Playgroups & Pre-School Classes Wharfedale & Craven

Monday 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.

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



Gloop, glue, jelly, paint and glittery sand, Messy Monkeys has it all and much more, for your very own little monkey to enjoy!

Messy monkeys are happy to announce new sessions in Ben Rhydding.

Open to babies and children from 6 months – preschool. We offer fun and messy sessions AND we tidy up afterwards too!!!

Monday at Ben Rhydding Methodist Church 10am


Pyjama Drama is a drama & imaginative play programme for children up to 7 years that aims to develop key skills by igniting children’s imaginations. In our themed classes we sing songs, play active games & go on imaginary adventures.

Our Dewdrops classes (6-24-months) include rhymes & puppet stories, whilst our older children will act out stories & adventures guided by me but with a lot of their own input. Who wants to build a rocket out of chocolate & sticks to fly to the moon? What about giving medicine to a poorly frog in the jungle? Or taking tea with the queen in a palace guarded by a dragon? And you might even get to take an imaginary spider home with you!

For our term time classes, we ask you to come for a 3 Week Trial – your child gets to know the structure of the class & the other children. You will see their confidence, communication & input develop. After that, you can sign up on a termly basis. Class numbers are limited to 12 participating children.

Bookable one-off holiday/weekend sessions also run – just email me if you’d like to be notified of these.

Nursery sessions & Parties also available.


* Mondays Termtime: Otley Burras Lane Scout HQ, LS21 3HR

9.30 – 10.15 2-4 years (Raindrops & Rainbows)

10.30 – 11.30 6 – 24 months (Dewdrops) with Stay & Play cuppa & cake


* Tuesdays Termtime: Burley in Wharfedale Scout HQ, LS29 7JS

10.0 – 10.45 2-4 years (Raindrops & Rainbows)


01943 496 099


Baby signing is a fantastic skill to learn with your little one, enabling you to communicate with each other from an early age and encourage their social development.

Our great fun, music-based classes support your family, as you discover the benefits for yourself!

Sing and Sign Babes is a gentle 5-week music and sensory course with an emphasis on communication. Suitable from birth to 6 months. This lovely class explores eye contact, gesture, and anticipation, together with lots of cuddles, tickles and some simple signs. All building the framework for communication, brought to you using our magic ingredient – music!

The Stage 1 course introduces 6-14-month-olds, and their families, to the wonders of baby signing. Over 100 signs are covered in the 10-week course, relating to daily routines (like meal times, getting changed, bedtime etc), animals, vehicles and lots more.

The Stage 2 course gives 14-30-month-old, and their families, the opportunity to enjoy more complex topics, with more physical exertion! More animals to encounter, colours to explore, and lots of weather conditions to experience over the 10 weeks! As children develop speech, having the support of a physical gesture alongside emerging words, makes it much less frustrating for everyone!

Monday am: Tumbletown, Guiseley. Stage 1 & 2

Tuesday am: The Courthouse, Otley. Stage 1 & 2

 Cost: Babes: £30 for 5 weeks, Stage 1 & 2: £62.50 for 10 weeks (No extra charge for multiples).


Baby Shed at The Potting Shed – Guiseley

From Monday 4th March 2019

Monday & Wednesday from 10 am – 12

A warm, friendly space for families with young children!

Children’s television, plenty of toys & a FREE CAKE with your first drink. If you decide to stay for lunch, we’ll knock 10% off your food bill.

The event will be upstairs in our carpeted Gin Parlour… now our part-time Baby Parlour. Suitable for children up to 3 years old.

The Potting Shed – Guiseley, Oxford Road, LS20 8AA Guiseley

Burley Babies

Burley babies runs on a Monday 1 pm til 2:30 pm.
£1 per family in burley and is a friendly stay and play for mums and children aged birth to preschool, its £1 and includes tea/coffee and there is some singing at the end.


St Mary’s Parish Centre, Station Road, Burley in Wharfedale.

Mini Movers, Yeadon

Mini movers – come and join us 10.30-11.15 am! Term Time.

Queensway Primary school, Coppice Wood Avenue, Yeadon

Moo Music

Moo Music in Yeadon at Kids about tarn

We run two Mixed-age sessions
Monday 9.30am and 10.30am.

Both suitable from Baby – 5 years old and perfect for siblings too

Our sessions are a fab mix of sensory, creative play, dancing, games and singing. There is something for everyone – we are fast-paced and active throughout.

Call Caroline for more information 07932501904

Otley Story Time

Story time for the under 5s!

@ Otley Library

Monday 2.00-2.30pm

Stay & Play Mondays at Otley Children’s Centre

Monday 9.30 – 11.00 am. Aimed at 2 to5-year-olds to support their development. This structured session will have free play of all areas for parents to follow their child’s lead, snack and a social time to sit together and finish with singing.

Otley Children’s Centre, Crossgreen, Otley

£2 per family.

Term Time only.

Story Bees

Mondays 9.30-10.30 am & 11.15 – 12.15 pm. Term-time only
Salem Church Hall, Burley-in-Wharfedale

Interactive story, singing and creative play sessions for 0-5 years olds. Imaginative art, sensory and messy activities bring stories to life at this group!

Bookings for half-termly courses being taken now.

Call Maddie on 07920013954 to book.

Story Time Yeadon

Story time for the under 5’s!

Monday 2-2.30pm term time

Yeadon Library.

Tadpoles, Yeadon

9.30-11.00 Term time

75p per adult & child

Yeadon Methodist Church. Contact Jacqui Askham 07823490135

A friendly group based at Yeadon Methodist Church. Go along and enjoy a chat and a cuppa.

The Story Makers, Burley in Wharfedale

The Story Makers – from 5th November 2018

at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Burley-in-Wharfedale.

Mondays and Wednesdays – 9.30 to 11.30 (term time only)

Story sessions with themed arts and crafts. A group for pre-school children aged 2.5 to 5 years! Book now. Call Nerys on 07812780417.

Toddle Up And Sign

Toddle up & sign are interactive baby sign classes based on songs & stories. For 6months+

  • Mon: Bramble Bakehouse Guiseley. 9.30-10am. Drop in
  • Wed: Being Better, Newmarket Street, Skipton. 1 pm. Must book.
  • Saturday 10-11 Glusburn Arts Institute, Sutton in Craven (No need to book but please check beforehand as classes run in terms)

Please contact Liz to book a place on 07533887649.