Nicola has a Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education and a Diploma in Leadership and Management. She also holds training in Paediatric First Aid, Food Health and Hygiene, Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs. She is also the Setting's Special Educational Needs Coordinator. She has over 15 years of experience working in Nurseries and as a Nanny in the UK and overseas.
Julie joined the Pippins team in September 2019 as our Deputy Manager. Julie holds a BA Honours in Early Years Studies and an Early Years Teacher Status from Canterbury University. She has years of experience and knowledge at supporting children during their important foundation years, working in a School Nursery and as a Deputy Manager in a large day nursery. In her spare time Julie enjoys reading, travelling, running and looking after her grandchildren.
Vicky joined us at Pippins in November 2014. She holds a Level 3 Qualification in Child Care, has training in Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding and has several years of experience working in Nurseries, Preschools and as a Nanny. Vicky will be seen at Pippins on Tuesdays and Thursdays and she works as a school counsellor the other days of the week.
Rachel has been working at Pippins since January 2017 originally as a one to one support worker and now as a full time Practitioner. Rachel has a Level 2 Qualification in Child Development and is currently studying towards a Level 3. She has training in Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Food Safety. Rachel has years of experience working as a Nanny and in Nurseries and is a mum of two.
Donna has been with us at Pippins since December 2014. She has completed training in Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection and Food Health and Hygiene. She is very kind and caring and the children adore her. Donna is very creative and arty and loves providing art and craft activities for the children and playing board games. Donna is very organised and keeps Pippins tidy and shipshape.
Sara joined us in January 2019 and soon became and valued and loved part of the team. Sara worked in a Nursery before having her 3 daughters and is now ready to continue her professional development. Whilst working at Pippins Sara will be studying towards an Early Years Qualification. In her spare time Sara enjoys being with her family and spending time in their caravan at the beach.
Ruby joined us at Pippins in June 2022 after having completed some work experience with us. She had previously completed a qualification in Health and Social care at college and is now working towards a level 3 qualification in Early Years Care and Education. Ruby will be seen at Pippins on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
All the team involved in your child’s care are kind, caring, nurturing and lots of fun. All staff, if not qualified, are highly experienced. Our team all have up to date DBS Checks, Paediatric First Aid training, Food Hygiene training and Safeguarding training. All staff regularly attend additional training courses such as Special Educational Needs courses, Literacy and Language courses and Maths and Play Therapy courses in house and from external providers to ensure we are at the leading edge of best practice, teaching and fun!
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For further information about what to expect in the Early Years Foundation stage, a document for parents has been published by the Department for Education which guides parents through what to expect in their child's development. This useful guide also provide ideas on how to help support your child's learning at home.
Please find attached a detailed description of the intent, implementation and impact of our curriculum and pedagogy at Pippins Preschool
We have now allocated all of our sessions for September 2021 but if you would like to join our waiting list please complete and return a session request form. Our session request list for September 2022 and 2023 is open. To avoid disappointment it is advised that you reserve a space as soon as possible.
Pippins Preschool is open 38 weeks a year generally in line with school terms.
Morning session 9 am till 12 pm
Afternoon session 1 pm till 4 pm
Lunch Club 12 pm till 1 pm
Full day session 9 am till 4 pm
At present our fees are £6.50 per hour for children aged 2 and £5.50 per hour for children aged 3 and 4.
Please note that we have a 2 session minimum and we do not offer just morning sessions. Parents are asked to share their sessions between mornings and afternoons.
We accept childcare vouchers and we offer the 15 hour Government funding for 3 and 4 year old children and eligible 2 year old children. All children receive the 15 funded hours the term after they turn 3 and some families may be entitled to 15 hours of funded childcare the term after their child turns 2. Some families may also be entitled to 30 hours of Government funding.
To find out if you are eligible for the 2 year old funding or the 30 hour funding you can visit childcarechoices.gov.uk
Please take a look at our Fees, Pricing and Funding Structure to find out more about how we deliver our funded hours.
If you are interested in requesting a space for your little one you can return a session request form by post, email or you can simply just pop it in to us next time you are passing. Please find the session request form attached below.
If you would like to arrange a viewing please give us a call on 07468 426755. Please note that in order to avoid disruption to the children's day we only offer viewings at 9.30 am and 1.30 pm.
If you are joining our setting this is where you can find useful information and forms.
This is our session request form. If you would like to request a place at Pippins please complete and return this form via email or pop it in to us at the preschool. Alternatively you can come along and collect a form from us. Completing and returning a form does not guarantee you a space at Pippins as we do have an Admissions Policy.
Below is a list of form that are to be completed and returned once a session has been offered. We will provide you with a hard copy but if you misplace these you can find a copy below.
The General Data Protection Regulation has replaced the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and represents the biggest change to data protection law for 20 years.
