Playgroups & Classes Wakefield


Many classes & groups are planning to re-open in September 2020 following the Covid-19 pandemic. We are updating listings as information comes available but please do check with individual providers to ensure venues & timings are current.

50 Things to do before you’re 5, helps children from 0-5 become school ready. It has been developed with families to produce a fun resource that offers a wide range of experiences that builds skills and language and supports brain development in young children.
If you’re struggling for educational activities to do with the kids, 50 Things is a brilliant way to try something new or get outdoors! It will help you to find out how, where and when to do this through a free app and other resources.
Download the FREE app now
Google play store➡️
Take a look at some of our activity ideas:
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Cuddle Up Slings provides home visits and sling library sessions around the Wakefield area to provide families with the knowledge and skills to safely, confidently and comfortably carry their children.

We offer a try before you buy service to save families money, by finding the right product that works for them. We stock an extensive range or slings and carriers that are available to hire for 4 weeks for a small fee. We also offer advice and guidance to use your own carriers or slings.

Please ensure you book an appointment to attend our sessions on the link below

We run sessions every 4 weeks at

  • Jubilee Hall, Lupset
  • St Mary’s Community Centre, Pontefract
  • Oulton Institute, Oulton
  • Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall, Barnsley

Please check our Facebook page or message us direct for more information and dates. 



The Kixx programme offers a high energy, fun, age-appropriate introduction to physical activity through football.

Our programme has been carefully designed for both boys and girls Ages 2-8 years of age. Our innovative curriculum emphasises both the physical and social development of our children.

Our goal is simple: To have a positive impact on every child we serve!


Local classes

Fridays at Primrose Hall, Horbury, WF4 6EG

  • 3-4 years 4:15pm – 5:00pm
  • 5-6 years 5:00pm – 5:45pm


Saturdays at Stanley Rodillians Rugby Club, Manley Park, Lee Moor Road, Stanley, Wakefield, WF3 4EF

  • 2 years 9:00am – 9:40am
  • 3 – 4 years 10:00am – 10:40am
  • 5 – 6 years 11:00am – 11:40pm


Sundays at Crofton Community Centre Academy, Crofton Community Centre, Middle Lane, WF4 1LD

  • 2 years 9:00am – 9:40am
  • 3 – 4 years 9:40am – 10:20am
  • 5 – 8 years 10:20am – 11:00pm

07956 040744


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


07498 051476



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



Scott 07990538516

Babyballet Wakefield North

Our babyballet preschool dance programme offers four stages of ballet classes, for young children aged 6 months to 6 years, plus a tap dancing class for children over 3 years.


Local classes

Tinies: 18 months – 3 years

Thursdays 9:30am – 10:05am (Busy Bees, WF1 2UN)

Saturdays 9:00am – 9:35am (Outwood Parkside Methodist Church, WF1 2PN)

Sundays 10:00am – 10:30am (Nuffield Health, WF2 7AW)


Movers: 3 & 4 years

Sundays 10:40am – 11:15am (Nuffield Health, WF2 7AW)


Groovers: 4 – 6 years

Saturdays 10:30am – 11:05am (Outwood Parkside Methodist Church, WF1 2PN)



Miss Nicola – 07950 812390

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.


Local classes

Saturdays (Walton Village Hall, School Lane, Walton, Wakefield, WF2 6PA)

9:05am – 9:35am 2 – 4 years

9:40am – 10:20am 4 – 7 years

10:30am – 11:00am 2 – 4 years


Sundays (Kirkhamgate Village Hall, Brandy Carr Road, Wakefield, WF2 0RS)

9:00am – 9:30am 2 – 4 years

9:40am – 10:10am 2 – 4 years

10:20am – 11:00am 4 – 7 years



Call: ‭‭07984 596 662‬‬

Striker Tots

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.


Local classes

Toddler Strikers: walking – 2 years

Sundays 10:15am (Xercise4less Gym, Xscape, Castleford)


Tiny Strikers: 2 – 3.5 years

Wednesdays 3:30pm (Xercise4less Gym, Xscape, Castleford)

Wednesdays 3:30pm (Total Fitness, Silkwood Park, Ossett)

Saturdays 9:00am & 9:45am (Kirkhamgate Village Hall)

Sundays 9:30am & 10:45am (Total Fitness, Silkwood Park, Ossett)

Sundays 11:45am & 12:30pm (Xercise4less Gym, Xscape, Castleford)


Monster Strikers: 3.5 years +

Wednesdays 4:15pm (Xercise4less Gym, Xscape, Castleford)

Wednesdays 4:15pm (Total Fitness, Silkwood Park, Ossett)

Saturdays 10:30am & 11:15am (Kirkhamgate Village Hall)

Sundays 11:00am (Total Fitness, Silkwood Park, Ossett)

Sundays 11:00am (Xercise4less Gym, Xscape, Castleford)



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 9:00am – 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


The journey to becoming a strong swimmer takes time and patience. Each child will achieve their goals in their own time, and they shouldn’t be rushed or forced into to activities they’re not ready for. The Swimbabes course is designed to let each child develop at a pace they’re comfortable, whilst always challenging them. The key to development at this early stage is repetition of success, reinforcing verbal instructions and ensuring longer term awareness of water safety and confidence.


Local classes

Cedar Court Hotel, Calder Grove, WF4 3QZ

Wednesday afternoons

Friday mornings

Sunday mornings



01484 683570

Tales from the Gallery (for under 5’s) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Join YSP on the first Sunday of every month for interactive and immersive storytelling in The Chapel.

A different story is created in the gallery every month by our spellbinding storytellers. Move, make and imagine together as the story inspired by the wonder of the Saad Qureshi ‘Something About Paradise’ exhibition unfolds

– Aimed at ages under five
– Meet at The Chapel – the nearest car park is at the YSP Centre (allow 15 minutes to walk to The Chapel)
– This event is suitable for wheelchair users. Please let us know your access requirements when booking
– We welcome families bringing buggies
– Tickets for this event are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged
– Tickets for this event are released on the first Monday of the month for the next session


Local classes

First Sunday of every month



01924 832631

The Swim Specialist, Sandal

Group lessons are available to all children between the ages 3yrs+. 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.

Private classes available


Local Classes

All classes held at Sandal Castle Primary, Wakefield, WF2 6AU





0333 050 0520

Zumbini with Clare

Does your little one love to dance? Do you want to spend some quality time singing and bonding with your baby? Then join us at ZUMBINI! For 45 minutes of can’t-stop-won’t-stop Latino musical fun! Created by Zumba and Babyfirst our program is designed for children aged 0-4years with simple, sing along songs to help aid their development and inspire their imagination and learning! Booking is essential


Local classes

Monday 4:30 – 5:15pm at The Glasshoughton Centre, Leeds Road, Glasshoughton, Castleford

Wednesday 1:30 – 2:15pm at Shake, Rattle and Roll, Unit 10 South Bailey Gate Industrial Estate, Pontefract

Friday 2:00 – 2:45pm at Crigglestone Village Institute, High Street, Crigglestone

Saturday 9:30 – 10:15am at Bell Lane Parish Rooms/Library, Bell Lane, Ackworth, Pontefract

Saturday 3:00 – 3:45pm at The Ridings Shopping Centre, Almshouse Lane, Wakefield, WF1



Clare Rodgers (