Sessions Times

Standard Sessions

Morning Session        9am-11.30am

Lunch Club                 11.30-1.00pm

Afternoon Session    1.00pm-3.30pm

Parents can choose which sessions their child attends the setting; just sessions, sessions and lunch club or full day care are available.  We do not however just offer lunch club sessions.

Woodlands Playgroup is open term time only.


Lunch Club

You are asked to provide your child with a healthy packet lunch; we operate a no nut policy. 


We offer a wraparound service with Yarm Primary School Nursery.  We pick up or take your child to their nursery session; they spend the remaining part of the day with ourselves.


Free 15 hours

We are able to offer Nursery Education Grant to children the term after their third birthday.  This entitles children to receive 15 hours free childcare for 38 weeks of the year.

In some cases we are also able to offer 15 hours free childcare for 2 years olds.

Speak to us about term dates to qualify for the funding when you visit.

Key Person

Your child will be assigned a key person when they begin attending Woodlands Playgroup.  The key person’s role is to help ensure your child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs.  This will help your child to become familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for your child and build a relationship with you their parent/carer.

Development Books

Whilst attending Woodlands Playgroup a development book will be created by your child, within it observations are made, photographs are taken and pieces of work are collected.  The development book links to the seven areas of learning found in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). This helps to show how your child has developed whilst at playgroup and explores their individual strengths and interests, and makes a wonderful momento of their time at Woodlands.

Although your child’s level of development will be explored and monitored this is purely to gain understanding of your child as an individual in order that we can discuss with you as a parent which areas of development you would like to see extended further.  The EYFS guidance has very flexible age ranges within each stage, as each child develops in different areas at different rates.