NOW TAKING SEPTEMBER 2021 BOOKINGS – free registration. Want the flexibility of any 3-hour session and/or full days at an excellent fully independent, small pre-school for 2 years+ with a proven track record of over 35 years? Want to keep your options open as to which school your child eventually attends? Free hours can be used for any day, AM and/or PM session. Unfunded sessions from £14.10, and full day costs just £31.50.

We are available for enquiries out of pre-school hours and during the holidays (07944 208909 or

Welcome to Willaston Pre-school, a very experienced pre-school serving the local familes of Willaston, Weston, Shavington, Hough, Wistaston, Crewe and Nantwich, and not affiliated to any religion or primary school (which is an advantage as noone can guarantee which school your child will be allocated by Cheshire East). We can be flexible to meet your needs so free funded hours can be used for any session, and the 30 hour code can cover a full day’s attendance. 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.

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 which 100% said we were excellent and 100% said they would be extremely likely to recommend us):

“We feel that you have struck the perfect balance between learning and playing. It’s a lovely friendly atmosphere and we appreciate how approachable all the members of staff are.”

“brilliant connection with kids.”

“Particularly like the phonics, writing and number exercises you do with the children.”

“Extremely friendly staff with welcoming attitudes.”

Quick guide to Willaston Pre-school

Ofsted rating November 2019: Good in all areas

Next sessions available for: April 2021 (earlier subject to availability). Bookings for September 2021 available.

Age of children: 2 years+ (we are fully equipped for changing nappies and will support your child in all stages of toilet training)

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

Opening hours: 8.00am to 3.20pm (with staggered start and end times available) 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. Childminders are able to drop off and pick up from pre-school (for details of local childminders, see Admissions page)

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. Funding can be split between us and another nursery/childminder. Certain 2 year olds also qualify for up 15 free hours per week.

Fees per session (where applicable) from Sept 2020: From £14.10 per session (if taking up at least two sessions per week) or £16.75 for a single session, with additional 35p snack fee applying to all sessions except for funded 2 year olds. Full day costs £31.50 including lunch club fee.

Advantages: Great preparation for all schools, with highly qualified, kind and experienced staff, who all have their own children (and now 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 Wistaston Church Lane,  Weston, Highfields, Willaston Primary Academy, Peartree, Broad Lane, 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 (they generally choose one of the three schools you put down – not always your first choice, although older siblings will always guarantee your chosen school).

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, while using another provider for their work-related childcare.

Number of staff: 12, all qualified in paediatric first aid and safeguarding. Other professional training is undertaken throughout the year by all qualified staff.

Typical number of children per session: 4 two year olds, and 12 children aged 3 years+.

Maximum number of children – 24 in the morning, 18 in the afternoon.

Maximum staff ratios: Two year olds  – one team member to 4 children (usually less): Three+ year olds – one team member to 8 children. Overall no no more than 6 children per staff member at any time. We also have a dedicated person who carries out cleaning throughout the day.

Food safety award: Top grade (5) – January 2020

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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