Ofsted 2016 Good Painting and Crafts Learning in the Woods Outdoor play New Paving area Ofsted 2016 Our play and learning area Messy fun Play
Children gardening for our Tatton Flower Show event.

National Schools Closure due to Covid-19

Dear Parents/Carers and Staff,

Following the Government statement released at 5.15pm Wednesday, 18th March 2020 schools and nurseries in England are to close from Friday 20th March until further notice.

Taking into consideration the welfare and personal circumstances of our staff team, I can confirm that Croft Early Years Preschool and Nursery will be closing at the end of the day's session on this date.

If your child/children fall into any of the following categories, please forward me your details stating your name and job title and I will forward your details to the Local Authority, who are in the process of identifying potential childcare requirements throughout the Borough:

  • have both parents/carers who are keyworkers
  • are part of a single parent family of a key worker
  • are in receipt of EHCP funding
  • have a social worker

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.

p>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

  • Information for all families
    The situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19) is changing on a daily basis and we will continue to keep you updated with any changes that effect the pre-school that we receive from Public Health England 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
    Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
    • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
    • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
    • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
    • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

    IMPORTANT These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
    There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus. Please follow the advice given on our April newsletter and the Gov.uk website.
    Full NHS guidance can be accessed on the NHS.uk website

    Looking after your health and wellbeing - to help yourself stay well while you're at home:
    • stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
    • try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning, watching films
    • do light exercise at home, or outside once a day
    For more advice, see:
    • Every Mind Matters: 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus
    • Every Mind Matters: how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home
    • Strength and flex exercises you can do at home

    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.

    Rainbows of Hope
    Rainbows are used as a symbol of peace and hope as they often appear when the sun follows a heavy rainfall. They serve to remind us that there is hope and light to follow even after dark times. People all over the world have adorned their windows and balconies with colourful pictures of Rainbows as a symbol of hope. Your children may want to join in this trend, if they haven’t done so already. This BBC news article will give you some inspiration.

    •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 Cange 4 Life.
    •Stop, Breath, Think!.

    Wishing all our Children, Parents, Carers and Staff Good Health and Well-being during these unprecedented times,
    Penny, on behalf of the Management Team

  • 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.

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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.

Promotional Flyer

We have a full colour flyer for Croft Early Years. Why not download it and show to any of your friends and family looking for a pre-school place?

Link to new flyer

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.