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We are a small, friendly preschool based in the heart of Carlton, Nottingham. At Carlton pre-school playgroup we have a simple priority - your child's welfare. We believe that your child deserves the same care and attention you provide at home and we place our emphasis on them enjoying and exploring the world around them, learning through sharing these experiences with other children.

Ofsted Rating

Our recent Ofsted inspection received a ‘Good’ rating overall for all our childcare provision.


Learning through play helps to build self worth by giving a child a sense of their own abilities.

Safe Enviroment

Our professional staff provide a safe environment ensuring your child is happy and protected at all times.


We welcome every child and family into our pre-school enviroment.

Individual Key worker

Assigning a key worker allows us to support each individual child & help them reach their full potential.

30 hours free childcare

There is up to 30 hours free childcare available for eligible families.

Dietary Needs

We provide a healthy snack during session time. Please advise us on allergies or intolerances.


Our environment allows them to build friendships and to engage and interact with other children and staff.

Check out our Testimonials

We consider parents to be part of our team, identifying children's individual needs and working together to give your child the best experience possible. We always welcome your input and feedback.

  • "Great inclusive environment! Lovely friendly staff and a hive of enjoyment for the children"

    Kerry Stacey

  • "Lovely staff and my son started a few months ago and seems to really enjoy it"

    Stephanie Wynne

  • "I love Carlton Pre-school Playgroup. The brilliant staff really care. Our boy loves it here we couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommend the Playgroup"

    Lyndsey Lee

  • "My daughter loved attending here. The staff were amazing with her and the activities were varied, educational and most important fun"

    Elaine Marshall

  • "Fabulous place, very informative and care driven. The care of the little ones is second to none. Absolute five star"

    Alice Johnson

  • "The members of staff are very good with the children and very polite. The kids loved going to this playgroup"

    Catrina Louise Kennedy

  • "My son started this month and he absolutely loves it x"

    Kayla Jackson-smith

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Read more About us

Carlton pre-school playgroup have been providing care and education for children aged 2 years to 5 years old for nearly 50 years. Many of our staff have had children at playgroup. Mums who are now qualified and working with us. We understand how important it is for your child to feel as safe and cared for as they do at home. Our professional staff provide a safe environment where learning and play come together, ensuring your child is happy and protected at all times.

Carlton pre-school playgroup is a registered charity (Number 1113582) managed by a parent/staff committee. The committee also organise fundraising events and parents are encouraged to participate as the income raised is used to buy extra resources for the children.We are registered by OFSTED. Our latest report for child care provision was "Good".

We have a bright and airy classroom and a spacious outdoor area full of engaging toys and activities. There is wheelchair access to the Preschool and our own car park.

Over the years we have had the pleasure of working with many children with a wide range of different needs. We are very much a setting that prides ourselves on providing an inclusive environment for all children and have staff who have a great deal of experience in dealing with different agencies that are connected to providing wide ranging care. We are always trying to improve our practice by maintaining and improving our skills with training which we encourage all our staff to undertake. All of our staff are paediatric first aid trained.


Outdoor Play, Imaginative Play, Toys, Computer Child Use, Messy Play, Physical Play, Role Play, Books, Stories, Quiet Activities, Social activities, Construction Play, Visits/Outings and Creative Play.


Costs are £15 per session unless you receive 2yr or 3 to 4yr funding. Breakfast club is at 8am and costs an extra £5. Lunch club is at 12am and costs an extra £5. Please contact us for more details via Telephone, email or facebook.

Opening Times-Sessions

Breakfast club. £5. Monday to Friday 8:00am

Morning session. £15. Monday to Friday 9:00am - 12:00am

Lunch club. £5. Monday to Friday 12:00am

Afternoon session. £15. Monday to Friday 12:45pm - 3:45pm

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Meet our Amazing Team

  • Esther Coleman


  • Maxine Payne


  • Ruth Jackson

    Deputy Manager

  • Carole Shortland

    Play assistant

  • Rebecca Curtain

    Play assistant

  • Kelly Pringle


  • Michelle Dinnell

    Play assistant

  • Jadie Roper

    Play assistant

Check out our Facilities

  • "Facilities at Carlton Pre-school"
  • "A wide range of educational toys"

Our playroom contains a range of entertaining and educational equipment providing your child with age appropriate and engaging activities. Lots of books to promote language skills. Children get involved in messy activities. We have dressing up for children to express themselves and small world play.

Our facilities include Outdoor Play, Imaginative Play, Toys, Computer Child Use, Messy Play, Physical Play, Role Play, BooksStories, Quiet Activities, Social activities, Construction Play, Visits & Outings and Creative Play.

Carlton Pre-school playgroup pics

  • "Fun at our annual sports day"
  • "Egg and spoon race. It's definitely not glued on"
  • "Having a 'wheeley' good time."
  • "Sportsday games"
  • "Waiting with our friends for our turn."
  • "Surely it's my go?"
Carlton Pre-school Playgroup

We do our best to entertain the children with a variety of fun and educational activities. Our annual Sportsday is a hit with parents and children alike.

Contact us Now

  • Carlton Pre-school Playgroup.

    Foxhill Road, Carlton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.

  • 0115 9400958


  • Costs are £15 per session. Additional £5 each for Lunch & breakfast club.

    Breakfast club. 8:00am

    Morning session. Mon to Fri 9:00am - 12:00am

    Lunch club. 12:00am

    Afternoon session. Mon to Fri 12:45pm - 3:45pm

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