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Welcome to PATA

Our reputation as an excellent source of support and information for children's groups is built on more than 22 years' experience and expertise.

Supporting and developing high quality childcare, education and play for children, families and professionals.

PATA benefits are available to all members in the voluntary, private and maintained sectors, including baby & toddler groups, pre-schools and playgroups, day nurseries, crèches, children´s centres, out of school clubs and holiday play schemes.


PATA is on the move

For the past 15 years PATA has been based on the old Whaddon Junior School site in Tuffley, Gloucester, but due to Gloucestershire County Council’s planned disposal of surplus accommodation we are now on the move. We have had a big clear out of furniture and toys, which we would rather went to a good home than into the skip. See here for details.

Thank you to everyone who has so far helped us with planning the move, and those who will be helping us on move day (during October half term).

Our new premises and address from 1 November will be: PATA, Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR. Phone numbers and email addresses remain the same. We look forward to welcoming you there!


Autumn 2014 Training Programme out now!

Autumn 2014 training programme here and booking form here


New - Level 3 Qualification for the Early Years Educator - available at PATA!

PATA will be delivering the new Level 3 qualification from Autumn 2014,

start date Friday 14 November.

The new Early Years Educator (EYE) qualifications offered by City & Guilds, Cache and Pearson/Edexcel are the only L3 qualifications for early years that will be classed as full and relevant for learners enrolling from September 2014. PATA is able to deliver our new course (through City & Guilds) with confidence, and we are best placed to meet any concerns and questions learners and employers may have. For further information and full course details click here.



National Qualifications (QCF) & Apprenticeships available with PATA:

  • L2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce (CYPW), start date Tues 9 December, details here
  • L2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (STL), start Tues 20 January, details here
  • L3 Certificate & L3 Diploma in STL, start date Tues 20 January 2015, details here
  • L2 & L3 Diplomas in Playwork recruiting for January 2015, details here
  • L5 Diploma in Leadership for CYPW - Management, details here
  • L5 Diploma in Leadership for CYPW - Advanced Practice, details here

Why choose PATA for these exciting opportunities? See here.

Call 01452 552286, email atc@pataglos.org.uk or use application form here

FUNDING is complex and will depend on age, prior qualifications and employment status. Opportunities are available for the unemployed working as volunteers in some situations.

24+ ADVANCED LEARNING LOANS are now available with all L3 qualifications delivered by PATA for applicants aged 24+ at the start of their learning programme. Loans are not available for the L5 Diploma in Leadership for the CYP. For information and how to apply see here

APPRENTICESHIPS available in early years and for teaching assistants in schools. 16-18 year olds are fully funded. See here

£1,500 AGE GRANT to employers to support taking on their first apprentice has been extended to 31 December 2014. Employer Fact Sheet here Parents' guide to apprenticeships here


Special Educational Needs Courses

Special Educational Needs Courses - a series of linked sessions that will take place throughout the year which can be accessed separately or as a series. Suitable for Early Years SENCOs and all those interested in supporting young children with special needs. For more details click here and booking form here


Artemis, Children's Workforce Induction Programme

This programme has been developed by, and for, members of the children's workforce.  It is a high quality e-learning package based on the seven induction standards developed by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC). More details here. PATA is the endorsed provider for Gloucestershire.


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