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.
Village Hall, Low Cotton Road, YO41 1DZ
Every Wednesday 1-3pm
A supportive environment in which people from diverse communities can develop new friendships and build links to the wider York community. Run by York Racial Equality Network, a voluntary organisation and registered charity.
St Aelred’s Community Centre 216 Fifth Avenue Tang Hall, York YO31 0PN
1.00pm-2.30pm Wednesdays term-time only. £1 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.
Wednesday 12.30pm – 2.00pm (term time only). Group for mums, dads and carers with babies up to crawling age to get to know others. This is an informal and friendly group. Refreshments are available. Occasionally there is a speaker or chats on topics of interest. If you are starting out with a new baby, it’s a great place to meet like-minded mums, dads and carers. We ask for a £1 donation to cover costs.
‘Acomb babies at gateway is lovely.’
AT, June 2019
The Gateway Centre, Front Street, Acomb, York, YO24 3BZ.
T: 01904 781983
Monday, Wednesday Term time 9.15-11.15am
Methodist Church Main Street YO23 3SU
Informal Drop in session for babies and toddlers (0-5yrs). 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. New mums and tiny babies will be made especially welcome. Quiet area with baby weighing scales.
‘It’s a lovely group. You get a brew and baby’s can have a snack aswell.’
SW, Feb 2018
T: 07743 848541
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.
‘Elvington toddlers group is so friendly, lots of different toys and babies and toddlers of different ages.’
SM, June 2019
The Village Hall, Main Street, Elvington. YO41 4AA
T: 01904 607515
Wednesday 9.30am-11am (term time only). Group for parents, carers and their toddlers. Lots of fun activities, snacks and story time to end. £1 per family.
The Gateway Centre, Front St, Acomb, York YO24 3BZ
T: 01904 781983
Term time Wednesdays 9.30-11.00. Stay and Play Group for children 0-4 years and their parents or carers.
Only £2 for a family including a healthy snack, tea/coffee and delicious home baking. Cozy Baby Area/Sensory Play /Play dough/ Fun Crafts /Toys / Ball Pool. Everyone welcome!
Huby Methodist Chapel, York, YO61 1YF
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
‘Can recommend Jelly Tots.’
KL, July 2018
‘One big room, lots of toys, craft, snacks and tea/coffee for you. Everyone is very friendly.’
SW, Sept 2019
York Baptist Church, Priory St, YO1 6EX
T: 01904 640124
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 10.00 – 11.15am. We are linked to Kirk Hammerton Nursery School and run by a member of the Nursery school staff team.
T: 01423 339404 (Helen)
Wednesday 1:30 to 3pm, term time only
£2 per child, (+50p extra sibling)
A friendly and welcoming baby and toddler group in the beautiful village of Appleton Roebuck. All little apples are welcome! Includes free play with toys, healthy snack and lots of fun.
KP, Dec 2018
Parish Rooms, Appleton Roebuck, York YO23 7DN
T: 07958 650480 (Laura)
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
‘A really lovely friendly group with a great baby area and refreshments for Carers and snack time for the littlies.’
AM, April 2019
‘Has a lovely baby area! X’
EB, April 2018
Heworth Community Centre, Applecroft Road, YO31 0HG
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.
We’re a volunteer run community group offering a friendly and relaxed swimming environment for women and preschool children. Lifeguard on duty and toys to play with. No booking required – just come along and swim.
£2.50 – adults/£1.50 – children (No pre-booking necessary)
New Earswick Swimming Pool YO32 4AQ
T: 01904 766937 (Margaret)
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
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
A relaxed friendly atmosphere, for carers and their pre-school children and babies to chat, play and socialise.
Venue: Pocklington Prep School
Wednesdays 10-11am, term time only (see school website for term dates)
Free Admission, no need to book
Call Gemma for more information
T: 01759 321288
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.
‘Really friendly group.’
SC, Jan 2019
T: 07906 380037 (Sharon)
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
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!
‘Ready steady mums have a walk from millennium bridge. Worth a meet up with them.’
CS, April 2019
‘Ready Steady Mums walking groups are great.’
HG, June 2019
Find us on Facebook at Ready Steady Mums York
Bring 50p donation and a piece of fruit to share. Term-time only.
66 Nunmill Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 1NU
T: 01904 639231 (Wyn Lawrence)
For more details about the sessions and libraries below see our post HERE
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
Duplo play session every Saturday morning from 10-11am
Thursdays 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Tuesdays 2.30pm – 3pm
Saturdays (University term time only) 11 – 11.30
Fridays 2.30 – 3pm
Thursdays from 2.15-2.45pm
Tuesdays 10am – 10.30am
Fridays 2.30pm – 3pm
Tuesday from 11-11.30am
Story and Rhyme times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10.30 – 11 am
Playtimes: Tuesday and Thursday 10.30 – 11 am
Playdough sessions: Every weekday morning 11am – 12 noon in the Cafe.
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
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 parent and toddler groups at the Steiner school in Fulford are lovely! Small groups, free play for the toddlers, craft for the adults and toddlers sometimes too, snack for everyone and then ring time songs and story.’
AH, Jan 2019
The York Steiner School, Danesmead, Fulford Cross, Fulford, York, YO10 4PB
T: 01904 654 983 (Book your first free taster session)