Outstanding small friendly pre-school. Free hours can be used for any day AM and/or PM. Places available for funded 2 year olds and 30-hour funding. From September, unfunded sessions from £13.20, and full day (8.30am to 3pm) costs £29.00. First session always free.

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 between the park and train line 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).

Our greatest asset is our wonderful long-serving team led by Ann Darlington (who is a degree-qualified Early Years Practitioner). The pre-school is managed by a dedicated band of parents (including 2 teachers) and volunteers, who give their time because we believe in offering all children the best start in their education journey, whatever their circumstances.

Quick guide to Willaston Pre-school

Ofsted rating: Outstanding in all areas

Next sessions available for: April 2018 – bookings for any start date in 2018/19 now being taken

Age of children: 2 years+ (we are fully equipped for changing nappies)

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 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 start of the term following 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 up until July 2018): From £12.50 per session (if taking up at least two sessions per week) or £13.95 for a single session, with additional 15p snack fee. Full day costs £27.80 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, Shavington Primary, Broad Lane 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

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.

Current feedback from parents

It is always lovely to receive positive feedback, and here are some comments about what we do well from our latest parent survey (in which 100% said they would be likely to recommend us):

“As soon as we looked round I knew it was perfect for my little girl…. There is lots of space so the children are not on top of each other, there is a big outside space and they are outside every day. Every day there are different activities set up, sensory play, painting, play doh and so many different activities. I love that there is a big focus on preparation for school, not just the academic side but the soft skills and independence e.g. at lunchtime. The staff are fantastic and so caring and passionate about the children and they are consistent which means they really get to know the children. My little girl settled in so well and has gone from crying hysterically at her nursey drop off to running in to pre-school and having to catch her to say bye. She gets so excited for Pre-School days and I thank my lucky stars I found this perfect place.”

“I feel that every aspect of the pre-school is fantastic… the children learn new things through games/songs/playing etc….in a way that is suitable for their individual needs.”

“The pre-school has such a family atmosphere.”

“Every child has a key person to turn to and … they let you know anything you need to know about your child (this is a huge comfort to me).”

“I feel that all areas are done to a very high standard – the learning through play to the key worker time. I think all the staff are very professional at all times but also very friendly and caring towards the children….All in all a fantastic pre-school.”

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