National Fitness Day

Yesterday was National Fitness Day so the children took part in a very tricky Obstacle course and made a nice Healthy Yoghurt Bark (with Blueberries and Raspberries) which they ate for snack today. 


Making Bird Feeders

Today we got messy and made bird feeders! 🐦


Ruby's Craft Club

Tonight Ruby's Craft Club returned at after school club. The children ,with the help of Ruby, made hedgehogs. 🦔


Fruit Skewers

Today we made Fruit Skewers for Snack!


Remembering Our Queen

Today the children and practitioners remembered our Queen!

The children helped to create a display of the Queen through her rein and the practitioners, as a sign of respect and to mourn the Queens passing, wore black!


Apple and Blackberry Pie Making

Today the children have helped to collect blackberries and apples and made a Apple and Blackberry Pie which we ate for snack with custard 😋


First Week Back

We have had a fantastic few days welcoming back our children and meeting the new children and their families !

We hope that your children have enjoyed coming to preschool!

Here’s a little gift we have given our new parents 


Scarecrow Festival - Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who attended our Scarecrow Festival! 

We raised £250 which we are putting towards our den building materials. 


Sports Day ... Finally

We finally managed to hold our sports day today - thank you to everyone who attended.

We managed to raised £90 on Raffle and Ice Cream Sales. 


Trip to Wrest Park

Today we took 33 children to Wrest park for a day of playing, exploring and playing games. 



We are pleased to announce that our Ofsted report is finally published! Please check out the report below: 


World Book Day - Tomorrow

Tomorrow is World Book Day - we look forward to seeing you dressed in your colourful clothes as we share the book of Elmer.


Maths Champion - Home Challenges

We have recently implemented Weekend Match Challenges please take a copy from our Share Library.

We have also updated our display inside ... 



Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year Everyone!!!

The year of the Tiger 🐅

Today we have had the Tiger who came to Tea story, Mark m


Lights, Camera , Action ...

Here is our new stage area in the garden .... 


After School Club - January

Take a look at what we have been up to this half term so far... 



Share Library

Our sharing library is finally here! 😁🥳


Craft Fair Purchases

Here is the first set of photos of how we have spent our £1800 raised at the Craft fair at Christmas.

Here are 2 new sets of steps to enhance our risky play in the garden and our brand new Sandpit. The children have loved playing in this


Craft Fair - Total

***Fundraising Update***

Thank you to everyone who purchased something from Our craft fair either online or at the stall at


The Need Project Donations

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our 'Reverse Advent' we were blown away by your generosity. All the food will be with The Need Project on Sunday.


Portion Sizing

This 'handy' chart from the healthy eating charity Henry is a great prompt to start healthy habits around portion sizes: children’s own hands are a great guide to the size of the portion they need for everyday foods. It is often less than we thin


Reverse Advent Calendar

Happy 1st December everyone. We are doing 2 advent calendars at Pippins this year. The first is a storybook advent. Each day one or two children will receive a Christmas story to take home and keep. All children will receive one over December. Our seco


Craft Fair Stall

Exciting news!! ❄️❄️


Maths Champion - Stage 1

Last week we started the first stage of our Maths Champion programme within the setting , using loose parts play as a way to assess children’s current understanding of maths 🧮


Road Safety Week


This week is Road Safety Week. We will be chatting to the children about how to stay safe in cars and walking near roads, plus going out in groups to cross the road together. We would love it if you could chat about this important life s


Craft Fair - Live

Good Morning Everyone

Our Christmas Craft Fair is now LIVE!!

(Hopefully most of you will have seen it either via email or on Facebook)

Please use the link to the order form below to place your order and help us raise some funds



Today the children and practitioners took part in a minute silence to celebrate Poppy Day

The children have helped to make this lovely wreath, which will be laid at the Gravenhurst War Memorial for this weekend!

** At the going down of


Half Term Holiday Club

We have had lots of Halloween fun so far this week at holiday club including lots of spooky cooking, crafts and clay creations. 🕷


Maths Champion News

We are pleased to announce that Pippins and Bramleys Preschool have been placed in the intervention group for the National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) Maths Champion Programme of Research.

