Definition of play group in US English:

play group

noun

British
  • A regular meeting of a group of preschool children, organized by parents for their children to take part in supervised creative and social play.

    • ‘It is not the fault of the state or private nursery schools that the playgroups no longer play such an important part.’
    • ‘Meanwhile nurseries, playgroups and schools are introducing their own initiatives to encourage good oral hygiene.’
    • ‘The band, which plays regularly for playgroups, schools and residential homes across the borough, was awarded a £5,000 lottery grant for new steel drums.’
    • ‘Hadleigh is set for a new playgroup after parents revealed a desperate need for the service.’
    • ‘Youngsters across Swindon have been celebrating Easter with special events at nurseries and playgroups.’
    • ‘After working in a bank, where she trained other staff, she began volunteering at playgroups and then at her local primary school.’
    • ‘Free event packs are now available, crammed full of posters, leaflets, hats, stickers and certificates to encourage pre-schools, playgroups and nurseries to sign up for the walk.’
    • ‘In addition, the playgroup promotes social inclusion by enabling parents to return to work or education.’
    • ‘During the pilot project, each school will work in formal partnerships with local nurseries, playgroups and childminders to provide ‘early years’ education for children between the ages of three and five.’
    • ‘The company has been very successful in their sales generated from primary schools, Pre-Schools, Montessori schools and playgroups all around the county.’
    • ‘TWO mums were forced to abandon plans to open a pre-school playgroup when their rent was doubled the day before it was due to open.’
    • ‘Worth £55m, the company provides a wide range of educational services and facilities, with pre-school playgroups generating a small proportion of revenues at present.’
    • ‘Last year hundreds of pre-schools and playgroups took part.’
    • ‘Are you willing to go to playgroups or parent and baby groups so my child can mix with other children?’
    • ‘While children without this experience can often cope in playgroups and primary school, there may be concerns about attention span and disruptive behaviour.’
    • ‘Youths began skateboarding in the playgroup of Southfields Junior School next door.’
    • ‘A childcare career fair will give jobseekers the chance to have their questions answered by people working in nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools and after-school clubs.’
    • ‘Preschools, playgroups and nurseries can organise their own half-mile sponsored toddles, too and if they do, they get to keep 25 per cent of the money raised.’
    • ‘All playgroups and pre-schools in the area are invited to join in the fun.’
    • ‘Courses and services offered at the Duntroon Community Centre include parenting and adult education, playgroups, social and craft activity groups and exercise classes.’

Pronunciation

play group

/ˈplā ɡro͞op//ˈpleɪ ɡrup/