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Children gardening for our Tatton Flower Show event.

Covid-19 Update - Nov/Dec. 2021

The Government have announced some temporary measures due to the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19, Omicron. These steps are being taken to mitigate any risks that the new variant may cause. With this in mind, our Covid-19 risk assessment has been reviewed and updated accordingly; the following steps have been taken to reduce the risk in our own setting:

  • All parents to wear face coverings if entering the building
  • We kindly request that only ONE adult attend drop-off/pick-up time to minimise the number of people around the school site
  • Anyone testing positive for Covid-19 MUST self-isolate for 10 days
  • Anyone who is a close contact of someone testing positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19 MUST self-isolate for 10 days, in-line with the temporary restrictions that have been put in place by the Government, regardless of age or vaccination status.
  • If a child is identified as testing positive for the Omicron variant, parents/carers should inform us as soon as possible in case additional measures are required to be put in place.
Please see our Covid update letter to parents for more details.
All relevant documents and links to local and national information are available on this page and the Parents Zone

Autumn Term - December 2021

It has been lovely seeing the children settle in this term and seeing them form strong attachments to their respective Keypersons. Thank you all for remaining Covid-safe in our setting. We are looking forward to celebrating Christmas, as we approach the last few weeks of the term.

The Council issued a communication to parents in October on the measures that education settings are taking to stay open while COVID-19 is still very much of concern.

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.

Our 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.

absence flow chart


The virus is still a serious threat to everyone's health and has not gone away. Please take care and keep yourselves up to date on current guidelines and information. Goverment information on Covid-19 can be found on the Gov.uk website. and local information on the Warrington Council website. Warrington Borough Council have supplied a letter which details some of the wider symptoms of Covid-19 to be aware of.

Everyone is able to access free Lateral Flow Antigen self tests (LFT) (via pharmacies, the NHS, Warrington Borough Council or Gov.UK websites). Please continue to carry these out and help to keep everyone in our setting safe. Please inform us of any positive results as soon as possible so that we can follow-up on our reporting obligations. For details see the Gov.UK website.

We would be grateful if any critical or keyworker parents could email details of their occupation as soon as possible, so that our Incident Management & Business Continuity Plan can be updated.

The following links to pages on the Gov.UK website may be useful to help you to understand the guidance for parents and ways to support your children:

Gov.UK: Education and Childcare guidance.

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

You will also find news and advice in our Newsletters.

Stay safe and well.

On behalf of Croft Early Years' Management Team

Croft Early Years - Excellence in Action for over 50 years.

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.

What's New at CEY?

  • Breakfast with Santa.
    For details of the "Breakfast with Santa" event that the staff would like to take your children to, tap the image below. We'd be grateful if you could confirm interest and consent for this as soon as possible so that we can make appropriate arrangements.
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  • Coronavirus: Support information for all families
    The situation with Covid-19 is looking better, but is changing on a regular basis. We will continue to keep you updated with any changes that effect the pre-school and we will post links and useful guidance on our website for you to access.

    For current government advice, tap on the banner below.link to Coronavirus advice

    Guides to Looking after your health and wellbeing:
    • Every Mind Matters: Tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus
    • Every Mind Matters: how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home
    • Try the Strength and Flex exercise plan

    Pregnancy Advice
    If you are pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


    •Home Learning resources - Twinkl.co.uk.
    •Activity Booklet by TTS-Group.co.uk.

    Mental Health and Well-being
    •CosmicKids - making yoga and mindfulness FUN for kids
    •Annaka Harris - Guided Meditation for children
    •BBC Super Movers.
    •NHS Change 4 Life.
    •Stop, Breath, Think!.

    Wishing all our Children, Parents, Carers and Staff Good Health and Well-being at all times.

  • New 2021 Croft Early Years Flyer.
    We have produced a new, brightly coloured flyer promoting our brilliant Pre-school... 2021 colour flyer
    Please feel free to download and pass on our flyer to anyone who has children between 3 months to 4 years of age looking for an Early Years setting for them.

  • How we promote Healthy Eating at Croft Early Years.
    We regard snack and meal times as an important part of our day at the pre-school. Our Food and Drink policy, which is available on the Resources page, explains how we promote health, well-being and hygiene.

  • Facebook
    For more news about what's happening, visit our Facebook Page. It's set up as Private, so if you are a parent or carer and don't already have access, please request access using the "Join" button on the Facebook page or speak to one of the staff about it.

  • 30 hour funding banner

    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.