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.
Sneak a peek, it’s all amazing! Our multi-award winning classes will introduce you and your baby (or babies) to a world of sensory delights, where you can relax, spend quality time with each other and enjoy meeting other new parents. Specifically designed from birth, to aid your child’s development, the classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, singing and more – plus you’ll never experience the same class twice.
At Toddler Sense, we have a different adventure each week. This national award-winning programme has been written by early years experts to aid development in all key areas as well as being fantastic fun. Imagine climbing a snowy mountain, exploring space with aliens and throwing a tea party for Mother’s Day. There are bouncy castles, soft play, ball pools, ride-on’s, tents, tunnels and more – all followed by sensory activities to make you shout “Wow!”. Sibling discounts are available.
Summer Term (younger siblings welcome)
FUN, EDUCATIONAL & AWARD WINNING music classes.
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
12.15 – 12.45 Baby/Young Baby
Burley in Wharfedale
Queens Hall, Main St, Burley in Wharfedale, LS29 7DT
Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St, Otley LS21 3AN
12.15 – 12.45 Baby/Young Baby
Guiseley Theatre, The Green, Guiseley, Leeds LS20 9BT
11.30-12.00 Baby/Young Baby
Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Ave, Baildon, Shipley BD17 6NX
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
Thursdays: Salem Church Hall, Burley in Wharfedale
Fridays: Baildon Community Link, Baildon
Specifically designed from birth, to aid child’s development, classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, singing and more!
Please call Kate in advance to reserve your place on 07875138660.
10:15 – 11:15
Birth to 13 months
11:30 – 12:30
Birth to 13 months
Tumble Town Adventure Play
Unit two Southview Business Park Leeds West Yorkshire
9.30-11.30 Term Time
Otley Children’s Center
Parent & baby group.
10am – 11am at Queensway Primary School, Coppice Wood Ave, Yeadon.
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.
Baby Massage & Baby Yoga classes in Otley & Yeadon.
Thursdays @ 10:00 – 10:45 – Baby massage at Your first smile, Otley
Thursdays @ 12:15 – 1:00 – Baby Massage at Kids about tarn, Yeadon
Thursday @1:15 – 2:00 – Baby Yoga at Kids about tarn, Yeadon.
Classes take place during term time. Taster sessions on Thursday 23rd May with the next block of classes beginning on Thursday 6th June 2019.
Call Anne-Marie on 07951151920
1 hour of fun baby sensory including coffee & cake for parents.
Tuesday at 10 am and Thursday at 1 pm
To book a 5-week course with a free session and gift please tel : 07590698611
Sessions running at Peek a boo, 5 New Inn Court, Otley.
Guiseley Children’s Center, Guiseley primary School.
Breast Feeding peer support group.
9.30-10.30 Term Time
£3.00 per child. Walkers to 5 years.
Ilkley Children’s Center.
Developed by experts, our classes are tailor-made to your child’s age and stage. From developing motor skills and social interaction to early phonics and scientific enquiry: your child will love our fun-filled approach to early learning, whether they are newborn or ready to start school.
Ben Rhydding Scout Hut, Wheatley Ln, Ilkley
Thursdays starting w/c 14th May 2018
9.30 – 10.15 Babies
10.30 – 11.15 Toddlers
11.30 – 12.15 Preschool
Developing children’s sporting skills, physical fitness, as well as promoting a team and work ethic, alongside fun and enjoyment for all.
9.30am – 10.30am
£3 per child. Suitable for walker’s – 5 years.
Ilkley Children’s Centre, Little Lane, Ilkley, LS29 8HZ
Thursdays at 10 am and 1.15 pm, and Fridays at 10 am Term Time
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All Saints Church, Ilkley
1.30-3.00 Term Time
£1.00 for up to 2 children, 50p per child thereafter.
Ilkley Children’s Center.
Music and singing classes, a great way for children to socialise and develop in a creative and stimulating environment.
Singing songs on a regular basis helps to widen children’s vocabulary and listening skills which are an essential part of learning to read & write.
The classes are very friendly and informal. The emphasis is on having fun!
Chevin Community Centre, Craven Street, Otley
Thursday 10:00 am
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.
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.
Mums, Dads, Grannies, Grandads, and childminders.
Come along to storytime at Rawdon Community Library Thursday at 11am – 11.30 am.
Jubilee Hall, Layton Avenue, Rawdon, Leeds
Thursday 10-10.45 am
15 months – 5 years
Our award-winning ‘Little Explorers’ art classes for babies, toddlers and preschool children provide the perfect solution for all your child’s creativity needs, with no stress or mess for you!
T: 07763 937676
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.
Thursday The Methodist Church, Ls29 6NB
4-4.45pm: Twirlers 3-5 years
5-5.45: Spinners 5-7years
Saturday High Royds Social club
10.30-11.15: Twirlers 3.5-5 years
11.15-11.45: Tap toes 2 3.5-5 years
TinyToes ballet offers award winning ballet and dance classes for children from 18months to 4 years. A progressive, educational & fun experience which focuses on learning through dance. Our classes are a fantastic introduction to dance, music & rhythm.
Thursdays: Otley, Westbourne House, Otley LS21 3LG
9.45-10.30: Tiptoes 6m-18m
10.45-11.30: Talent toes 2-4 years
Tap Toes (Tap class) 2.5 years +
Call Louise on 07954951678 for more information.
Thursday afternoons 1.30-3pm
FREE, fun activities for your little ones in a lovely setting with refreshments avaliable.
27th Set Woodland Animal Making
4th Oct Woodland Walk
11th Oct Sock Puppets
18th Oct Firework & Halloween crafts
Carter’s Lane, Middleton, Ilkley, LS29 0DQ
Tel: 01943 608053
10.00-11.30 Term time.
£2 annual membership fee and £2 per session payable in advance each half term.
Guiseley Methodist Church.
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A friendly group to make new friends and have fun together! With lots of toys, craft activities, snacks and songs. Come and play!
Weekly toddler class. Woodland games, nature crafts, den building, fire lighting, rope work, snacks & drinks.
Age 1 -5 years accompanied by an adult.
Price £8 per child
Thursdays (Term Time) 10 am – 11.30 am
Bramhope Scout Camp, Occupation Road, Bramhope, LS16 9HR
to book phone Liz on 07715 001 394