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Ewan and Georgina get creative with vegetable animals!

This Saturday pre-schoolers and their families from Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup celebrated the arrival of Spring with a gardening-themed open day and a trip to the pre-school’s fantastic local allotment. Beans, courgettes and aubergines become slugs, mice and owls – and some other more fantastic animals – through the soaring imaginations and concentrated carvings of the children. A group of adults and children, fuelled with lots of homemade cake, teamed up to build the pre-school’s first scarecrow, which was led in joyful procession to the allotments for its inaugruation.

Becca Stephenson, pre-school supervisor, said “The children are fascinated by the allotment and the process of growing their own food. It is such a rich learning resource for our curriculum, from their concentration levels and physical stamina.

Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup is a rural Peak village pre-school with a playful, unhurried approach to learning. The curriculum, which includes a weekly Forest School, embraces the rich outdoor learning environment offered by Grindleford’s beautiful surroundings.Contact or phone 07842 095402.


Pre-School Name Change

Celebrating our local ties and our new approach to learning – a name change for Grindleford Pre-school.

Grindleford Pre-school has changed a lot over the last 6 months and we have decided it’s now time to mark our progress by changing our name and improve our branding – with the aim of continuing to raise awareness of the services we provide and to help secure our long-term future providing high quality local child-care.

After a lot of careful thought, we have decided that our new name will be Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup, and we’re planning to ‘go live’ with this new name from Easter 2013 – we’ll keep our current name until then.

This new name reflects the links that the pre-school has with both Grindleford and Eyam communities and also our new child-led, unhurried and playful approach to learning. The name change will also be accompanied by a new logo: we’ll be saying a fond farewell to our pre-school panda, who has stood us in good stead for so long.

Watch this space for more news about these plans over the next few months!

Lantern Walk photos!


Families from Grindleford Pre-School and Hathersage Playgroup got together recently to celebrate the start of the Christmas season at a magical evening of candlelight and carols at the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate.

Undeterred by the ferocious wind and rain, children and their families followed a winding path of brightly coloured lanterns through woodland to the Estate’s Moorlands Centre where staff welcomed them in with cheery carols. The children were invited to walk through an advent spiral of winter greenery and add a candle to the display, until the room was lit by flickering candle light. We were all delighted to see so many entranced little faces!

We’ve been working closely with Hathersage Playgroup since our new committee took over in September 2012, and it was a delight to be able to share this festival with them.

The event ended with a hearty supper for all provided by the Estate’s popular café.