The Grove Pre-School Playgroup

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.



We would like to wish all of our families a very Merry Christmas and All the Best for 2022!


We look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 4th January.



We hope you all had a lovely Half Term celebrating Halloween. We are glad to be back and can see Christmas on the horizon with the colder weather setting in.


The children have been learning about Diwali this week and have enjoyed making lots of crafts and singing new songs.


We hope you have a lovely 5th November – wrap up warm!


Welcome Back!

Welcome back to our Pre-School families and a big hello to all the new children and families and joining us this term. We are looking at colours this half term and the children have especially enjoyed exploring with paint!


We said Goodbye to a couple of staff members last term, as you know Kaye has moved on and Jill has retired – we thank her for everything she has done at The Grove and wish her the very best. We have also welcomed a new member to the team – Rose.




See you soon!

We are looking forward to welcoming back our existing children on Friday 3rd September and are excited to meet some new faces the following week. We hope you have all had a lovely summer and please check your emails for information regarding drop off and pick up times.


Committee welcome

If you are interested in joining our committee, then we invite you to watch our video from some of our current officers. Click here to view



We have been looking at Lifecycles in Playgroup this half term and as part of that we watched caterpillars grow into butterflies.


The children enjoyed watching the process and then we were excited to release them into the Grove garden!


Garden Makeover

We are super happy with our renovated back garden, the children are already loving having more space! The improved sand pit is a big hit and the fresh turf and artificial grass are great spots to rest after all that playing! We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Carl and the team at Forever Green for their hard work – I think we can all agree how amazing it looks.


Easter Raffle

Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and bought tickets for the Easter Raffle. We made £357 which is absolutely amazing!!


Summer Holidays

The Grove would like to wish all of our families a Happy Summer!


After a difficult term we will be returning on Wednesday 2nd September for our existing children and Monday 14th September for our new starters.




Return to Playgroup

I hope you are all well! As per Government Guidance, The Grove will be re-opening on Tuesday 2nd June. This will initially be just for the older children who are due to start school in September. All parents that this applies to have been contacted directly.

We are aware of the challenges that this presents and have worked very hard to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children and staff at the setting.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank families for your support, patience and understanding at this unprecedented time.

If there are any questions/queries then please email Claire & Jo on


Frontline Workers

Can all queries from parents regarding frontline workers who require childcare be made by calling Claire before lunchtime today.


Many Thanks



In light of the current situation with COVID19 and recent Government announcements, The Grove will be part of the country-wide closure of childcare settings as of end of day Friday 20th March. This is with the exception of frontline service workers. As we are still waiting for official clarification of this I know it has posed some questions with working parents and we just wanted to clarify (so it can be passed on to others if necessary) that this is deemed to be frontline NHS staff, operational emergency service workers and vital supply delivery drivers. I know that a lot of people in many roles are working from home and this is challenging with children at home and underfoot but this is unfortunately the situation for many of the country and is NOT considered to be frontline work. We have to make a clear decision and with the effort the whole country is making to reduce the spread to the vulnerable it would not be fair or responsible to care for any other children other than those with parents in frontline roles. We also have to consider the responsibility we have to our staff, they all have families and will be having to make alternative arrangements for their children etc. It was also stated that vulnerable children will be accommodated for and Claire is ensuring that any children whom fall within this category are receiving sufficient support at this time.


We would like to thank all parents, committee members and staff for your support and understanding at this time and as soon as we know more about a future date of re-opening we will share this with you. Wishing you and your families all the best.