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Playgroup as an Alternative to a Nursery?

Holy Corner Community Playgroup
Holy Corner Community Playgroup


Pre-school playgroups are less formal than nurseries and operate for a few hours each day, typically run by private individuals or charities. Parents may be required to volunteer at times. Playgroups offer stimulating and educational play sessions for children aged approximately two years old. Gaelic playgroups are also available in some areas. It is important to note that a playgroup is not the same as a 'Parent Toddler Group', which is attended with the child. Playgroups usually run for 2.5 hours sessions in the morning and or afternoon, up to five days per week, and follow school term times. See below for a list of Edinburgh playgroups.


The full cost of a session (usually 2.5 hours) will be around £8-£20 per session. If your playgroup is registered with the local authority, your 3- or 4-year-old will be eligible for a fully funded place and some 2 year olds.

Edinburgh Playgroups

Central Edinburgh

St Mary’s Playgroup, Broughton

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

Monday to Friday 9am-12pm

£12 per session

Contact Gail Dempster on 0131 556 1634

North Edinburgh


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

Mornings only: 9.05am-12.15pm. 

£13.40 per session

Full Day Monday or Tuesday:9.05am-2.45pm including snack and lunch 

£26.80 per day (option only offered depending on spaces/child's age)

Contact here

Craigentinny Castle Playgroup

Craigentinny Community Centre, 9 Loaning Rd, Edinburgh EH7 6JT

Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 12pm. 

£15 per day

Contact here

Portobello Toddlers Hut Est.1929

28 Beach Lane, Portobello EH15 1HU

Monday – Thursday: morning, afternoon and full day sessions available.

Mornings: 8.30am – 11.30am.Afternoons: 12pm – 3pm.Full Day: 8:30am – 3pm.

Contact here

South Edinburgh

Holy Corner Community Playgroup

6A Christ Church, Morningside Road EH10 4DD

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

£20.57 per session, £16.28 on Fridays (includes daily snack)

Joining fee of £25 paid when joining the waiting list.

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 toThursday: 8.30am-3pm

Mornings £9, Full day sessions £21, Breakfast Club £1

Contact here

Dreghorn Pre-school 

25/27 Dreghorn Gardens, Edinburgh, EH13 9NS

2yrs+ Monday to Thursday: 9am-1pm 

£24 includes lunch

3yrs+Monday to Thursday: 8.45am-3.15pm, Friday: 08.45am -3.15pm 

Fully funded including lunch & Snack. 

Contact here

Stableroom Playgroup

Colinton Parish Church, Dell Road, Colinton EH13 0JR

9.15am-12pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Term time only

£20 per session

Contact here

West Edinburgh

Cramond Playgroup

Cramond Kirk Halls, Cramond Glebe Road, EH4 6NS

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

£18 per morning session (including snack)

Contact here

Blackhall Playgroup

St Columba’s Church, Columba Road EH4 3QU

Monday to Friday: 9am to 11.30am  

£16.25 per session (no minimum number of sessions)

Contact here

Corstorphine Village Playgroup

2a Corstorphine High St. EH12 7ST

Monday - Friday term time: 9.30am to 11.30am.

£15 per session

There is also a one-off registration fee of £20 for all new starts.

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

Monday to Friday: 9.15am to 11.15am.

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

1/2 termly themes

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The Tom Thumb Playgroup

St The Vennel Hall, Smithsland,South Queensferry EH30 9HU

Monday to Friday: 9am to 11.30am  

£15 per session (no minimum number of sessions)

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