About Us

Little Explorers Playgroup has been running Playgroup, Pre-school and Toddler sessions from Prestbury Pavilion for over thirty years with thanks and continued support of Prestbury Parish Council.

Using the play area

We are a community based; not-for-profit playgroup which means we are managed by a voluntary management committee. This is usually made up of parents whose children attend the group.  We employ a fully qualified staff team most of whom are parents themselves.

Little Explorers is a member of the Gloucestershire PATA (Parent and Toddler Association).

Our latest Ofsted inspection report can be found here:


Little Explorers is a registered charity (1052304).


Staff Team:

  • Becky – Playgroup Manager from October 2021, BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies
  • Margaret  –  Playgroup Deputy Manager working at Little Explorers since 2008, Level 3 certificate in Childcare and Education
  • Rachel – Playgroup Deputy Manager joined us in September 2023,  Level 5 Foundation Degree in Early Years
  • Leah – Playgroup Assistant joined Little Explorers in November 2020, Level 2 certificate in Children & Young Peoples Workforce
  • Danea – Playgroup Assistant joined us in January 2021, NVQ Level 3
  • (Jess – Playgroup Assistant joined us in April 2021, NVQ Level 3 in Childcare & Education)
  • Jennifer – Business and Financial Administrator

All our staff have undertaken paediatric First Aid and have up to date child protection training.

Current Parent committee (June 2023):

  • Ruth Banwell – Chairperson
  • Kayleigh Norwood – Secretary
  • Emma Lofthouse – Treasurer
  • Charlotte Parry – Trustee
  • Kirsten Daniels – Trustee
  • Annemarie Lambie – Trustee
  • Louise Suttie – Trustee

All commitee members are DBS checked.