STOP PRESS – Starting school in 2019 or 2020 in Willaston or local area? Want the flexibility of 3-hour sessions and/or full days? Help your child to prepare in the best way at our outstanding, small, nurturing pre-school next to the park in Willaston. Free hours can be used for any day AM and/or PM session. Unfunded sessions from £13.20, and full day (8.30am to 3pm) costs just £29.00. First session always free. We are available for enquiries out of pre-school hours and during the holidays (07944 208909).
Welcome to Willaston Pre-school, an outstanding pre-school serving the local areas of Willaston, Shavington, Hough, Wistaston, Crewe and Nantwich, and not affiliated to any primary school or religion. We are flexible to meet your needs so free funded hours can be used for any session. The pre-school was established in 1985, and runs at St Johns Church Hall nestled next to the park in Willaston, offering large spacious play areas both indoors and outdoors, including a wildlife garden with mud kitchen. We were judged “Outstanding in all areas” by Ofsted in their latest report (for extracts see our Other information page, or click on the red tab above for the whole document).
Current feedback from parents
It is always lovely to receive positive feedback, and here are just a few comments (of many) about what we do well from our latest parent survey in May 2018 (in which 100% said we were excellent and 100% said they would be extremely likely to recommend us):
“My child adores pre-school. She talks about it when she’s not there and gets upset when she can’t go!… The staff are AMAZING – so caring and professional, and deliver so many fun and educational activities.”
“family feel for children, excellent communications. Everything is great – I have full confidence leaving my child with you.”
“My child’s behaviour has greatly improved with the daily structure you use.”
Quick guide to Willaston Pre-school
Ofsted rating: Outstanding in all areas
Next sessions available for: September 2018 – bookings for any start date in 2018/19 or even 2019/20 now being taken
Age of children: 2 years+ (we are fully equipped for changing nappies and will support your child in all stages of potty training)
Location: St Johns Church Hall next to the level crossing on Wybunbury Rd opposite Eastern Rd , CW5 7JF, convenient for Wistaston, Shavington, Wybunbury, Crewe, Nantwich, Aston, Hough and other local villages.
Free sessions: Can be used for any day AM and/or PM. All children over 3 years old qualify for 15 free hours of sessions per week (with working families qualifying for 30 hours per week), from the beginning of either the January, April or September which falls after their 3rd birthday, which can be split between us and another nursery/childminder – for details see our Admissions page. Certain 2 year olds qualify for up 15 free hours per week.
Fees per session (where applicable) from September 2018: From £13.00 per session (if taking up at least two sessions per week) or £14.50 for a single session, with additional 20p snack fee. Full day costs £29.00 including lunch club.
Advantages: Great preparation for school and active part of the local community. When the first day at big school arrives, your child will be ready to learn and independent. Many will already be friends with future class mates, whether eventually attending Willaston Primary Academy, Church Lane, Highfields, Shavington Primary, Broad Lane, Vine Tree, Pear Tree or St Annes. You will already be acquainted with other parents/carers which makes school less daunting for you too!
Opening hours: 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday, term time (for dates, see the Admissions page)
Time of sessions: 8.30am to 11.30am, and midday to 3pm, with lunch club 11.30am to midday. Full days available 8.30am to 3pm. Childminders are able to drop off and pick up from pre-school (for details of local childminders, see Admissions page)
Level of bookings: Completely up to you – from 1 session per week up to 10 sessions. Some parents like to book 1 or 2 sessions with us to help their child make friends with future school mates, while using another provider for their work-related childcare.
Number of staff: 11, all qualified in paediatric first aid (new manager to be trained shortly)
Maximum number of children per session: 6 two year olds (usually there are no more than 4), and 16 children aged 3 years+ (usually there are around 10 to 12)
Food safety award: Top grade (5)
We hope our website manages to answer most of your questions, but if you have any other queries, we are always delighted to hear from you.