STOP PRESS Want the flexibility of 3 hour sessions and/or full days at a fully independent, great pre-school with a high staff ratio? Help your child to prepare for reception in the best way in our nurturing, relaxed environment (established for 35 years) led by our inspirational early years teacher next to the park in Willaston. Free hours can be used for any day AM and/or PM session. Unfunded sessions from £13.50, and full day (8.30am to 3pm) costs just £29.95. First session always free. We are available for enquiries out of pre-school hours and during the holidays (07944 208909). To avoid disappointment, please contact us well before your child’s intended start date as we are very popular. September 2020 to 2021 bookings now open.

Welcome to Willaston Pre-school, a very experienced 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.

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 2019 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 (previously judged Outstanding in 2015)

Next sessions available for: Any start date in 2019/20 or 2020/21

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, Wybunbury, Crewe, Nantwich, Aston, Hough and other localities.

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)

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 2019: From £13.50 per session (if taking up at least two sessions per week, or £11.50 for concessions) or £15.50 for a single session, with additional 25p snack fee. Full day costs £29.95 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  Wistaston Church Lane, Willaston Primary Academy, Highfields, Shavington Primary, Broad Lane, Vine Tree, Pear Tree, St Annes or other schools. As we are not on a school site, you won’t be putting all your eggs in one basket when it comes to school allocation.

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: 13, all qualified in paediatric first aid and safeguarding.

Maximum number of children per session: 8 two year olds (usually there are no more than 4), and 16 children aged 3 years+ (usually there are around 10 to 12)

Maximum staff ratios: Two year olds  – one team member to 3 children: Three+ year olds – one team member to to 6 children.

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 willastonpreschool@gmail.com or phone/text 07944 208909.

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