- Morning session: 9.15am – 11.45am
- Lunch club: 11.45am – 12.30pm
- Afternoon session: 12:30pm – 3.00pm
For parents who need wrap-around care, the Breakfast Club is available from 8am – 9.15am and Little Pippins provides a Walking Bus to Harwell School for Harwell After School Club which runs from 3.15pm – 6.00pm (5.00pm on Fridays).
Activities are designed to develop happy, confident and independent learners. They are carefully planned to meet the interests, abilities and needs of all the children in the setting and to help them fulfil their potential. Continuous provision includes painting, box-modelling, sand, water, role play, construction and malleable materials.
To support the Prime Areas of Learning we also offer small group sessions focusing on age and stage appropriate topics, children’s Yoga and Action Kids sessions.
We also run two Forest School sessions per week.
All activities are planned to support the following areas of the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
For more information about the EYFS areas, and the kinds of activities we do to help develop these, please see:
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Revised EYFS – Principles into Practice
Each child is allocated a Key Person who is responsible for his or her care and wellbeing. Among other things, the Key Person will work closely with the family, making observations and sharing knowledge of the child to plan activities to support the child’s ‘next steps’.
We offer a buffet style snack during each session which encourages children’s social, physical and language skills. Children are invited to serve themselves from a choice of healthy options – crackers and fruit, milk or water (nut free).
Lunch Club is primarily for children who attend pre-school all day. You will need to provide a healthy packed lunch. For younger children, their lunch is placed on a plate and packets are opened for them. Older children are encouraged to be more independent in preparation for school. Staff sit with the children encouraging them to eat.
Lunch Club is not included in funded hours. The staff ratios required for lunch supervision are the same as for pre-school sessions and therefore a charge is made for attending lunch club.
Do I have to provide anything?
We would like you to bring in a healthy snack to share with the other children, for example: fruit, vegetables, bread sticks or cheese (no nuts or products that may contain nuts please). Snack is served like a buffet so there will be a variety of healthy choices to choose from.
The children should have clothing appropriate for the weather including wellies and coats on cooler or wet days so that children can play freely in the garden and go on walks around the village whatever the weather. No flipflops in the summer.
We provide sun hats and sun cream (a small contribution will be asked for at the start of term 5 & 6).
A small drawstring bag with a spare change of clothes – all named.
A named water bottle of fresh water each day.
For children staying for lunch, please provide a healthy packed lunch, no sweets and nut free.
Fees and funding
Early Education funding for2, 3 and 4 year olds provides up to 15 hours free per week – 6 morning or afternoon sessions. The current fees for unfunded sessions and Lunch Club can be found on the FAQ’s page