost per day 2yr olds
£47.20 Childcare Cost per day 3-4yr olds
£246.50 Childcare Cost per week: 0-1yrs
£236 Childcare Cost per week: 2yr olds
£236 Childcare Cost per week: 3-4yr olds
£3.90 per hour, £6.70 pick up fee After School Session per hour
£39.00 full day, £19.50 half day Holiday Club per day
£30 registration fee when contract is returned to Little Ducklings

Childcare Information

Age Range

0 years,2 months
8 years,0 months


Immediate vacancies
We currently have vacancies in all of our rooms and places still available for 2,3 and 4 years funding.

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

School Pickups

Offers pickups
The Ellis Church of England VA Primary
Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre
We currently provide a drop off and collection service from these school.

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


We have 2 special educational need co-ordinators (Sencos) at our nursery,

we have strong partnerships with professionals, services and settings within Barnsley and Rotherham.

We offer access to short breaks during the school holidays. 


Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How do we offer support to children or young people with a special educational need or disability?
  • Through individual daily observations and tracking. 
  • Experience and knowledge of qualified practitioners. 
  • Parental discussions with key person/ SENCO. 
  • Liaison with area SENCO Julie Thompson and external agencies. 
  • Open door policy to discuss concerns.   
  • Discussions at initial induction/ pre- visit


We have 2 SENCO's in setting that work closely with all staff and other professionals to ensure that the needs of all children and families are met within setting and at home. 

We have regular meetings with parents/carers and other professionals (TAF's, parents evenings) and work alongside them when a SEN support plan is needed to ensure support for both children and their family is provided.

The setting has a SEND, equal opportunities and equality and diversity policy which are given to staff to read on inductions and are followed by all staff consistently.

Each child is assigned a key worker on entry to setting. The key worker is responsible for observing and tracking the development of their key children.

  • Through observations of child’s play highlighting characteristics of effective learning and development. 
  • Planning lead by children’s observations. 
  • Differentiation made where and when needed. 
  • Use of any additional resources needed to support child’s learning.

Your child will be observed regularly by their key worker and will be tracked alongside the EYFS (early years foundation stage.) We have regular parents evenings to allow parents and practitioners to discuss the development of every child. 

Termly review meetings for children with SEN support plans are carried out with parents, SENCO and key worker. 

2 years progress checks are completed for every child and discussed with parents.  

Termly reviews are also completed and a copy given to parents stating where children are in each area of their development.

Daily discussions with key worker/practitioners at drop off and collection times.

  • We have a robust key person system and work closely with parents. 
  • Yearly reviews of all policies and procedures. 
  • We offer a fully inclusive, safe and secure practice. 
  • Our ‘medication’ policy is followed for all prescribed medication. 
  • Promotion of independence of PSED skills and support offered where/ when needed. 
  • Behavioural plans/ charts implemented.

We follow our 'Transitions’ Policy. 

We follow our ‘Settling in’ policy. 

Visuals of staff in settings entrance hall and on individual room doors. 

  • A prospectus with links to key policies is sent out. Pre-visits to personally introduce key person, staff, SENCO, children and setting  (any additional need concerns discussed).
  • ‘All about me’ booklet completed by parents to offer background information and any specific individual needs and a baseline for children's development to be completed by parents. 
  • Pre-visits arranged for moving up to school and contacts made with new teachers between pupils and parents, allowing any additional needs to be discussed.
  • Additional visits provided if needed. 
  • Development folders/tracking sheets and transition sheets shared with school along with any other additional support or relevant information held on the child, all with parental consent.
  • All staff have a regard for the SEN Code of Practice. 
  • Identification of individuals needs leads to level of support offered. 
  • SEN support plans are drawn up showing support to be offered and discussed/agreed with parents. 
  • We are experienced at working with other agencies, in order to meet your child's needs.
  • Initial induction/pre-visit. 
  • Input/views of parents into SEN support plan. 
  • Daily discussions with key person/SENCO. 
  • Parents own voice/input into Development Folders. 
  • Termly reports. 
  • Review meetings. 
  • By implementing our ‘Parents and carers as partners’ policy.   
  • By providing  an open door approach for discussing concerns. 
  • Working together with the same strategies/resources at home and at nursery. 
  • By fully informing parents of all outside agencies involved/visiting.
What specialist training, experience and expertise do we have relevant to children with special educational needs and disabilities?

Interventions and advice are put into place in nursery that has been given by other services such as: Speech and language therapists, social communication and interaction team, occupational therapists and physiotherapists etc.

Our SENCO's can make referrals for children to any other agencies where needed and after discussions with parents and key worker to ensure that all the child's needs are being met. 

The setting SENCO's and that whole team have recieved the following training:  SENCO Training WELLCOMM ELKLAN  Early Help My SEN Support plan  Music Interaction  Makaton  Autism Awareness Promoting positive behaviour Sensory Processing Paediatric First Aid  Safeguarding  Food hygiene Oral health

How accessible is our setting?

All children are included in our outings and activities outside of the setting in accordance with our equal opportunities and equality and diversity policies.

  • Our setting has wheel chair access via a ramp. 
  • Disabled toilets are available. 
  • Our ‘Inclusion and equality’ policy is followed. 
  • We offer a fully inclusive, safe and secure practice.

The setting can access specialist funding such as, inclusion grant, EHCP and DAF. 

This allows us to provide specialist equipment to children when needed as well as staff training and support.

Last updated on 18/01/2022
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