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Little Pippins Pre School (Harwell)

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 

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
Louise Addison
Contact Position
Office Manager
01235 821741

Registration forms are available from the office 

Please email or call the office on 01235 821741 to make an appointment to have a look round or pick up a registration form.  We recommend registering your child 6-12 months before you would like them to start as places are allocated the term beforehand.  We do not reserve places more than 1 term ahead.


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
£18.00 TO £21.00 PER PRE-SCHOOL SESSION Per session
£4.60 FOR EARLY PIPS Per session

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

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

30 hours funding is not available 

Unfunded sessions for 2 year olds, £21.00  per session

Unfunded sessions for 3 and 4 year olds £18.00 per session

Limited places at an Early Pips club for early drop off at 8:35am £4.60




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 may be available at the Primary School for preschool children aged 3 and over.  Please contact Harwell Primary School for more information and availability. Little Pippins cannot guarentee being able to walk your child from pre-school to the after school club so you may need to make a private arrangement  for that.

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

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
Monday - Friday 8:35am 9:05am

Other Availability
Flexible Early Education Funded places - mornings, afternoons, all day
Universal 15 hours funding (any combination of 5 morning or afternoon sessions per week depending on availability)
Packed lunch provided by parent/carer
Early drop off at 8:35am (limited availability - maximum 4 places per day)

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
This service is not currently available but will be reviewed if demand rises. Walking Bus to Harwell Afterschool Club subject to a place at the club being confirmed by the school.

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 08/11/2022

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