Pippins Preschool (Leybourne Chase Pre-School Ltd) is committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of individuals with respect to the processing of children's, parent’s, emergency contacts, visitor’s and staff’s personal data. The GDPR gives individuals the right to know what information is held about them. It provides a framework to ensure that personal information is handled properly. Leybourne Chase Pre-School Ltd is registered with the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) under registration reference: ZA005048 and has been registered since 13th June 2013. Certificates are on display in the hallway.
Please find attached our GPDR Privacy Notice
At Pippins the health, safety and well-being of our children, staff and families is our number one priority. We are committed to ensuring we keep up with the latest guidance and legislation. Below you can find all of our policies and procedures.
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"Pippins has been an absolute gem in our young children’s lives. They are so happy to go every day (in fact they get upset on the days they don’t go!) The unique environment in such a beautiful outdoor setting has been fantastic for their wellbeing - they are always out in the fresh air connecting with the earth and nature in such a direct and powerful way - we feel it is the perfect antidote to the disconnection of modern life, with so much exposure to screens etc. Pippins has contributed massively to giving our children the idyllic childhood we wanted for them. We are so grateful to have found it!" August 2021
We are so pleased that we chose Pippins as our daughters’ pre-school and we now understand why Pippins is so highly regarded in our local community. Pippins staff have been welcoming and nurturing and have fostered our daughters’ love of the outdoors, nature and wildlife in the outside area. She has thoroughly enjoyed building relationships with both her peers and staff through games and hands on activities and we have noticed her develop skills and gain confidence in social interaction and communication in preparation for school. It has been lovely to see the wide range of activities that the children take part in through the photos on Tapestry, especially when she is too exhausted to tell us what she has been up to! Thank you to all the Pippins staff for all your hard work, it is really appreciated. We look forward to our youngest daughter enjoying the same experiences next year! - August 2021
Pippins has given my son a fabulous start to his education and helped prepare him for school. My son is autistic and all the staff have always been amazing with him and given him all the support he needs. They helped with transition meetings to ensure that his new school understand his needs and interests. I’m very grateful to Pippins for all the effort they put in to ensure he was happy and supported during his time there…thanks! - August 2021
I cannot recommend Pippins Preschool enough! From the moment my son first started, it has left like a home away from home for him. He has been nurtured and cared for to the highest degree and to see him grow and develop in such a lovely setting is wonderful to see. My son loved everyone who works there and the outdoor setting is exceptional. Lots of quality outside play year round. There is a strong focus on building well mannered and independent children and I’m very thankful for this as my son starts Reception in September. You will not find a more caring setting for your children. Highly highly recommend! - August 2021
The best decision we have ever made for both our children has been enrolling them into Pippins Preschool. You do not just join a preschool here, you join a family! A family who care for the children like they are their own. Having two children who have had speech delays, Nicola and her team have worked tirelessly to help and support us and the children with guidance, knowledge and love! We can’t thank the Pippins team enough for everything they have done for us and continue to do for all the little Pippins under their care. We wouldn’t consider anywhere else for our children’s first years in education! Louise Moloney - 16th April 2020
“Noah has loved attending Pippins since he was 2.5 years old and we have seen a huge improvement in his confidence and communication. The staff are nurturing and caring and have helped lay the foundations he needs in preparation for school. The setting is designed to encourage young children to enjoy the outdoors and get messy and he has thoroughly enjoyed making mud pies, friends and memories.” April 2020
"Pippins is such a friendly and inviting setting, with so much for the children to do both indoors and outside, in the lovely garden area. The staff at Pippins are amazing and really helped my little boy to settle in, as he wasn't initially keen on leaving Mummy, but his confidence has really grown in a short space of time and he now loves attending." Katy Jenner
I firstly want to thank the team at Pippens for the amazing work they do. Prior to joining Pippens; our son had been attending another nursery (he still does), so when a space came up; we made the decision for him to attend Pippens two days a week and continue with the other setting... Pippens go above and beyond, we’ve always felt comfortable leaving our son in their care, because the team always look out for each child’s needs and interest...! Our son has been very delayed with his development and they immediately picked up on this and have instigated all the support we’ve received to date; he has been supported 100%. We would highly recommend Pippens, and even more so if you want a pre-school that can cater for children with or without development needs... They are very knowledgable in terms of Senco.... Thank you again for everything that you have done for our son. X
Pippins Preschool came highly recommended to us, and we have been absolutely thrilled by the quality of care and teaching by Nicola and her wonderful team. Our daughter has thrived at Pippins, and especially loves the amount of outdoor learning on offer. She has become more confident, more patient and has a greater understanding of the importance of sharing and kindness amongst her peers, which will give her a great head start at school in September. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Pippins to anyone for all the reasons above, and would like to take the opportunity to thank the team at Pippins for an exceptional preschool experience. April 2020 Erica Price, mum to Millie.