- What are the opening hours of Little Pippins?
- How much does it cost?
- At what age can my child attend Little Pippins?
- When does funding start and how do I claim it?
- Does my child have to be out of nappies?
- When my child starts Pre-school, do I have to provide anything?
- Can my child attend additional sessions?
- Is Little Pippins affiliated with a particular school?
- What is the breakfast club / after school club / walking bus?
- How can I register my child?
What are the opening hours of Little Pippins?
8.00am – 9.15am Breakfast Club
9.15am – 11.45am Morning Session
11.45am – 12.30pm Lunchtime Session
12.30pm – 3.00pm Afternoon Session
Please note, sessions start and finish promptly at the above times.
3.00pm – 6.00pm After School Club at Harwell School (Mon- Thur)
3.00pm – 5.00pm After School Club at Harwell School (Fri)
See Harwell After School Club for full details.
How much does it cost?
The fees from 1st September 2017 are:
£11.50 morning or afternoon pre-school session (Age 3 and over)
£13.80 morning or afternoon pre-school session (under 3’s)
£3.40 Lunch Club, bring a packed lunch. Lunch Club is not included in funded hours and is generally only for children attending both the morning and afternoon sessions.
£5.70 Breakfast Club session. Price includes breakfast and the Walking Bus to school
£2.15 Walking bus from Harwell School to Little Pippins/ Little Pippins to After School Club
£20.00 Registration Fee for Pre-school (refundable when your child leaves)
£10.00 Late Collection Fee
At what age can my child attend Little Pippins?
When does funding start and how do I claim it?
Please note, we do not offer the full 30 hours funding.
From the term (September, January or April) after your child reaches three years old, s/he is funded for up to 15 hours per week – six 2.5 hr sessions, for a total of 38 weeks per year by the Early Education Funding Grant. We claim the funding for your child directly from Oxfordshire County Council. Each September, January and April we will ask you to complete declaration form stating the number of hours per week that your child will attend that term.
If your child is two and you receive certain benefits, they may qualify for up to 6 sessions (15 hours) a week free early education. To access this funding, you need to check eligibility on Oxfordshire County Council’s website and provide us with the reference number you are given so that we can confirm funding before your child starts at Pippins.
If your child is 3 or 4 years old and you think they might also be eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium, please let us know.
Does my child have to be out of nappies?
When my child starts Pre-school, 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, crackers or cheese (no nuts or products that may contain nuts please).
The children should have clothing appropriate for the weather. In hot weather, please apply sun screen to your child before they arrive; on cooler or wet days bring wellies and coats so that children can play freely in the garden and go on walks around the village whatever the weather.
Please also bring a named water bottle of fresh water each day.
For children staying for lunch, please provide a healthy packed lunch.
Can my child attend additional sessions?
If we have space available, you can ‘top-up’ with extra sessions on a regular or ad-hoc basis. Priority will be given to ensuring funded children access the maximum 15 hours entitlement. We can’t reserve places for future terms if there is a child who is eligible and able to start sooner. Lunch Club is generally only available to children attending a full day.
Is Little Pippins affiliated with a particular school?
The majority of the children go to our local partnership school, Harwell Primary School, The Styles, Harwell. However, we do have children who go to schools in Didcot, Chilton and other surrounding villages.
What is Breakfast Club / After School Club/ Walking Bus?
The Breakfast Club is open to any child aged three to eleven years and exists to give children a warm, safe and friendly environment each weekday from 8.00am to 9.15am. Children can arrive and have breakfast between 8.00am and 8.30am. At 8.40am the Walking Bus takes the school children to Harwell School.
The Walking Bus can also pick up Pre-school children from the school at 8.55am and bring them to Little Pippins where they will be supervised until the start of the morning session.
Harwell School run an After School Club for children aged 3-11. Pre-school children booked into the club can be taken there by Walking Bus at 3.15pm. There is a charge for this.
How can I register my child for Little Pippins or the Breakfast Club?
Simply download the Registration Form, complete it and send it with your £20 registration fee (refundable when your child leaves) to us at Little Pippins Pre-School, Freeman Orchard, Gaveston Road, Harwell Village, Oxfordshire, OX11 0HP.
You are also welcome to come and have a look round the pre-school and pick up/hand in a registration form.
Most children start Pre-school in September but spaces may be available at other times of the year. Children must be registered with us to be on the waiting list. We will contact the next most eligible person on the waiting list during the term before their preferred start date. Places are allocated in accordance with the priorities in our Admissions Policy.