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Toddler Group

As part of our Psychology Playgroup we also provide a Toddler Group for 0-3 years old to grow and develop in a safe and friendly environment. Toddlers, parents and carers can socialise and make new friends.

About the toddler group

The Toddler Group is run by Sarah Thorburn, our experienced playgroup senior early years practitioner. The group runs on Tuesday and Thursday during term times, from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm, in room 3W8 on the third floor of the Cottrell Building.

It’s dedicated to children from birth to 3 years old. The cost is £2 per session, per family.

We currently have spaces available.

Milk, water, and fruit are provided for children. Tea, coffee, and biscuits for adults.  Please note that adults are responsible for their own and their child(s) safety when attending the Toddler Group.

The Toddler Group also has a changing mat, wipes, nappy sacks and a few spare nappies in case of emergency. There’s facilities for the disposal of wet nappies. Soiled ones must be taken away.

There’ll be coffee and tea available for parents, grandparents and carers and a healthy snack for the children. If your child has any allergy, please let us know as soon as possible.

Psychology research

Occasionally, there are research activities that are conducted at the Toddler Group. This is beneficial to both our ongoing research into child development, and the care of our toddlers and children.

We'll ask you to provide permission for your child to participate in the research. All research projects are carried out to rigorous health and safety standards, and are passed through our University ethics committee.

How to join

You can drop in to register your child on any day we're open. We’ll ask you to fill out some forms. It would be useful to let us know in advance you are attending.

You can turn up on the day that suits you best and then Sarah will ask you to sign a few forms. It would be useful if you emailed us before attending the session to let us know you are coming.


We’ve negotiated free parking for Toddler Group parents. You’ll be given a purple card to display on your dash board during the hours of 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm during the sessions. You’ll only have to pay for your parking on the first day, after which we’ll issue your card.

You can email us for directions but feel free to give us a call on the day on 01786 466836 if you need help and we’ll direct you to the room.

Contact us

For any queries please contact Federica Caruso

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