Welcome to Little Pips Nursery, Cheltenham

Providing your child with the best possible start in life!

Our Nurseries

Little Pips Nursery in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire has been providing childcare in Cheltenham for over 20 years.

Our nursery has grown and developed and now offers full time day care to 42 children a day aged 0-5 years.

Our dedicated team of nursery staff is led by Linda Norman (NNEB) and Claire Burgess (BA Hons with Qualified Teacher Status) with the support of Senior Manager Jenni Collins (BA degree in early childhood studies) and manager Olivia Galpin (Level 3 Diploma).

Our commitment to high standards of childcare and exciting and engaging learning environments and activities ensures Little Pips Nursery in Cheltenham brings the best out in all of our little pips!

We are open all year Monday to Friday 8:00am-6:00pm, except for bank holidays and Christmas Eve.

Meet Our Team

Linda Norman

Chief Executive Officer

Linda, a mother of four, has worked in Education for over 30 years. With four children of her own Linda trained as a NNEB in the 1990s, working in specialist schools and childcare settings.

In 2006 the Little Pips journey began, originally through the acquisition of the Chippenham setting and adding the Cheltenham setting 9 years later in 2015.

Claire Burgess

Managing Director

Claire, a mother of three, qualified as a teacher in 1995 working in a middle school as well as primary schools and finally as an assistant head teacher for 5 years. 

Claire joined Linda to develop the business in 2010 and together they have created the two full, thriving day care settings that make the Little Pips Family.

Jenni Collins

Executive Manager

With over 25 years in the business, Jenni has been instrumental in the development of the Little Pips Nurseries. Working closely with Claire and Linda, Jenni now works across both settings supporting the senior management teams in helping to maintain high standards. Jenni’s own experience as a mother of two as well as her extensive experience in settings enables her to use her expertise to support our strong staff team in providing the highest possible level of childcare.

Olivia Galpin

Cheltenham Manager

Olivia has worked for Little Pips for over 7 years and joined us with a strong childcare background including raising her own three children. She leads our fantastic Cheltenham team with the support of her Deputy Manager, Victoria and Executive Manager Jenni as well as Claire who all work closely together on a daily basis

In addition to this Olivia also oversees and supports our apprentices in her role as Apprentice Manager, helping them to become outstanding practitioners and continuing to build and develop our fantastic team.

Victoria Hughes

Cheltenham Deputy Manager

Working with Little Pips Nursery for many years, Victoria has led every room enabling her to gain a good insight into the leadership of all age groups. As well as supporting Cheltenham in her Deputy Manager role, Victoria is also our Preschool Room Leader as well as working closely with our families and multiple agencies in her role as SENDCo, ensuring our children receive the best possible care and support.

These roles enable Victoria to oversee every aspect of the nursery with the support of the Manager Olivia.

Our Rooms

Little Pips in Cheltenham is divided into three main learning areas.

Little Pips in Cheltenham is divided into three main learning areas. These are the dedicated Baby Unit (Baby Bunnies), Toddler Room (Happy Hedgehogs) and Preschool Room (Wise Owls). All of our rooms have free flow access to our exciting outdoor learning environment where the fun continues!

Our Gardens

Our gardens at Little Pips in Cheltenham is a hive of activity with different zones for the children to learn and explore in.

It is an extension of the indoor learning environments enabling the children to explore independently as well as take part in more structured activities. Our mud garden (which is incredibly popular!) encourages the children to role play as well as developing their mathematical and scientific knowledge about textures and mixing.

Occasionally they can also find out about living things here too with the help of a wiggly worm or two! We also offer a music area with a range of fun, homemade instruments to play with, a story area with circle of logs, an obstacle course complete with a ‘Wow’ box full of material, nets, bits of wood and carpet tiles for the children to create their own dens, and a huge sand pit for the children to play in. We also offer water play, drawing, painting and much more.

A wooden playhouse, equipped with lots of resources fosters a love of role play and as well as all of this we are very proud of our growing area where the children grow plants, herbs and vegetables from seeds. They help to nurture these and eventually eat the fresh produce!

At Little Pips Nurseries we strongly believe in the importance of fresh air and an understanding of nature for children’s learning and development. Our wonderful garden enables us to ensure that our children have access to the best possible learning environments both inside and outside.

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