Alice will lead the intervention as her role as Math


Craft Fair - sneak peak

Check out our Facebook page to see some of the craft items we will be selling at the Craft fair this year! 


Oral Health Update

Over the next few months we will be working towards our My Smile Award at Pippins, helping children to understand what they need to do for good oral health. This week we will be handing out Terrific Teeth Packs to all the children. We would love it if


Crisp Packet Recycling

*** Huge Thank you!!***

Thank you to everyone who has eaten and brought in crisp packets this year!

In September 2020 I set us a challenge of collecting enough crisps to raise £150 by August 2021...

I am pleased to confirm


School Placement 2022

It will soon be time for some of our familes to apply for a place in reception class for their child in September 2022. If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31st August 2018 you need to apply for a school place before 15th January 2022.


Scarecrow Festival - Total

Scarecrow Festival Fundraising Total ...

We are pleased to announced that we have raised just over £400 this weekend which will be split between us and the Gravenhurst Grapevine (village magazine)

Thank you to everyone who support


Scarecrow Festival - Fundraiser

Here are just a few photos of the entries! 

Come and have a look around Gravenhurst if you wish to see them all. 


Scarecrow Festival - Fundraiser

We are all set up for the scarecrow Festival ... please pop down to buy your event guide - inside you will find your voting slip and a few other competitions to take part in !

We also have scarecrow hoopla, a raffle and refreshments including c



We have had a lovely morning in the rain planting lots of healthy vegetables and herbs


Road Safety

We have been chatting about staying safe near roads today. We had our own car wash and even went out and practiced crossing the real road. The children were fantastic at telling us how they need to stay safe.


Farm Shop and Teeth Cleaning

We have had a fantastic start to Healthy Me Fortnight. We have made a farm shop with yummy healthy vegetables and also cleaned the germs and dirt off our chalk teeth.


The Hungry Caterpillar

We have had a lovely week exploring the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, including making our own caterpillar out of sticks during forest school.


Visit from a Hen

One of our fantastic Pippins parents showed us a hen and day old chicks this morning.


Butterfly House

As part of National Book Sharing Month we are very lucky to have a Pippins parent who works at a Zoo, and who has kindly volunteered to live video call us to show us some real animals from the stories we are reading each week. Yesterday we had a fantas


Healthy Me Fortnight

Healthy Me Fortnight starts on Monday 14th June. We will be having lots of fun playing and learning about all the ways we can lead a healthy life. 


Egg update...

Hatching has started! Watch this space for more updates. 🐤🐣


Crisp Packet update

Crisp packets update !!

Thank you to everyone who has been helping us to recycling - this week we are sending off just under 13.5kg of crisp packets (that’s not including the boxes!!!)

Please keep collecting ☺️


Open Morning for September 2021 starters

We have held open mornings (by appointment only) on the 13th March and today for September 2021 places!

We have our next open morning on Saturday 17th April and currently have the following slots avaliable:


11am and


Thank you!!

A big thank you to all those in our lovely Pippins community who have answered our pleas for house plants and picture frames over the last week or so. We really appreciate your generosity. Our framed nature pictures will be going up over Easter and Pip


More Easter Fun

We have enjoyed the messy creativity of decorating our Easter baskets over the last few days. 🐰


Easter Fun

A big thank you to Jo @jo.disco.licious for donating eggs for us to have some Easter fun today. We decorated the eggs and then had fun rolling them down the garden. 🐰



We were super excited to put eggs in our incubator today. Hopefully we will have some chicks in a few weeks.



Jane made a cosy corner for the children to practice their yoga moves


Fundraising Update

Happy School Bags 

Thank you to everyone who donated to the clothes collection today !

We raised £408.50 !! ☺️


World Book Day

We had a lovely World Book Day celebrating one of our favourite books - Room on the Broom. We made some fantastic potions and some yummy biscuits - fit for a dog as keen as can be.



We did our first bit of spring vegetable planting yesterday. Looking forward to them growing into some yummy snacks for us.


Easter Craft Fair

Our Craft Fair is now live ... Follow the link below to look at the things on offer...




Messy Painting

Some lovely messy mud painting yesterday


Fundraising Update

Massive thank you to everyone who has been collecting crisp packets for us !

