Croston Pre-School Nursery is a registered charity (no. 1100800) with over 40 years of experience. We are located in the pleasant and peaceful surroundings of the Grade II listed ‘Croston Old School’ which is situated in the centre of the village at the end of Church Street and next to the 900 year old church. The River Yarrow flows past our outdoor play area, and we also have access to The Bishop Chester’s Wood in the church grounds.







Croston Pre-school Nursery began life in February 1973. It became a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance at the same time. The pre-school has had several homes over the years including the church vestry, the Sports Club and the Cricket Pavilion. Following an arson attack in November 1991 which completely destroyed the Pavilion and all its contents, pre-school eventually settled in the over 60’s club on Castle Walks whilst it raised funds and sought a new permanent home. It finally achieved this aim in April 2001 with the opening of the Croston Old School Community Resource Centre in Church Street. Pre-school Nursery now occupies a wing of this listed building which has been totally renovated with a grant of almost £0.5 million from the National Lottery.

What Makes Us Unique?


  • We are a charity, not a profit-driven business

  • We have a low child per adult ratio

  • Our staff members are very dedicated and highly qualified

  • Our pre-school enjoys safe and idyllic surroundings

  • We provide a curriculum tailored to meet the interests and needs of the individual

  • We are blessed with a supportive community

Our Vision

To work as a team valued by the local community, making every effort to bring out the best in each child and encouraging him or her to develop unique talents 


Our Values

  • Respect uniqueness: of the child, the family, the member of staff and Croston Pre-school

  • Show commitment: to all by listening and valuing views and opinions

  • Work together: with parents, the wider community and other agencies

  • With honesty and openness –in all we do


in a secure environment

We believe our children are exceptionally well safeguarded and protected from harm. All the staff members are knowledgeable about protecting the children in their care and they have all been DBS checked. We have good self-evaluation procedures in place and we ensure that all staff members are proficient and well qualified. Children are able to enjoy safely the rich variety of activities in our safe and welcoming premises.



The pre-school is registered on the Early Years Register and we have a maximum of 30 children per session at any one time. The children’s ages vary from two to under five years. We also support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities and families with English as an additional language.




The last Ofsted inspection was carried out on 7 January 2020. The report can be viewed through the link below: