Welcome to Little Crickets Pre-school in Harrogate

2, 3 & 4 year old funded and non-funded places now available for the autumn term 2020.

Little Crickets Pre-school provides a happy, stimulating and secure environment for children aged from 2 to 5 years old.

We are located on the Harrogate Cricket Ground where we have a fit for purpose building with plenty of space both indoors and outdoors including our own on-site Forest School area.

If you like what you see on our website, then contact us and arrange a visit to find out more.


​Postponed until further notice due to Coronavirus

9:30am - 11:00am

Our Vision

To provide a welcoming and inclusive pre-school where all children feel confident to explore their naturally curious minds and are valued, loved and cared for within a stimulating environment.

About Us

Little Crickets Pre-school is a non-profit making registered charity. It is managed by a voluntary Management Board of Parents/Carers and has a paid team of qualified staff.

The Pre-school was established as ‘Harlow Hilltop Pre-school’ in 1974 and was originally situated in the ‘Green Hut’, Harlow Community Centre, Harrogate. In January 2012 it moved to its current location at Harrogate Cricket Club and changed it’s name to Little Crickets Pre-school.

We are regularly inspected by Ofsted in order to ensure that the quality of care and education we provide meets their standards. We are registered as a provider of childcare on the Early Years Register and the Childcare Register, to provide care for 2 to 5 year olds.

We work closely with our parents to provide the best in early years education.


"The staff go above and beyond their job roles to create a safe, happy and fun setting for all the children."

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    "Excellent staff, lovely location and facility. Children love to go, they really thrive there. Great community, friendly atmosphere."

    "Every staff member or volunteer always seem to have loads of energy and are so passionate about their job and the development of the children. They know the children so well and always have creative and fun things planned."

    "Caring staff, endless enthusiasm ,commitment and fully motivated to give children the best start to life.  Great family events regularly arranged as well."

    "An amazing pre-school with the most wonderful staff who have supported and cared for my twins over the last 18 months.  The staff - parent communication is great."

    "My child used to be a shy girl, she is now loving life and her self-confidence has increased so much thanks to the wonderful staff!."

    "Wonderful committed staff. Full of interesting ideas. Up-to-date with all current educational thinking. Warm loving environment. Excellent standard of Care. Going the extra mile."

    "Fantastic and caring staff with great facilities and outdoor space. Both my children love/loved it. Can't recommend it enough."

    "The staff are friendly, great facilities and outdoor space and the kids are so happy. They care, they teach, they involve parents, my child has been so happy there." 

    "My daughter has spent 2.5 years at Little Crickets and she has loved every minute of it; the staff are like second mummies to her."

    "Fantastic staff and great friendly environment for my child to be in. Great links with my daughter's school too."

    "Little Crickets has a lovely relaxed atmosphere."

    "I love how friendly all the staff are, everyone seems like they really care about my children, and it makes it much easier to drop them off!."

    "The Pre-school has a friendly, open and caring atmosphere for children, no pressure, very relaxed."

    "It has such a caring staff, who are dedicated and work hard."

    "Diane is brilliant with kids and parents. She has endless enthusiasm and energy for her role and is very talented at making things and getting things done. She treats the children like they are her own - what more could parents want!."

    "Diane has been an outstanding key worker to my son. She is always smiling and full of energy! She clearly loves all the children and knows exactly how to talk to them; she is amazing!."

    "Diane is kind and caring. She is your child's best friend making their day fun and ensuring they feel secure. She really goes the extra mile and is incredibly experienced and insightful."

    "They are very supportive, friendly and give 100% to their children and families. For us they've created a year of wonderful memories."

    "Not only do the have amazing facilities and outdoor outdoor space, it is run by the most caring and attentive group of ladies, some of the staff have been there for years !!! Which also says a lot!! They are always so informative giving lots of updates to go along with each child's journey along the EYFS  curriculum! We can say enough about this pre school they are simply FANTASTIC!!."


Little Crickets Pre-school offers children exciting and challenging play opportunities, where the children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn will be stimulated and expanded.

Play underpins all development and learning for young children. Most children play spontaneously, although some may need adult encouragement. It is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.

Staff at the Pre-school continually observe and reflect on the children’s spontaneous play. They build on this by planning and resourcing a challenging environment, which encourages those play activities and learning experiences to develop further. These activities are both indoors and outdoors and include a balance of child-initiated and adult led play activities.

  • add_circle_outlineYour Child’s ‘Key Person’ and ‘Learning Journey’

    When your child joins the group they will be assigned a Key Person, who will work closely with your child to ensure that their individual needs are met.  Your child’s progress is recorded in their learning journey and this is also used to plan activities that meet their needs and interests.  You can look at your child’s learning journey at any time and your child’s key person is happy to discuss your child’s progress at a time convenient to you.

  • add_circle_outlineEarly Years Foundation Stage

    Little Crickets Pre-school follows the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and its principles. 

    This means that we appreciate the importance of the following themes:

    A Unique Child – every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

    Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

    Enabling Environments – Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.

    Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

    It also means that we consciously provide opportunities for children to develop in: 

    Prime Areas

    Personal, social and emotional development

    Physical development

    Communication and language

    Specific Areas



    Understanding the world

    Expressive Arts and Design

  • add_circle_outlineSpecial Educational Needs

    Children with special educational needs are welcome to attend the Pre-school.  We have a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO), who is available to work with the child’s parents/carers and other outside agencies to meet that child’s specific needs.  

    If a special educational need is recognised in a child, the child’s key person and/or our Special Needs Co-ordinator will discuss our concerns with the child’s parents/carer.   If parents agree, it is sometimes necessary to place the child on the special needs register as detailed in the Special Education Needs Code of Practice. This will ensure that the child is receiving the best possible care and education from the pre-school, as well as receiving support and advice from outside agencies.

Useful Information

Term Dates for Academic Year 2019/2020

Spring Term Open: Tues 7th January to Fri 14th February 2020

Half Term: 17th February to 21st February 2020

Open: Mon 24th February to Fri 3rd April 2020

Summer Term Open: Monday 20th April to Friday 22nd May 2020

Half Term: 25th May to 29th May 2020

Open: Tuesday 2nd June to Thursday 16th July 2020

Autumn Term Open: TBA

Half Term: TBA

Open: TBA

The Pre-school offers the following sessions during term times:

Mon:  9am - 12pm  and/or  12pm - 3pm

Tue:  9am - 12pm  and/or  12pm - 3pm

Wed:  9am - 12pm  and/or  12pm - 3pm

Thu:  9am - 12pm  and/or  12pm - 3pm

Fri:  9am - 12pm  and/or  12pm - 3pm

Bank Holidays:  Closed

Children attending all day or the afternoon sessions can bring a packed lunch.


Contact Us

Address: Harrogate Cricket Club Grounds, St George's Road, Harrogate, HG2 9BP

Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 9am till 15:00pm

Closed Weekends & Bank Holidays

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