The Dales Playschool

Your child's first step into education

Here you will find all the information you need about our playschool

Our Playschool

Our Playschool
The Dales Playschool is a registered charity and follows the Ofsted guidelines that are in place to provide childcare for children aged 2-5 years. It is run by a team of highly qualified staff who aim to provide a warm and friendly environment and atmosphere.

Our aim is to provide care and education facilities of the highest quality for the local community. We do this by:

  • Understanding and providing for the needs of all our children
  • Following the guidelines set out by Ofsted in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework
  • Working alongside parents and carers to meet their needs and the needs of their children
  • Setting fees at an economic level whilst still covering our running costs
Based in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, we have been serving our local community and their families for over 40 years.

The Dales Playschool has strong links with the 6 local cluster schools, building up relationships with the Primary School teachers. This enables a smooth and confident transition period for your children.

We are really pleased with our latest Ofsted report, which can be viewed here :-

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela

Interested in a place?

  • Moor Lane, Grassington, Skipton, UK
  • If you would like more information regarding a place for your child, please send us a message with your name and contact details and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Events / News

  • 02/11/2019 10:00 AM
  • Town Hall, Main Street, Grassington, Skipton, UK

We’re excited to be organising our first Christmas shopping event we have lots of talented makers lined up along with some fabulous gift stalls all ready for you to make a dent in your Xmas shopping all while supporting the Dales Playschool.

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  • 13/04/2019 06:00 AM
  • Pen-y-ghent, Settle, UK

Our next challenge is to walk the Three Peaks! 24 miles miles covering Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough!

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  • 01/04/2019 08:00 PM
  • The Black Horse Hotel, Grassington, UK

Charity Dinner at the Black Horse!

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  • 01/04/2019 08:00 PM

2019 Auction! This auction was to raise funds for the Dales Playschool. Thank you to everyone who gave their support. We raised a fantastic £370!

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Our Team

Charlotte Chute

Playschool Manager

Rachael Lowther

Deputy Manager

Nicola Bowdin

Acting Deputy Manager

Lindsay McGuinn

Trained Early Years Practitioner

Jacquie Watts

Trained Early Years Practitioner

Alison Jarrett

Trained Early Years Practitioner

Our Fees

Our Fees
The Dales Playschool is a registered charity and because of this we make every effort to make sure our fees are set at an affordable rate. The fees charged are solely to cover the running costs as we are a non profit organisation.

The pricing policy at The Dales Playschool is to keep fee prices in line with the government funding for 2-, 3- & 4-year-olds.

£15 for a session for 2-year-olds
£14 for a session for 3-year-olds +

Morning session from 9am to 12pm
Afternoon session from 12pm to 3pm

The Dales Playschool is registered to accept North Yorkshire Early Year's Funding Vouchers for all 3- and 4-year-olds.
Click on the link below for information on the 30 hours for 3 year olds.
2-year-old funding is available to families who meet a specific criteria. Click the link for more information.

