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.
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)
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
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
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
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
9.30-11.00 Term Time
Askwith Village Hall.
A lovely group with lovely cake!
Baby Club starts on Tuesday 25th July at 10 am and then runs every Tuesday morning.
A nice relaxing environment for parents with babies to come and relax, enjoy some of our wonderful hot drinks… with our free brownies of course. It’s free entry. Chat, relax, and enjoy!
Stew & Oyster Otley, Manor Square, LS21 3AY Otley
11.00-12.30 Term Time
£1.00 per family.
Guiseley Children’s Center, Guiseley primary School.
1.45 – 2.45pm
Guiseley Primary School, Oxford Road, Guiseley LS20 9OA
Little Learners Baby Massage Course. Visit www.littlelearnersleeds.co.uk for full details.
9.30-11.00 Term Time
Ilkley Children’s Center. 0-18m.
Some great things to play with for the younger child.
Every Tuesday at 10am – Midday
A cosy environment for babies and parents. Parents can enjoy teas and coffees from £2.10, and they all come with a free brownie!
Stew & Oyster Otley, The Old Grammar School, Manor Square, Otley LS21 3AY
Phone: 01943 465363
1.45pm – 2.45pm at Guiseley Primary School.
Contact Sarah on 07596 694092 for more details or to book.
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.
Babies: 10.00 am & Bees: 11.15 am. Skipton
Babies: 1.15 pm & Bees: 2.15 pm at The Hive, Elliott St, Silsden, BD20 0DE
Babies: 9.30 am & Bees: 10.30 am. Ilkley
To book call Rachel on 07970 015222
Cherie’s Melody – inspiring voices AKA Turn up the Talent offers a fantastic opportunity for anyone who loves singing, performing & gaining confidence/skills. Are classes/holiday clubs are led by professional singer sisters Cherie and Melody.
Burley in Wharfedale Scout and Guide hut 1.15pm
Weekly themed preschool craft and story session.
Come and along and get involved in the crafty fun as your little ones create a mini masterpiece.
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 !
Tuesdays at 9am – 10.30 am.
Guiseley Primary School, Oxford Road, Guiseley
A class for grown-up(s) and child(ren) to play together in a creative, fun and nurturing environment. For all ages and abilities. However, a sense of adventure is essential!
Tuesdays 9.30 – 10.15 am (From 6th May)
Places must be booked through their Facebook page.
Storytime for the under 5’s!
Tuesday 10.30-11 am term time.
Classes are full of music, laughter and sensory aids. Sing and play your way through language learning. Before you know it your little one will be singing at home and you’ll be bursting with pride at your little linguist.
Tuesdays 9.40am (Spanish) / 10.30am (French)
Ilkley Children’s Centre, Little Lane, Ilkley, LS29 8HZ (based upstairs, in the Youth Centre)
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!
Family Fun creative classes from 1 year – 11 years.
@ Tumble Town, Guiseley 11.00-12.00
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!
Tots & Toys
Bethel Church Hall, Myers Croft, (behind Sainsburys) Otley LS21 3JG
For more info contact Caroline 01943 463050
For babies to school age children. Toys, craft, story and singing. All welcome!
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.
Tuneful Tuesdays (Term Time Only) from 1.45 pm onwards.
Storytime/Rhymetime/Crafts on a different theme each week – for under 5s – from 1.45 pm onwards
Burley In Wharfedale Library.