28 February 2018
At a playgroup, or "parent and toddlers" group you stay with your child throughout the session, which usually lasts a couple of hours. They are often run by volunteers, or by the Mums and carers themselves. Typically toys will be provided for children to play plus there will be activities like singing and craft, and outings to parks and attractions for children.
Playgroups allow your children to socialise with others, play with new toys and join in activities. They also give you the opportunity to socialise with other carers and so avoid the isolation that looking after children often involves. Children develop and learn best through play and fun activities - exactly what playgroups offer.
Some pre-schools are called playgroups. These are typically run by schools and are Ofsted inspected. They provide formal, early years, education. You can find out about these on our pre-school page.
Alvaston | Ashbourne | Barlborough | Brailsford | Belper | Burntwood | Chesterfield | Denstone | Derby | Ellastone | Hartington | Hednesford | Hilton | Hulland | Lichfield | Matlock | Mayfield | Marston Montgomery | Mickleover | Oakwood | Okeover | Ockbrook | Parwich | Stafford | Stanton | Sutton-on-the Hill | Swadlincote | Tideswell | Uttoxeter | Waterhouses | Wirksworth | Wyaston | Add a playgroup
Mayfield Parent and Toddler Group + Wendy Group
The Church Room
Mayfield (next to the church)
Tuesdays 9.30 am until 11.30 am. For children aged 0 to 4.
The Wendy Club and Mayfield Parent and Toddler Group are merging. The Wendy Club is named after Wendy Greatrex, who died in 2006. She had two children aged four and two: Oliver and Lucy. Wendy spent much of her time helping to look after children: she ran the Mayfield Parent and Toddler Group, assisted at the Norbury preschool and helped out at Henry Prince School.
The Old Forge
Tel: 07786077392, 01335350704
Contact: Fay Ingleby
As of September we will be offering Mud Kitchen Parent and Toddler Sessions every Monday 9.30-11.30 during term time, please contact us for further details.
Ellastone Village Hall
Tel: 01335 324359
Every Friday including term time from 9.30 until 11.30 am. Free to children under 10 months and £2 for children from 10 months to 5 years. Toy loan available.
Stanton Village Hall
Wednesdays 2 - 4 pm
Parkside Toddler Group
Ashbourne Baptist Church
Mondays 9.30-11.30am parent/toddler group at the Empire Hall.
Methodist Church Parent and Toddler Group
Tuesdays 9-11 am.
Hill Top Parent and Toddler Group
Hill Top School
Tuesdays 9.15 - 10.45 am
St Oswald's Church (Edward Bear)
St Oswald's Church Hall
Thursdays 9.30-11.30am Parent/toddler group at the church hall.
Ashbourne Library Storytime
Thursdays 10 am.
Ashbourne Elim Pentecostal Church
The Waterside Centre
Tel: 01335 344338
Thursdays 9.15 - 11.15 am. Our Parent and Toddler Group is open to anyone who has or looks after young children. The morning includes crafts, songs, stories and healthy snacks for the children plus refreshments for the parents/carer. For more information please contact the church on 01335 344338.
Baby and Toddler
St Oswald's School Hall
Tel: 01335 342660
Tiny tots is for children from 0 to 5. They have soft play equipment, toys and crafts. They meet in St Oswald's school hall on Friday mornings between 9 and 11 am during term time.
Bradley C of E Primary School
Yew Tree Lane
Tel: 01335 370292.
The group is for parents and children and meets on Fridays during termtime from 2.00pm to 3.30pm in school.
Hulland Community Pre-School
To the rear of Hulland Primary School
Tel: 01335 371939
Join a friendly group of parents, babies and children at Hulland Pre-School. Thursday afternoons in term time from 2 pm to 3pm run by Wirksworth Childrens Centre; there is no cost. Friday mornings in term time from 9.30am to 11.30am; cost £2.50. Meet other parents in the area while your children play together and learn new things. Young children of all ages welcome, from birth to pre-school.
Hulland Ward Millenium Village Hall
Tel: 01335 370592
Hulland Hippos Baby & Toddler Group meets every Wednesday morning (including school holidays) at Hulland Ward Millennium Village Hall from 10.00 - 11.30 a.m.
It is suitable for 0 - 4 year olds and we welcome older children during school holidays.
