Painswick Playgroup exists to provide a safe, stimulating environment for young children. We have a dedicated team of five members of staff, all mums themselves, who have worked closely together for many years to make our playgroup the happy place it is today. This hard work and dedication was rewarded in our latest Ofsted inspection in 2015 where we scored Outstanding on every level for the second time running.

We are located within the grounds of the Croft School in the village of Painswick, in Gloucestershire.

Our playgroup is special because the building is for playgroup and toddler group use only. No-one else uses this provision so the facilities and decor have been devised with the children in mind.

Our building consists of a large main room with kitchen, toilets and reception area. The toilets include a facility for disabled children and baby changing area. The main room has a home corner for role-play, craft area with painting easels and a quiet reading corner. We have a computer and two tablets for the children to use. The learning environment is bright and welcoming. Walls are decorated with photos, children’s work, and items relating to current topics.

Each child has their own named coat hook and tray where they can leave belongings and artwork that they wish to take home.

Outside, we have a large enclosed garden with a covered play area which means that the children can go outside in all weather. In the garden there is an adventure climbing frame, mud kitchen, sand pit, play house and various other play toys. We also plant flowers and grow vegetables in the garden.

The playgroup has a large selection of bikes and scooters for the children to choose from. These are used on the school’s playground behind the playgroup building. Physical games and activities also take place in this area.

Playgroup Hours
Monday to Friday (school term time only) NB: Tuesday sessions are for children in their preschool year only
9.00am – 12.00pm Morning session
12.00pm – 12.30pm Lunch club
12.30pm – 3.30pm Afternoon session (Fridays afternoon sessions finish at 3pm)

Note that all children are required to attend for a minimum of 2 sessions per week.

Age Requirement
Children may attend the playgroup from the age of 2 years and 9 months.
A child will normally start Painswick Playgroup in September, January or April, depending on when they are over 2 years and 9 months.

The cost is £4.50 per hour* for children aged 2 years and 9 months at the beginning of term, and £4.00 per hour* for children aged 3 or 4 years at the beginning of term (above the 15 hours free entitlement). Fees are billed at the beginning of each term and prompt payment of fees is appreciated. If fees are not paid by the end of the term, we reserve the right to refuse admission in the following term, until the fees are paid.
Lunch Club is £2.00* per session.
*correct at time of publishing.

Government Funding
We offer both the 15 hours free, and 30 hours government funded childcare for eligible children over the age of 3, for 38 weeks of the year. Your child becomes eligible from 1 September, 1 January or 1 April following their 3rd birthday.
Where a child attends two or more settings for 15 hours per week, you can now choose how to share the funding between providers.