Pippins Nursery provides a stimulating and fun learning environment that encourages your child to develop and thrive.
Not only do we have ‘Location, Location, Location’, but we have a great team of caring, enthusiastic and experienced staff who maximise the available opportunities and experiences for the children.
Meet our team:
Helen Firminger, Nursery Manager
Helen is our longest serving staff member – she’s been at Pippins for the last 14 years and her own children attended Pippins when they were little too!
Helen loves watching the children grow and develop during their time here. Her favourite sessions are our outdoor ‘all weather’ mornings where everyone benefits from the amazing countryside surroundings.
A keen cook, Helen is our resident baker and regularly helps the children create tasty treats to take home.
Ann Troth, Deputy Manager
Ann has been at Pippins for five years and loves being surrounded by the energy and curiosity of the children. As a Mum of four she’s kept busy at home and at work and her Grandson attends Pippins too!
A keen runner, Ann has completed several half marathons and is always in training for her next challenge!
Sonya Downe, Nursery Practitioner
Sonya has been a Pippins for eight years, having fallen in love with the nursery when her son attended at the age of three. She is proud to watch the children grow in confidence and learn new skills during their time at Pippins.
Sonya is our resident gardener and helps the children plant seeds and pick vegetables throughout the seasons.
Sally Jones, Nursery Practitioner
Sally is the newest member of the Pippins team after joining in January 2019, but she comes with plenty of experience, having worked in childcare for the last 18 years.
Sally was attracted to Pippins’ friendly and welcoming atmosphere and brings with her a positive energy that the children love.
Sally’s love of sport and the outdoors makes her the perfect fit for the culture here at Pippins.
We are also pleased to have two dedicated bank staff available to us:
Emma Cantle Nursery Practitioner (bank staff)
Isabel Lea Nursery Practitioner (bank staff)
Every child receives focused attention and individualised learning because of the smaller numbers we have at the nursery. All children are encouraged to explore the world around them through a variety of indoor and outdoor learning activities, stimulating their minds and fuelling their sense of adventure and discovery.
In our 2015 Ofsted inspection Pippins was rated “Good” in all areas with Ofsted commenting: “Children are happy and confident; they have warm, nurturing relationships with staff that ensure they are confident, independent learners.”
Our policies and procedures are based on those of the Pre-School Learning Alliance underpin the children’s well-being and security which is at the heart of everything we do. Policies and procedures are available on request from the Nursery Manager
To help create the best learning environment for your child, a number of attendance options are available. Please see the Session Times and Fees page for more information about session availability and charges.