Welcome to Puddlebrook Pre-school

Puddlebrook Pre-school is an Early Years Alliance childcare service located in Haverhill, Suffolk.

We offer 30 Ofsted-registered places and received a 'Good' score during our last assessment by Ofsted.

Our committed, friendly and welcoming pre-school team provides high-quality care and learning opportunities for children aged from 2 years to school age.

While following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), together with parents/carers, we tailor plans for individual childrens development journey with their interests as the focus.

To make an enquiry please fill out our online enquiry form.


We offer 

  • Funded childcare for qualifying two year olds including the Golden Ticket and all three and four year olds
  • Safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team
  • A dedicated person to give focused support to your child

Opening times

We are open from 9am until 3pm Monday to Friday, during term time. Sessions are 9am to noon (am session),noon to 3pm (pm session) and 9am to 3pm (two sessions) 


Apply now for a place!

If you would like a place for your child or more information please contact 01440 710655 or email Nicola on puddlebrook@eyalliance.org.uk

Spaces still available for this term!


Term dates:

Autumn Term (sept-dec 2020) Spring Term (Jan - March 2021)                   Summer Term (April - July)                              
Term starts: friday 4th september 2020 Term starts: Tuesday 5th Jan 2021 Term Starts: Monday 12th April 2021
October Half Term: Monday 26th - Friday 30th Oct 2020 Feb Half Term: Monday 15th - Friday 19th Feb 2021 June half term: Monday 31st May - Friday 4th June 2021
Last day of term: friday 18th december 2020 Last day of term: Friday 26th march 2021 Last day of term: Friday 16th july 2021

The Pre-school is closed on public bank holidays.  Dates may be subject to change and additional staff training days may still be added to the above dates.




Children aged 2 years - £17.00 per 3 hour session

children age 3-4 years - £13.00 per 3 hour session




Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Nicola, Pre-School Manager on 01440 710655 or email puddlebrook@eyalliance.org.uk 


About us

Here at Puddlebrook Pre-school we strive to provide an inclusive, welcoming and stimulating enviroment, over two freeflow rooms, including a sensory area and enclosed outdoor play area.

We offer a diverse range of activities and opportunities to suit the individual needs of our children and families, while promoting independence, self-esteem and confidence.

Puddlebrook Pre-school is an Alliance childcare service which is located within the Cartwheels children centre building in Haverhill, Suffolk.We have avaliable parking or the public bus stop is just across the road from us and level access across the preschool premesis, with an accessible toilet upstrairs in the children centre with a lift to gain access to this. This is a purpose built setting for children, which is equipt with smaller toilets and furniture for our age range. We are proud to offer our sensory area within one of our rooms, that provides a calming space while sparking the senses. Another bonus is our links to the children center which is based in the same building, above us.

While promoting and providing healthy snack options, we also cater for a range of food allergies when needed and cultural requirements. We have experience with, milk, gluten and egg allergies, as well as skin problems. We offer a rolling snack during each session, encouraging children's independence throughout. We also provide regular cooking activities for the children to get hands on with making tasty nibbles.

We follow rigorous health & safety and safeguarding policies & procedures which are in place to ensure that every child and family is protected and feels safe and happy with us.

Please click the link below to see our prospectus.



Our daily routine

9am- children arrive

9am - self regestraion & settling in

9.30am – key person time

9.45am – 10.30am – snack bar open, free flow play & adult focus activities

11.30 am – tidy up time

11.45am – begin lunch or get ready for arrival of parents and goodbye song

12pm - Afternoon children arrive

12.15pm - 12.30pm - finish lunch & children settle into the afternoon

12.15pm - free flow play including adult focus activities

1.30pm – 2.30 pm - snack bar open

2.30pm – tidy up time

2.45pm - key person time

2.55 pm – get ready for parents arrival & goodbye song


Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Nicola, Pre-School Manager on 01440 710655 or email puddlebrook@eyalliance.org.uk 


Our Team

Our well qualified, committed and experienced team work hard to create a caring and learning environment in the nursery. We know that every child develops differently and at different times. Every child has a key person who understands how their individual needs and interests. This helps us to ensure that every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment, selection and supervision procedures to ensure that anyone joining our team undertake relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure, references and qualification checks. Parents are reassured knowing that child protection and safeguarding underpins every aspect of our practice and will continue to remain a priority for us.