We are just about to send off another 11.3kg of crisp packets which is fantastic!

The scheme allows big and little crisp packets as long as they have silver fo


Pancake day

We made lots of pancakes at Holiday Club today!



We are delighted to annouce that on 1st March we shall be lauching our Easter Craft Fair !! 


Nature Imprinted Salt Dough

Today we used different bits of nature such as shells and leaves to make imprinted salt Dough. 


Busy Day

We had a very busy day today - making Apple crumble, bird feeders and yummy biscuits! 


Making Rocky Road

Today we made some yummy rocky road using biscuits a bag and a rolling pin, melted chocolate and marshmallows. 


Flapjack Making

We made some tasty flapjack this morning then ate it for snack - delicious!


Mixing Spices

We had a lovely time mixing spices together today - lots of very interesting smells!


Exploring Diversity

These past few weeks we have been talking to the children about how some people are different to us. 🙍🏾🙍‍♀️


Hygge Friday (2)

Another lovely Hygge Friday...we had a lovely morning out in the woods and nature area. We made some self & family portraits of dough and items we could find. We also collected interesting treasures in egg boxes in the woods and then told each othe


Bear Hunt

Those cheeky bears hid in the spaghetti this morning! Luckily the children rescued them with the tweezers. 🐻


Ice Play

We have been playing with ice today.....brrrr....chilly


Snow Day

We had a lovely snow day today; a snowball fight, snow angels (adult & children!), playing with food colouring and pipettes in the snow, and making snowman biscuits! 


Hygge Friday

We have had a lovely Hygge Friday today; fed the birds, had warm milk with honey for snack, played with cinnamon play-dough, watched the Winterwatch Live webcams, done some snowy cosmic kids yoga, and listened to some calming waterfall sounds. 


Healthy at Home Challenges

Today we lauched our healthy at home challenges. Children send in their photos of them going for walks or cooking at home and we share at Pre-School and display on our board. 


Dinosaur Eggs

Today the children found 3 Dinosaur eggs in the garden. 2 had already hatched, but together we made a nest so that hopefully the third will hatch. 


Our Autumn Collection

We have been asking children to collect signs of Autumn on their walks and bring them to Pre-School to add to our table. Here is what we have so far... 


Fundraising Update

We have just have confirmation that our Crisp Packet total for the last two months (july and August) has raised us over £30, and we have all these to go for September too!! 


1st Day Back...

Today was our first day back and here are some of the displays that we created for the children today. 


Other changes...

We have also been doing a few other changes too that we wanted to share with you... 


Book Corner

Today Abi has been adapting our book corner to make it feel more cosy. 


Hygge at Pippins

We have started a new accreditation - Hygge in the Early Years, this means we are making adaptions to our setting to make the environment more homely and natural. Here are some snaps of our adaptions... 


February Holiday Club

February Half Term Holiday Club starts.... 


First Teddy Football Session

For the last year and a half the children have been having monthly Teddy Tennis sessions. This month instead of Teddy Tennis we decided to introduce Teddy Football session, which the children are loving! 


Visit to Barton Library

The children have been enjoying a visit to the library on Thursday's Morning

Listening to the story of Elmer and making their own Elmers too! 


Forest School - Putting up our Bird Feeders

Today the children helped to feed the birds at Forest School! 


Teddy Tennis Session

The children enjoyed a Teddy Tennis Session in the drizzle!


Farm Visit

We have had 2 visits to the farm in the last week, the children got to sit on a tractor, meet the guinea pigs, goat (called Beril) rabbits and chickens plus the children got to enjoy a piece of cake and drink. 


Forest School - Autumn Themed

Today the children looked at our new bird and bug houses and then explored the colour of the leaves! 

They then had a go at making their own trees using twigs and playdough. 


Harvest Festival

Today the children walked beautifully to the Chapel for Harvest Festival!

They sung the Harvest Samba to the parents, made their leeks and then donated items towards the Harvest display! 


Granny Smiths - Welcome Back Banquet

The children helped to make their lunch yesterday! They made crumble for pudding and home made baked beans which were served with jacket potatoes and fish fingers. 


Forest School - Stick Man

The children enjoyed an afternoon in the woods making stick men! 


