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Toddler Groups

Toddler Group Registrations

Toddler groups are not required to be registered with Ofsted as they don’t provide childcare. Parents and carers must stay with their children so are therefore responsible for their children’s care and safety whilst on the premises.

Finding a Toddler Group

You can find Toddler Groups in our Sheffield Directory the listings should include a named contact and telephone number for the group and further details of the service it provides. Groups may also advertise locally in shops, libraries, post offices or on noticeboards in church halls and community centres. 

Age criteria

Groups are run for parents and carers with babies and children right up to the age of 5, but this does vary depending on the group. The Sheffield Directory entries will tell you what age children each group is for.


Many groups are free but there is more often a small charge to cover hire of the room and refreshments. There are often discounts if you have more than one child.

Can I attend more than one toddler group?

Yes, you can attend as many groups as you wish.


As groups are run on a voluntary basis you may be needed to help out once in a while or join in with fund-raising activities to enable the group to buy toys or equipment.

Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability

Sheffield SEN & Disability Information Advice and Support provides an information service for families with children who are disabled or have special needs (see 'Related Services' at the end). More information can be found online on the Sheffield Directory - Local Offer website.

Other Options

For information and advice on other childcare and leisure activity options to meet your needs, please contact Customer First at First Point. A factsheet on childcare options is also available (see 'useful information' at the end of this factsheet).

Last Updated: 15/08/2017
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