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Rising Stars at Stamford Bridge Pre-School

Wednesdays in term time 8:30-1pm

Rising Stars is a playgroup session which welcomes all children who are due to start school the following September. It’s a lovely session where parents and carers don’t stay. Your child is cared for by the pre school Aunties who have a wealth of experience and qualifications in childcare.

The children participate in a variety of activities including baking, forest school, PE (which also helps them practice getting changed independently) and starting to learn phonics. The session ends with everyone eating their packed lunch together. This all helps in their preparation for starting ‘big school’.

Cost £5 per hour or childcare vouchers accepted. Children do not need to attend other pre school sessions to be able to attend.

T: 07982834159



ABC Club

1.00pm-2.30pm Wednesdays term-time only. 50p per family.

ABC Club is a friendly afternoon drop-in for (grand)parents, aunts, uncles, etc. to bring their pre-schoolers. It’s a relatively small group due to the afternoon being nap time for many little ones. We don’t mind if they nap here while you just enjoy a cuppa and a chat! For the children, we provide crafts, singing, snack and drink and, of course, a wide variety of play equipment and books. At the end of every term, we have a special story and song time in the main church hall. And maybe some cake…

Acomb Baptist Church, Ridgeway, YO26 5DW.

Acomb Babies

12.30pm – 2.00pm. Group for mums, dads and carers with babies up to crawling age. As your baby grows, information and support are provided. We’ll help you to know what other services and activities are available in the local community. This is an informal and friendly group. Refreshments are available and there are scales available for you to weigh your baby. Occasionally there is a speaker or chats on topics of interest. The room is set up to provide a stimulating environment for you and your baby. If you are starting out with a new baby, it’s a great place to meet like-minded mums, dads and carers.

There is no cost for attending Acomb Babies.

The Gateway Centre, Front Street, Acomb, York, YO24 3BZ.
T: 01904 781983

Bridget’s Storytime at Willow Farm Cafe

1st Wednesday of the month 10-11am.
£5 per child (additional child £3) – stories, craft, free hot drink from cafe and a book for each child.
No booking required. Contact Bridget’s Books 07984 757785
Willow Farm Cafe, Wigginton, YO32 2RH.

Caterpillar Club Stay and Play – Derwenthorpe

Baby and toddler group at the SSC in Derwenthorpe called Caterpillar Club Stay & Play.

Sessions run on Wednesdays during term time from 9.30am-11.00am. Open to babies and all children under 5. It costs £2 (50p for each additional child) price includes adult and child drinks , snacks and craft activities.

Find us on Facebook

Copmanthorpe Sticky Mitts and Tiny Tots Playgroup

Monday, Wednesday Term time 9.15-11.15am Methodist Church Main Street YO23 3SU

Informal Drop in session for babies and toddlers Refreshments for adults. Opportunities to meet/socialise with other parent/carers EY Qualified staff – Toys, craft activities, song time, healthy snack £3 for first child. £1 for second
T: 07743 848541

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

Gateway Toddlers – Acomb

9.30am-11am, £1 including refreshments.

Drink and cake for all. The children have lots of fun playing while the mums and dads chat.

The Gateway Centre, Front St, Acomb, York YO24 3BZ

T: 01904 781983

Jellytots at York Baptist Church

Term time Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00am-11.30am
York Baptist Church (use door facing Priory St).
50p voluntary contribution.
Suitable for babies & toddlers with their parents/carers.
Lots of toys; includes a craft activity and song time to finish. Drinks and snacks available (free).
Join the facebook page ‘Jellytots parent and toddler group (York)’ for the most up to date information

York Baptist Church, Priory St, YO1 6EX

T: 01904 640124

Kirk Hammerton Baby & Toddler Group

Kirk Hammerton Baby & Toddler group is a friendly and sociable baby and toddler group. We are based at Kirk Hammerton village hall and the session takes place each Wednesday during term time from 9.45 – 11.15am. We are linked to Kirk Hammerton Nursery School and run by a member of the Nursery school staff team.
We have a wide range of toys and a variety of activities on offer each week including crafts and sensory activities.  Snack for the children is included and tea or coffee for the adults. We usually finish with a singing session. New parents are always welcome!
First session is free so come along and give us a try.  For further details please search for the group on the Facebook.

