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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 20 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.


Summer 2014 Training

New Summer 2014 training programme here and booking form here

Free places: you may be eligible for a free place on some courses if you are in receipt of certain benefits or if you are qualified to less than level 2 - details here



National Qualifications (QCF) & Apprenticeships available with PATA:

Enrolling now at PATA for the following qualifications:

  • L2 Certificate & Level 3 Diploma for working with children & young people
  • L2 & L3 for supporting teaching & learning in schools
  • Apprenticeships with PATA, details here

INFORMATION & ENROLMENT SESSIONS in April & May, details here


Course start dates from April onwards

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to get your career on the road - call 01452 552286 or 01452 541244 to book an appointment, come and find out more and reserve your place.

Application form here

General enquiries to atc@pataglos.org.uk

See Spring 2014 Training Programme 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


NEW! 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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