Welcome to Newmachar Pre-School Playgroup website. We hope you find here all relevant information, whether you are a parent looking for information about the playgroup, and willing to register your child, or whether your child already attends the playgroup. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any remark or question regarding the information provided on the website.


What is a Playgroup?

Playgroups are charitable organisations which provide a range of planned educational activities suitable for the 2.5 to 5 year old children. It is not a mother/child group, but a structure which looks more like a pre-school nursery, with hired staff and the same curriculum to follow.

Newmachar Playgroup receives help and advice from a development worker and now has regular visits from our early years teacher, employed by the Aberdeenshire Education Department. Newmachar Pre-School Playgroup is also registered with the Scottish Pre-school Playgroups Association (SPPA), a charity which exists to support playgroups and to attempt to co-ordinate standards. There is always a SPPA representative on the Playgroup Committee to contact is necessary.


Who runs it? How does it work?

Newmachar Playgroup is an independent playgroup run by a committee of parents/carers (see here “helping on a day to day basis“).  Staff are employed by the committee and not by the local authority.  All equipment is owned by the playgroup. The playgroup receives Money/Grants from the local authority for funded children.  Unfunded children fee’s are to be paid by the parent/guardian.

Playgroup could not run without fundraising organised by the committee and the help/support from parents/carers  (see here “helping on a day to day basis“).


Where and When is Playgroup?

Newmachar Playgroup is situated in the Scout and Guide Hall, Hillbray Way, Newmachar.

It runs Monday to Thursday mornings and follows the local school terms.


What are our responsibilities as Parents?

  • To organise a Committee
  • To pay for the running of playgroup through fees and/or co-ordinate with the Local Authority regarding funded places
  • Support any fundraising events
  • To support each other as parents/carers
  • To follow guidance and advice on matters of procedure, policy and safety