STOP PRESS Book your visit this week to grab a pre-school place from September. Places for 2 and 3 year olds available.

Want the flexibility of any term-time session and/or full days (7.30am to 5.30pm flexible, particularly suits parents working in education) at our excellent, independent, happy pre-school with a proven 38-year track record of school readiness while maintaining a family feel? Places available for funded and unfunded 2 to 4 year olds. Ofsted says “Animated teaching inspires children. Curriculum is ambitious and well planned.” Fees from £5.90 per hour (£4.72 with tax-free childcare). If you need to change your booking – just ask, and we’ll accommodate your request if we can. Children can start at any time. 

We are available for enquiries during the holidays and out of pre-school hours (07944 208909 or You can also complete our Expression of Interest form here and we will get in contact once a place becomes available.

Welcome to Willaston Pre-school, a very experienced pre-school serving the local families of Weston, Shavington, Hough, Wistaston, Crewe and Nantwich, and not affiliated to any religion or primary school. We can be very flexible to meet your family’s needs.  We are nestled next to the park in Willaston, offering large spacious play areas both indoors and outdoors, including a wildlife garden.

Current feedback from parents

Don’t just take our word for it – here are just a few comments (of many) about what we do well from our latest parent survey:

“Provision is excellently managed and provides exactly what preschool children need; excellent care and attention from the staff, social interaction, free play and lots of time outside exploring.”

“The staff at the pre-school are an asset to it and are what makes the pre-school my preferred choice out of the numerous childcare providers in the village.”

“Thanks to all for helping him to settle so well, he adores preschool. I’m really happy with the preschool and it’s so nice to send him knowing he loves it!”

“…. being outside brings more opportunities to explore the natural world and extend their learning..”

“He loves being outside playing… He also loves the trips to the park.” 

For other great parent reviews, see and

Frequently asked questions

Ofsted rating November 2019: Good in all areas

Next start date available: September 2024

Age of children: From 2nd birthday to 5 years old (we are fully equipped for changing nappies and will support your child with all stages of toilet training). Our inspirational teaching will ensure your child is ready for primary school.  Your child can start at any time to suit you e.g. mid-term, subject to availability.

Location: St Johns Church Hall (with onsite parking) next to the level crossing on Wybunbury Rd opposite Eastern Rd, CW5 7JF, convenient for Weston, Wistaston, Shavington, Haslington, Hough, Wybunbury, Crewe, Nantwich, Aston, and other localities.

Available opening hours: 7.30am to 5.30pm (with individual staggered start and end times to suit you) Monday to Friday term time.

Free hours: Can be used for any day to cover attendance up to 10 hours per day. All children over 9 months with working parents qualify for 15 free hours of sessions per week from September 2024.  All 3 year olds qualify for at least 15 free hours with those of working parents qualifying for 30 hours per week.

Fees (where applicable) from Sept 2024: £17.70 per session (£5.90 per hour), with tax-free childcare equivalent of £4.72 per hour.

Additional 45p snack fee per session applies to all except funded 2 year olds. Nutritious hot 2 course lunches £3 per day.

Advantages: Great stepping stone between home and school, with highly qualified, kind and experienced staff, who all have their own children (and in some cases grandchildren).  When the first day at big school arrives, your child will be ready to learn, socially mature and independent, whether eventually attending local schools such as Weston, Shavington, Wistaston Church Lane, Highfields, Peartree, Broad Lane, Millfields, The Dingle, or St Annes. As we are not affiliated to any particular school, you won’t be putting all your eggs in one basket when it comes to the school allocated to you by Cheshire East.

Level of bookings: Completely up to you – from 1 session per week up to 10 sessions.

Number in the team: 11

Maximum number of children covered by normal ratios in any session: 24

Maximum staff ratios: Overall maximum of 6 children per team member at any time (for 2 year olds this is reduced to 4 children). 

Food safety award: Top grade (5) – December 2022Food Hygiene Rating Scheme | Food Standards Agency

We hope our website manages to answer most of your questions, and if you are interested in a place, please email or phone/text 07944 208909.

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