Playgroups & Pre-School Classes Wharfedale & Craven

Friday Pre-School: Wharfedale

Playgroups and Pre-School classes

Wharfedale & Craven and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on  children.

Below is a list of all the local playgroups and drop in clinics throughout the week and also details of all the children’s activities classes available across our area. Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.

If you know of any other classes or groups which are not already listed, then please contact us here. Basic listings are free. ’Featured’ listings are £10 per month. For our full advertising rates then please click here.

Arts and crafts session for pre-school children at the Coffee Shop.Opportunity for parents to make friends, enjoy refreshments and the play area at Crag House Farm.

Session starts at 9:30 am – Price per session £4. (Booking is essential as places are limited)

Craftwork supplied by Lucy Victoria from InkSpiration

To book visit

Crag House Farm, Cookridge, LS16 7NH.

0113 230 3618

diddi dance North and Central Leeds offers funky preschool dance classes for boys and girls from 18 months to 5. We are the only preschool dance programme to explore over 16 different dance styles! From Charleston to Bollywood, each class is jam-packed with dances, exercises, and the use of exciting props such as hula hoops, ribbons and a themed prop which changes each half-term.
To find out what keeps children returning term after term, why not book a no obligation FREE trial class?
Head to the website to find out more and reserve your FREE taster session.
Class Timetable:
Monday 10 am: Pool Village Hall,  Arthington Lane, Pool In Wharfedale, LS21 1LG
Monday 1.30 pm: Health Club at Mercure Parkway Hotel, Otley Road, Adel, LS16 8AG *NEW CLASS*
Friday 9.45 am & 10.45 am Jubilee Hall, Layton Avenue, Rawdon, LS19 6QQ




Your little one’s confidence, creativity and co-ordination will flourish with our fun, quality music sessions.

“The best music class in town” as quoted by our mums! Our classes will help to nurture and enhance  EVERY child’s development and innate musical ability.

At a critical time in your child’s formative years, Rhythm Time offers a wide variety of activities. These activities help brain development, balance, concentration, listening skills and language which in turn help with reading, writing, maths, co-ordination and socialising.

Rhythm Time also helps stimulate your child’s imagination and also develops specific musical concepts such as rhythm, pitch and listening. It’s the perfect foundation for school and future music making!

Rhythm Time’s baby classes and Young Baby Courses will help the development of your baby from birth+.

Our Young Baby Courses have been created specifically for very young babies from birth to 6 months.  These focus on developmental and multi-sensory activities specifically designed for very young babies and their early development.

We are founding members of the Children’s Activities Association which means that you can be confident that our classes are some of the best available for parents and carers.


Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley LS29 9LW

10.00-10.30 Pre-school
10.45-11.15 Toddler
11.30-12.00 Baby
12.15 – 12.45 Baby/Young Baby


Burley in Wharfedale

Queens Hall, Main St, Burley in Wharfedale, LS29 7DT

10.45 – 11.15 Baby



Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St, Otley LS21 3AN

10.00-10.30 Toddler
10.45-11.15 Toddler
11.30-12.00 Baby
12.15 – 12.45 Baby/Young Baby



Guiseley Theatre, The Green, Guiseley, Leeds LS20 9BT

10.00-10.30 Toddler
10.45-11.15 Baby
11.30-12.00 Baby/Young Baby



Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Ave, Baildon, Shipley BD17 6NX

10.00-10.30 Toddler
10.45-11.15 Baby
11.30-12.00 Baby


Fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team. Deliver a specifically designed programme for each age group with energy, enthusiasm and excitement.

“Be prepared to run across the jungle, wade through the quicksand or sprint through Rugbytots Valley avoiding all the smoking boulders.”

Age 2 – 3.5:  Youngest classes require full parent participation and offer a fantastic opportunity to spend quality time with your child whilst they learn new skills, meet new friends and have an exciting introduction to Rugby.

Age 3.5 – 5: These classes do not require full parent participation. Your Rugbytot will be part of a dynamic session that will develop their social and physical skills in a positive environment.

Age 5 -7: Older age group classes really start to prepare children for life after Rugbytots. The same structure is followed but these sessions involve advanced team games and ensure that the basic skills of rugby are coached in the right way by maintaining small class numbers.

