Amanda Leech left a corporate career to raise her four children and studied for child-minding qualifications to help a friend in 2005. The business grew through word of mouth and became Ducklings Childcare (Godmanchester) Ltd in 2010.
As the business outgrew the available space, Amanda purchased the property next door to provide a beautiful home-from-home childcare establishment.
She has retained the family home feel, whilst complying with regulations. The setting provides lovely grounds with extensive outdoor space, a walled garden, fruit trees and lawns allowing children to move around freely, under supervision.
What do our parents say...
My daughter settled into Ducklings really quickly and continues to gain new skills and confidence.
There are plenty of reasons my daughter loves Ducklings; the messy play, the garden and outdoor activities, playing with friends. singing and the food are just a few.
The team are always friendly and helpful and the online app is great to see daily activities, photos and general progress.
I would definitely recommend Ducklings.
Since our daughter Isabella had been going to an excellent child minder, it was with some trepidation we moved her to the (relatively) larger setting of Duckling's childcare when she was 2.5 years old. However, our fears turned out to be unfounded as she settled in very quickly and made friends at the nursery; we believe that the relatively small group size also helped with the transition. We were happy to see that outdoor activities were plentiful and Isabella was able to satisfy her strong urge to run around; this was much facilitated by the large garden adjoining the nursery.
Since then she has been attending the Ducklings pre-school. She regularly surprises us with recounting the interesting and enjoyable activities and social interaction she has been taking part in, many of which are recorded with lengthy notes on a daily basis. Although Isabella is naturally shy, she is encouraged and nurtured by the very caring Duckling's childcare staff. We have no doubt that Isabella has grown wonderfully in this unique and happy environment
‘Ducklings have always provided excellent care for both of my children. From starting and settling in, to transitions from nursery to pre-school, staff have always been caring, understanding and supportive. Both children love attending and the regular updates via the home/school app allows me to have a good understanding of what they are doing throughout the day along with updates of their progress against the age appropriate milestones.’