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Crich Preschool

Crich Pre-School

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

01773 857894


the children had a wonderful experience creating their well dressingThe summer term brings with it some of our favourite activities. Well dressing is not only a great local tradition; it also provides the Pre-School children with a wonderful sensory experience. Puddling the clay in preparation gives them the opportunity to explore the squelchy oozing texture, the natural materials smell amazing and contributing to the final image allows them to work together to create a beautiful piece of artwork. We had a lovely walk around the village to visit some of the other dressings as well as to see our own on the market place. We’re sure the children felt as proud of their work as we did.




Another favourite of ours is our Sports Day which was once again held at Crich Junior School. The junior children prepared great fun activities for us before we took part in more traditional events such as egg and spoon and sack races. Sport leaders from the school worked with the pre-school children in preparation for the event and we all had a great time during their visits to us. We also took a trip down to them to enjoy more sporting activities as well as hearing some fantastic drumming during one of their music sessions.


budding hurdlers show their expertise at the sports day  the children have been enjoying the new climbing frame


The children have really enjoyed the new indoor climbing frame we have been raising funds for during our recent events. We knew it would be a big hit and the children have certainly taken to it! As a charity, our fundraising activities are continuous in order to keep costs as low as possible for our families while renewing resources and enhancing learning experiences for the children. We’d like to thank everyone who supported our cake stall and raffle in June by baking, buying, manning the stall or donating prizes. We raised just under £350 as a result of these events. A big thank you also goes to two of our parents, Katie and Emily, for running the monument race to raise funds for us. This, along with money raised from the village fete, will be put towards purchasing new natural and open ended materials that will free the children to develop their creativity and imaginations further.

As our year draws to a close we would like to wish the children moving on to “big school” all the very best as they take the next step on their learning journey. They will be missed, but we know they are ready for their new adventures. They have certainly enjoyed the sessions at the infants since Easter and we’re sure they’ll feel right at home come September. We also look forward to welcoming our new starters and seeing where our own adventures may lead us in the new school year.

Sadly, we are saying goodbye to some of our staff and volunteers this summer. Our Teaching and Learning Manager, Anne-Marie Smith, will be returning to her previous career as a classroom teacher from September. We know she will be missed by the children and the staff and trustees would like to thank her for all she has done during her time with us. Our Chair of Trustees, Kate Cockerill, and Treasurer, Martyn Newman, have also decided to step down this summer after serving on our management committee for two years. We are very grateful for the all the work that both Kate and Martyn have done for us and want to thank them for their time and effort. Our board of Trustees is made up of parents of Pre-School children and other members of the community who wish to use their skills and experience to support us. We are now looking for new Trustees to join us, in particular anyone who feels they have skills and expertise to offer as Chair or Treasurer. If you think you may be able to help us, or are just interested in finding out more, please contact us at