09.25 am Age 2 – 3.5 years. 30 mins
10.00 am 3.5 – 5 years. 45 mins

Burley in Wharfedale Queens Hall


09:00am Age 2 – 3.5 years. 30 mins
09:35am Age 2 – 3.5 years. 30 mins
10:10am Age 3.5 – 5 years. 45 mins
11:00am Age 3.5 – 5 years. 45 mins

Moorfield School, Ilkley


09:30am Age 2 – 3.5 years. 30 mins
10:05am Age 2 – 3.5 years. 30 mins
10:40am Age 3.5 – 5 years. 45 mins

Otley Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley



0345 313 2948


Sounds Right Phonics Classes are educational, high energy classes which teach early phonics skills to children aged 1-4 years. It’s a fantastic way to introduce children, and their adults, to the wonderful world of early literacy through the use of games, dance, music and bubbles!

Sounds Right Phonics Classes for Kids provide children with the necessary foundations for learning in a fun, interactive and stimulating environment.

Classes are split into Minis (age 1-2.5), where children are given an introduction into early sound recognition through a range of captivating and imaginative games.

Our pre-school classes (age 2.5-4), provide children with a gentle introduction to letters and sounds through the use of our mascot Robot Reg. Children are taught the skill of oral segmenting and blending, which is perfect for getting them school ready for when the time comes.

Many activities are tailored to include the development of fine and gross motor skills, helping to get those little fingers ready for mark making and writing.

Where and when
Tuesdays: Kids About Tarn, Yeadon
Minis: 9.45-10.30
Pre-school: 10.45-11.30

Thursdays: Salem Church Hall, Burley in Wharfedale
Minis: 12.45-1.30
Pre-school: 1.45-2.30

Fridays: Baildon Community Link, Baildon
Minis: 9.45-10.30
Pre-school: 10.45-11.30




Abbey House Museum

Regular events

Messy monkeys – every Friday (term time) (2pm to 4pm)

Join us at Abbey House Museum for messy creative fun with art materials and the best bit is we clear up afterwards!  Please wear suitable messy clothing as sometimes we paint and sometimes we get wet!

Arty smarties – every Sunday (2pm to 4pm)

An afternoon of relaxing craft activities for families in our Victorian Street.


Phone 0113 230 5492

Baby Time Leeds: Baby Massage & Baby Yoga

Baby Time run a baby massage and baby yoga classes in Bramhope. The next baby massage 13 Sept (for 5 consecutive weeks) and 8 November (for 5 consecutive weeks) at 10-11am – yoga is coming later in 2018. Plenty more info on my website.

Contact Emily on 07881 620 135. Booking essential.

Baby Yoga, Menston

Baby yoga Menston Children’s Centre Fridays 1-2 pm.
Fun , interactive and stimulating sessions for babies parents and carers.
6 week course suitable for baby from 6 weeks to crawling.
For more information txt Sue 07790893042.

BabyBallers Academy Ilkley

Helping your little superstars Learn through play.
Shapes, colours, numbers & more within our fun-filled football sessions.

Thursday: Kirklands Community Centre, Menston, LS29 6HT

10:00 – 10:35 BabyBallers (16 mths – 2 Years)

10:40 – 11:15 MiniBallers (2 – 3 Years)

11:20 – 11:55 Ballers (3 – 5 Years)

Friday & Saturday: Addingham Youth Centre, LS29 0NR

10:00 – 10:35 BabyBallers (16 mths – 2 yrs)

10:40 – 11:15 MiniBallers (2 – 3yrs)

11:20 – 11:55 Ballers (3 – 5 yrs)


To book call Laura on 07805049937.

Babyballet, Yeadon

Babyballet is a fun, award-winning pre-school dance concept for girls and boys from 6 months to 6 years. Babyballet dance classes allow babies, toddlers and young children to enjoy the physical and social benefits of ballet, song and dance in a safe, caring, positive and informal environment.

@ Peace Academy, Yeadon

Friday 9.30-10.05 18m-3 years

Friday 10.30-11.05 3-4 years


Bumps & Babies Cafe, Yeadon

9 – 11.30am Drop In Session

Queensway Primary School, Coppice Wood Ave, Yeadon.

Fairytale Dance by WYSPA Dance Academy

Inspire your child’s imagination and creativity through dance, song & play! A brand new exciting toddler dance class called Fairytale Dance, the class is for boys & girls aged 3-5 years and will run on Friday mornings 10:00-11:00.

