About Us

Margaret Barnard started a private playgroup in her house half a century ago.
Following her death in 1968 new premises were found in Tywyn and the name
Margaret Barnard Playgroup was adopted.

Horse boxes, and ... How many fish are in your bowl?

The use of various Tywyn venues culminated with the successful move to the present location in 1980. The premises were originally a stableblock and have been skillfully converted to provide delightful facilities for the children.

There are three areas: Quiet Room, Kitchen area and Big Playroom.

There is an outside play area. The public car park is right outside for those parents requiring parking facilities.

The Playgroup, together with the Parent & Toddler Group which meets once a week, have sole use of the building.

Most of the children attending the Playgroup are from predominantly English speaking homes and are learning Welsh as an additional language.

Aims of the playgroup

To encourage parents/carers to understand and provide for the needs of their children.
To provide safe and satisfying group play in which parents/carers have the right to take part.

Adult Resources

In accordance with the terms of the Children Act 1989, the group is registered for 24 children per session. We have a ratio of one adult to six children.

The group is fully insured and the certificate is displayed on the noticeboard.

Are they all wild?


Mrs C Scott Playgroup Supervisor
Qualified Teacher, First Aid
Mrs M Edwards Playgroup Assistant
Many years' experience, Welsh speaker
Mrs A Dowden Playgroup Assistant
First Aid, 6 years' experience,
Mrs N Rees Playgroup Assistant
First Aid, Welsh speaker
Ms Becky Tansley  


Ongoing training is available through Wales PPA courses, which are open to both staff and carers. Other training is available through local meetings, conference and events.

Starting the Group

It is important that parents/carers and staff work together to help children settle in the group and develop confidence to participate in all the activities offered. Some children take longer than others to settle. Parents/carers should not feel worried if this happens. The treatment of each child as an individual is paramount. Parents/carers may wish to stay for the whole or part of the session depending on the needs of the child and the discretion of the supervisor. Our Group is a member of Wales Pre-school Playgroups Association.

Lost in the snow

Nursery Report

The Playgroup's first Nursery Education Inspection took place in July 2002 as part of a national programme of inspections by the Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales (Estyn).

A copy of the Report will be provided to all parents/carers with a child at the Playgroup.

Management and Administration

In accordance with the Wales PPA group constitution the group is run by an elected committee who ensure that major decisions are made by the parents/carers who use the group and in conjunction with the Supervisor and staff.

The committee is responsible for reviewing policies and practice for the employment and appraisal of the staff. Day to day running of the group is in the hands of experienced staff.

Our Staff/Committee can be contacted should there be any queries or help needed.


in Gwynedd, on the Cambrian Coast of Wales