Pippins will resume normal service from the 3rd of September with Covid 19 Policies and Procedures in place for the safety of our children, families and staff. Viewings of our preschool are currently taking place out of normal opening hours.

About Us


About Us
We believe that children learn best when they are actively engaged. At Pippins Preschool children are given opportunities to make sense of and develop an understanding of the world around them through hands on activities. At this enthusiastic, energetic and absorbent age we feel it is vital that children are provided with a nurturing early years environment where they can make their own choices, move freely, try new experiences and gain independence. We aim to provide a setting enriched with endless opportunities for social interaction, to be creative, sing, dance, enjoy nature and most importantly, just be children.

All play at Pippins is conducted in a safe environment under the guidance of qualified and experienced practitioners and a lovely team of assistants who are sympathetic to the care and educational needs of the children. We offer small group and individual attention and a Key Person works with each child on his / her individual development.

At Pippins we have a lovely large outside area where the children can ride bikes and scooters, play games, help in the vegetable patch and flower garden, dig, feed the birds, build dens, climb, create in the mud kitchen and hunt for bugs. Being outside is extremely important for a child’s health, development, learning and well-being so we do offer outdoor play whatever the weather.

Spaces at Pippins Preschool are limited to 18 children per session. Our small environment enables us to meet the individual needs of all the children and to properly assist them in achieving their full potential.

"There are inspirational relationships between staff and children. Children are extremely
happy and confident, and enjoy the company of staff and each other. This helps
children to have a positively high level of self confidence and self esteem." - Ofsted (2017)


Curriculum


Curriculum Curriculum
We at Pippins are committed to ensuring all our children’s skills, interests and abilities are met. Children develop quickly during their early years and the experiences they encounter between the ages of 0-5 shape their future development and learning. Through careful planning, observations and assessments we provide children with an environment enriched with opportunities for learning and developing to assist their readiness for school. Most experiences offered at Pippins are child initiated and learning develops through the children’s interests, although some of our activities are adult led to ensure a balance across the curriculum.

We track and monitor children's learning by completing termly assessments and plan activities to further their progress. At Pippins we use Tapestry, an online Learning Journal system which enables staff to upload pictures and observations of their key children for parents to view. We encourage parents to also share photos of their children taking part in activities at home.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

A Unique Child + Positive Relationships + Enabling Environment = Learning and Development

The Early Learning Goals

There are 7 key areas of learning and development for the early years.

THE PRIME AREAS: Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development.

THE SPECIFIC AREAS: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.


To track and monitor children's progress we use support from the Development Matters framework. This is a non-statutory guidance which supports all those working in early childhood education settings to implement the requirements of The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).


The Team


Nicola Setford

Manager

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 O'Neill

Deputy Manager

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 Gillard

Preschool Practitioner

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 Fridays and she works as a school counsellor the other days of the week.

Rachel French

Preschool Practitioner

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 Bringes

Preschool Assistant

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 Wilson

Preschool Assistant

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.

The Team

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!

Notice Board


Home Learning


Fees, Funding and Sessions


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.

  • A child born on or between
  • Will become eligible for a free place from
  • 1st April and 31st August
  • Start of term 1, in September following their third birthday
  • 1st September and 31st December
  • Start of term 3, in January following their third birthday
  • 1st January and 31st March
  • Start of term 5, in April, following their third birthday


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. 

Fees, Pricing and Funding Structure.pdf


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.

Children's Session Request Form.pdf

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. 

New Families


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


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

GDPR Privacy Notice - April 2021.pdf

Our Policies and Procedures


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.

Health and Safety

Accident and Injury Policy and Procedure April 2021.pdf

Administration of Medicines Policy and Procedure - April 2021.pdf

Emergency Evacuation and Fire Safety Policy and Procedure - April 2021.pdf

Food Handling Policy - April 2021.pdf

Health and Safety Policy - April 2021.pdf

Healthy Eating Policy - April 2021.pdf

Nappy Changing and Toilet Training Policy - April 2021.pdf

Outings Policy - April 2021.pdf

Sickness Policy - April 2021.pdf

Smoking Policy - April 2021.pdf

Sun Safety Policy - April 2021.pdf

Equality and Inclusion

Achieving Positive Behaviour Policy - April 2021.pdf

Admissions Policy - April 2021.pdf

Equality and Inclusion Policy - April 2021.pdf

Promoting British Values - April 2021.pdf

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - April 2021.pdf

Safeguarding

Adults Taking Medication or other Substances Policy - April 2021.pdf

Allegations Against Staff Policy - April 2021.pdf

Arriving and Departing Policy - April 2021.pdf

Child Protection Policy -April 2021.pdf

E - Safety Policy - April 2021.pdf

Image Use Policy -April 2021.pdf

Lockdown Policy - April 2021.pdf

Missing Child Policy - April 2021.pdf

Mobile Technology and Social Media Policy - April 2021.pdf

Student, Volunteer, Parent Helper and Temporary Staff Policy - April 2021.pdf

Staff Supervision Policy - May 2021.pdf

Uncollected Child Policy - April 2021.pdf

Visitors Policy - April 2021.pdf

Curriculum and Partnership Working

Concerns and Complaints Policy - April 2021.pdf

Curriculum Policy - April 2020.pdf

Key Person Policy - April 2021.pdf

Partnership with Families Policy - April 2021.pdf

Two Year Old Check Policy and Procedure - April 2021.pdf

Working in Partnership with other Professional Policy - April 2021.pdf

Staff

Acceptable Use of Technology Policy - May 2021.pdf

Confidentiality Policy - April 2021.pdf

Recruitment and Retention Policy - May 2021.pdf

Staff Contingency Plan - May 2021.pdf

Staff Code of Conduct - May 2021.pdf

Staff Disciplinary Policy - May 2021.pdf

Staff Sickness Absence and Holiday Policy - May 2021.pdf

Whistleblowing Policy - May 2021.pdf

Ofsted


We have had 2 Ofsted inspections since we opened in September 2013 and were over the moon to receive a Good Grading on both occasions. 

Below you can find our 2 Ofsted reports. 

Ofsted Report September 2017.PDF

Ofsted Report January 2014.PDF

Testimonials


Louise Moloney:Parent

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

Rachel Holcroft:Parent

“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

Katy Jenner:Parent

"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

Sonia:Parent

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

Erica Price:Parent

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.

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Contact Us


  • Pippins Preschool, Beadsman Crescent, Leybourne Chase, West Malling
  • Registered Ofsted - EY461890