A wide range of stimulating play activities are set out for parents / carers to enjoy with their babies and children. We have the benefit of an enclosed outside play area to use in good weather. It is an ideal opportunity to meet other families from the area.
Each session has a theme which the activities reflect and includes songs, rhymes and a story. The group is run by volunteers from the local Parish Church. Cost £2 per family per session which includes drinks & snacks.
New families from Hulland and the surrounding area are welcome at this friendly and popular group which was started in 2012. Just turn up! Or for more information contact Penny Northall.
Parwich Memorial Hall
Tel: 01335 390778
Fridays 2:30 - 4:30pm. We are a very friendly group and have a wide range of toys and activities for babies and children aged 0-5. Refreshments provided, cost £2.50.
The Sunshine Room
Wirksworth Ace Centre
Anthony Gell School
Play runs weekly in term-time on Thursdays 1.30 - 3 pm. Costs £1.50 per family (including refreshments). Singalong at the end of sessions. Group specifically for babies and toddlers up to 2.5 years, although older preschool children welcome and catered for.
Hartington Primary School
Tel: 07594 715748
Fun, friendly and creative playgroup meets every Thursday during term times at the school 1.30-3pm. Sensory Room for babies, indoor and outdoor play. £1.50 includes fruit snack and drink.
Steep Turnpike Church
Mondays at 10am Parents and Toddlers Pre-school Group.
Tel: 01629 584735
Tuesday 1.30pm-3.30p.m term time only.
Bishop Pursglove School
Wednesdays in term time 10-11.15am at Bishop Pursglove School, Tideswell. A friendly and supportive group which provides a great place to meet new friends and introduce your children to other babies and toddlers. Children under 5 years old can socialise and play whilst parents, grandparents and carers can meet, chat and find support through the experience of others and enjoy a tea or coffee. Breastfeeding support is also available from a trained Breastmates volunteer.
Wyaston Village Hall
Every Wednesday including school holidays 9:30 - 11:30am. £2.50 for one child over 6 months, £1.00 for one child under 6 months. £1 for each additional child over 6 months. Additional children under 6 months free. Parents, grandparents, carers, childminders all welcome. Run by local mums - welcoming friendly atmosphere. Children 0 - 5 can enjoy a wide selection of Toys, craft activities and singing time along with a snack and drink. Older siblings welcome in school holidays.
Brailsford Village Hall
Thursdays 2 pm
Brailsford Busy Bees Baby and Toddler Group
Main Road (A52)
Contact: Christine Newton
Friendly informal playgroup for pre-school children and their parents. Large selection of toys avaliable to play with. 2pm - 3pm at Brailsford Institute. £1.50 per child (£2.50 for twins), includes a drink for adults and a biscuit for the child. All new people welcome.
Brailsford Village Hall
Monday - Friday 9.15 - 11.45 am.
St Johns Church Hall
Tel: 07759 704170
email See map...
A friendly playgroup for children aged 2 plus. Funded places available for 3 and 4 year olds. Open Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri mornings 9am to 12pm. Lunch club also available.
Marston Montgomery Village Hall
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=marston montgomery&z=13 Friday mornings
Waterhouses Community Bungalow
Tel: 01538 308052
Doves meet on Mondays 9.30 - 11.30 and Thursdays 1.30 - 3.30 in the Community Bungalow at Waterhouses. We welcome parents with children from 0-5 years. Each session offers lots of lovely toys, outdoor play space, craft activity, song time and healthy snack. A separate baby area is available.
Bramshall Village Hall
Mondays, 10 am-12 noon.
Come and have a chat whilst your toddler gets to run around and play in a safe enviroment.
NCT Bumps Babies
The Friends Meeting House
Mondays, 1.30 - 3.30pm.
For 'bumps' and children up to the age of 12 months. Come along for a cup of tea or to browse through our extensive library of books and information.
Heath Community Centre
Tel: 07716 838 004
Brocton Mother Toddler Group
Brocton Village Hall
Old Acre Lane
Tel: 07875 193427
Open Wednesdays 10am - 11.30am for children 0 - 5 years Carers get a cuppa children drink and a snack come along and make new friends!
The Village Hall
Wednesday mornings 10.30 am to 12 noon during term time.