Special Education Needs & Disabilities

Special Education Needs and Disabilities

1. How does The Dales Playschool know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities? 
At The Dales Playschool we treat every child as an individual. Your child will be allocated a key person who will be responsible for your child's development. Through the use of observations and planning for their next steps The Dales Playschool are able to identify any concerns which we will share with you, and with consent we will contact other professionals if required.
If you have any concerns about your child you should speak with your child's key person who will be able to advise you further.
2. How will Early Years staff support my child?
Your child's key person will work with both you and your child. This relationship will ensure that The Dales Playschool shares knowledge concerning your child and their development. This knowledge begins with the 'Welcome pack' and 'All about me' sections from the learning journals and home journals. Also regular meetings relating to their next steps. Through continual observations The Dales Playschool can plan for your child including assessing additional support from other professionals as appropriate.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs?
Every child is viewed as 'unique' therefore The Dales Playschool plan for your child's development based on observations of your child  and evidence gained for their  learning journal. The environment your child plays in, will be appropriate for their needs and additional support or resources will be supplied as appropriate.
4. How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child's learning?
A strong relationship between the setting and parents is important to The Dales Playschool. You have access to view your child's learning journal every session and your child's key person will meet with you regularly to discuss your child's development and next steps. The Dales Playschool are always available to discuss any concerns you have regarding your child's learning.
5. What support will there be for my child's overall well being?
The Dales Playschool offer 'settling in' sessions which will familiarise your child with the playschool and also enable support for your child to be discussed before they commence. Care routines will be discussed prior to starting, including nappy changing. The Dales Playschool are able to administer prescribed medicines once the appropriate form has been completed. If additional training is required to administer medicine we will undertake this as necessary.
Promoting positive behaviour is important to the setting. Our motto is 'caring and sharing' and we utilise a range of techniques to ensure this is met. The Dales Playschool will always discuss any behaviour concerns with you in order to maintain a consistent approach between home and setting.
The safety of your child is paramount. Staff sign children in and out of each session. The Dales Playschool will not allow any child off the premises if the person collecting them is not known to the setting. The Dales Playschool regularly undertake and review risk assessments on our equipment from a 2 ,3 and 4 year old perspective. Risk assessments are completed before any trips including short walks around the local community.
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by The Dales Playschool?
The Dales Playschool work with all professionals as required for each child and always encourage these persons to come and visit the relevant children in the setting.
If speech and language concerns are identified by the setting, The Dales Playschool will advise the parents to take their child to the speech and language drop in sessions at the children's centre. The Dales Playschool work with speech and language therapists and the reports they provide to support the children in their language development. 
7. What training are the staff supporting children with SEND, had or having?
All staff are highly qualified with NVQ level 3 in early years. Staff continually receive refreshes in their training. Staff attend statuary training such as: Safeguarding, Leadership Forums, First Aid, Food Hygiene and Risk Assessment as well as enhancing their knowledge by attending further courses such as: Positive behaviour, CAF, Autism etc. We continually refelct upon our practice and will attend training when a particular need is identified.
8. How accessible is The Dales Playschool?
The Dales Playschool will work closely with all parents to access any specialist equipment that maybe required. The Dales Playschool is accessible to a wheel chair. 
9. How will The Dales Playschool prepare and support my child to make new transitions?
The Dales Playschool has strong links with the local cluster schools. Teachers are encouraged to visit pre-school children at our setting. Followed by practitioners visiting schools.
If a child attends more than another setting or is moving to a differenet setting The Dales Playschool share the child's 'next steps' and learning journal.
10. How are The Dales Playschool resources allocated and matched to children's special educational needs?
The Dales Playschool is a registered charity with limited funds, however we are able to apply for funding from North Yorkshire County Council to support individual children as required. The Dales Playschool also ensures that staff attend any specific training necessary.
11. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
The manager and SENCo will work closely with you and other professionals to determine your child's needs. The Dales Playschool have regular team meetings to involve all practitioners in any support required. In addition your child's Key Person will be able to identify any additional support through the observations procedure required by the Early Years Foundation Stage and will introduce an Early Years Action/Action Plus if necessary.
12. How are parents involved at The Dales Playschool? How can I be involved?
The Dales Playschool is run by a Committee which is made up of volunteers. The Committee has termly meetings.
The Dales Playschool feels very strongly about having a good relationship with parents. The Dales Playschool has a open door policy and share a home journal with every child. A newsletter is sent out half termly.
The Dales Playschool offers parents the opportunity to volunteer and help out during the sessions.
13. Who can I contact for further information?
To register your child at The Dales Playschool you can contact us on 01756753515 or email us at
If you would like to discuss your child prior to starting at The Dales Playschool please contact either the Manager - Charlotte Chute or the Deputy Rachael Lowther on 01756753515.
Once your child has started at The Dales Playschool they will be allocated a Key Person to support them and you will be able to discuss any concerns or progress with them and the manager or SENCO at any time.

Our Hours

Our Hours
The Dales Playschool is open from
Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 3.00pm.
We do not open during school holidays.
Sessions run from:
Morning session 9.00-12.00
Afternoon session 12.00-3.00



If you shop online there is a fund raising organisation which donates to charities. Playschool is registered with the organisation and would be greatful to anyone who would use this site. They will then donate a percentage of the transaction to Playschool. The website can be found at ​​​​. Thanks for your continued support.

