Our early years service for 0-5 year olds runs at The Yard EdinburghMondays, Tuesdays and ThursdaysOur early years play team leader Danielle runs these sessions.

Every month, we run activities based around a theme such as nature, the outdoors, animals or going places.

For parents, this is an opportunity to relax and play with your children in a non-judgemental environment, surrounded by understanding staff and other parents with shared experiences. 

Playing with parents, peers and our play team helps children learn to read social cues, the value of sharing and turn taking, and to develop their independence. Dynamic outdoor play is balanced with interactive musical sessions, arts and crafts, messy and sensory play.

These sessions are for The Yard members, accompanied by a parent or carer.

These sessions must be booked ahead. Please email [email protected].

Get more information in our early years service leaflet.

Early years service timetable

Thursday 10th January – Thursday 4th April 2019


Time Session (all sessions are for ages 0-5)


10.00 – 11.00am
(60 minutes)

Music and movement


12.30 – 2.00pm
(90 minutes)
Activity-based play


10.00 – 11.30am
(90 minutes)
Activity-based play

Tuesday *fortnightly from 22nd January*

11.00am – 12.00
(60 minutes)
Parent/carer one-to-one chats with
our early years play team leader for
advice and support


12.45 – 2.15pm
(90 minutes)

Activity-based play

Early years will not run on Thursday 17th January, Tuesday 5th, Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th February, as The Yard is closed for essential maintenance and staff training.

We will run informal play sessions during the school holidays Monday 11th – Friday 15th February. Details will follow nearer the time.

On Thursday 24th January and Thursday 21st March the activity-based play session will be at Craigentinny Primary School, Loganlea Drive EH7 6LR. If you are travelling by car, you can park on the street outside. If you are travelling on public transport, you can get buses 49, 19, 21 and 25.