Little Pippins is a charity , Registration Number 1105994, run by a volunteer management committee. All parents must be members of Little Pippins for their child to attend and the Management Committee must have a minimum of 60% current parent members on it for us to legally remain open.
Fundraising is crucial for the survival of Little Pippins. Fees and funding for free places just cover our staff salaries and overheads like heating and stationery. New equipment, replacing toys and financing major projects like the current veranda extension are only possible if we raise other funds from raffles, tombolas, cake sales, and other events like our Winter Ball.
Help a Village Child Fund
We have a separate fund which can help with payments of fees for some local children to enable them to attend. The fund started with a donation from St Matthew’s Church to be used for that purpose and we continue to contribute 10% of all our fundraising to it.
Little Pippins joins in with many village events including Christmas Fair, Harwell Feast parade of floats and stall, Winter Ball.
Little Pippins is a member of the Food Share scheme (https://www.foodshare.org.uk) where local food stores give their unwanted, excess, end of date products to local charities, thus reducing food waste. We regularly receive items such as bread, fruit and vegetables, tinned produce which we share with the children at snack time, use in activities and baking and also share with families of children at Pippins.