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STOP PRESS – If you would like your child to start any time in 2018, please get in touch now so you won’t be disappointed. Bookings are now open for September starters.

We happily welcome children from just 2 years old, and we are fully equipped for changing nappies! Children can start at any time i.e. mid-term. Any number of funded sessions accepted (subject to eligibility) plus the various employer voucher schemes and also the new Tax-Free Childcare account. For up-to-date information on all childcare support (including the 30 weekly funded hours) please go to

If you are interested in a place for your child, please contact Debbie, our voluntary administrator. Children on our waiting list are given priority when a space becomes available. Please note that our pre-school is near Crewe and not on The Wirral!

We now offer up to 30 hours of funded childcare per week for eligible children i.e. who are at least 3 years old with parents/carers who are usually both working (i.e. employed or self-employed) or on parental leave, each earning between roughly £6,000 and £100,000 per year – for more details see 30-hours-eligibility-one-page-guide. We are always very flexible regarding which sessions your child attends, and accept bookings from just 1 session per week (although we strongly recommend at least 2 sessions as this helps your child to settle).

All children over 3 years old (and some 2 year olds – see below) continue to be eligible for at least 15 weekly funded hours, no matter what their family’s circumstances.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 3pm

3 hour sessions from 8.30am to 11.30am, and then midday to 3pm

Lunch club is from 11.30am to midday (subject to availability)

Children must not be left early and should be collected on time.

The following childminders currently drop off and collect from pre-school:
Wendy Maguire – 01270 651272
Alison Weaver – 01270 483728, 07963 991587

Term dates

We follow the school term dates of Willaston Primary Academy

Break up Return
Summer 2017 Fri 21 July Tue 5 September
Autumn Half Term 2017 Fri 20 October Tue 31 October
Christmas 2017 Thur 21 December
Mon 8 January
Spring Half Term 2018 Fri 16 February Tue 27 February
Easter 2018 Thur 29 March Mon 16 April (May Day 4 May)
Summer Half Term 2018 Fri 25 May Tue 5 June
Summer 2018 Tue 24 July TBA

Free funding

Up to 30 hours per week of funded sessions are available from September 2017 for 3 and 4 year olds (usually from the start of the term following their 3rd birthday). 15 hours are available for certain 2 year olds depending on circumstances (contact Cheshire East for details by ringing 0300 123 5033). These funded sessions can be split with another nursery where applicable.

A copy of the ndedfree funding form for:



As a registered charity, we set our fees to cover our costs only (we spend 96% of our income on staffing and rent).

Children who do not qualify for free funding are charged £25 for two sessions per week or £13.95 for a single weekly session.

We are also introducing a small fee of 15p to cover the costs of snacks and other consumables used by the children, which will apply to all children except funded 2 year olds.

Lunch club (where children are carefully supervised while they eat a packed lunch) is £2.50 per day, with the following concessions:

  • funded 2 year olds – free
  • 30 hour place – £1
  • family of staff – £1
  • older previously funded 2 year old – £1

A standard full day costs £27.80.

Invoices are emailed out to parents/carers during the first week of each half-term, and must be paid by the due date.

Stikin labels

We recommend all of your child’s belongings are labelled (as otherwise it is difficult to match belongings to your child), and this product is excellent, plus they give the pre-school 30% commission (if you enter code 35315 into the order form). Please go to the following link to make an order – .


Bus subsidy

If you have to use the bus to bring your child to pre-school, please let Debbie know so she can arrange payment of a bus subsidy.

Withdrawing your child from pre-school

A month’s notice is required to withdraw your child from pre-school.


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