The Grove Pre-School Playgroup

COVID19 Update

Please note – The Grove requires children to be in isolation for 14 days if they or ANYONE in their household have symptoms of COVID19.


Thank you for the support from parents in limiting the number of adults in the Playroom. We will always support your child as much as is required and this really does help limit the spread of germs to others. The children are becoming excellent hand-washers!


We will update as and when is necessary so keep your eyes peeled for further information.



As I’m sure you are all aware the UK is in the ‘delay’ stage and the current advice regarding Coronavirus is listed below.


Stay at home for a minimum of 7 days if you are showing symptoms of Coronavirus (a high temperature, persistent cough)

There is no need to go to the GP, pharmacy or hospital

You do not need to call 111 to tell them you are staying at home


The Grove will be sending children home who present with the above symptoms, or develop them whilst in our care. If children are sent home they will not be able to return for at least 7 days.


We will keep the website updated with any further details or new advice if the situation changes.



Story Night

Thank you to all of the families that came to our first Story Night. We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did. It was a perfect way to celebrate books and the joy of reading and we hope to do it again in the future.


Story Night

Don’t forget our Story Night is next week on Thursday 5th March. Come in pyjamas (grown ups too!) and listen to a bed time story at The Grove, from 5.30-6.30pm. There will be hot chocolate and biscuits and donations are welcome.


Shrove Tuesday

The children enjoyed making and eating pancakes this week. Well done to the staff for leaving some for the children!


Happy New Year!

We hope you and your families had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We are looking forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 7th January.


Winter Fair

Thank you to everyone that came to our Winter Fair – we had a great time in the Elf Workshop and getting glitter tattoos (above)

We raised £242.62 which is simply amazing!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from Everyone at The Grove



We would like to invite Grove Families and Friends to our Winter Fair on Saturday 30th November 2-4pm.

Stalls include:

Adult and Children’s Tombola

Glitter Tattoos

Reindeer Hoopla Game

Elf Workshop – write a letter to Santa and receive a gift!

And more……

We hope to see you there and if you have any prize donations please drop them to pre-school


New Fence

Thank you to Stag Fencing who have put up a new fence down the side of The Grove. I’m sure you will all agree it looks great.


Goodbye Cheryl

At the end of this term we said goodbye to Cheryl and the children presented her with a lovely handmade gift which she will cherish. We want to say a HUGE thank you to Cheryl and her husband Clive for everything they have done for The Grove over the last 30 years! We all wish you a happy retirement and hope you will call in to say hello every once in a while.


Farmer Palmers Trip!

The children had a wonderful trip to Farmer Palmers before half term. They had the chance to handle guinea pigs, feed the lambs, go on a bumpy tractor ride and explore lots of play areas. The Wednesday group had the extra surprise of a double decker bus!


Thank you!

The Grove would like to say a big thank-you to everyone at The Dorchester Round Table and especially Paul who is pictured here awarding a cheque to Cheryl and Jamie for £750. This money allowed the Preschool to maintain the flooring, ensuring it is a safe environment for everyone. We are very grateful!


Garden Transformation…

We would like to thank everyone involved for donating funds and time to renovate the garden. The new woodchip and turf has made a huge difference to the outside space and the children are making the most of it in this glorious weather.


Quiet Area

The Grove has a new ‘Quiet Area’ in the garden. Children can be found in this area relaxing on the bench, reading a book or listening to the shells jingling in the breeze – what a delightful space!


Spring has Sprung!

Over Easter The Grove garden has had a make over and it is looking lovely! More photos to follow but thank you to everyone involved in making the outside so lovely for the children (and grown ups!) so they can all enjoy the Spring sunshine.


We hope you ‘Find the wonderful in today’ as the children do in their outside space.