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A Big Forest School for All Thank You

Saturday and the sun shone for Forest School for All.
Around 60 people joined us to work together to build a beautiful new den, woodland chimes, a weaving station and a climbing frame for our forest school site….as well as making sure it was cleared of brambles and that plenty of wood is chopped and stacked for the winter months ahead.
It also provided a chance for people to meet, kids to play and create dreamcatchers and practice knot tying and for everyone to enjoy a lovely relaxing time – helped by hot drinks and sweet treats.

A big thank you to everyone attended and worked hard.  You raised £100 for preschool. We’re a charity and rely on fundraising like this to give our kids such a special experience.

If you missed this one or fancy doing it all over again,  come along and join us for our next Forest School for All event on 5th December.

Working Together


Forest School for All

Forest school for All

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Open to literally everyone in the world!

This is a playgroup fundraiser, so please spread the word.

Playgroup will not be responsible for any child attending.  Children will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Date: 10th October at 10-1300hrs.

Cost: £5 per family plus donations for tea and coffee.

The Plan: Meet at the Grindleford Pavilion, dressed ready for action!  We’ll aim to rebuild one of the big dens. Please bring bow saws and loppers.

Hope to see you there 🙂

What a Wild Wood Experience!

We hosted the forest school session at the Longshaw Wild Wood Experience and what an experience it was!

8lbs of bread dough, 20 pints of pea and nettle soup, 4 sacks of logs, 2 bags of marshmallows and 1 pint of cream….and more giggles, smiles and happy people than could be counted.

Many visitors spent quite a lot of time at the site having a go at bread making, butter churning, fire starting, animal disk making, playing on the seesaw or just enjoying some quiet time under the gazebo reading and colouring.

We were voted the best attraction on the day!

Thanks to the National Trust and to all our staff and helpers for making the day so wonderful and for raising funds for Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup.

Forest School Wild Wood 2015

End of Year Celebrations

As we approach the end of the school year it is time to celebrate all that has been accomplished with Knighting ceremonies and Sports Day.

Knighting ceremony – this is a magical event to recognise and celebrate the child’s time and accomplishments at Forest School.  Children who are eligible to go to school in September, and their families are invited.

Sports Day is the perfect end to the year and hopefully the sun will be shining down.

We hope to see you there – It’s going to be great!
Arrangements are as follows:-

Knighting Ceremonies

Please RSVP
Either come for the morning (09:00-12:00)
just for the ceremonial proceedings with cake! (10:30-11:30hrs).
If you would like to be met and brought up to the woods at 10:15, please let Becca know.
For those who usually come on a Friday, parents can come for the morning (09:30-12:30).
For those coming just for the ceremony its 10:30-11:30
If you would like to be met and brought up to the woods at 10:15, please let Becca know.

Sports Day

Friday 24th July at 12 noon on the field next to the Grindleford Pavilion.  Open to all.
Bring a picnic!

Splat the Rat!

Come along and Splat the Rat! 

GEP are hosting Splat the Rat! at the Grindleford Primary School Summer Solar Fete on Thursday 9th July between 3pm and 6pm.  There will be stalls, games and a BBQ and of course Splat the Rat!

Hope to see you there.

Friends of GEP Craft Evening

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On the evening of Thursday 16th July 7-9pm there will be a craft evening at the allotments in Grindleford exclusively for all the Friends of Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup.

It’s a drop in evening, so come and go as you please on the night, but please RSVP that you will be joining us.

If you would like to join us for this event, but aren’t yet a Friend of GEP you’ve still got time to join!  You can find out how here

Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup is a charity and so we need to raise funds in order to keep going! The Friends of scheme is a way of you donating £10 plus one hour volunteer time or £15 annually to help us keep going.

Wild Wood Experience 2015

Grindleford and Eyam playgroup are proud to once again be running the drop in forest school at the Longshaw Estate Wild Wood Experience, on 13 August.



Come along and try your hand at some typical forest school activities like : firelighting, cooking and crafts.

For more information on how to get tickets visit

Hope to see you there. 


Comedy Night Returns

Come join us for a fun filled evening hosted by Rob Rouse,
The updated line up now includes:
Hattie Hatstar
Chris Washington
Brenna Reece
Alun Cochrane – much celebrated for his ‘Peach on a Train’
Monday 20th July 8pm at The Eyre Arms, Calver.
Tickets are still available – £10 each.  Contact Becca on 07984 791861
Don’t miss out.  It is going to be an amazing night.
Hope to see you there 🙂

Chatterbags a hit!

We recently introduced chatterbags at preschool and we’re getting some great feedback from families. One family had the carpentry set chatterbag over Easter, and made this lovely boat with the top of last year’s Christmas tree as a mast! It sounds like a very lovely time had by both adult and child.

Chatterbags allow the children to bring a little bit of preschool home, and bring a little bit of home to preschool and we’re finding it’s a great way of fostering communication. If you have any thoughts about how we could improve them, please do let us know.


Parents, please spread the word!

Take a stand for child-led education and sign this urgent petition.

You might have spotted the government’s recent proposals to introduce baseline assessments for four year olds just weeks after they start school. The assessments, which are due to be rolled out from September 2015 and then nationally from September 2016, have been rejected by early years organisations as being ‘deeply flawed’ and potentially ‘harmful’ to young children’s development.

As one of Grindleford’s own parents – and an early years to Y2 teacher – says, “a good teacher assesses children from the first time they walk in the school, and should be continually assessing to support individual children’s needs”.

We’re joining the British Association for Early Childhood Education and asking everyone we know to sign their petition. The Government is due to make their next announcement about this at the end of January, so we all need to take a stand now.

Click here for a great news summary of the issues involved and opinions from people in the know including Pre-school Learning Alliance CEO Neil Leitch, by

Click here to sign the British Association for Early Childhood Education’s petition.

Thank you!