Fun and learning in a caring environment

  • Not for profit

    All the profits from your fees go into the running of the playgroup.

  • Community

    We work in partnership with parents and welcome families of all backgrounds. We work closely with the local community.

  • Learn & grow

    We provide a safe, caring and inspiring setting where pre-school children can learn and grow.

News & events

Childcare expansion

Did you know that we accept all forms of government-funded and tax-free Childcare Support? This includes the new entitlement to 15 hours of free childcare for working parents of two-year-olds introduced on April 1st.

For more information speak to us or go to
Free Early Education Funding

How to Apply

We are now taking applications for September, 2024. See our Admissions and Fees section below for a link to download a registration form.

There is a £25 registration fee that can be paid in cash or by bank transfer.

Summer Term 2024

Term Starts: Monday 15th April

Early May Bank Holiday: Monday 6th May

Half Term: Monday 27th May to Sunday 2nd June

Last Day of Term: Thursday 18th July

Autumn Term 2024

Term Starts: Wednesday 4th September

Half Term: Monday 28th October to Sunday 3rd November

Last Day of Term: Tuesday 17th December

About us

Fleetville Community Playgroup is a not-for-profit pre-school registered by Ofsted which meets at Fleetville Community Centre in St Albans on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:45am to 1pm. See our Admissions and Fees section below for details. We can take up to 24 children from 2 years old.

“Our emphasis is on children learning through play in a happy stimulating atmosphere.”

Our aims are:

  •  To provide a safe, caring and inspiring setting where children can learn and grow.
  •  To support children’s emotional well-being from their early year’s experiences.
  •  To provide a broad range of challenging and fun play activities both indoors and outdoors (This is linked to the EYFS curriculum)
  •  To treat each child as unique.

We have strong links with the local nursery schools and have a good reputation for the social preparations of our children allowing easy transition.

“Most families hear about us through recommendations”

Please email or pop by to ask any questions or to apply for a place.

Our staff


Manager & Red Table, joined 2005

Foundation Degree: Level 5 in Early Years
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Level 3 SENCO Advisor

My name is Debbie and I am the key worker on the red table. My children came through the playgroup. My favourite activities are play dough and watching the children in role play. I enjoy singing Cows In The Kitchen with the children and my favourite story to share is ‘Guess How Much I Love You?’


Yellow Table, joined 2016

PGCE and Level 3 NVQ Assessor
SENCO Advisor

My name is Georgina (George) and I am the keyworker on yellow table. My children came to the Playgroup and now I am working here. My favourite activities are singing songs and dancing with the children. I also love playing outside with them and exploring the activities in the garden. My favourite book to read is ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’.


Green Table, joined 2019

Level 3 Childcare
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

My name is Clare and I am the keyworker on the green table.

My favourite activities include painting, crafting and baking. I also love seeing the children playing in the garden. My favourite book is ‘Stick Man’.


Blue Table, joined 2020

BEd Hons (2001)
Health and Safety Lead

My name is Roksana and I am the key worker on blue table. I have always had a passion for working with young children and helping them to learn and develop in a fun and stimulating way. All of my children attended the playgroup as well as many members of my extended family.

My favourite activities are play-dough, singing and reading stories with the children. My favourite book is the ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.


Tina, joined 2022

NVQ Level 3

My name is Tina and I help look after the children.

My favourite activities are construction and the zoo and farm. My favourite book is ‘We are Going on a Bear Hunt’.


“My daughter loves playgroup and looks forward to her sessions everyday. She is very well supported by her key worker and communication is excellent.”

“I am very happy with Fleetville Community playgroup. My son has been developing a lot since he started the playgroup.”

“The staff are wonderful!”

Admissions & Fees

Sessions run Monday through Thursday, from 8:45am – 2:45pm.  From September, we will offer two three-hour sessions:  from 8:45 – 11:45am (Mornings) and from 11:45-2:45pm (Afternoons). There is an optional lunch club for children attending morning sessions, that runs from 11:45am – 12:45pm.  For afternoon children, we offer the option of a late pickup at 3:00pm for an additional charge. Children are able to attend the playgroup on any or all of the mornings or afternoons, places permitting.

Our fees are

Registration fee £25
Deposit Two weeks’ fees
Morning Session (8:45 – 11:45) £ 25
Lunch only (11:45 – 12:45) £ 8
Afternoon Session (11:45 – 2:45) £ 25
Late pickup (2:45 – 3:00 ) £ 5


Registration fee is paid by cash, cheque, or bank transfer at the time of submitting a registration form for your child and is non-refundable. Our bank details are on the form.

Deposit is paid at the time of accepting your child’s place at the playgroup, and will be refunded in your child’s final term.

Daily Sessions are paid termly, at the start of each term, preferably by bank transfer. Childcare Vouchers are accepted.

If you a planning to use government Childcare Support, please speak to the manager.

Management committee

A parent committee manages the Playgroup, as a registered charity. Its members are elected at our Annual General Meeting which is held in the Autumn term.

The committee manages the Playgroup’s finances and employs the staff as well as adopting and overseeing the implementation of policies. In addition, the committee organises fund raising activities throughout the year.

Please contact the committee at any time if you would like to get involved with the playgroup and its activities or have any questions.

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Contact us

The best way to contact us is to come along and see what we are all about. Pop in during term time between 9.30 and 11.30am, Monday to Thursday.

Fleetville Community Playgroup
The Community Centre
Royal Road
St. Albans

You can also contact us on:

07854 400 569

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