Playgroups & Classes Wakefield


Playgroups and classes

Wakefield and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on  children.

Below is a list of all the local playgroups and drop in clinics throughout the week and also details of all the children’s activities classes available across our area. Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.

If you know of any other classes or groups which are not already listed, then please contact us here. Basic listings are free. ’Featured’ listings are £10 per month. For our full advertising rates then please click here.

Featured Listing

Puddle Ducks

Puddle Ducks … The Perfect IntroDUCKtion to Swimming


Puddle Ducks Wakefield runs classes in pools across Wakefield, Barnsley, Sheffield & South Leeds, and we have just celebrated our 10th year in business!


Our Baby & Pre-School programme (0-4 years) provides a wonderful bonding experience and our progressive lesson plans instil a water confidence and love of swimming. Our highly trained and qualified teachers are experts at identifying children’s levels of ability and adapting activities to the individual, nurturing confidence and encouraging natural ability, all whilst having lots of fun.




Our Baby & Pre-school programme is offered through six levels:

Floaties (0-6 months),
Splashers (6-15 months),
Kickers (15 months to 2.5 years),
Little Dippers (2-5 years) and
Dippers and Dabblers (2-5 years ability related classes)


For older children, whether they have come from a pre-school class or never been in the water before, Swim Academy (4-10 years) will take your child from ‘getting their faces wet’ to being an independent swimmer and who knows, maybe a future Olympic champion.


Teaching independent swimming from birth. That’s the Puddle Ducks difference.




Local classes

Classes run on every day of the week in 7 local pools





For more info call Faye and her team on 01924 826238






Aquastar Swimming School

Aquastar swimming school  is a local family run business, we are an ASA swim school member.

We provide a calm and relaxed environment where your child can learn to swim or improve their technique. All our swimming instructors are qualified to ASA level 2 standard with over 100 years combined teaching experience.

You can feel secure in the knowledge that they are in safe hands and learning from the experts

Local classes

St Wilfred’s Catholic High School, WF7 6BD

Tuesday-Friday 6:15pm-8:15pm

Saturday 12:30 – 3:00pm

Sunday 9:00am – 11:30am

Ossett Academy, WF5 0DG

Monday 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Sunday 4:00pm – 7:30pm


Scott 07990538516

Ballerina School, Ossett

Attending a class at our Ballerina School, whether Mummy & Me or Nursery Dance, you are guaranteed a magical time! Twirl like a Princess, fly like a Fairy, march like a Soldier and much, much more….through our unique programmes, together you’ll enjoy the health, physical and social benefits of the basic fundamentals of ballet and dance in a nurturing, safe, positive environment.

Local Classes

West Yorkshire Theatre Dance Centre, Station Road, Ossett, WF5 0JE

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 4:00pm – 4:45pm

Friday mornings 10:15am – 11:00am

Saturday’s 8:45am – 9:30am and 10:00am – 10:45am


For more information call 01924 266 374

Cuddle Up Slings

Our service aims to provide families with the knowledge & skills to carry their child/ren safely and confidently.

We can help with advice on using your own sling/carrier and we also have a vast stock of carriers available to hire for a small monthly fee.

Happy slinging!


Local classes

A number of sling library sessions are running across the area, once a month:

The Den Wakefield (Monday), Barnsley Playzone (Wednesday), Castelford Funalot (Friday), Wakefield Families and Babies (Saturday)

Check the facebook page for dates



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FAB Peer Support Community Sessions

In Wakefield, we are really lucky to have the support of F.A.B. & all their infant feeding peer supporters!


The below information lists all of the locations that infant feeding peer supporters are available to offer support and information to help with your breastfeeding. Please note some of these sessions are term time only and occasionally we do have to change times and venues so we recommend that you speak to FAB to check dates and timings before setting out to avoid any disappointment.


