Registered playgroups, also known as pre-schools or Cylchoedd Meithrin can be run by community or voluntary groups, Local Authority or privately.
Pre-School Playgroups and Cylchoedd Meithrin offer a safe and stimulating environment in which children can play and learn with other children from their local community. Both groups are for children to learn and play with other children, the only difference is that one is delivered in the Welsh language.
Most pre-school playgroups open for morning or afternoon sessions only, for between 2 and 4 hours, up to 5 days a week. Most children are aged between 2½ and 5 years; although they may take some children aged 2. Most pre-schools operate term time only.
Trained, experienced staff work with the children. Volunteers and parents often help out. They offer a range of activities for children providing play and learning opportunities.
Pre-school Playgroups charge a fee. Costs can vary and you may be able to claim help towards the cost of childcare.
Pre-schools and Cylchoedd Meithrin are registered and inspected by Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW).
Pre-School Playgroups can be a member of Wales Pre-school Providers Association (WPPA) or Mudiad Meithrin (MM).