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Playgroups and parent and toddler groups

Playgroups give children the opportunity to play and learn together in the care of playgroup workers and parent volunteers. Children who attend playgroups must be over two and a half years old and charges may vary considerably.

The person in charge will be a fully trained playgroup leader, with many playgroups relying heavily on parental involvement and support.

Some playgroups are based in community centres or church halls and some operate on domestic premises.

All playgroups open for longer than 2 hours per session must be registered with Ofsted. This makes them eligible for parents to claim the childcare tax credit element of Working Tax Credit.

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  • Families Information Service
  • Town Hall and Civic Offices
    Westoe Road
    South Shields
    Tyne & Wear
    United Kingdom
    NE33 2RL

  • 0800 783 4645

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