"Very grateful to all at Little Pippins. The setting is beautifully maintained and the staff are amazing always thinking up ways for the little people to have fun and be independent whilst they learn
The team seem to work together well and all invest in the preschooler’s journey and are all very kind & supportive.
My daughter has had a lovely time since joining as a shy toddler at 2 and leaving for school as a confident and bubbly almost 5 year old.
I would not hesitate to recommend Little Pippins Preschool it’s a great community setting within Haydon Wick" L Cutter 2022
Originally, Little Pippin’s Pre-school started under the name St John’s Pre-school in St John’s church 30 plus years ago, but after having the opportunity of having a purpose built pre-school and outdoor area within a children centre we were very thankful for the chance. Little Pippin’s is run by the community on a non-profit making basis and is a registered charity. The Early Years Alliance advises and supports staff and Committee on a wide range of issues concerning the running of the Pre-School. We have now expanded taking over the building offering early years care for children aged 2-11 years.
Little Pippin’s has been validated to accept nursery vouchers; we must adhere to strict codes of practice, governed by OFSTED, to check that all provisions set by them are correctly carried out.
Little Pippins Preschool is based in the grounds of Greenmeadow Primary school . We have a big outdoor area for the children to enjoy Physical play activities as well as opportunities for planting and exploring our sensory garden.
At Little Pippins Preschool we aim:
§ is in a safe and stimulating environment;
§ is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteer parent helpers;
§ has the chance to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;
§ is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do;
§ has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress;
§ is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop; and
§ is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers.
§ provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age:
§ work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop, to form strong trusting relationship with all parent:
§ add to the life and well-being of the local community; and
§ Offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.
We provide a fun stimulating environment where both play and learning are part of each child’s everyday experience and enjoyment. A provide a wide selection of indoor and outdoor equipment and resources to enabling the children to learn and develop skills in a creative and exciting atmosphere.
We recognise parents as the first and most important educators of children. Staff members work with parents in providing care and education for their children. Children’s Learning Journey on learning books can be accessed online 24/7 to see what your child has been learning.
We have a team of highly qualified, enthusiastic, committed and friendly staff who are passionate about providing excellent childcare. They are supported by a caring and hard working committee elected by parents who attend Little Pippins Pre-school. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as our guidance set by the government to ensure quality provision. We work with the four themes set out in the EYFS and these themes are: Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning and Development.
We cover the three Prime Areas of Learning and the Four Specific Areas, more details on the Early Years Foundation Stage can be found in each group page.
To enable us to provide the best care for your child we require your support and involvement. To do this we expect you:
Ø To drop your children of on time and pick them on time
Ø To advise of any absences
Ø To pay any monies due punctually
Ø To read notices that are sent home, check our website and facebook page
Ø To support fundraising events
Ø To clearly label clothing
Ø To provide fresh drinking water (and only water). (Other drinks can be
provided for their lunch but only water can be drunk during session time.)
Ø To advise the Pre-School Manager of any issues at home that may be
affecting the child
Ø To advise of any change in details; address, phone numbers, etc.
Ø To attend the Key person parent clinics.
Ø To advise us of other collecting children and informing them of passwords.
Key Person System
When your child joins Little Pippins Pre-School they will be allocated a key person and parents will be notified in writing of the key person name. You will also be introduced to your child’s key person when your child starts the setting.
A key person is a designated member of staff who will be responsible for monitoring your child’s development and progress during their time with us. The key person is responsible for keeping up to date records of your child’s progress/achievements and will liaise directly with the Pre-School Manager, and in turn you the parents, regarding any concerns they might have about your child. They are also there to help your child settle in at the beginning of the session and are the immediate contact with parents.
Key person meetings are planned for three times a year. Progress records will also be completed 3 times a year and parents are given a chance to access their child/children’s work if you so wish. You will be given advance notice of the dates of such meetings. Ad-hoc meetings with your child’s key person are welcomed but must be arranged in advance to ensure the correct child/staff ratio can be maintained.
A diary system is in place to keep good communication and partnership with parents. This is where we can write down what the child is doing at Pre-School, how they are getting on, if they have tried new foods, etc. These will be filled in at least once a week by a staff member. This gives you a chance to write down what your children has done at home and any new things achieved. These can also be shared with other settings your children attend, or their child-minder, so they can write links in too.