15.03.2018 - 18.04.2018



Free money for your Playgroup!


Uley Under 5s Uniform now available! 




Our pesky Playgroup Bunnies have escaped and hidden themselves all over the village! Can you help us find them? We've put together some clues, so pick up your map for £2 from Uley Community Stores and track them down. Each cheeky bunny is guarding a letter from a secret word. Unscramble the word to claim your prize!

Uley Under 5s Committee


Our Spring Open Day on February 3rd was well attended by both current parents and prospective families, despite the weather!  Children explored the “Reading Tent”, Home corner and See-saws, etc. or had a go at printing a Valentine card while parents talked to staff and enjoyed some tea and cake.  All the visiting families took Welcome packs away with them so fingers crossed.  Many thanks to members of the committee for their help, especially Victoria who provided the cake!

Caitlin Snuggs & Nicola Wood

Chairperson & Manager of Uley Under 5s Playgroup 


Our first 'Beat the Blues' event was a huge success, selling out before the event. Local blues/modern-rock band Route 61 were the headline act for the evening and had the whole community out and dancing, while Uley-based blues/rock band Resolution did a great job of warming up the crowd. Thank you to Route 61 for donating their time and musical expertise, Friends of Uley School for supporting us with another great raffle, and Uley Community Stores for selling so many tickets! Many thanks also go to our tireless committee members and volunteers for their work before, during, and after the event with set-up, pack-down, and managing the bar. A big cheer to Angela Haddrell for sourcing more wine after an unexpected rapid sell-out!

The event raised in the region of £1,000, which will make a phenomenal difference to our little playgroup.

Caitlin Snuggs

Chairperson of Uley Under 5s Playgroup


Back by popular demand after the success of last year, we will once again be holding a winter fair! This event is a great time to get some Christmas shopping done, as we've got more than a dozen carefully selected local stallholders coming in to show their wares. We'll also be running a raffle, a refreshments stall, and a crafty corner for kids to make their own christmas decorations. This year we'll be selling mulled wine and homemade soup and bread too!  

Caitlin Snuggs

Chairperson of Uley Under 5s Playgroup



We were very proud to be involved in this year's annual fireworks display, which is a fantastic local event run by a great team of volunteers who support many charities dear to our hearts. The parents and committee members of Uley Under 5s Playgroup made and sold cakes, biscuits and other refreshments, and helped to raise a brilliant sum of more than £4,500 for the Longfield Hospice and other local charities. Thank you to all who supported us!

Caitlin Snuggs

Chairperson of Uley Under 5s Committee


Our first Open Day of the academic year 2017-2018 was a great success, and we look forward to welcoming several new children to Uley Under 5s Playgroup over the coming weeks. We're very excited to be able to take part in both the 15 and 30 hours free childcare schemes, as well as offering the Achieving 2s funding! Thank you to all who helped make it a positive morning for the playgroup, by baking cakes, helping to set up and pack down, and giving up their Saturday morning. We'll be holding our next open day in January - follow us on facebook for updates!

Caitlin Snuggs

Chairperson of Uley Under 5s Committee



Our first term at Uley Under 5s is coming to a close, and we'd like to remind all parents that the playgroup will be closed from Monday 23rd October, reopening on Monday 30th October as normal. We hope you have a fab break - please bring in something to show us from your holidays!



Our next committee meeting will be held on Thursday 19th October at 7:45pm. Please contact our chairperson, Caitlin Snuggs, on caitlinrs209@gmail.com with any queries.


Do you shop online? Do it through easyfundraising.org.uk and raise a free donation for Uley Under 5's Playgroup - Uley every time you shop! 


We are delighted to report that we have been rated as “Good” in our recent Ofsted inspection, held on 23 November. 

The report is extremely positive and highlights the quality of our teaching, staff and management, and recognises the skills children gain during their time with Playgroup to prepare them for their next stage of learning and going to school. It also acknowledges the diversity of activities which Playgroup puts on for the children, as well as the pastoral role Playgroup plays in the children’s development.

The report contains a number of recommendations which the Committee will put a plan in place to address. Further information on this plan and the steps we intend to put in place to address the recommendations will be available in due course. A full copy of the report is available on the Ofsted website should you wish to view it in detail.

Our thanks to the staff, committee, parents and children for all their hard work in making this achievement possible.

Victoria Munday

Uley Under 5s committee





The Ark is a monthly service especially for under 5s, mums, dads & carers.  We meet between 2pm-3pm on the first Monday of each month in St Giles Church. 

Lola Harrison has written about her experiences volunteering at Uley Under 5s:

"Volunteering at playgroup provides an opportunity to observe my child engaging with his peers, trying new things, developing new skills, and I get to see glimpses of his personality that I don't see at home. He gets so excited when he knows I am going in and always has a big smile on his face when I arrive, proudly telling his friends that I am there to help.

I feel really privileged getting to know the other children too, especially when they quite literally take you by the hand to show you what they are doing. It really doesn't matter what experience you have, I have done all sorts of things as a volunteer at playgroup: from reading stories, digging for mini-beasts, and helping out at the Christmas party, to lots and lots of washing up - there are so many ways that you can get involved and you will be given a very enthusiastic welcome. It’s also an opportunity to build relationships with the people caring for your children.

I know you are probably thinking you are too busy to volunteer but I started wondering if other parents realised how helping out for just one or two sessions could make all the difference to the children, to your child. For example, they love spending time in the orchard which is such a wonderful, safe space for them to explore. However they aren't always able to get out there because, as I discovered last week, after visiting the loo, putting on coats and wellies, gathering a ball and gardening tools, and lining up, we finally got out into the orchard for the first small voice to declare "I need the toilet". This means one member of staff taking the child inside. Having a volunteer present alongside a member of staff enables them to stay outside, digging for worms, playing ball games and taking turns on the swing."



Every year Uley Playgroup takes part in community-based and charitable activities so the children learn about giving back. The Playgroup supports local charities and, for example, the children visit the elderly at Harvest time to give food gifts. They also donate toys and essentials to pack into shoeboxes for African charities to distribute. Each year the children raise money for Children in Need and Barnados.

A nativity play takes place every Christmas and all the children perform it at the local church – St Giles – in front of friends, family and the reception children from Uley C of E Primary School. 

Parents, children and staff raise money for the Playgroup itself in a variety of other ways including selling Christmas puddings, cards & artwork; stalls at various events such as the local school fete; and via the Rag Bag recycling scheme, EasyFundraising and Just Giving. Text ULEY05 with donation amount e.g. ULEY05 £2/£5/£10 to 70070.



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