Welcome to Little Pips Nursery, Chippenham

Providing your child with the best possible start in life!

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Little Pips Nursery in Chippenham, Wiltshire has been providing childcare in Chippenham for over 30 years.

Our nursery has developed from a term time only pre-school into a thriving full time day care nursery catering for children aged 0-5 years of age.

Our dedicated team of nursery staff is led by our manager Jenni Collins (BA degree in early childhood studies) and is overseen by and Linda Norman (NNEB) and Claire Burgess (BA hons with Qualified Teacher Status).

Little Pips Nursery in Chippenham offers a caring, family-friendly environment which enables children to develop and thrive in a safe and secure atmosphere.

Our commitment to the provision of high standards of childcare in Chippenham and exciting and engaging learning environments and activities ensures we can bring the best out of all of our little pips!

We are open all year Monday to Friday 7:30am-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.

Charlotte Gainey

Chippenham Manager

Beginning her career at Little Pips Nursery as an apprentice over 13 years ago, Charlotte has steadily worked her way into senior management, working as Room Leader in every room and gaining a wealth of knowledge and understanding for every age group.

In addition to being Manager, Charlotte also supports our children and staff in her role as SENDCo, working alongside our families and multiple agencies to ensure our children receive the best possible care.

Abigail Evans

Chippenham Deputy Manager

Training at Little Pips Nursery as an apprentice, Abigail has gathered a strong understanding of high standards and leadership. Abigail leads the toddler room with the support of her Deputy Room Leader, enabling her to ensure high quality care is implemented as part of daily practice.

As well as supporting Charlotte with the leadership of the nursery, Abigail also oversees the support and guidance of our apprentices in her role as Apprentice Manager.

Our Rooms

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

These are the dedicated Baby Unit (Baby Bunnies), our Toddler Room (Happy Hedgehogs) and our thriving Preschool Room (Wise Owls). Each room has free flow access to a bright and inviting outdoor learning environment. Please click on any of the links to find out more…..

Our Gardens

Our gardens at Little Pips in Chippenham are 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 gardens (which are incredibly popular!) encourage the children to role play as well as developing their 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 music areas with a range of fun, homemade instruments to play with, a story area with a big story chair in preschool, 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 in both toddlers and preschool. Every garden also has a sit in sand pit for the children to play in. We also offer water play, drawing, painting and much more.

As well as all of this we are very proud of our growing areas where the children grow herbs, plants 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 gardens enable us to ensure that our children have access to the best possible learning environments both inside and outside.

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