High-quality childcare and education for 2 to 5 year olds

We offer a caring, supportive and nurturing environment for children from the age of 2 to explore, learn and develop together

We are based at the Glebe Field Centre in the village of Crich and children from the surrounding areas are welcome to attend

An enticing learning environment

Our learning environment changes regularly, with new activities and learning resources to explore every day. A range of materials are available to the children, who are free to direct their own play and always includes a range of sensory, creative and imaginative opportunities.

We recognise the importance of being active for young children and follow the Every Child A Mover programme and ensure that there are a lots of ways in which our children can develop strength, balance and burn off plenty of energy!

Exploring the world around us

We give the children lots of opportunities to get outdoors as part of our sessions, whether it be playing in our fantastic outdoor area, taking a nature walk through the village or visiting the chickens, ducks and rabbits who live nearby

Our garden features a shelter to protect us from the weather. There are lots of stimulating sounds, sights and materials to explore such as our mud kitchen, water wall and play house, as well as physical challenges such as opportunities to climb, jump, balance, ride and run

One big family

Children of all ages mix, play, learn and explore together at Crich Pre-School. The younger children learn from the older ones who help to encourage and support the littlest amongst us, creating a family atmosphere and helping all children to thrive.

We also work closely with the village schools, for example, our children attend pre rising 5s sessions at Crich C of E Infant School for half a day each week in the summer term before they start school. Wrap-around care is also available to Pre-School children at Crich Infant School Breakfast and After-School Club, please contact the school for further details.

Forest School

From the spring term, Friday afternoon is our dedicated forest school session. We walk to Crich Tramway Museum to spend the afternoon exploring in our own little area of woodland. Our Teaching and Learning manager, Kim, plans opportunities for the children to follow their own interests and ideas through dynamic play and exploration.

Forest school provides children with the opportunity to develop social skills through working together in a unique way, taking on roles that may not naturally occur in an indoor setting. It gives our children the chance to develop self-confidence, independence, resilience and judgment through challenge and supported risk taking in a safe environment.

We are affliated to Derbyshire County Council and a member of the Pre-School learning alliance.

In our latest inspection in 2015 Ofsted said:

“Children are happy and secure… They build strong relationships with their key person. Staff know the children and their families well, and as a result, children settle quickly. Children receive lots of praise and recognition for their efforts and achievements, which helps to promote their self-esteem and confidence.”

We are proud of our Ofsted rating as a “good” provider and strive to become outstanding in all areas

We follow the Early Years framework. For more information about this click here>

School Readiness

One of the key things we do is help our children to prepare for school and we work very closely with Crich Infants School on this. Take a look at the information below about the skills children need to develop and ideas for how to help them at home.

Ready for School leaflet

Learning to dress feed and care for myself

Listening skills

Talking skills

Telling grown ups how I feel

Sharing and turn taking in play

Sharing books

Stage 1 toilet training

Stage-2 toilet training

Stage 3 toilet training