Alne Pre-School Playgroup

About Us

Established in 1971, we care for and educate children from 2 years old until they start primary school.  Our aim is to encourage the development and education of these children through play in a safe, stimulating environment; developing their ability to co-operate and share;  teaching them to treat others with kindness and respect; encouraging them to become independent learners, to make friends and to have fun. 

The playgroup is a registered charity (no. 1147197) run as a non-profit making organisation.  The operation of the group is overseen by a voluntary committee of parents/carers.  Our playgroup manager is Dawn Grainger who heads a team of six highly experienced and well trained staff.  In addition, Dawn is also a Leading Practitioner for North Yorkshire, supporting other playgroup settings in the area and improving standards of learning and teaching by sharing best practice.  We operate a key person system which means that one member of staff will take a special interest in a small group of children, helping them to settle in and monitoring their progress. 

We are members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance and are registered with and inspected by Ofsted.  Our latest report can be found on the Ofsted website at

We have recently completed a project to build our own purpose-built playgroup building within the grounds of Alne Primary School.  This has enabled us to extend the service we can provide to local families. 


We are open every weekday for the following sessions, but we are closed for the week between Christmas and New Year and the August Bank Holiday week:

Breakfast Club

8:00am – 8:45am


8:45am – 11:45am


11:45am – 12:30pm


12:30pm – 3:30pm

After School

3:30pm – 6:00pm

Our Breakfast Club is also open to children up to 11 years old.

During the school holidays we will also be open to children up to 11 years old on the days that Kool Club is not offering any holiday provision at Alne Primary School.
All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education per week through the Early Years Funding Provision entitlement.

We accept childcare vouchers. 

Contact Details

Alne Pre-school Playgroup, Alne Primary School, Main Street, Alne, York YO61 1RT 

Tel:       01347-830011

Mobile: 07710-571110

Email:  [email protected]      Website:

For further information or to arrange a visit, please contact Dawn on the above phone numbers or via email.