Your 'key person'

Every child who joins the nursery receives support from an experienced member of the team. They are responsible for your child’s individual needs and known as the ‘key person’. The key person is your main point of contact however all nursery staff are happy to feedback on your child’s developmental progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you. They will also keep records of your child’s progress and achievement, which are always available for you to see and contribute towards.

Your child’s key person will make time to find out from you about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements. Please share any important or useful information when you register your child and throughout their time with us. This helps us to give your child the most appropriate care and learning to suit their developmental, emotional and physical needs. You can access and contribute your views to your child's progress and achievements in their 'learning journey'. 

Meet our friendly, caring Puddlebrook Pre-school team !

 Nicola– Pre-school manager & safeguarding officer - Nicola has been with the setting since 2008 and holds a level 3 national diploma in childrens and young peoples workforce.


 Amy – Deputy manager & senco - Amy has been with the setting since 2008 and holds a CACHE level 3 in childcare & development.


 Donna – Early years practitioner & health and safety officer - Donna has been with us for many years and holds NVQ in childcare & development. 


 Jo – Early years practitioner - joined us in 2013 and holds a CACHE level 3 in childcare & development.


Tish White – Early years practitioner - Tish stayed with us after completing a placement as a student and has continued her learning with us and is due to start her level 3.


 Amy - Early years practitioner. Amy stayed with us in 2013 after completing her level 3 chilcare placement.


  Courtney - Early year practitioner. Courtney joined the team in 2018 and holds a NCFE CACHE level 3 diploma for the early years workforce.


 Alyx - Early years practitoner - Alyx joined the team in 2018 and holds a NCFE CACHE technical level 3 diploma in early years education and care.


Vikki – Early years practitioner. Vikki joined us in 2013 and trained with a CACHE level 3 in chilcare & development.


 Megan - Megan joined the team in 2018 to volunteer with us for work experience and has now begun a childcare apprenticeship with us.


 Lauren - Lauren joined us as a student studying childcare and has now begun a childcare apprenticeship with us.

Throughout every session each team member gives great focus on promoting langauge and communication between all children uisng PECS symbols that may be needed to help individual children's communication. All staff are trained in manual handling and first aid. If there is an emergency, there is extra security with Clements doctors surgery nearby to us. The surgery actually shares our car park! We also have a qualified SENCO (special educational needs co coordinator) and a wider team with considerable experience supporting children with different or complex needs. We continually update our qualifications and training to maintain and adapt when needed.

Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Nicola, Pre-School Manager on 01440 710655 or email puddlebrook@eyalliance.org.uk 

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Do you have childcare places available at the moment?

Yes we do! Simply get in touch with us.

Do you offer funded entitlement for 3 year olds?

Children are eligible for the funding in the term following their third birthday. The funding is available for 15 hours per week.  

Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?

Children from households receiving certain benefits might be entitled to funded childcare for 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the term after their 2nd birthday. Please talk to a team member for more details.

Do you offer 30hour funding?

Yes - please check with the HMRC website for criteria and information.

What sessions do you offer?

Sessions are term time only, Monday to Friday

9.00am to noon

noon to 3.00pm

9.00am to 3.00pm (two sessions)

What are your fees?

Children aged 2 years - £16.00 per 3 hour session

children age 3-4 years - £12.50 per 3 hour session

How do I apply for a place?

Simply come to the setting and have a look around. There's no need to arrange a visit formally, just pop in to see us. You can also ring us on 01440 710655 or email puddlebrook@eyalliance.org.uk.