Teddy Tennis Session

Today the children had their first session of Tennis. All our children enjoyed showing off their skills!


Forest School - Making our new Bug Hotel

Today the children helped to make a bug Hotel in our new natural area. 


1st Apple Blossom Playgroup Session

Today's session was 'all things colourful' !!

The children played with duplo, colourful pom poms and got to do some cotton cool painting. 


For anyone wanting to join us we meet at Gravenhurst Methodist Chapel, 9.15-1


Communication Friendly Award

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Communication Friendly Award :) 


May Holiday Club

We had a fantastic week at Holiday Club! 

The children played rounders, built dens, did some facepainting, made a banana and chocolate chip lego man cake, made bread and kneaded the dough, took part in the ultimate Lego challenge, made cre


Healthy Heroes Bronze Award

Today we gave out our first Bronze awards of 2019 ... 

The 3 children who have achieved the award have done 10 healthy activities at home or in pre-school for example helping to make a meal, doing a sport or some exercise, brushing their t


Day 10 - Healthy Me Fortnight - Gymnastics

Today we had a lady come to do Gymnastics with the childre. 


Lamb Visit

Today the children were very lucky to have a visit from 2 lambs. 


Day 9 - Healthy Me Fortnight - Yoga

Today the children have been doing our Mindful Monster Yoga cards from the charity Scope. 


Day 8 - Healthy Me Fortnight - Dance Class

Today the children had a dance class with Laura from 'The Studio'


Day 7 - Healthy Me Fortnight - Sleep Day

Today the children came dressed in their PJ's/ onesies we talked about the importance of sleep and had a story all about sleeping. 


Day 6 - Healthy Me Fortnight - Trip to Park

The children enjoyed a lovely trip to the park playing football, tennis and going on the swings. 


Day 5 - Healthy Me Fortnight - Woodland Obstacle Course

Today the children have been climbing trees like a squrriel, going through a spider web, rolling like a hedgehog and moving like some other animals in their woodland Obstacle course. 


Day 4 - Healthy Me Fortnight - Planting

Today's task was to set the veg in our veg garden, the children enjoyed digging and planting with Kath and Abi. 


Day 3 - Healthy me fortnight - Opticians

Today we added another area of role play in the Pre-School (along with our fruit and Veg shop and Dentist area) to help teach the children about why we go to the Opticians. 


Day 2 - Healthy Me Fortnight - Teddy Tennis

Today the children had a Teddy Tennis session and learnt about controlling the ball along the floor.


Day 1 - Healthy Me Fortnight - Olivers Vegetables

Today the chlildren have been looking at the book 'Olivers Vegetables' whilst enjoying the new fruit and veg shop and Dentist role play areas. They have also been digging up and washing Vegetables! 


Healthy me Fortnight

Next week is the start of our Healthy me fortnight.. we will have a fruit shop set up and a dentist role play. We will also be having a dance, tennis and gymnastic session throughout the fortnight too. 


February Holiday Club

This half term the children have... 

Monday - Nature day - the children had a trip to the local park and went on a nature hunt

Tuesday the children enjoyed book day bringing in their book and telling everyone about their books, the


Website Photos

We have changed our Website photos - take a look and see all the fun our children get up to!


Forest School

The children have had some lovely Forest School Sessions over the last few months, collecting objects in the woods and helping to find the missing fairies. 


Eric the Elf

Eric the Elf arrived in Pre-School on Friday. So far the children have helped to decorate the tree, been on a chocolate hunt and helped to make snow in the garden. 


Christingle at the Chapel

Today the chidren went down to the chapel to do Christingle activities. 


Forest School

Todays Forest School took place with Gravenhurst Academy Reception class. 

The children collected sticks to make there own hedgheogs. 


Bike and Scooter Week

During the last week the children have been joining Gravenhurst Academy Reception class for a race around the playground  to earn their driving liscense. 



We are pleased to announce that Abi has completed her Level 3 Early Years Qualifiication! 

Well done Abi! 


Children in Need

Today the children did a Hey Duggee Dance off, Stick Stick Hunt, Deocrated Cakes to sell and a drawing challenge all to raise money for children in Need. 


