There are many reasons to choose The Dawnay Playgroup, but first and foremost we aim to provide a dynamic, happy place where children feel secure and comfortable and develop steadily to school age. 

Running for over 50 years with an experienced, qualified and loyal team of 5 staff.

Focus on learning through play as part of the Early Years Foundation stage.

Provide a permanent classroom and have our own garden.

Operate a key person system to help children settle in and develop to their potential while they are with us.

Have great communication with parents e.g. link books, newsletters - you can come and talk to us when you want to.

Provide hundreds of activities for children e.g. painting, cooking and sports

A committee run, non-profit making playgroup, so everything we do is just for the children.



We have a permanent classroom located on the Dawnay Primary School site. 
We have our own separate classroom and outdoor area. However we are very lucky to be able to access the other areas of the school, for example we can have use of the schools playing fields, woodland area, playgrounds, and infant hall.


We have very loyal, experienced staff at The Dawnay Playgroup who work together as a very close team. This consists of 5 members of staff, 4 of which are qualified in Early Years. However, all staff hold a Pediatric First Aid certificate and a Food Safety and Hygiene certificate. All members of staff receive regular Safeguarding training. We are also committed to ongoing training in all other areas of Early Years Education.


We provide a wide variety of activities and learning experiences covering all areas of the Early Years curriculum. These are usually linked to our half termly themes.
The children have many opportunities to play and explore in both our indoor and outdoor environments to extend their learning while having fun!



Our last Ofsted inspection was on 17th March 2017 and we are pleased with the outcome of the report which came out as "good" overall.


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