If you can’t make one of these sessions, please remember that the FAB 24hr Breastfeeding Helpline is 01924 851901 and there is a really friendly & supportive facebook group



The Addy, 93 Sycamore Ave, Knottingley, WF11 0PJ
9.30am – 11am – Stay and Play FAB Peer Supporter Present

St Mary’s Church, Horbury Junction, WF4 5DU
1pm – 2.30pm 0-5 years group with Breastfeeding Peer Supporter present


Kendal Drive Children’s Centre, WF10 3RY
10am-12 noon – FAB Peer Supporter Present



Oakhill Children’s Centre, Girnhill Lane, WF7 5JB
1pm – 2.30pm – Breastfeeding Group with FAB Peer Supporter Present

FAB, 31 All Saints Walk, The Ridings, Wakefield, WF1 1US
10am – 12 noon – Breastfeeding Group with FAB Peer Supporter Present. Runs alongside Health Visitor Breastfeeding Champion drop in clinic (for babies who have been discharged from midwife care


Cedars Children’s Centre, Barnsley Road, Hemsworth,
WF9 4PU, 12 noon – 2pm – Breastfeeding Group with FAB Peer Supporter Present. Runs alongside Health Visitor Breastfeeding Champion drop in clinic (for babies who have been discharged from midwife care)



Havercroft Children’s Centre, Mulberry Place, Ryhill, Wakefield, WF4 2BE 10am -11.30am – Breastfeeding Group with FAB Peer Supporter Present

FAB, 31 All Saints Walk, The Ridings, Wakefield, WF1 1US
10am – 12 noon – Mum run group FAB peer support available if required

Butterflies Children’s Centre, Wakefield Road, Normanton, WF6 1BB 10am-11.30am – Breastfeeding Group with FAB Peer Supporter Present

Happy Days Soft Play Centre, Wakefield, WF2 7AZ
1pm-2.30pm – Breastfeeding Group with FAB Peer Supporter Present. Reduced charge of £2.50 for older siblings to play

Pomfret Children’s Centre, Rookhill Road, WF8 2DD
9.30am-11am -Breastfeeding Group FAB Peer Supporter Present


FAB, 31 All Saints Walk, The Ridings, Wakefield, WF1 1US
1pm-2:30pm – Mum run group FAB peer support available if required

Useful contacts
Families and Babies 24hr Breastfeeding Helpline – 01924 851901
Pinderfields Maternity Unit – 01924 541 689
The Breastfeeding Network – 0300 100 0210
La Leche League – 0845 120 2918
National Childbirth Trust – 0300 330 0771
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers – 0300 330 5453

Fun at Castleford Museum

A fun activity in the museum that everyone can join in with!

Whether handling museums objects or taking part in a fun craft activity, there’s something to do every Saturday at Castleford Museum.

What will it be this week?

Fun at Wakefield Museum

A fun activity in the museum that everyone can join in with!

Whether handling museums objects or taking part in a fun craft activity, there’s something to do every Saturday at Wakefield Museum.

What will it be this week?

Gravity Trampoline Park

Parent and Toddler sessions

You and your toddlers have the full use of the park without older kids so they have more space and can play as they learn, building confidence at their own pace. There are other toddlers around too so it’s good to mix.

Toddlers must be over 18 months but under 5 years and accompanied by an adult. One adult can accompany up to two toddlers

TERM TIMES EVERY: Mon & Wed 10:00 | Tue & Fri 13:00 | Sat 09:00
P&T THEMED SPECIALS: last Friday of every month 10:00 & 13:00 – TERM & HOLIDAYS


Address: Xscape, Castleford WF10 4TA

Contact: 01977 529920

Ossett Arts

Ossett Arts, a creative hub based in Ossett town.
Every Saturday we hold our Kids Art classes @ 10am to 11.30am and 11.30am to 1pm.
£6 per session, materials included, new project each week, from painting to edible mosaic.
Ask about our Arty Parties!
Call: Jenny 07956 674 305

Rugrats Rugby

A strong emphasis is placed on best practice to create a fun, energetic and safe environment that will allow your child to experience rugby skills such as running with ball, finding space, catching, kicking, scoring a try as well as working in a team and taking turns. Fun with foam balls that helps improve your child’s core skills including agility and balance. Great way to build your child’s confidence and make new friends.

