Pippins Room 2-4 year olds

Sessional room

The Pippins Room is for funded or non funded 2 year old children, open everyday 9.00-3.00pm. 

Our room main aim will be on the importance of building relationships with their key person and peers. The EYFS is our curriculum that we follow, however we will be focusing on the three prime areas, personal social and emotional skills, communication and language and physical development throughout in the moment planning. The room is brightly decorated and has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. The Pippins room is equipped with a wide range of toys which are both age and development appropriate for the children and their individual needs.

Children will spend the sessions within a free flow enabling environment between the indoors and outdoors, mixing with the preschool children and staff to help with transition later on their journey through Little Pippins.  The Pippins room plans adult led circle times which are done at the end of the session.  We will be promoting children independence, social skills and ensure they have the opportunity to rest and sleep in  our comfort corner.

Our routine is flexible to meet the individual needs of all children experiencing activities indoors and outdoors. The routine encourages children to socialise with others and experience small group as well as investigating activities alone and support and interactions from staff.

All children have a ‘ Online Learning Journal’ detailing this with lots of lovely photographs showing your child enjoying their time at Little Pippins which we share with you regularly and you contribute to as parents , with wow moments at home and recognising children progress.

Children are able to start in the Pippins rooms the term(space depending) after they turn two and if you are entitled to the government 2 year old funding you can contact us before your child is to and we can refer you to claim funding ready for your child to start with us. Details can be found on www.swindon.gov.uk. There is a maximum of 20 children in the room at any time.


Criteria for eligibility for 2 year funding

You are only able to claim funding for two year olds who meet the DfE eligibility criteria. These are:

  • a family on a low income and on eligible benefits (household income under £16,190)

  • a child with an education, health and care plan, or in receipt of disability living allowance

  • a looked after child

For eligible children, funding can be claimed from the term following their second birthday.

Before offering  a space we need to confirm the information provided with the council. Please contact Frances James to confirm eligibility on 01793 466515 or fjames@swindon.gov.uk 


Engagement flow chart and Application form for 2 year funding








In the two to three year old rooms the staffing ratios are four children to one member of staff. We run 1:3 so we always have extra staff in session. All staff is very committed to their positions and show commitment and great enthusiasm, they have experience working with this age group.

Things you will need to bring with you for your child.

Spare nappies, and clothes (wipes and nappy bags are provided if you pay the additonal service charge
Nappy cream- to be signed for
Comforter Change of clothes for the time of year - including vest, shirt, trousers and socks. Coat, hat and gloves Sun cream/ sun hats Any special creams that need administering (signed in medical book)
Healthy lunch if in all day
Water bottles –empty we will only provide water

Moving up a room

Opportunities for experience sessions are planned, key person allocated and handover sessions for parents can be organised. Just talk to the staff to arrange a suitable tim

Marie Birch-
Room Lead
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Liz George 
Deputy Room lead