Playgroups & Pre-School Classes Wharfedale & Craven

Thursday 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.

Baby Sensory

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.

  • Thursday 10:15 – 11:15 am: Birth to 13 months
  • Thursday 11:30 – 12:30 am: Birth to 13 months
  • Thursday 12:45 – 13:45 am: Birth to 13 months


Toddler Sense

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.

  • Wednesday 09:30 – 10:20 am: 13 months to 2 years 6 months
  • Wednesday 10:30 – 11:20 am: 2 years  to 4 years

Summer Term (younger siblings welcome)



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


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


Baby Sensory, Guiseley

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


Baby Time, Otley

9.30-11.30 Term Time

Otley Children’s Center

Parent & baby group.


Baby Yoga, Yeadon

10am – 11am at Queensway Primary School, Coppice Wood Ave, Yeadon.

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.

Balmy Babies: Baby Massage & Baby Yoga

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

Boo Baby Sensory Classes

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.

Bosom Buddies, Guiseley


Guiseley Children’s Center, Guiseley primary School.

Breast Feeding peer support group.



Creative Dance, Ilkley

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


Fisical Thursdays, Ilkley

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

01535 605272

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



Let’s Play, Ilkley

1.30-3.00 Term Time

£1.00 for up to 2 children, 50p per child thereafter.

Ilkley Children’s Center.


Music Bugs: Family Bugs – Mixed Age

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

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.




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.

Story Time, Rawdon

Mums, Dads, Grannies, Grandads, and childminders.
Come along to storytime at Rawdon Community Library Thursday at 11am – 11.30 am.


The Creation Station, Rawdon

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

Tiny Toes, Menston

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

Louise 07876408652

Tiny Toes, Otley

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.

Tiny Tots Toddler Club at Westville House School

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


All welcome!

Carter’s Lane, Middleton, Ilkley, LS29 0DQ

Tel: 01943 608053

Tots Group, Guiseley

10.00-11.30 Term time.

£2 annual membership fee and £2 per session payable in advance each half term.

Guiseley Methodist Church.


A friendly group to make new friends and have fun together! With lots of toys, craft activities, snacks and songs. Come and play!


Twigs ‘n’ Stix: Twig-let Forest School

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