Hilton Guide and Scout Headquarters
Tel: 01283 736 367
Thursday 1.15-2.45pm - £3 (£5 for up to three siblings). 1.5hr group for expectant parents and parents with babies aged 0-24 months. A welcoming environment and a great place to meet new friends have a cup of tea and a chat with support and advice on hand.
Hill Street Baptist Church
Tel: 07890 186070
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 - 11.30am.
Denstone Village Hall
Staffordshire ST14 5HH
A chance to chat and relax with a cup of coffee, with toys, craft activities and singing to keep the children happy. Every Tuesday 9-11 am £2 term time only. For further details please call into the Village Hall during the above times or contact Samantha on 07535519513.
Thursdays 9.15 - 11 am. From newborns to 4 years old. In the holidays there is a holiday club for over 5's
Parent, Baby and Toddler Group
Shardlow Village Hall
Tel: 0775 9494855
Baby and Toddler group runs every Thursday during term time from 1 to 3 pm. Cost is £1.50 for an adult and first child and £0.50 each additional child. Refreshments are included.
St Barnabus Church
Tuesdays 10 am to 12 pm.
Ashbourne Road Toddler Group
Ashbourne Road Methodist/URC Church
Meet 9.30am every Tuesday (except after bank holidays).
St Peter's Toddler Group
Alvaston Methodist Church hall
Tel: 0777 2554750
Meet every Tuesday Morning 9.30 - 11.00am. £2.00 per family, this includes a drink and a biscuit. All are welcome.
Alvaston Toddler Group
St Michael's Church Hall
Tel: 0777 2554750
Meet every Thursday afternoon, 1.30pm - 3.00pm. £2.00 per family which includes a drink and a biscuit. Come and meet other carers while your child(ren) enjoy meeting new friends.
Boulton Lane Baby Toddler Group
Boulton Lane Community Centre
Tel: 07933 646533
Open Wednesdays 9.30 to 11 am £1.75 first child, 75p siblings. Includes Seperate baby area, drink, healthy snack and free raffle once a month.
Oakwood Community Centre
Due to popular demand the group will re-start on Wednesday 6th April 2011, 9.30am - 11am. £1.50 entry + 50p per extra child includes craft activity and snack. All welcome!
The Parish Hall
Tel: 01332 664100
Friday Mornings during term time: 10 - 11.30 am.
Little Spikes is a Stay and Play session on Thursdays from 1.30pm - 3.00pm during term time for children from birth to 5 years old. There is a charge of £1.00 per adult and one child and 50 pence for each additional child. Staveley Area Toy Library is available for a loan service each week from this group. Little Spikes: a great place for you to meet new friends and for your children to play and learn.
Eventide Rest Rooms
Cherry Tree Drive
Mini Monkeys is a Stay and Play session on Thursdays from 10.00am - 11.30am during term time for children from birth to 5 years old. There is a charge of £1.00 per adult and one child and 50 pence for each additional child.
Staveley And Barrowhill Community Rooms
47 High Street
Little Treasures is a Stay and Play session on Tuesdays from 9.30am - 11.00am during term time for children from birth to 5 years old. There is a charge of £1.00 per adult and one child and 50 pence for each additional child
For babies and toddlers from 0–4 years. Parents, grandparents, carers, childminders all welcome! Tuesdays and Fridays in term time 9.30-11.30am. Run by local mums for local mums - welcoming friendly atmosphere.
St Peters Church Hall
A fun soft play parent and child class with both free and structured play. Parachute play, games and bubbles as well as snack and drink time.
Martins Heath Hall
Join a friendly baby and toddler group with parents,grandparents and carers each monday in term time from 1.30-3pm. We have a lovely selection of toys a craft table and a sing song at the end of each session. It is £2 per family and this includes a drink and snack for both you and the child. we look forward to welcoming you soon.
Springhill childrens Centre
Moss Bank Avenue
Stay and play sessions. Every Friday 1.30-3pm At Springhill childrens Centre. Term time only. Lots of sensory activities, toys and play equipment in a safe and secure area. 0-3 years.
To be kept informed of special events, new additions to the site and the latest research on young children's health and behaviour: subscribe to our free newsletter. Just enter your e-mail address below and click the subscribe button.
We will never divulge your e-mail address, nor send you unsolicited e-mails.
Want to comment on anything on this site, add more details or another playgroup? Fill in the form below.