Pre-School Framework

The Swim England Pre-School Framework is the first phase of the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme. It promotes early water confidence and basic motor skills and underpins Stages 1-7.

It is linked to the early years’ foundation stage for child development (the government-set standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old), which operators are encouraged to deliver in a fun, friendly environment. The Swim England Pre-School Framework is split into two sections – Discovery Duckling and Duckling.


Discovery Duckling Awards

The Discovery Duckling Awards are suitable for babies and young children who are new to swimming. They are usually delivered in an adult and child/adult and baby setting. There are four Discovery Duckling Awards to achieve.

Duckling Awards

The Duckling Awards are suitable for children who are old enough to follow basic instructions with the support of an adult and who can move independently in the water. They promote increased independence and water confidence to help prepare young learners for Learn to Swim Stages 1-7. There are four Duckling Awards to achieve.

Further information, including the outcomes of all awards, can be found on Swim England.

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