Dorothy Stringer playgroup

A fun place to learn

We want Dorothy Stringer Pre-school Playgroup to be a place where children feel safe, happy and confident. A place where they’re ready and able to develop the skills and knowledge they need to take on to primary school.

But we also want you, their parents and guardians, to be happy. That’s why we work hard to develop positive relationships, by keeping you up to date with your child’s progress and encouraging feedback from home.

Most of the staff here are mums themselves, and we know how important it is to feel confident that your child’s care is in good hands.

The way we work

We’re great believers in the power of play, as it helps children develop life skills, gain confidence, and learn how to form relationships.

We shape our weekly activity plan around the seven key areas of learning and development set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. We also build your child’s individual development needs into the plan, as well as the things each child loves to do.

Then there’s the spontaneous activities that are mainly led by the children; walks around the green Surrenden Campus on our doorstep; trips to feed the goats at Varndean College; regular visits from our fantastic singing and dance teachers; and educational visits from ZooLab, the fire service and others.


Our Policies


  • ‘My son has been at Dorothy Stringer Playgroup for over a year now and both he and I couldn’t be happier. The staff are friendly, kind and very professional. L has become much more confident since starting there and has made some very close friends too. He can’t wait to get there in the mornings […]

  • ‘Dorothy Stringer Playgroup is such a happy and wonderful place. My daughter didn’t like her previous nursery and had to leave due to them having to call me to pick her up too many times, however, she loved Dorothy Stringer Playgroup from day one! She settled in within a few days without any parental help and since then, […]

  • ‘I wanted to reiterate what I’ve said in person about S enjoying Dorothy Stringer Playgroup so much. She also attends another childcare setting (due to working hours not lining up with Playgroup hours every day) and she’s always delighted when it’s a Playgroup day!  As a working Mum, it’s such a relief to be sending […]