Ducklings Pre-School currently operates from 8.45am to 2.45pm each week day, term time only.  Our friendly and experienced staff use a mixture of free play and planned, structured activities to stimulate and inspire children as well as encourage their imagination and creativity. Being part of a rural community, outdoor learning is extremely important to us and we spend time all together in our garden area every day, weather permitting.

Every child has a key person who works closely with them, monitoring and recording development and feeding back to parents in a variety of ways. Ducklings works closely with Stoke Climsland Primary School with the majority of our children gaining a place there. 

We also run the After School Club at the Stoke Climsland Primary School every day from 3pm until 6pm. These are play based sessions for children of all aged 3 - 11 years.

We pride ourselves on being a small, friendly and family orientated Pre-School where we build great relationships with all the children and their parents.


Ducklings is a registered charity which is run by a committee of parents and employs a team of staff who are all highly qualified and trained, fully experienced and passionate about working with children. Find out more below.

I have worked at both Ducklings pre-school and Cool Club since April 2011.

I have been the manager of both settings since 2015.

I am truly passionate about my job and love to watch the children thrive throughout their time with us. It is a privilege to work with such a great team of professionals that are extremely enthusiastic about their jobs. We pride ourselves on providing a nurturing, fun and stimulating environment for all ages and abilities. Learning is fun at Ducklings and we always provide the children with a safe, rich environment to explore and develop within.  

I Joined Ducklings Pre School and Cool Club in September 2012.
I act as key person for a group of children and oversee any support needed for any children with any specific educational needs.
I am passionate about developing secure attachments within the setting and focus on children’s emotional well-being by nurturing close, trusting and having supportive relationships with the children and their families, through this bond the children feel independent, happy and secure to explore and try things out in our rich learning environment at Ducklings.

I joined Ducklings pre-school and Cool Club in January 2012.

I am as a key person for a group of children.
I feel that having strong relationships with our children and their families is very important and always strive to achieve this by offering any support and care that I can.
I love the outdoors and getting messy and enjoy creating rich learning environments for our children to learn in and most importantly explore and have fun.

I have worked at Ducklings pre school and Cool Club since April 2016.

One of my roles as pre school assistant is to be a key person for a group of children at Ducklings.

I am passionate about my job, and truly believe that every child should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential by offering a stimulating, nurturing, secure and motivating environment.

I love every aspect of pre school and feel it's a privilege to be part of the children's early years learning journey.

I have worked at Ducklings pre-school and Cool Club since November 2018.

I completed my secondary school work experience at Ducklings whilst I was in year 10 and knew then that I wanted to work with children. I started my apprenticeship in November 2018. I am a key person, and I love working with the children at both settings and enjoy seeing them learn and develop through play and adult lead activities that we provide. 

I find my job very rewarding, and I really enjoy working with my colleagues.

Nicola Evetts
Nicola Evetts

MANAGER Qualifications - NVQ Level 3 Children's Learning, Care and Development Level 3 Playwork.

Karen Jasper
Karen Jasper

DEPUTY MANAGER & SENCO Qualifications - Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce

Nikki Pethick
Nikki Pethick

SENIOR PRE-SCHOOL ASSISTANT Qualifications - NVQ Level 3 Children's Care, Learning and Development

Janina Aze
Janina Aze

PRE SCHOOL ASSISTANT Qualifications - NVQ Level 2 Children's Care, Learning and Development.

Merryn Walsh
Merryn Walsh

PRE-SCHOOL ASSISTANT Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development

Meet the team