Hedgehog Visit

Today we had a visit from Thomas the Hedgehog. 


Teddy Tennis

Today's Teddy Tennis session. 


Trips to Lordship Farm

This month the children have been going to Lorship farm to see the animals and to buy some fruit for our snack. 


Granny Smiths Jewish New Year

The children helped to make their food for lunch today, which meant they cored apples, made cake and meatballs. 


Trip to Wimpole Farm

Today the children went to Wimpole Farm on the coach, they all had a lovely time seeing the animals and behavioured beautifully.


Sports Day

Today was our Sports Day, we had a range of field sports including Javelin, shot put, long Jump and ball sorting, followed by the running race. 

Our children competed in their Keyworkers groups and the Winners of the day was the Giraffes.&


Returning to Pre-School

We hope you have all had a wonderful summer!

We open again on Tuesday 4th September :) 


Happy School Bag Collection

Today we had our Happy School Bag collection. 

We raised just under £220 which will shall be putting towards more Teddy Tennis Sessions. :) 


Holiday Club

We have had a fantastic week at Holiday Club.


If you would like to book your child in for Holiday Club for summer please contact Alice



Messy Play - Stickman Themed

Today we did a Messy play session based on Stick man, the children made stickmen using playdough and sticks, they made snow, they played in the hair gel and they searched the garden for the stick man characters. 


Outdoor Adventure Month

This month we have been out and about of the setting to the woods and to the Park. 


Teddy Tennis

Today we had a company called 'Teddy Tennis' come and do some Tennis sessions with the children. 

The children loved it and we are planning to put this as a regular activity through 2018-2019. 




Fathers Day Rock Festival

For Fathers Day we hosted a Festival! 

The children and dads made their own burgers, decorated their own cakes and then the children performed their concert to their dads which they had been practising for over a month. 



Today we had a visit from 3 lambs....


Mothers Day Lunch

Today the mums and grandmas were invited to lunch with the children. They made sandwiches and decorated cakes before playing some games and then sitting to eat their lunch. 


Building our Bug Hotel

Today the children collected things from the woods to go in our Bug Hotel. 


Fire Safety Day

Today the children had the fire pit out and toasted their own marshmallows and made smores. We talked to the children all about how to keep safe around fire. We also did some fire pictures and played fire safety bingo.


World Book Day

The children celebration World Book day by dressing up as characters from Room on the Broom. They then made broomsticks, made there own edible wands and toadstools and also helped to make a potion. 


St Davids Day

Today the children learnt all about St David's Day, we had a dragon visit us over night and lay some eggs for us to look after, we had the story of George and the dragon and we made welsh cakes. 


Granny Smiths Chinese New Year

This children helped to make Sweet and Sour Chicken and Pineapple and Ice Cream for our Chinese New Year Feast. 


Chinese New Year Celebrations

Today we learnt how to move to Chinese music and did some dragon dancing. We also had noodles for Snack. 


Holiday Club

We had great fun at our holiday club :) 


Forest School - Sensory Walk

The children spent the morning in the snow and frost exploring the woods. 


Mad Science Day

The children spent time today exploring different states, looking at what things float or sink, making pictures out of printing duplo bricks, measuring how tall i am and watching an exploding bottle. 


Road Safety Day

Today the children were learning all about road saftety, looking at different road signs, washing our cars and having a go at crossing the road safely


Granny Smiths Burns Night

The children enjoyed making mince, tatties and Vegetables for our Burns Night Granny Smiths.


Tickle Fingers Cooking Session

This morning we had a visit from Annabelle from Tickle Fingers. She came in to make Vegetable samous recipe from her book. The children cut up the vegetables, brushed the pastry and then filled up their pastry before having a go and folding it up. All


Nurse Visit

Emma (the nurse) came to visit us today the children got to use some bandages, she how oxygen masks work and learned about different things that might happen at the doctors. 


Forest School - Making Boats

The children had a great time in the woods find sticks to make their boats and jumping in the leaves. 


Granny Smiths

Xmas special of Granny smiths was enjoyed by all. Plenty of Chicken, pigs in blanket and beautifully prepared veg by the children. 



Xmas Party

Thank you to everyone who attended our xmas party!

