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Little Pippins Pre School (Harwell)

Coronavirus status: OPEN
Pre-School for children aged 2.5 years to school age. Located in an old orchard in the centre of the village on land given in trust for use by the children of the village. We have a new purpose-built building offering a large outdoor play area and…

Pre-School for children aged 2.5 years to school age. Located in an old orchard in the centre of the village on land given in trust for use by the children of the village. We have a new purpose-built building offering a large outdoor play area and Forest School.  We also offer limited places at an Early Pips club from 8:35am - 9:05am for early drop off and can usually walk children up to the After School Club at Harwell Primary School.  

Outstanding judgement from Ofsted January 2015 and again in July 2019

 As a village charity, our priority is to be able to offer places to as many village children who would like to attend and who will then be transitioning to Harwell Primary school as possible.

Our main admission time is in September with admission at other time times of the year depending on availability. Closing date for applications is the end of the Easter break and places are allocated in May with priority given to children who live within Harwell Village

Who to contact

Contact Name
Brenda Pyke
Contact Position
Office Manager
01235 821741

Registration forms are available from the office or can be downloaded from the website. 

Visits are not currently possible but please call the office for a chat or to request a paper copy of the registration form.

Please contact the office on 01235 821741 to make an appointment.


Where to go

Little Pippins Pre-School
The Freeman Orchard
Gaveston Road
OX11 0HP

Current Ofsted Judgment





Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£15.75-£18.40 Per session

Opening times will be  9:05am-12:05pm and 12:05pm-3:05pm with lunch becoming the first part of the afternoon sesion.  

 Up to 15 Universal  hours funding for eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds. 

Unfunded 2 year olds, £18.40 per session

Unfunded sessions for 3 and 4 year olds £15.75 per session

Limited places at an Eaarly ips clun for drop off at 8:35am £4.00

 £2.25 for walking bus from/to Harwell School or Harwell After School Club (please check availability with the  afterschool club  first)

We also usually offer a Breakfast Club from 8am for Little Pippins children aged 3 or 4yrs and  Harwell Primary School children to age 11, however this is currently closed due to the coronavius pandemic.  This will be reveiwed in Spring 2022



Age Ranges
From 2 years 6 months to 5 years

Additional Information

Providing services to
0 - 4 years (pre-school)
4 - 11 years (primary school age)


Early Pips Club for 3 and 4 year olds for early drop off at 8:35 am. Places are limited. 

The Barn after school club avavilable at the Primary School for preschool children aged 3and over- contact Harwell Primary School for more information and availability

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
Concrete slope to front door but part gravel drive and parking area, Level access from main indoor play areas to the outside play areas

Special Needs

Has Provision
SEN Daycare Provision
Dependent on the individual child's needs, it may be possible to offer 1:1 care (Enabler Support)
SEN training updated on a regular basis
Special needs experience based on children who have previously attended our setting
Staff prepared to work with parents, carers and other professionals to provide a good level of care and development relevant to the child's needs
Whilst we do not have experience in all areas of need, we would contact different agencies and seek training in areas should the need arise
Experience with
Able to administer medication
Able to assist with moving and handling
Aspergers syndrome or autistic spectrum disorders
Behaviour, emotional or social difficulties
Conditions requiring medical support
Global Developmental Delay
Moderate learning difficulties
Physical disability
Speech, language and communication difficulties
Toileting requirements owing to child having difficulties
Vision impairment

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
We are now full for September 2021. If you would like your child to registered on our continued interest list please call to discuss likely availability and request and application form
Date updated

Funded Places

2 year old funding

3 & 4 year old funding (Universal - 15 Hours)

3 & 4 year old funding (Extended - 30 Hours)

Term time only or stretched over more than 38 weeks
Term Time

Opening Times & Facilities

When is childcare available?
Term Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday - Friday 9:05am 3:05pm

Other Availabilty
Flexible Early Education Funded places - mornings afternoons, all day
Universal 15 hours funding (5 morning or afternoon sessions per week)
Packed lunch provided by parent/carer

0 - 1 steps into building
Accessible changing facilities
Accessible toilet
Arts and crafts
Climbing Frame
Dressing up
Educational Toys
Large Garden
Messy Play Area
Pet Fish
Quiet room/area
Visit & Outings
Water play

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Harwell County Primary School
Walking bus from Harwell Primary School to Little Pippins in the morning subject to availability. Walking Bus to Harwell Afterschool Club

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
05/08/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
12/12/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
11/07/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Last checked on 16/06/2021

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