Welcome to the

Playgroup Movement


This website provides information about the first 30 years of the playgroup movement in the UK, and about some of the celebrations that took place in 2011 of the 50 years since playgroups first appeared. 

It has been compiled by a group of people who played key roles in the Pre-school Playgroups Association during those early years.

Click on the tabs above to find out more about

* the Reunion which took place in November 2011

* how to order your copy of the new Book which was published in October 2011


The charming photographs on this website are taken from Pre-school Playgroup Photos from the 1970s.  You can order a copy of this collection of photographs taken by Jan Harber for £14.95 by going to www.blurb.com  Click on 'bookstore', search for Janet Harber, click on the book's title, and place your order.


To preserve the memory of the pioneering days of the Playgroup Movement, packs of cards are available. 

They are illustrated with The Playgroup Rose, the beautiful bloom developed in 1986 by Rosemary Roses to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Pre-school Playgroups Association. 

The cards are blank inside so you can add your own message and use for a variety of purposes.

Packs of 5 are available for a sale price of £2 a pack (including postage).  Send your order, with a cheque made out to

'PPA Reunion' to Playgroup Notelets, Cardew Farm, Dalston, Carlisle CA5 7TQ.

Proceeds from sales will help to fund the archives and this website.


New for 2013!

A booklet has been published to honour Brenda Crowe, PPA's first National Adviser. 

It contains her latest writings – a clear and precise distillation of a lifetime of thinking and feeling, experience and intuition.

To obtain a copy, please send an A5 stamped addressed envelope (ordinary first or second class stamp) to:

Professor Mark Williamson (D/008A)

Department of Biology

University of York  YO10 5DD


We would welcome comments about factual omissions and errors in this website; it is based on some documentary evidence and on many memories. Contact us on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .