About Us

Hutton Cranswick Playgroup was established in 1969 in the Methodist Hall in Cranswick and we are still here today! Over the years we have seen many changes and have grown and developed to provide sessions for children aged two to five years, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

In October 2017 Playgroup achieved a good report from the Government’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted).
Hutton Cranswick Playgroup is a registered charity – Registered Charity Number 1034331 – run by trustees who are elected every year at the Annual General Meeting. The trustees are responsible for decision making, fundraising and adhering to Ofsted policies. In addition we have a fundraising committee who organise events to raise much needed funds.

We are a member of the Early Years Alliance and all of our team attend regular training sessions to keep them fully up to date with childcare and education issues. They also all have full paediatric first aid training every three years.

A Warm, Caring Environment

We passionately believe that we are a welcoming playgroup and a vital part of our village. We work hard in fostering great community spirit. Our children regularly visit the Tuesday afternoon pop in at the W.I. Hall to share their baking or entertain with the latest songs they have learnt. Every year the children work together to create a Remembrance Day poppy and place it at the village war memorial. They donate items for St Peter’s Church’s ‘Love in a shoebox’ appeal and pack the shoeboxes themselves.

We are great supporters of Village in Bloom and enter the Yorkshire in Bloom young people’s awards, achieving a gold in our category in 2019.

Our Early Years Educators have developed good relationships with the staff at Hutton Cranswick C.P. School and work together to ensure smooth transitions. The children attend each other’s Christmas plays and we take the opportunity to visit the school setting when possible; an example being pre-school children visiting the newly hatched chicks in the Reception Class.
Our aim is to provide a warm and caring environment in which your child is offered stimulating experiences through play and is encouraged to develop their imagination, creativity and independence. It is also our hope that friendships will develop and that your child will feel trusting and secure within the Playgroup setting.


Why Choose Us?


Playgroup Established


Achieved Good From Ofsted


Caring & Supportive Staff

Our Early Years Educators

Here at Hutton Cranswick Playgroup we have a team of qualified, dedicated experienced early years educators who are responsible for the day to day running of the Playgroup. They do a wonderful job of planning a suitable and varied curriculum as well as caring for all children who attend each session.

Outdoor Space

Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child chosen and adult-led activities.

Our garden has all-weather artificial grass so it is accessible all year round and with its mud kitchen, water area, caterpillar and sand pit, it is a firm favourite with our children. They all enjoy tending to the raised beds in the garden throughout the year, delightedly watching the seeds they have planted growing.

We also have a range of scooters, tricycles and ride-on toys for the children to use.


Part way through each session the children have a drink and a snack. Fruit and other healthy food choices are provided by Playgroup and milk is provided through the government’s Nursery Milk Scheme.


In the full day sessions children have the opportunity to stay for their lunch. This is a packed lunch provided by yourselves and we encourage this to be healthy and nutritious. The main benefit of this is that the children are prepared for when they start school and are used to eating in a group setting under adult supervision.

Dropping off and collecting your child

When dropping off and collecting your child we ask that you wait in  the hallway area until a member of our team opens the main door. We would ask that you give written notification if you would like your child to be collected by anyone other than yourself. This is a legal requirement and ensures your child’s absolute safety. Forms are available from Playgroup.


We aim to have a positive approach to behaviour, whereby acceptable patterns of good behaviour are made clear and rewarded. However, if a child is disruptive or endangers themselves or other children by their behaviour they will be verbally corrected.