Rated 'Good' by Ofsted 2021
Crick Pre-School Welcomes You
With an established and experienced team of staff, we offer a high quality early education and childcare service.
With a qualified Level 3 Forest School leader, we offer Forest School courses for the older children throughout the year.
Being based in a classroom at Crick Primary School provides us with excellent links and easy transition to the school.
Each and every child who attends our Pre-School is given the care and attention they require to thrive and enjoy their time with us.
The Pre-School has places available from 2½ years up, and Funded Early Education and Childcare is available for 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 yr olds. Children can start Pre-School at the beginning of the half-term in which they turn 2½.
If you would like some more information or to be sent a registration pack please contact us with your details.
Crick Pre-School is a member of the Early Years Alliance and Ofsted registered. As a registered charity, any profits that Crick Pre-School makes after covering running costs are invested in improving the environment and facilities for the children. The Pre-School is managed by a voluntary elected committee of parents. This ensures that the parents that use the Pre-School make the decisions regarding the welfare of their child.
We are proud of our setting and its safe, caring and welcoming environment. We have a lot to offer your child to enable them to gain confidence and have fun; from high staff to child ratios to great learning through play activities.
...to provide a safe and stimulating environment.
...to help your child take forward their learning and development to achieve the five Every Child Matters Outcomes through the Early Years Foundation Stage with the help of a personal key worker.
...to keep parents informed, valued and involved at all levels.
...to ensure a system that considers equal opportunities for all children and their families.
The Pre-School belongs to the Northamptonshire Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership, with the staff having support from an Advisory Teacher giving guidance on all aspects of the Foundation Stage of Early Education.
A Bit About Us
Monday - Friday (term-time only)
9am - 12pm and 12pm - 3pm (packed lunch required in afternoon session)
Music and Movement in the school hall is held on Wednesday mornings (linked with weekly planning) and Friday mornings (accompanied by a pianist).
Structured PE activities, in the school hall, are held every Thursday morning.
Children can start Pre-School at the beginning of the half-term in which they turn 2½.
Funded Early Education and Childcare can be used for 3 or 4 year olds and qualifying 2 year olds to cover the full cost of each session (currently up to a maximum of 5 sessions per week (15 hours of Universal Entitlement or 10 sessions per week if you qualify for the Extended Entitlement of 30 hours.) For those children too young to qualify, or for additional sessions in the week, the costs are as follows:
3 hour session£ 14.50
6 hour session£ 29.00
Help with paying for your childcare:
Please ask for information about help paying for childcare including Funded Early Education and Childcare for 2, 3 & 4 year olds, tax-free childcare, tax credits for childcare, universal credit for childcare, childcare vouchers and support while you study.
A TYPICAL SESSION
Free flow is operational for every session, giving your child a choice of inside or outside play and activities at all times (except in heavy rain). Throughout the session adult-led key worker activities also take place.
09.00 Registration and circle time
09.15 A variety of craft, role play, messy and construction activities available inside and out
09.30 PE in the school hall
10:00 Snack time
10.30 Free play between outdoor/indoor environment
12.00 End of morning session
12.10 Lunch for those attending afternoon session
13.00 Registration and circle time
13.15 Free play between outdoor/indoor environment
14.15 Snack time
14.45 Story time
15.00 End of afternoon session
The areas we cover in Pre-School on a daily basis are:
Mark making (chalks, stencils, templates)
Sand/water or other malleable materials
Art and craft and also a free access trolley with design and craft materials on Construction (large or small) and floor activities
Challenge / Maths table
Role play area (hairdressers, doctors, shop, house, office etc)
Small world (farm, dolls house etc)
Music and movement
Outdoor play equipment (slide, climbing frame, tricycles, footballs, hoops, den, tunnels etc
progress. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.
Tapestry Online Learning Journal
We create your child's development folder online using the Tapestry Online Learning Journal application. Each observation we make can now include notes, photographs and EYFS assessments (using the framework below), characteristics of learning and videos. You are emailed on a weekly basis when new observation entries are made and can comment on every observation and even add your own.
Using this application allows you to comment on your child's special moments and being able to add your own stories about your child's life outside of pre-school will also help their learning journey.
For more information, see Tapestry Online Learning Journal.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has a principled approach, and these principles are grouped into four themes.
A unique child
Learning and development
Early Years Foundation Stage - divides the child's learning into seven areas:
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication and Language
Understanding of the world
Expressive art & design