Round-up: Edinburgh Playgroups

If your pre-schooler is aged 2 or older and they do not require full day care or attend a nursery, you may wish to consider a playgroup. Most playgroups are now Partner Providers with City of Edinburgh Council which offers funding for every 3 and 4-year-old and eligible 2-year-olds. Children must usually be at least 2 years old to be able to attend a playgroup. And they are a great way for them and you to join a new community.

Please contact the individual playgroup organisers for updates regarding fees, times and available places.

Central Edinburgh

St Mary’s Playgroup, Broughton*

St Mary’s R.C. Primary School, East London Street

Monday to Friday 9.15am-12.15pm

£11 per session

Contact Gail Dempster on 0131 556 1634


North Edinburgh

Cramond Playgroup*

Cramond Kirk Halls, Cramond Glebe Road, EH4 6NS

Monday to Friday during school term time 9am–12 noon

£15.50 per morning session (including snack)

Contact here

Leith St Andrew’s Playgroup

410-412 Easter Road EH6 8HT

Monday to Friday in school term time

Contact here


East Edinburgh

Northfield/Willowbrae Playgroup

Northfield/Willowbrae Community Centre, 10 Northfield Road EH8 7PP

Term time from 9.05am-12.15pm

£52.50 per week and snack is £2 per week

Contact here

Portobello Toddlers Hut Est.1929

28 Beach Lane, Portobello EH15 1HU

Monday to Thursday

Mornings: 8.30am–11.30am. Afternoons: 12 noon–3pm.

Full Day: 8:30am–3pm.

Half day session £17.25 , full day session £34.50

Contact here

Craigentinny Castle Playgroup

Craigentinny Community Centre, 9 Loaning Road Edinburgh EH7 6JT

Monday to Friday 8.45am-12 noon (wraparound available to St Ninians Nursery, Craigentinny Nursery and Parsons Green Nursery.)

£35 per week or £8 per session plus a £1 contribution towards snack

Registration fee of £20

Contact here


South Edinburgh

Holy Corner Community Playgroup*

6A Christ Church, Morningside Road EH10 4DD

Monday to Thursday 8:55am-12.20pm, Friday 8:55am-11.35am during term time

£17 per session Monday to Thursday, £13.50 on Friday (includes daily snack)

Joining fee of £25

Contact here

Compass Playgroup

Dean Park Pre-school Centre, 1 Main Street, Balerno EH14 7EQ

Monday to Friday mornings 8.55am-11.40am

Full day sessions Monday to Thursday 8.30am-3pm

Mornings £8, Full day sessions £20, Breakfast Club £1

Contact here

Currie Playgroup

Currie Guide Hut, 154A Lanark Road West, Currie EH14 5NY

Monday to Thursday 9.00am-12 noon, Friday 9am-11.30am.

Monday to Thursday £12 per morning session, Friday £10 per session.

Contact here

Dreghorn Pre-school group

25/27 Dreghorn Gardens, Edinburgh, EH13 9NS

Monday to Thursday 8.50am-3.30am, Friday 8.50am-12.10pm

(Option for lunch to 1pm)

£15.00 per session until 12.10pm, £18.00 until 1pm

Contact here

Nile Grove Playgroup, Greenbank

Greenbank Church, Braidburn Terrace EH10 6ES

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9.15am-11.45am

£12 per session (includes a healthy snack)

Contact here

Greenbank Pre-school

Greenbank Parish Church, Braidburn Terrace EH10 6ES

Morning sessions 8.25am-11.40am, afternoon 12.25pm-3.30pm

Full time 8.25am-2.35pm or 3.30pm

Voluntary payment of £50 to help meet equipment costs

Contact here

Stableroom Playgroup

Colinton Parish Church, Dell Road, Colinton EH13 0JR

9.15am-12 noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Term time only

£17 per session

Contact here


West Edinburgh

Blackhall Playgroup

St Columba’s Church, Columba Road EH4 3QU

Monday to Friday 9.00am-11.30am during school term time

£12.50 per session (no minimum number of sessions)

Contact here

Corstorphine Village Playgroup

2a Corstorphine High St. EH12 7ST

Sessions 9.15-11.45am

Contact here

Forrestines PlayGroup

208 Broomhouse Rd, EH12 9AD

Contact here

East Craigs Playgroup*

Corstorphine Dynamo Hub, Gyle Park, Glasgow Rd EH12 8LJ

Term time sessions Monday to Friday, 9.15am-11.15am

£8 per session+ one-off administration fee of £10

1/2 termly themes

Contact here

*Denotes one or more parent recommendations

Please do get in touch via Nursery and School Guide Facebook if you are an Edinburgh playgroup wishing to update any of the above information or be added to the list. We would also love to hear recommendations from parents/carers.