Little Otters


Welcome to Little Otters.

We are a governor led playgroup, based within the school grounds, in our own purpose built setting. We enrol children to start playgroup the school term of their third birthday, and they stay with us until they join Reception.

Our Playgroup Leader is Mrs Jo Jenkins and she is assisted by Mrs Caroline Charnley-Heaton, Mrs Allee Arkwell-Smyth and Mrs Heather Smith. All our children have a key person, who works to build a strong positive relationship with their children’s parents/carers.


We are open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – (3 hour sessions are £12). There is a Toddler session on Tuesday mornings, during school term.

We enjoy lots of outside play, whatever the weather, but also lots of varied indoor activities including painting, modelling, cooking, story-time and best of all snack time!


Our Policies

Little Otters Behaviour Policy

Little Otters Admissions Attendance and Payment policy


Little Otters Blog

Is your child starting school this September?

Starting primary school is a huge milestone in both your child’s and your life, so here is some excellent information and some short video clips from BBC Bitesize, which may help your child (and you as parents) get ready for their next big step. My First Day at School – Game Starting Primary School   Continue Reading

Easter Holiday Child Care

To our parents and carers, The school will remain open to the children of Critical Workers and Vulnerable Children throughout the Easter holidays, excluding bank holidays and weekends. If you feel that your child qualifies for this child care, please contact Alison Cooke on: We hope that everyone is staying safe and well 🙂… Continue Reading

COVID-19 – Beware of false information

Dear Parents and Carers, We are hearing about some FALSE information circling about our COVID-19 response, which you should be aware of. FOR ANY EDUCATIONAL NEEDS, ALWAYS CONTACT THE SCHOOL DIRECTLY. 1) There are emails arriving with parents which tell them that the school can help with financial difficulties. They just need to give details… Continue Reading

A message from the Slimbridge staff

To all our parents, carers and wonderful children, We would just like to extend our thanks to you all for your support during the past week. School has felt like a very strange place to be – with children, parents and staff members feeling anxious and helpless – but your children have been amazingly resilient… Continue Reading

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations

We will be celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday on the afternoon of Friday 10th June. We have two fantastic competitions for children to enter: The traditional ‘garden on a plate’ – which will cost the children 20p. Use your brilliant imagination and design a living garden fit for the Queen. The Slimbridge bake off –… Continue Reading