Please note that due to restrictions in place to combat the spread of coronavirus, there are currently some differences in our routine for Drop off & Collection. Please follow the procedures listed in this box until government guidance instructs us that it is safe to return to our normal drop off & collection routine.
If the gates are open and there is enough space to maintain social distancing, parents may wait in the front playground. Please remain two metres back from the ramp at the front of the building. Only Pippins staff members and children attending Pippins should set foot beyond this point. We regret that parents and carers cannot currently enter the building for drop off and collection. Families will say goodbye/greet their children in the front playground. A Pippins staff member will be available to escort your child along the ramp and in and out of the building. Staff members inside Pippins will be on hand to help children settle in, and to collect their things at the end of the day.
If the gates are closed, or the front playground is full, families should queue on the grass outside the gate, following our current queuing procedures. A diagram of these procedures is posted on the front gate, and available to view here. Queuing parents (and children) must wait on the grass at two metre intervals; parents who are leaving should walk along the path.
Drop off times
For morning drop off, please do not arrive at Pippins before 8.50am. For afternoon drop off, please arrive at 12pm.
For midday collection, please arrive at Pippins by 11.55am. For afternoon collection, please arrive at Pippins between 2.50pm and 3pm.
If you have concerns about how your child may respond to this new routine at drop off time, please read our Transition & Settling In page for more information, or get in touch to discuss your concerns.
If you are dropping your child off in the morning, please wait in the front play area until a staff member comes out to ring the bell and announce the start of the day. If you are dropping off at noon, please wait outside the gate until a staff member comes to unlock it.
When you and your child enter the building, help your child to hang up their coat on their peg, put their lunch bag on the trolley, and their water bottle in the tray. Then say goodbye as your child goes into the Green Room.
Your child will then find their nametag on the table and post it onto the register board before taking a seat on the mats for circle time. This all helps your child to build independence. If your child is coming for a morning session, they can bring any fruit for snack time into the Green Room with them and put it in the basket.
Obviously things are different if your child is new, or needs your help settling. If that is the case, please feel free to come in to the Green Room and sit down with your child if that’s what they need! It is not uncommon for children to be unhappy when they first start at a new setting. Our staff are experienced in helping children to settle, and will phone you if your child doesn’t settle once you have left after an appropriate period of time.
We understand that not everyone can make it here for 9am (or noon for the afternoon session). Late arrivals aren’t a problem; please bring your child to the gate, ring the bell, and a member of staff will help your child into the building and get them settled. This limits disruption to the other children in the session.
We aim to have the outside gate locked by 9.15am (or 12.10pm for the afternoon session). This means that we can get all the bikes and toys out, ready for the children to go outside to play.
If you need to collect your child early, let staff know in advance with a Sharing Information Form. This can be found here. Alternatively, paper copies are available when you drop your child off at Pippins. Ring the bell when you arrive – staff will get your child ready and bring them out to you.
When it’s time to collect your child, please wait at the front gate for a member of staff to open the gate. You then walk through to the main playroom, where a staff member will call your child’s name and they will then be marked out of the register. This signals the end of Pippins’ responsibility of your child.
Please don’t forget to collect your child’s water bottle and other belongings, and check your child’s drawer for any notices or artwork!
Pippins Preschool is responsible for your child from the moment they enter the Green Room until we hand them over to you upon collection in the main playroom. We are not responsible for any accidents or incidents that take place on preschool grounds while your child is in your care.
The road outside of Pippins is quite small, with limited parking. We ask all our families, whenever possible, to come to Pippins by foot, cycle or scooter. A small cycle rack is provided outside our gate if you wish to leave your child’s bike or scooter when you drop them off. Please note that this cycle rack is not fixed to the ground and will be removed each evening. Items are left at your own risk and Pippins accepts no responsibility for lost or damaged items. If you wish to seek more secure cycle parking, permanent cycle racks are available around the corner from Pippins on the Lynton Way Recreation Grounds.