The educational programs at The Dawnay Playgroup were created with our children’s needs in mind: to mature and develop in a safe yet stimulating environment. Take a look below to learn more about each program.


The Dawnay Playgroup are registered to accept children from 2½ years onwards. Your child will be offered their place at the nearest start of term/half term to this age. 

The Dawnay Playgroup reserves the right to reallocate all sessions in the event that a place previously accepted is declined, without there being extenuating circumstances. 

Priority is given to children who start at two and a half but, if you wish your child to start later you should advise us. In such circumstances and subject to availability of spaces, we can only confirm your child's place the term before they are due to start.

Priority for sessions is given to the existing children. Whilst we will always do our best to accommodate requests for specific sessions where there is a genuine need or reason, it may not always be possible.


We offer a flexible approach to pre-school education. 

Session times 

Monday       09:00am - 12:00noon

Tuesday       09:00am - 3:00pm

Wednesday 09:00am - 3:00pm

Thursday     09:00am - 12:00noon

Friday         09.00am - 12:00noon

These are our current opening times,

Tuesdays and Wednesdays sessions still end at 12:00noon however there is an opportunity to stay all day. please see below.

Lunch Club 

All days have the option to stay until 1:00pm for lunch club - please bring a packed lunch.

Longer Sessions 

The longer session times (pick up at 3pm) will only be available to children over 3 years old, and when deemed ready to do so by staff.

Early drop off 

All days we offer early drop off at 8:45am for a small fee of £2 - payable on the day, this does not need to be booked in advance.

Ad hoc sessions 

We understand that sometimes you might need the occasional day, in addition to your signed up days. Please speak to us and we will see what we can do.


We offer a competitive pricing structure for our preschool. 


The charge is £7 per hour. Fees are reviewed on an annual basis and invoices are issued at the beginning of each term for the whole term.

FEET & Childcare vouchers

We do accept childcare vouchers and we are registered for FEET. For any further details regarding free 15 hours and your options click here.  


To secure a place for your child we require a £25.00 non-refundable deposit, of which £20.00 is redeemable against the first terms fees (there is a £5.00 charge to cover administration costs).

Non attendance

We regret that we cannot make refunds for holidays or illness or on occasions where circumstances beyond our control may force The Dawnay Playgroup to close/not operate for example: illness; adverse weather conditions.  

Please provide a terms notice if a child is leaving the Playgroup, or changing their sessions.



Application Form

This is the application form for your child to join The Dawnay Playgroup.

Please download and once completed email to us.  

Data Protection Policy

Please complete this form and let us know your communication & image preferences.

Please download and once completed email us.


Overview pack

This pack gives you all the information you will need for your little one starting at The Dawnay Playgroup.


It is never too soon to register your child for Playgroup. The Dawnay Playgroup is registered to take 22 children per session aged between two and a half and five years old. Please contact our Admission secretary to discuss availability. 

Children can start at The Dawnay Playgroup anytime from the half term after they are two and a half years old. We are an equal opportunities playgroup, and we are happy to accept children with special educational needs.

Please complete the Application Form and return it, with the required deposit to:~

The Admissions Secretary
The Dawnay Playgroup
The Dawnay School
Griffin Way
Great Bookham
Surrey KT23 4JJ

Term Dates

We follow the school term and are open during term time only and closed during all schools holidays and bank holidays.

Autumn Term 2020 (70 days)

Thursday 3rd September – Friday 23rd October (37 days)

Half term holiday: 26th October – 30th October inclusive

Monday 2nd November – Wednesday 16th December (33 days)

Spring Term 2021 (58 days)

Monday 4th January – Friday 12th February (30 days)

Half term holiday: 15th February – 19th February inclusive

Monday 22nd February – Wednesday 31st March (28 days)

Summer Term 2021 (62 days)

Monday 19th April – Friday 29th May (29 days)

Bank Holiday Monday - 3rd May – playgroup closed

Half term holiday: 31st May – 4th June inclusive

Monday 7th June – Wednesday 21st July (33 days)

Term Dates


Autumn Term 2021 (70 days)

Thursday 2nd September – Friday 22nd October (37 days)

Half term holiday: 25th October – 29th October inclusive

Monday 1st November – Wednesday 15th December (33 days)

Spring Term 2022 (56 days)

Friday 7th January – Friday 11th February (26 days)

Half term holiday: 14th February – 18th February inclusive

Monday 21st February – Friday 1st April (30 days)

Summer Term 2021 (63 days)

Tuesday 19th April – Friday 27th May (28 days)

Bank Holiday Monday – 2nd May – playgroup closed

Half term holiday: 30th May – 3rd June inclusive

Monday 6th June – Friday 22nd July (35 days)