All Children are Welcome

We are registered to accept up to 28 children each session, with 1 member of staff for every 8 children over three years and 1 member of staff for every child aged two-three. Children are welcome from the age of around two and a half years. Crawshay Pre-school is accessible to all children and families from the local community. We offer flexible sessions and we do not have a catchment area.

Our Admission Process

We operate admissions and allocate sessions to new children through our Waiting List. Our Waiting List is generally arranged in date of birth order with oldest children taking priority, usually regardless of the time spent on the Waiting List. A completed Registration Form must be received in order to add a child to our Waiting List. We generally accept new children into Pre-School at the start of each Autumn (September), Spring (January), and Summer Terms (April). However it is possible to join mid-term. We endevour to allocate session according to parents preference, but is subject to available spaces in each session.

The Structure of a Typical Day

Morning Session

09:15Doors Open
09:30Registration and group time
09:45Free play and adult lead activities
10:30Snack Time
11.15Outdoor Play
11.45Story Time

Afternoon Session

12:15Lunch Time
13:00Free Play
14:00Outdoor Play
14:25Story Time
14:45Home Time

At the beginning of each session the children are welcomed by a member of staff as they arrive and register from 9:15am.

Free Play

Following registration, the children are free to choose from a range of activities in our three play areas. As the children play, the staff support them “in the moment” with all areas of learning and development to help with the transition to school including; numeracy, drawing, letters and communication, creating enthusiasm for learning.

Snack Time

Children wash their hands before sitting with friends for a healthy snack. Milk and water are provided in addition to their water bottles that they bring in from home.

Group Time

The children are encouraged to help tidy up after free-play, and then it is Group Time. Children split into their colour groups with their key workers for different activities. Group time varies from day to day but usually includes some combination of physical activity, singing, writing, numeracy and phonics.

Lunch Time

Children staying for lunch will need to bring a healthy packed lunch. For ideas visit: Lunch box ideas

Home Time

Every session ends with a story or music session