hours and prices

Pippins is open five days a week from 8:00am - 6:00pm for 47 weeks each year.

Prices from September 2020 to August 2021

for one session per week, as follows:

8:00am - 6:00pm Baby Pippins (0-2 yrs) £253.00/month

8:00am - 6:00pm Pippins & Forest School day session (2-5 yrs)                                                               £253.00/month

8.30 am - 12.30 pm Morning Session (2-3 yrs) £122.80/month

1.30 pm - 5.30 pm Afternoon Session (2-3 yrs) £122.80/month

12.30-1.30 pm Lunch (if added to AM/PM session)                                                                                    £49.83/month

Tues pm - Pippins swimming lessons (currently suspended due to Covid-19)

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Opening and closing dates 2020/2021

Pippins is open for 47 weeks each year, closing for the following holidays:-

Summer - 17 - 31 August 2020

Bank Holiday - 31 August (included in summer break)

Christmas - 24 December 2020 - 1 January 2021 inclusive

Easter – 2 - 9 April 2021 inclusive (includes bank holidays) 

Bank Holidays – Monday 3 & Monday 31 May 2021

Summer – week commencing 16 August - 30 August 2021 inclusive

Bank Holiday – 30 August 2021 (included in summer break)

Free Early Education Entitlement and

Extended Entitlement for Working Parents

Pippins is an approved provider for the delivery of the Free Early Education Entitlement on behalf of Essex County Council. Government funded places for two, three and four year olds are provided free of charge for up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. At Pippins, these hours are stretched over the year to keep fees consistent each month. Two year old funding is subject to eligibility. The Extended Entitlement for Working Parents is also available at Pippins. Working parents meeting the eligibility criteria are entitled to up to an additional 15 hours of free childcare per week, for 38 weeks which is also stretched over the year. Parents wishing to claim the extended entitlement will need to provide Pippins with an eligibility code and National Insurance number.

Children who are eligible for the Universal Free Early Educational Entitlement for 3-4 year olds and Extended Entitlement for Working Parents pay only for additional hours and services as follows:


One full day per week: £116.20/month

All other days/sessions attended outside of the free hours will be charged as per our usual pricing policy.

Please feel free to discuss the free entitlement with the manager of the setting. Further advice can be found by calling the Family Information Service on 0845 6080033.


Please download our Enrolment Form. 


Please click the following links for further information on:


Educational Entitlement

Tax credits

Childcare grant


Tax and NI savings

Pippins Nursery  White's Farm   Bures Road   White Colne   Colchester  Essex CO6 2QF

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