For new parents

For new parents
Please pack your child with a well varied and healthy packed lunch.
Please be aware that some of the children in Playschool have food allergies and we are therefore a NO NUTS Playschool. For the safety of all our children please do not send any product that contains nuts or traces of nuts in your child’s lunch. Some of these foods for example include: Peanut butter, all chocolate spreads (including Nutella), loose nuts of any kind and marzipan etc.
We ask that if your child has either sickness or diarrhoea that you keep your child off Playschool for 48 hours after the symptoms have subsided.
If your child develops chicken pox we ask that your child only return to Playschool once all the spots have healed over.
If your child picks up headlice we will still welcome them to come to Playschool but ask that you inform us so that we can let other parents know that there is a case going around so that they can be on the look out for the eggs or lice on their own children.
We ask where possible that if your child is going to be off Playschool for any reason that you inform us either in advance or in the morning, so that we know who will be attending that day.
Please be aware that short term illnesses and holidays will still be charged for.

Please ensure your child comes dressed appropriately for the weather. We embrace messy play, water play and outdoor play so please be aware that your child may get dirty and therefore you might not wish to dress them in their best clothes. Most children bring a bag containing at least one change of clothes so they can be changed if they get very wet/dirty.
We do have our own Dales Playschool logo sweatshirts and t-shirts for sale. You are very welcome to buy these however, they are not compulsory.
We welcome children to Playschool who are still in nappies and those already potty trained. We ask for those still in nappies that parents provide nappies, wipes, nappy bags and any nappy creams they may require. We have named storage boxes for each of the children who require nappy changes where the parents can bring plenty of supplies in to keep their child going for a while and a staff member will inform you when your supply is getting low.
If your child requires regular/daily prescribed medication we ask that you complete the relevant forms, provide a care plan from your child’s doctor if issued and that the prescription is clearly labelled with the child’s name and dosage information on the side. Once medication has been administered staff will record, witness and sign the appropriate forms to which parents will then countersign on collection of their child.
For temporary medications such as antibiotics we ask that you keep your child at home for the first 48 hours of use and once this time has passed without adverse reaction they are welcome to return to Playschool. Again we ask that the prescription is clearly labelled with the child’s name and dosage information on the side. Once medication has been administered staff will record, witness and sign the appropriate forms to which parents will then countersign on collection of their child.
Please be aware that we cannot administer any medications that have not been prescribed by a doctor.
Sun Cream
When we are fortunate enough to have hot and sunny weather we ask that parents send their children to Playschool with sun cream already applied and that they also provide a bottle of sun cream for their child/children that is clearly labelled with their names on so that it can be continually applied throughout the day.
Own Toys
We embrace children bringing in their own toys as we appreciate they like to show their friends. However we do try and encourage them to keep them in their trays as sometimes young children find it very challenging to share and understand that some things belong to others. Please bare in mind that Playschool is not responsible for the loss or damage that may occur to a child’s own personal toys if brought into Playschool.

Term dates

Term Dates for Autumn 2019 - Summer 2020

Autumn Term

Start on - Tuesday 3rd September

Half term 
Closes on - Friday 25th October > Opens on - Monday 4th November

Xmas holidays
Closes on - Friday 20th December

Spring Term

Start on - Tuesday 7th January

Half Term
Closes on - Friday 14th February > Opens on Monday 24th February

Easter holidays
Closes on - Friday 3rd April

Summer Term 2020

Start on - Tuesday 21st April

May Day - Closed Friday 8th May

Half Term
Closes on - Friday 22nd May > Opens on Monday 1st June

Summer holidays
Closes on - Friday 17th July

Term dates


Hello and welcome to the Playschool Committee Section.

The Dales Playschool Committee is made up of volunteers some of which are parents, some former parents and members of the community.

All members on the Committee are subject to a fully enhanced DBS check for safeguarding purposes.

We hold approximately six meetings per year plus one AGM.
These meetings play a vital role in organising fundraising events plus ensuring the playschool remains compliant with all matters relating to it.

There is also the opportunity while on the committee to gain further qualifications in safeguarding and various other subjects.

If you feel you have any skills or talents that you feel would help our Playschool and are interested in joining then please get in touch at or call into playschool for an information pack.

Many Thanks
Liese (Chairperson for The Dales Playschool)