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DirectGov Online Schools Finder
Visit for locations in England. 
Search the official database for primary, secondary, academy, private and special needs schools near you or anywhere in England. You can also access Ofsted reports and get information on school performance.
You can search the results by several handy variables, save your results and find out about admissions. 
Go to for links to the online search services for the rest of the UK

Ofsted inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Every week, they carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England, and publish the results on their website.


See above for schools.

Down's Syndrome Family and Carers' Group
Appletree Children's Centre, Milking Stile Lane (off Willow Lane) Lancaster LA1 5QB. Tel: 01524 64132
A monthly group for families and carers of people with Down's Syndrome.  
For further information please contact Appletree Children's Centre on 01524 64132

Lancaster Children's Integration Group
Contact: secretary Ian Birkill, 29, Longlands Avenue, Heysham, Lancs. LA3 2NU.
Tel: 01524 859725
Supporting families of children with educational, behavioural and physical special needs. Speciality: assisted support during school holiday periods, accessing activities and organising outings.

The Loyne Specialist School
Sefton Drive, Lancaster, LA1 2PZ
Tel: 01524 645 43
This spacious, purpose-built school (with specialist status for Cognition and Learning) is for pupils aged 2-19 with a range of learning difficulties.


Lancashire County Council Early years + Childcare Information Service
Tel: 01772 531950
Info, parent guides, list of local pre-school education providers and info on funding eligibility. Search for Registered Childminders online. Sure Start and more.
List also available from the education office:
Tel: 01524 581132 / 581267

BabyMaze - an on-line guide for parents-to-be and families with young children based in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. Created by a local mum and featuring details of antenatal classes, baby and toddler groups, child-friendly places to visit, local childcare options, a shopping directory and much more.

Home Start
Morecambe-based scheme supporting families with very young children. Info tel: 01524 414871.

Netmums NW Lancs
Netmums is a family of local sites that cover the UK, each site offering very extensive information to mothers including where to find playgroups and pre-schools.  Netmums NW Lancs covers Lancaster, Morecambe and Blackpool - and the villages in the area too.

Sure Start Children's Centres
Visit for locations and info on all Sure Start Children's Centres in England.

Appletree Children's Centre (Lancaster)
Milking Stile Lane, Lancaster LA1 5QB
Tel: 01524 64132
As well as our wonderful indoor and outdoor classroom for our maintained Nursery we have many other services, activities and groups for mums, dads + male childcarers, a toy library, babies, toddlers, special needs and more.

Brookdale Day Nursery (Lancaster)
Hala Rd, Lancaster. LA1 4QJ.
Tel: 01524 235461
Eligible provider of grants for 3 & 4 yrs old.

Poulton Playgroup (Morecambe)
War Memorial Hall, Church Walk, Morecambe, LA4 5QA. (near central police station).
Tel: 01524 427318 or 07986 63839.
Thurs 9.30 - 11.15am. For accompanied pre-school children. £1.50 per session inc refreshments.

Christ Church School Playgroup / Pre-School (Lancaster)
Highfield, Derwent Rd, Lancaster. Tel: 0777 9660581.
9am-3pm Mon-Fri in termtime.

Hornby Day Nursery
1 Station Road, Hornby, Lancaster, LA2 8JP
Tel: 015242 22288 Email:
Private day nursery for children aged 3 months - 7 years.
Daily sessions with optional Early Start / Late Finish.
Before / After School Club

Kingsway Playgroup & PreSchool Centre (Heysham)
St Patrick's School, Littledale Avenue, Heysham, LA3 2ER
Tel: 01524 859261 or 0789 081 6559

Lancaster Steiner School Ltd
Cherrytrees Kindergarten, Lune Rd, Lancaster.
Tel: 01524 841351

Little Dolphins Pre-School (Dolphinholme)
Dolphinholme CE Primary School, Dolphinholme,
Lancaster, LA2 9AN.
Tel: 01524 791530

Marsh Parent & Tots Group
Mondays 1-3pm. Marsh Community Centre, Willow Lane, Lancaster.
Info tel: 01524 843300 or 0787 622 5633.

National Childbirth Trust Lancaster & Morecambe
Has weekly groups for bumps, babies and crawlers in Scotforth. Also a 'library' of different types of reusable nappies to try out before buying.

Nether Kellett Playgroup
Nether Kellett Village Hall. Tel: 01524 720347 / 730179
Tues + Wed mornings.
Fri morning will commence when names are collected.

Over Kellet Playgroup
Over Kellet Village Hall. Tel: 07789 274163
Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri Playgroup: 9.15am-11.45am 2-5yrs.
Thurs & Fri Lunch Club: 11.45am – 12.30pm 2-5yrs
Thurs & Fri Pre-school: 12.30pm – 3pm 3-5yrs
Open during school term time
Over Kellet Toddler Group
Over Kellet Village Hall Tel 07789 274163
Tuesdays 10am-11.30am during school term time

Rainbow Toddler Group (Lancaster)
Part of the Lancaster Steiner Education Project.
Info tel: 01524 841351

Sparrows Playgroup
Ascension Hall, Church of the Ascension, Michaelson Avenue, Torrisholme, Morecambe, LA4 6SF
Phone 01524 833165 to check availability
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University of Cumbria Pre-School Centre
University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster, LA1 3JD.
Tel: 01524 590893
Fully purpose built facilities; Breast feeding/parents info room; On-site health practitioner; Fully qualified staff; Full-time early years specialist; Excellent OFSTED reports. See them on facebook.

Torrisholme Toddler Group
Church Hall, Michaelson Avenue, Torrisholme, Morecambe, LA4 6XX
Tel: 079 6615 4234
Tues + Thurs 10 - 11.30am. £1.50 per session inc juice + biscuits for the toddlers + coffee for the adults.

PLAYSCHEMES & Child Care (After-School, Holiday etc)

Lancaster City Council runs an extensive programme of activities for children during the school holidays which they publish online at There is an online calendar, downloadable programmes and you can subscribe to their mailing list to have it sent to you and receive notifications and updates.

Dallas Road Kid's Club: Afterschool care in termtime until 6pm. School holiday care 8.30am - 6pm. Children collected from Dallas Rd, Bowerham, Cathedfral, Scotforth & Moorside Schools, and from other schools by arrangement. Info & registration tel: 01524 849106.





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