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.


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 at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/101506

Little Explorers is a registered charity (1052304).


Circle Time
Circle Time

At Little Explorers we are lucky to have the use of some great facilities including our large, bright playroom with role-play and messy-play space, construction area, investigation station and well-stocked, well-used comfy story corner. We have our own kitchen space which we use to cook and prepare snacks for our free-flow snack bar and for our sociable group lunchtimes. Independent personal care is supported and encouraged through use of our child accessible cloakroom and toilets with hand-washing facilities aimed at helping children on the road to autonomy in self-care.

“A great foundation from which to move on to school – thank you.”  Previous parent


Situated on a large public playing field, we enjoy free-flow outdoor play whenever possible. Secure in our own fenced off area, we offer opportunities to play, learn and develop through carefully chosen activities. With everything from physical apparatus for climbing, balancing and sliding to cosy corners to snuggle up and share stories no matter what the weather, we aim to offer experiences and opportunities to suit all interests, abilities and needs.

Alongside this fantastic space we have our ‘Secret Garden’ where we can dig, plant, grow and harvest or explore, investigate, examine and discover a whole mini-world of bugs, grubs and even pond life!

Outdoor physical play
A cosy place to share a story


“the sheer range of activities and facilities available to the children both inside and outside makes it such a fantastic place for them.”        Previous parent


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 in Childcare and Education
  • Julie – Playgroup Deputy Manager joined us in April 2017,  Level 3 in Childcare and Education
  • Sally – Playgroup Assistant working at Little Explorers since February 2016, Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young Peoples Workforce (CYPW)
  • Danea – Playgroup Assistant joined us in January 2021, NVQ Level 3
  • Jackie – Business and Financial Administrator

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

Current Parent committee (June 2021):

  • Rosalind Waters- Chairperson
  • Lucy Wakeman- Secretary
  • Claire Whitton – Treasurer
  • Ruth Banwell – Elected member
  • Natalie Shannon- Elected member

All commitee members are DBS checked.