The class will be taught by a highly qualified well-experienced teacher.

Call Karen on 01943876000 Mobile: 07989199876

Footy4Tots, Ben Rhydding

Sessions will be held at Ben Rhydding    Methodist Church Hall every Tuesday at 9.30 am and every Friday at 9.30 am.

The cost of each session is £5.00 but by paying in advance for the term will work out at £4.00 per session:

Mums with a second child pay only £1.00 for the second child

The max. no. of tots in one session is 16.

Bernie 01943 430499


* Remember – this is a fun session as well as an educational session.  Come and enjoy yourself !

Joining The Dots, Ilkley

Thursdays at 10 am and 1.15 pm, and Fridays at 10 am Term Time

NEED TO REGISTER contact 07917 867600

All Saints Church, Ilkley



Jugglers, Yeadon

9.45-11.30 Term Time

£1.00 per family. 0-3 years.

The lower hall, New Life Community Church (formerly known as St Andrew’s), Yeadon. Tel:0113 250 6249

There are lots of toys and equipment on offer.  Each week a different craft activity is available.

Little Ducklings Playgroup, Burley in Wharfedale

Little Ducklings Playgroup

Friday’s 9.30-11.30 (runs in all school holidays – except summer)
Fun and friendly stay and play group for babies, toddlers and their carers.

£2 per family
Includes refreshments, toys, crafts, books, puzzles, song time.

Queen’s Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale

Playgroup, Otley

9.30-11.15 Term Time

£2.00 per family

Bridge Street Church, Otley

Very fun group with plenty of toys to chose from. Tea, coffee, snack & juice included with songs to finish.




Pool Tiddlers

Baby and toddler group, Friday in Pool Village Hall (generally term-time only). All welcome with children under school age.

Crafts, mega blocks, play-doh, wendy house, play kitchen, cars/trikes, dressing up, baby mats with bouncers, walkers and oodles of toys!

Drink and a snack during the session and finish with some fun action songs.

£1.50 for babies/crawlers

£2 for over 1’s (includes refreshments for children and adults plus any craft activities)


Splat Messy Play Classes

Create, learn, discover, explore! Splat Messy Play classes are coming to Baildon, Guiseley and Otley from January. Suitable for 6 months to 5 years. Call Alison on 07834 179861 to find out more and book your place.

Wednesdays at Fisical Sports in Baildon
Thursdays at the Potting Shed in Guiseley
Fridays at the Parish Church Scout Hut in Otley, 9.30 -10.30 am.

Stay and Play, Ilkley

Join our Little Notes, Art Splash and Gym4Tots ‘Stay and Play’ sessions at Ghyll Royd Pre-School and Nursery on Friday mornings from 9.30am to 11.00am (term time only). For children aged 18 months to 4 years. Free refreshments are available. No need to book, just turn up!


Entry costs £1.00 per family

Music Notes/Gym4Tots costs £2.00 per child, £1.00 per sibling


The Creation Station, Guiseley

Whatever age you are; creative activities are great for confidence, hand and eye co-ordination, social skills, wellbeing and positive mental health and much more. And as if that wasn’t enough, being imaginative and getting involved in creative arts and crafts activities is great fun!

Little Explorer creative classes from 15 months – 5 years. 10-10.45 am

Baby discovery, a unique baby learning & development experience with inspiring creative play & treasured artworks.  11:15 – 12:00 am

@ Tumble Town, Guiseley 10.00-10.45

Tiny Toes, Guiseley

TinyToes ballet offers award-winning ballet & dance classes for children from 18months to 4 years. Our syllabus is a progressive, educational & fun experience which focuses on learning through dance. Our classes are a fantastic introduction to dance, music & rhythm.

Friday: Guiseley theatre, LS20 6AN
10.15-11.15am: Twirlers/tap: 3-5 years


Call Louise on 07954951678 for more information.

Trinity Toddlers, Rawdon

9.30-11.30 Term Time.

£1.50 for adult and child [includes tea, coffee, juice and biscuits] 50p for every other child over 1 year [babies come free!]

Trinity Church, Rawdon

A warm welcome is extended to parents & carers with pre-school children. There are toys and activities for babies and toddlers with a short singing time at the end of the session.