A safe, welcoming and fun environment

Situated in the heart of Copmanthorpe village in York, we aim to provide children with an exciting journey of learning through play


Wed 29 May 2024

The Sponsored Rainbow Challenge is over. Just the sponsorship money to collect.

Everyone had great fun. 🌈 Check out the Gallery.

All the children who accepted the challenge and found supporters will receive a certificate and sticker.

To see what else our little Pandas have been up to, check out our events below...

Term dates

Tue 3 Sept 2024 - Fri 25 Oct 2024
Mon 4 Nov 2024 - Thu 19 Dec 2024
Tue 7 Jan 2025 - Fri 14 Feb 2025
Mon 24 Feb 2025 - Fri 4 Apr 2025
Tue 22 Apr 2025 - Fri 23 May 2025
Mon 2 Jun 2025 - Fri 18 Jul 2025


Sponsored Rainbow Challenge begins
Mon 8 Apr 2024
Yorkshire Lamb Orphanage visit Pandas at Howell Hall
Thu 2 May 2024
Train Trip to Knaresborough
Thu 23 May 2024
Wild Things - Forest School
Wed 26 Jun 2024
Panda End of Term Party - Rhythm Time
Thu 18 Jul 2024

Our pre-school for little Pandas

Panda Playgroup is a safe and welcoming pre-school setting for 2-4+ years. We also welcome a small number of children from 18 months.

Our aim is to provide your child with the best support and care as they take their first steps towards starting school. Our sessions provide local pre-school children with an exciting journey of learning through play.

We have been serving the Copmanthorpe community for more than forty years. Generations of little Pandas have started their life journey in our caring and capable hands!

Find out more about our pre-school

A colourful playmat and doll's house

Stay and play sessions, Sticky Mitts and Tiny Tots

As well as our pre-school we offer our extremely popular stay and play sessions for babies and toddlers, Sticky Mitts and Tiny Tots! This is a friendly, fun group for children and their grown-ups happening regularly during term time.

We aim to help parents find somewhere safe and welcoming to come and have fun with their children, meet other parents and get a taste of what Panda Playgroup has to offer.

Discover our stay and play sessions

A table with paints and leaves for leaf painting

A charity-run early years setting

We are a registered charity, run by a volunteer committee and staffed by a strong and dedicated team of childcare professionals. We are all passionate about what we do and constantly work to improve an early years setting that is unique to Copmanthorpe village.

Find out more about how you can support our fundraising, or see the list of "Panda Pals" who very kindly support our cause!