The Grove Pre-School Playgroup


The Grove Pre-School Playgroup
Dorchester, Dorset

At the Grove Pre-School Playgroup we offer a safe, stimulating and caring environment where children can play, learn, and develop at their own individual rate.



8:30am-11:30am – Monday to Friday

12:30pm-3:30 – Monday to Friday

11:30am-12:30pm – Lunch club for children booked in


8.15am starts and 3.45pm finishes are available by arrangement


All children are offered a minimum of two, 3 hour sessions per week. For three terms before going to school, all children are offered additional sessions.

Important Dates

Autumn Term 2023

Return – Friday 1st September

Training days-Friday 20th October and Monday 30th October 2023

Half Term – Monday 23rd October- Friday 27th October 2023

Return – Tuesday 31st October 2023

Break up for Christmas- Thursday 14th December 2023

Training Day – Friday 15th December 2024


Spring Term 2024

Return Tuesday 2nd January 2024

Training day- Friday 9th February 2024

Half Term – Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February 2024

Return –  Monday 19th February 2024

School ends –  Wednesday 27th March 2024

Training Day – Thursday 28th March 2024


Summer Term 2024

Return- Monday 15th April 2024

May Bank Holiday – Monday 6th May 2024

Half Term – Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2024

Return – Monday 3rd June 2024

School ends – Friday 19th July 2024


Fundraising Events

New ideas welcome – Please speak to a member of the Committee




Discover the latest news from The Grove Pre-School Playgroup to see what excitement we have been getting up to.

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New Team!

Hello Everyone,


We hope you have had a lovely summer and we look forward to welcoming you back, along with some new families, when our term starts on Friday 1st September.


Please see above the updated staff photo for the new term. We are very happy to welcome Jodie back from maternity leave she will be working 3 days a week.



The Grove Team


Goodbye Jo!

We sadly said goodbye to Jo at the end of the Summer Term after a long time at The Grove. We wish her well for the future and hope she pops in and says hello from time to time. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Jo’s leaving gift – she was very thankful. 


Spring is here!

We hope everyone had a lovely Easter. We are pleased that there has been some lovely sunshine and are making of the most of water play outside.