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Current Coronavirus restrictions that apply in Warrington

At Croft Early Years, we feel it is vital to provide you, our parents and carers with the most up-to-date guidance and for us to continue to provide your child and our staff with a safe and secure environment. Warrington is now defined as a "high risk" area and the following restrictions are in force throughout all parts of the Warrington Borough Council area.

You are NOT able to:
  • Socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in an indoor public place
  • Meet in groups larger than six
  • Change your household or childcare support bubbles - these must remain consistent
  • Visit care homes, unless in exceptional circumstances
You ARE able to:
  • Socialise in a group of six or less outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law). You must still abide by the rule of six if you are meeting others in outdoor settings. Please be extra cautious if you plan to meet with other households.
  • Continue to keep businesses and venues open as long as they are COVID-secure (other than those that remain closed in law)
  • Visit hospitality, but this will be table service only and venues must close between 10pm and 5am.
  • Keep your business/venue selling food for consumption off the premises after 10pm, as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • Go to school/ university
  • Go to places of worship, subject to the rule of six
  • Get married or attend a funeral, but there are restrictions on numbers of attendees (15 at a wedding, 30 at a funeral)
  • Attend exercise classes and organised sport outdoors, or indoors if the rule of six is followed. Indoor exercise is permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport
  • Travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

For more important information on the restrictions, see Warrington Borough's Council website which provides full information about these. You will also find a helpful FAQ section here, which covers childcare.

When visiting Croft Early Years, we ask you to please follow these guidelines:

  • Face coverings to be worn by adults for dropping off at/collecting from Preschool/Nursery.
  • All members of different households to maintain a 2m distance at all times.
  • Clean or wipe down any items that move between home and school e.g. water bottle & lunch bags.
  • We kindly request that no rucksacks are brought into the setting - for health and safety reasons (to limit virus transmission, and also as we have limited space; small lunch bags are fine); this is also stated in our fire, emergency evacuation and bomb policies.
As a setting, we continue to have regular contact with the Council so that the Department of Education are kept up-to-date with local situations. We would be grateful if any critical or keyworker parents could email details of their occupation as soon as possible, so that our Business Continuity Plan can be updated.
The Government have released guidance for the Early Years and Education sector on how we must operate this term. There are several precautionary measures that we must take in order to maintain a ‘Covid-safe’ environment to ensure the safety of children and staff whilst attending the Preschool/ Nursery.
Please note that these measures and plans which we have made may alter due to changes in rates of infection. For this reason, we ask parents to remain flexible and to keep up-to-date with the response to the pandemic. We intend to keep you updated as much as possible during these unprecedented times.

Operating Hours

We will be operating between 8.30am-4pm on Mondays, 8.30am-5pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8.30am-4.30pm on Thursdays and 8.30am-3.30pm on Fridays.

Important information and Absence Flow Chart

We have prepared 5 new documents which will give you complete details of how we plan to operate this term. These can be found to read and download on the Parents Zone page.
Please take the time to read all of these documents carefully.

This Flow Chart will help you decide if your child/children should attend pre-school if they are unwell in any way. Please email any absences or other messages by 8.30am, or call/leave a voicemail.

The following links to pages on the Gov.UK website will be useful to help you to understand the guidance for parents, the steps we are taking and ways to support your pre-school children:

Gov.UK: What you need to know about the 3 tiers of local Alert Levels - Explanations of the 3 levels of local restrictions.

Gov.UK: Early Years and childcare This page contains links to various other pages of advice and guidance specific to early years settings.

Gov.UK: Education and Childcare guidance.

Gov.UK: Supporting your children's education

Gov.UK: Protective Measures in childcare settings.

You will also find news and advice in our Newsletters.

Stay safe and well.

Kind regards,
On behalf of Croft Early Years' Management Team

Excellence in Action

Croft Early Years has been established since 1967 and is a registered charity.

We are staffed by experienced and qualified early years practitioners, supported by volunteers and students who are undertaking training. We are registered to care for 31 children.

Our Early Years sessions are organised to give your child the chance to explore new situations and practice important skills. Doing this through play and first hand experience in a fun and relaxed way.

Ofsted Inspection 2016: "Good"

The Ofsted inspection of September 16th 2016 awarded us a "Good" assessment in all areas including the quality of learning, effectiveness of the management and outcomes for children. The Inspector said: "Children are happy and enjoy their time in the pre-school. They benefit from a good range of activities that promote their interest and development. Staff plan fun and challenging experiences, so that all children are motivated to learn."
To read the full report, it's available to download as a .pdf file here.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update

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Close links to local Primary Schools

We have close links with the local primary schools and children from Croft Early Years will usually move on to one of these:

St Lewis' Catholic Primary School

Croft Primary School

Culcheth Community Primary School

Newchurch Primary School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Bruche Primary School

Christ Church C of E Primary School

Easy Fund-raising for Croft Early Years

Croft early Years is a not-for-profit pre-school and a registered charity.
All extra funds we can raise go towards providing a better learning experience for the children. You can help our fund raising just by doing your online shopping! We have joined easyfundraising.org.uk to help you to help us raise funds every time you buy almost anything online.
Easyfundraising.org.uk is a great way to raise money for charities, schools, sports clubs, community groups, and other good causes just by shopping online. You don’t pay anything extra - the donation comes from the retailer - most of the major shops are there to choose from. Please sign up today and bookmark the page, so that you always start your shop at easyfundraising.org.uk.
Full details of the scheme are available on the easyfundraising website.

Staff Vacancies at Croft Early Years

We currently have no vacancies at the Pre-school.

Change4Life Award


Croft Early Years are very proud to have gained the Healthier Together Award, in recognition of the quality of the healthy food that we provide to the children.