Little Pips

Wednesdays term time only – 9.15am-11.15am

Doors open from 9 to set up, feel free to help
Bring a snack to share. Toys, crafts, singalong at end. Babies up to age 5’s.
Search on Facebook. Cost £1.50

Heworth Community Centre, Applecroft Road, YO31 0HG

Minster Mice

Minster Mice welcomes all pre-school children and their parents/carers to the Minster. We meet in the Lady Chapel at the far end of the Minster, on set Wednesdays from 10.00 am till 11.00 am. Entry is free. Each session we do craft, sing songs, hear a Bible story, and have refreshments. It’s relaxed, fun, even silly.

T: 01904557282

Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark provides popular, lively weekly play sessions for babies, pre-school children and their parents/carers – with a great array of toys, refreshments and good company. Every week (Term Time Only) the session includes a craft session and a short time of singing and informal praise. Noah’s Ark takes place on Wednesdays from 1:45-3:00pm in the church hall.

St Oswald’s, Fulford
T: 01904 639197

Phoenix Baby & Toddler Group

The baby and toddler group runs each Wednesday during term time, 9.30-11.30am.
It costs £2 per session, which includes a snack for each child and a hot drink for parents! Lots of toys and activities for children aged 0-2 and a great chance to catch up with other parents. Plus a bit of a sing song at the end too!

​Park Grove School, York, YO31 8LG

T: 01904 554494

Playtime at Clifton

Wednesday 9.30am-11.00am (tends to run through school holidays too)
Drop in group run by parents for parents of 0-5 year olds in Clifton Children’s Centre.
A 50p contribution per family is for snacks and craft activities.
Clifton Children’s Centre, Kingsway North, York, YO30 6JA
T: 01904 552323

Pocklington School Baby and Toddler Group

A relaxed friendly atmosphere, for carers and their pre-school children and babies to chat, play and socialise.
Venue: Pocklington Prep School
Wednesdays 10.00am – 11.30am, term time only (see school website for term dates)
Free Admission, no need to book
Call Gemma for more information

T: 01759 321288

Rawcliffe Baby and Toddler group

Wednesday morning during term time at Sea Scout Hut, Green Lane in Rawcliffe.
Friendly playgroup with variety of toys, arts and crafts, ball play, story and singing time.
£2 (50p additional child) includes drink and snack.

T: 07906 380037 (Sharon)

Ready Steady Mums

RSM York is a free walking group for mums and their babies. Pregnant ladies also very welcome.

Monday at 10.30am Millennium Bridge entrance of Rowntree Park
Tuesday at 10.30am Tang Hall Explore Library YO31 0HA
Wednesdays at 10:30 meeting at the YHA Water End in Clifton.
Term Time only

It’s a great chance to meet other new mums and chat about what’s been happening with your little people whilst getting some fresh air and gentle exercise. We’re a really friendly bunch and it’s a great way to start the week!
We’re completely volunteer led so if anyone has any free time and a heart to support other mums whilst enjoying some fresh air yourself then we’d love to hear from you or just pop along on a Monday morning!

Find us on Facebook at Ready Steady Mums York

Southlands Parent & Toddler Group

Bring 50p  donation and a piece of fruit to share. Term-time only.

Southlands Methodist Church, Bishopthorpe Road, York

T:  01904 639231 (Wyn Lawrence)

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

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)

Your Cafe

Yourcafe is a child-friendly cafe at Tang Hall Community Centre on Wednesdays 11am – 2pm.
Drinks and snacks from 11 with hot food served from 12.30.
Toddler play area and highchairs.
An inexpensive outing, you just pay-as-you-feel – donate, volunteer, trade

T: 07874 129514