Children & Young People

Tiddlywinks welcomes pre-school children aged 0-4 and their parents / careers every Wednesday morning during school term time. We have lots of fantastic toys for the children to explore in the safe and friendly surroundings of Caryford Hall. A snack is provided for the children and of course a cuppa for the grown-ups!

We were set up in 1995 by a group of mums who realised the importance of being able to get to know other parents, and for the children to socialise. There is no committee or one person in charge, instead the group is organised by all the parents/carers that attend.

It costs £2.50 per week (which includes fruit and biscuit snack and drink for the children, and tea, coffee and biscuits for the parents) and we are at Caryford Hall between 10 am and 12 midday on Wednesdays during term time.

If you’d like to find out more pop up and see us, or message us on Facebook by searching for Tiddlywinks – Castle Cary Baby and Toddler Group.

Playgroup for 0 to 4 year olds and their parents / careers, Wednesday mornings between 10 and 12 during school term time at Caryford Hall, Castle Cary.

Caryford Hall, Maggs Lane, Castle Cary

The youth club is held every Thursday evening from 7 till 9pm during term time in the Swainson Building on the Ansford Academy site and is for all young people aged 13-17. We hold regular movie nights and have a variety of games available including Pool and table tennis. Entry is £1 on the night and includes light refreshments, there is also a small tuck shop. The club is run by completely volunteers and we always welcome more help. For more information please do not hesitate to contact me Hope to see you there. Fray Cronie

Youth Club in the Swainson Building during term time


The Balsam Centre offers services that are simple to access, enjoyable, and with benefits we hope will last you a lifetime!
We run various activities from health walks – long and short, buggy walks, a Men’s Shed, a Women’s Shed, games club, twins group, breastfeeding support group, baby and toddler groups, a café once a week, IT drop-ins and courses, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, Hubbub cafe, Dementia group, youth cafe – groups for anyone from 0 to 99!
We also have other organisations that use space in the building – so the CAT bus is here along with the Health Visitors, and Citizens Advice Bureau come in every Monday.
If you are using a SATNAV to get here, use the BA9 9PA postcode, turn off the High Street for the Memorial Hall. Follow the road around to the right and The Balsam Centre is on the left.

A community charity and hub for various activities and services.

The Balsam Centre
Balsam Park, Wincanton,

Clubs running throughout the school holidays, and after school clubs such as gymnastics & climbing.
01963 350600
1610, Caryford Fitness & Leisure, Maggs Lane, Ansford

See our website for up to date details.
01963 359276 / 07912 794321

I live with my husband Lewis, daughter Ella who is 5 and son Hayden who is 2 years old. We have a cat called Tiggy, 2 rabbits named Lily and Benjamin and Squeak the guinea pig. We live in a lovely 3 bedroom detached house with an enclosed garden which surrounds the property. We have been locals to Castle Cary since 2007 and I attended Ansford Secondary school. My daughter attends Castle Cary primary school where I currently help with reading on a voluntary basis.

I am a bubbly, friendly person, I consider myself to be kind and caring and love working with children. Since moving into our current house I have not had a lot of spare time as we have slowly been renovating it but any spare time I do have I enjoy spending time with my family and a wide variety of sports.

I have worked in childcare for 3 years as well as having my own personal experience for nearly 5 years. My previous employment was as a nursery assistant in a nursery setting during which I undertook and passed my Level 3 Diploma in Childcare. To enable me to continue doing the job I love, furthering my career in childcare, I set up my own Childminding business.

I have to drop off and collect my daughter from Castle Cary primary school so unfortunately I am unable to offer school runs for anywhere other than here.

My business hours are from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday. I do not work on bank holidays.

I am open throughout the year apart from holidays. Term Time only is available and inset days are negotiable.

Please contact me for further information. I look forward to your call.

Ofsted registered Childminder
9 Orchard Close

I am a fully CRB checked and insured professional face painter with lots of experience of working with children and adults alike! I can be hired for parties, wedding receptions, charity events, corporate events, Special Effects make up, bump painting and more. HIgh quality photographs of your special painted faces and baby bumps also available.

Face and Body Painting, Special Effects and Special Occasion Make Up

01963 359397
11 Greenway Road

Professionally qualified childminder. Looking after all your child’s needs and offering pre school learning in a fun friendly home setting. Early years entitlement funding for 2,3 and 4 year old available. OFSTED registered.

Local professionally qualified OFSTED childminder

Ancastle Avenue