Do you provide hot meals?

We do not provide hot meals, however, a variety of healthy balanced snacks are provided for all children during each session. If your child stays for lunch, we ask parents to ensure the contents are healthy, we have a healthy lunch box idea leaflet & display that can help with this. Water is freely available throughout the session. We are a nut free pre-school.

What qualifications do your staff hold?

All staff are qualified with level 3. We also have 1 apprentice working towards her level 3. Staff also have designated roles for SENCO, ENCO, Pediatric first aid and child protection.

How many staff will be looking after my child? 

The team has seven staff members. Your chlid will also have a special member of the team called a key person who is there to offer individual support. 

How quickly can my child start?

We currently have a few spaces available. There is a settling-in process to enusre both you and your child feel comfortable and happy in their first few weeks.

What should my child wear to pre-school?

Comfortable seasonal appropriate clothes that doesn't matter if they get mucky. We do encourage childrens independence and recommend clothes that are easy to change e.g. jogging bottoms, t-shirts and velco shoes.  

What footwear do you recommend?

Velcro shoes or plimsolls are ideal for indoor play and welly boots for outside.  No flip flops or open toe shoes due to health & safety.

What should my child bring to pre-school?

A named bag with a change or two of clothes and nappies/wipes if needed. Outdoor wear suitable for the weather conditions.  This should include coat, hat, gloves in the winter and sun ht in the summer (please apply sun lotion before the session & pop the named bottle in the bag for top ups).

What should I do if my child cannot attend a session, e.g. if they are ill?

Please contact us to let us know.  Some illnesses have an exclusion period but we can let you know if this applies to your child.  Please do allow 48 hours after a period of sickness or diarrhea before your child returns.

How will I know how well my child is doing?

Each child has a learning journey book (their ‘special book’) which is frequently updated with wow moments, photos, individual planning and a tracker for their progress within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). You are welcome to look through your child’s book at any time and chat to us. During parents evening, each key person will have a chat about progress etc.

Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Nicola, Pre-School Manager on 01440 710655 or email puddlebrook@eyalliance.org.uk 


Contact Us

Please do get in touch to discuss your child's needs;

Nicola, Nursery Manager

Puddlebrook Pre-school

Cartwheels children centre

Norton Rd 




T:  01440 710655

E: puddlebrook@eyalliance.org.uk

Puddlebrook Pre-school
Cartwheels children centre
Norton Road
United Kingdom
Tel: 01440 710655

'Puddlebrook pre-school is a brilliant place for children to learn and have fun. My daughter has settled in so well and loves all members of staff! She has learnt so much and developed so well in her timme here. She is always happy when she comes home. Thank you.'

''Puddlebrook pre-school is outstanding. The staff are fantastic, very approachable, helpful and very friendly. They do great things with the children and day trips and discos are amazing. i've four children and many experiences with nurserys and Puddlebrook pre-school is by far the best.'

'Absolutely lovely little playschool, very friendly staff. I have sent both my boys here and would reccomend anyone sending their children there.'

'Both my children are very happy at pre-school, the staff are amazing with them and effective dealing with any problems, communication is great with myself. My children are confident and have come along leaps and bounds since being in pre-school. I wouldnt wish them anywhere else.'

'The staff at Puddlebrook are brilliant. I will definately be recommending Puddlebrook to others Iknow with children.'

'My daughter has come along leaps and bounds being at this nursery. The staff are warm and welcoming and caring.'

'My daughter is always happy to attend pre-school, she has progressed very well despite her difficulties. I would like to thank all the staff for their care and help to my daughter.'

'Very happy with how my daughter has been doing at pre-school, by coming out of her shell, interact with other children to make friends.'

'Happy with the girls progress since starting at Puddlebrook, they are well behaved and were happy with the staff.'

'Puddlebrook is such a great pre-school, my son loves coming here and gets on well with all the staff here. They do a great job with him.'

'Staff are friendly and patient and support to parents and children.'