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Crich Pre-School

Glebe Field Centre, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5EU

01773 857894


The festive period is always a busy time for us at Pre-School, and this year has been no exception. It’s such a lovely time of year and we really enjoy helping the children to prepare for Christmas and the celebrations as it gets nearer.

On 15th November, we held our 3rd annual Christmas Shopping Night at the Glebe. This event is always very popular and well attended. There were some fantastic stalls and beautiful gifts available to purchase on the night as well as refreshments to enjoy. Thank you to the parents, grandparents and staff who prepared such tasty treats for us. The evening was a great success, raising £584 for the Pre-School, before paying for room hire. The remainder will all be reinvested to enhance the experiences of the children. Many thanks to Sadie for co-ordinating the event and to all the staff who worked so hard on the evening.

We were delighted to hear that we had been awarded £500 from the Ambergate Reservoir Community Project Fund in mid-November. We plan to use this funding to purchase an indoor climbing frame. Children crave opportunities to move in a variety of ways and we endeavour to support this by creating a safe, varied and movement rich environment. The climbing frame will provide them with challenge and puzzle to help develop both gross motor and problem solving skills. The different configurations for the frame will enable choice, decision making and collaboration as well as ensuring that new experiences and challenges can be created each time the children use it. Children will be able to climb, twist, slide, crawl and clamber. Knowing our children as we do we’re sure it will also fire their imaginations and be an excellent centrepiece for open ended imaginative role-play, be it as a shop, barn, fire-station, castle; the possibilities are endless!

Our Pre-School Christmas Party was held on the 19th December. This year, we joined together with Daycare at the Glebe for a festive sing along. The children performed some Christmas songs for those attending the Daycare session as well as for parents, grandparents, carers and friends who came along to join in the celebrations. After a short Christmas message from Deacon Samantha Taylor from the Wesleyan Chapel, we all sang some well-known Christmas carols. It was great to have such a mix of generations join together in this way.


Daycare at The Glebe joined the children for a sing along at the Christmas party  Mrs Sparkle entertained the children at the Christmas party



After the singing, the children returned to Pre-School to enjoy the rest of their Christmas party with entertainment from Mrs Sparkle and a visit from Father Christmas, who gave each of the children a gift. While the children partied, the grown-ups enjoyed some hot drinks and mince pies served by some of the Pre-School trustees before the Christmas Raffle was drawn. The 1st prize, a Christmas Hamper, was won by Jean Ridgeway and 2nd prize, a children’s hamper, went to Becky Taylor. 10 other lucky winners were able to select their own choice of prize from the prize pot. Thank you to all who donated items for the raffle and bought tickets. It raised £157.96 which, as always, is to be reinvested in the Pre-School to enhance our children’s experiences.

We welcomed the children back on 2nd January and one of our first outings was a walk to explore the progress made on the Place Project so far. The children were very excited and can’t wait to be able to play on all the exciting new equipment in the play area. We look forward to all the adventures the New Year will bring us.


Crich Pre-school registrations and opening times

Morning sessions are between 9:15 am and 12:15 pm

Afternoon sessions are between 12:45 pm and 3:45 pm

Full day care is available between 9:15 am and 3:45 pm

Full ‘wrap-around’ care and escorted healthy transport on foot outside of these hours is available from 7:30 am
until 6.00 pm and is provided by Crich Junior School.

Please contact Anne-Marie at Crich Pre-school to put your child on the waiting list: 01773 857894 (term time

You can also contact us via our email address: or call in at the Glebe and speak to a member of the team.


Anne-Marie (Manager, Crich Pre-school)