The children had a great time performing their play for you, joining in with the A for Active games and tucking in to Jacket Potato at lunch time. 


Xmas Party with GA

We enjoyed a lovely party with the reception class at Gravenhurst Academy, we played games, made reindeer food and had a lovely story!


Festive Fun

This morning the children helped to decorate the Xmas tree, we also started our own advent calender where instead of opening a present we give a present. We put all the food presents in a basket and at the end of term we will donate. 



This morning the children went on a trip to the chapel to learn about christingle. 

They heard the story about Christingle, made their christingle, ate snack and then made X-mas cards and Snowman. 

Each child got a p


Remembrance Day

This week the children have been making poppies to make our very own poppy wreath. This morning we walked up to the war memorial and had our minute silence. 



Take a look at our Halloween Fun!


Holiday Club October 2017

Follow the link to see some of our Holiday Club fun!!


MacMillan Cancer Coffee Morning

We recently raised over £240 at our Coffee Morning, Thank you to everyone who supported or who baked a cake. The children at after school club and at Pre-School enjoyed making a cake for the cause too. 


Harvest Festival

On Tuesday the children went down to the Chapel to learn about Harvest Festival. Whilst there they talked about different vegetables, listened to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and made their own corn on the cob and scarecrows pictures.


Forest School Session

This morning the children have been to the woods and made musical instruments out of sticks and threaded buttons. 


Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers

We collected over 5,800 vouchers this year! 

(last year we collected 2,400) 

Thank you for all your support! 


Holiday Club May 2017

May Half Term Holiday Club 

Please check our the gallery for some pictures of this years 'magical' themed May Half Term Holiday Club. 


After School Club Making Cheesecake

The after school club children last night used up some items from the fridge to make a cheesecake. 

After smashing up some biscuits in bag and coated it in cream cheese, the child grated some chocolate to sprinkle on top. 


Visit from some Lambs

Today we had a visit from some lambs!! 


Firework Pictures

The children have been making firework pictures this morning.....


Guy Making

The children and Big Helen made a guy for Guy fawkes night...


October Holiday Club

During Half Term, we ran our half term Holiday Club. 

Throughout the week the children participated in some spooky activities

Take a look in the gallery and see .....


Holiday Club

This years holiday club was the busiest it has ever been, look in the gallery for some photos. 


End of Term Trip

25 children enjoyed a trip to Herrings Green Farm and Birds of Prey Centre in Wilstead for our first setting outing. 

The children got to see the farm animals, hold the Birds of Prey and had a Creepy Critter Show too. 



Today's Potato Picking

This afternoon the children hae been busy digging and picking potatoes from the buckets which they helped set back in April. 


Forest School Session

Forest School Session today - making clay faces on the trees in the woods. 


Forest School Stay and Play Session

Today was our Forest School stay and play session and we were joined by mummies, daddies and grandmas in the woods. 

The children collected leaves, sticks and rocks and made their own stories out of them. 


Making Cards for Fathers Day

This week the children have been busy making Fathers Day cards for their Dads and Grandads. 



Minibeast Hunt

Today the children went for a Minibeast Hunt with Nicky from the RSPB. 

They found woodlouse, spiders, slugs and snails and lots more minibeasts. 


Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers

Thank you to all those who have given in Vocuhers, We now have 1698! 


Test Post

The quick brown 


Fun in the Sun

This morning the children have enjoyed chalking dinosaurs on the concrete. Meet Dinosaury and Allis. 


Pre-School Photos

We will be having our School Photos on Thursday 5th May. 


Lots of activities today!

The children have enjoyed a busy day today, plus the planting of one of our veggie beds. The children all enjoyed planting beetroot and lettuce.


Road Safety Week

This week the children have been learning how to cross the road and pretending to be Lollipop person.


Pirates & Princesses!

Some children came into Pre-School today dressed as pirates and princesses, they spent the day walking the plank and searching for treasure.


An Afternoon of Cooking!

The children helped Alice make a 5 cup fruit loaf and some shortbread.



Monday 8th February is Chinese New Year. The children will be going to the woods to learn more about the history of this event.Chinese DragonThey will spend the rest of the day learning about Chinese culture.