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Unlike many other pre-schools and school nurseries, we happily welcome children from 2 years old, and we are fully equipped for changing nappies.  We have a dedicated domestic who cleans our premises throughout the day. 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 (if you already signed up to one before 4 Oct 2018) and also the Tax-Free Childcare account. For up-to-date information on all childcare cost support (including the 30 weekly funded hours) please go to https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

If you are interested in a place for your child, please contact 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 are always very flexible regarding which sessions your child attends (and funded hours can be used on any day), 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, 8.00am to 3.15pm (individual timings will be arranged convenient to you)

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 – we have 16 spaces)

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

Term dates

Break up Return
Summer 2020 Wed 22 July Wed 2 September
Autumn Half Term 2020 Fri 23 October Tue 3 November
Christmas 2020 Fri 18 December
Tue 5 January 2021
Spring Half Term 2021 Fri 12 February Mon 22 February
Easter break 2021 Thur 1 April Mon 19 April
Summer Half Term 2021

(May day 3 May)

Fri 28 May Wed 9 June
Summer 2021 Wed 21 July Tue 7 September

Free funding

Up to 30 hours per week of funded sessions are available for 3 and 4 year olds (which kicks in from the earliest of the 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following their 3rd birthday). Please see our 30 hours letter  for more details.

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 or a childminder where applicable.

Fees

As a registered charity, we set our fees to cover our costs only. From September 2020, children who do not qualify for free funding are charged £28.20 for two sessions per week or £16.75 for a single weekly session.

There is also a small fee of 35p to cover the costs of snacks and other consumables used by the children, which applies to all children except funded 2 year olds.

Lunch club (where children are carefully supervised while they eat a packed lunch) is £2.60 per day unless covered by funding, with the following concessions:

  • 5 days per week place – £1.30
  • family of staff – £1.30
  • limited lunch club subsidies for low income families available

A standard full day costs £31.50.

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 – https://www.stikins.co.uk .

Withdrawing your child from pre-school

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

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