Welcome

We are a warm, friendly early years setting, based either at the Methodist School Rooms on Devonshire Street, Ambergate or Shining Cliff Woods, between Ambergate and Whatstandwell. 

Our ethos and approach to early years is truly unique. We believe children learn best when they are the leaders of their learning, with supportive and responsive adults to guide and support as a learning enhancement. Children are curious and filled with awe and wonder, something we know how to foster at Ambergate.

We welcome children from the age of 6 months until they go to school.

Our sessions are:lc

  • Monday 9am – 3pm (Forest)
  • Tuesday 9am – 3pm
  • Wednesday 9am – 3pm (Forest)
  • Thursday 9am-3pm
  • Friday 9am – 3pm (Forest from September 2021)

We also run a Breakfast Club 8am-9am each weekday morning for those who need an earlier drop off.

Our Forest School days are all year round, whatever the weather. We are based in Shining Cliff Woods, where we have everything we need to keep us warm and dry. Babies under 18 months spend part of their day in the Forest (depending on weather and their physical stage of development) and babies 18 months plus spend the whole day Forest based.

Waiting List

Ambergate Playgroup is exceptionally popular in the local area. We are usually fully booked well in advance, so if you have a child either unborn or newborn then we urge you to register their space at Ambergate now.

We are currently full for academic year 2020-2021, with a waiting list in place. Please contact us if you’d like to be added.

We have very limited spaces available on some days for academic year 2021-2022, with some days running a waiting list already. Please contact us if you’d like to be added.

Registration is open for academic year 2022-2023. Please contact us to register.

Our virtual tours can be found here:

The Hall Tour

Forest School Site Tour