Playgroups York


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Minster School Stay & Play

We host a free ‘Stay & Play’ session on Thursday afternoons from 2pm – 3.20pm throughout the term:

Mums, Dads or carers can come along with their toddler and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and meet-up with other parents and children in our award winning new Nursery building.

Our staff will supervise exploration and creative play with the little people, while their parents manage to grab a rare moment to draw breath and chat!
If you would like to sign-up or make further enquiries, please contact us today.

T: 01904 557230
The Minster School, Deangate, York, YO1 7JA

Bilton and Bickerton Tots

An informal and friendly baby and toddler group. The Old School Rooms in Moor Monkton, Thursdays 10am-11.30am.
Toys, crafts, songs, stories and a healthy snack. We also have an area for outside play. £1.50 per child and £1 per sibling.
Come along and give us a try for free, everyone welcome!

T: 07733 261925

Elvington parent and toddler

9.45am till 11.15am.

There’s usually a range of children from weeks old to 3 years ish. Play, singing, a snack for littlies and a cuppa and chat for parents. £2.50. 50p per additional child.

The Village Hall, Main Street, Elvington. YO41 4AA

T: 01904 607515

Foxwood Community Centre Drop In


0-5 year olds
£1 donation

Foxwood Community Centre, Cranfield Place, York, YO24 3HY
T: 07928 486040

Little Lambs at Lidgett Methodist

A friendly and accessible group for carers and children from 0-4.
Every Thursday 9.15-11am during Term Time

© Baby Area © Free Play Toddler Area © Crafts © Snack Time © Story Time (sometimes a Bible story) © Song Time
A great way for you and your child to meet other local families for friendship and support

T: 01904 890321

Little Stars Group

10am-11.30am term time only.

At the Living Word Centre on Huntington Road (the old Fossway pub  just round the corner from Yearsley Grove pool)
For under 2s. £1 per session including lots of coffee, cake and chat. Free parking.

Little Friends Of West Bank Park in Holgate

We are a friendly community group, run by parents, who meet every Thursday morning in West Bank Park, York. Whatever the weather, school hols included, we spend a couple of hours in the woods and meadows of the Park, doing nature games and crafts, building or making things with materials we find, telling stories and singing songs.

We are open to all – with a contribution of £1 a family (to cover basic equipment) – so if you want to join us, see you on Thursday at 10am at the statue of Queen Victoria, at the top of the Rose Walk. (Bring something simple to share at snack time.)

Join the FACEBOOK GROUP for more information

Livewires Playgroup

Livewires playgroup runs every Thursday during term time, 9.30-11.20am
A really friendly group for children aged 0-5 years.
Craft activities, snacks, music and stories every week.
£1.50 for up to 2 children, 50p per extra child.

Clifton Moor church and community centre, Riven Way, YO30 4WD
T: 01904 693037


Multitots York group is for twins and multiples aged between 0 to 5. Young siblings are welcome, as are older ones during school holidays.
We meet every Thursday in the Treehouse at New Earswick Children’s Centre, from 10.30 to 12.30.
Find us on Facebook – Multitots York Twin Group.

T: 07734158745 (Fay)

Phoenix Under 5’s Tweenies

Tweenies is a playgroup session for children aged 18months -3 years olds and is staffed by a Level 3 Childcare practitioner who leads free-play, themed craft activities and stories and song. Parents must stay in session until your child is 2.5 after which you have to option to leave your child if you wish.
Includes snacks and drinks for children and parents.
Tuesday & Thursday 9.30 – 11.30
£4 per session, £6 if you leave your child

Park Grove School, York, YO31 8LG
T: 01904 554494

Playtime at The Avenues

For children 1-2years
Every Thursday
1.00pm – 2.30pm

Come along and meet other parents/ carers.
Play activities for all 1-2year olds, advice on the importance of play and connecting with your child through play.
Meet Valeria a qualified play therapist, for more information contact Valeria
T: 07792911410

The Avenues Children’s Centre, Sixth Avenue, YO31 0UT

Rufforth Rascals

09:30-11:30 every term time Thursday.
Rufforth Institute, Wetherby Road, York, YO23 3QB

Meet and make new friends over coffee while your children (0-5) play, sing and make their own friends in a safe environment. Dedicated baby area, lots of toddler activities and toys!

Only £2 (£1 for additional siblings).

T: 07999557171

Sheriff Hutton Parents, Babies and Toddlers Group

Thursday mornings Term Time only
Sheriff Hutton Village Hall, Finkle Street , Sheriff Hutton

A warm welcome awaits all parents, grandparents and carers with babies, toddlers and preschool children. The room is laid out attractively with art and craft activities, small climbing toys, water play and a baby area. Staff are on hand to chat with you, make you a cup of tea and introduce you to other parents. We have snack time, where we share a plate of healthy snacks and end the session with singing circle.

The health visitor attends on the first Thursday of every month. No need to book an appointment with her just turn up at the hall and you will be able to drop in and see her with your child.

We charge £3.50 per family (£2.00 if you only have a baby) to cover the cost of the hall hire, but no charge is made if you would struggle to pay this. Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided. We hope to see you there and get to know both you and your child.

Stockton on the Forest Baby & Toddler Group

Stockton on the Forest Baby and Toddler group run every Thursday (Term time) in the village hall from 9:30-11.30. We have a fantastic large space for the children, good quality toys. We provide snack for the children. Often a craft activity too. Please come and join us and see for yourself. £2.50 per family. Childminders with more than two children may ask to contribute slightly more.

Julie 07742026446 / Sophie 07736877139

Story time and Rhymetimes at York’s Libraries

Thursdays 10.30am – 11am

Thursdays 10.30am – 11am

Tuesdays 10.30am -11am
Fridays 10.30am – 11am
Under 5’s Play morning: Wednesday 10am – 11am

Thursdays 10.30am – 11am

Thursdays 11am – 11.30am
Saturdays 11am – 11.30am

Thursdays 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Tuesdays 2.30pm – 3pm
Saturdays (University term time only) 11 – 11.30

Fridays 2.30 – 3pm

New Earswick
Tuesdays 10am – 10.30am

Fridays 2.30pm – 3pm

Tuesday from 11-11.30am

Tang Hall
Every weekday 10-10:30am and Saturdays 10:30-11am

Story and Play: Monday 10am-10.45am
Storytimes: Tuesday 10.30am-11am, Thursday 1.30pm-2pm
Rhymetimes: Wednesday 1.30pm-2pm, Friday 10.30am-11am

The Very Young Friends of Rowntree Park

A monthly meet up for toddlers and pre-schoolers with a focus on the outdoor learning and fostering a love of nature run by volunteers with forest schol experience. The first Thursday of each month 10-11am.
Meet at the story circle in the woods (near the Butcher Terrace entrance to Rowntree Park).
£1 per family or free to members of Friends of Rowntree Park (it’s only £5 a year to join and includes 10% off in the cafe for the year!)
Themes and further information can be found on Facebook

T: 07718209472

York Steiner School Parent & Toddler Groups

Weekdays 9.30 – 11.30 am

For children up to 3½ years and their carers.
Come together for a relaxing time in a friendly and supportive environment.
We provide natural play materials that nurture the child’s senses and stimulate creativity.
Groups are run by experienced members of our Early Years staff.

The York Steiner School, Danesmead, Fulford Cross, Fulford, York, YO10 4PB
T: 01904 654 983 (Book your first free taster session)