9.05-9.35 kick start class aged 2-3.5
9.40-10.20 try time class aged 3.5-5
10.25-10.55 kick start class aged 2-3.5

Crofton Community Centre
Middle Lane
Crofton, Wakefield

@Crofton Community Centre, Middle Lane, Crofton, Wakefield, WF4 1LB

Call: ‭‭07984 596 662‬‬

Striker Tots, Wakefield WF2 0


@Kirkhamgate Village Hall

Tiny Strikers 2-3.5 years 9am and 9:45am

Monster Strikers 3.5+ years 10:30 and 11:15am

The programme teaches and develops all the basic football skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting and heading. The sessions are also beneficial for children’s fitness, balance and co-ordination and provide an excellent opportunity for children to meet other kids and develop their social skills such as teamwork, sharing and communication.

Call:  0113 8800840

Sun Lane, Swimming

At Sun Lane Leisure, we have several classes and sessions for babies and early years throughout the week.

Local classes 

Monday 9:15am – 11:00am Adult & Toddler swim

Wednesday 9:00am – 11:00am Adult & Toddler swim

Saturday 12:15pm – 1:30pm Adult & Toddler swim

Sunday 8:30am – 10:00am Adult & Toddler swim

Swimming classes are divided into two groups; Discovery Ducklings (6 months – 3 years) and Infant Starter (3 – 5 years)

All these are subject to availability. Parents required to be in the water with the children.


For more information call 01924 306001

Swim Start, Ossett WF5


@Ossett Academy

Parent and Child (3mths-3 years £9 per session booked in blocks)

12:30   18mths-3years

1pm     3mths-18mths


PreSchool (age 3-5 £7 per session booked in blocks)

2pm and 2:30pm


Beginner (age 4+ £7 per session booked in blocks)

12:30-1pm, 1-1:30pm, 1:30-2pm, 2-2:30pm

For children from the age of 3 months.
Our small classes, maximum 5 in a class, makes sure that our instructors are able to give each child the attention during the lesson they need to progress as quickly as possible.

Call: 07478 487 427

The Swim Specialist, Sandal WF2 6

Saturdays (Groups sessions only ) and Sundays (2:1, 1:1 and group sessions)

@Sandal Castle Primary School

Saturday and Sunday Group Sessions

Stage 1 / 10:00am – 10:30am
Stage 1 / 10:30am – 11:00am
Stage 2 / 11:00am – 11:30am
Stage 2 / 11:30am – 12:00pm
Stage 3 / 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Stage 4 / 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Stage 5 / 12:30pm – 1:00pm

Sunday (2:1 and 1:1 sessions)

Slot 1 / 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Slot 2 / 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Slot 3 / 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Slot 4 / 3:30pm – 4:00pm
Slot 5 / 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Slot 6 / 4:30pm – 5:00pm

Group lessons are available to all children between the ages 4yrs+.
We accommodate swimming lessons to children of all abilities.
We have a maximum group size of 6 children per teacher.
This allows for maximum engagement, whilst encouraging children to make new friends and work as a team.

Call: Nathaniel 07592 930 378

Tiny Tots

Tots Coaching’s Tiny Tots sessions have been designed for Walkers to 3 year olds and aims to help young children develop their fundamental movement skills through structured games and activities and through fun and interactive play.


The 30 minute parent participated session includes passing, catching, try scoring, cone kicking, and games in a fun positive learning environment.


Local classes

Wednesdays 9:15am & 9:45am at The Cluntergate Centre, Horbury, WF4 5DA

Fridays 9:30am at Kirkhamgate Village Hall, Brandy Carr Lane, WF2 0RJ

Saturdays 9:00am & 11:00am at Wakefield City Academy Sports Hall, Eastmoor, WF1 4RX



Call Anthony or Mick  07517 119230