What is Springboard?

Springboard Chippenham is a charity that provides support for pre-school children (aged 0-5) with special needs and their families. We are based in the town of Chippenham in Wiltshire, but our catchment area covers the whole of North Wiltshire. We are the only specialist service of our kind in the north of the county.

Younger children and their families attend our stay and play groups whereas children aged 2 and above can access our specialist preschool.

The exact number of children the can attend Springboard are determined by the needs of the children we have.  Some of our more complex children are staffed 1:1 (one adult: one child), the majority of our children are staffed on a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio (two/three children per member of staff).

Who can make a referral to Springboard?

A referral can be made by a parent and/or a professional who is working with the child.

How do I refer a child to Springboard?

If you have concerns about a child’s development and feel that they meet our referral criteria (see below) then please complete our online referral form (below).

Before you complete the form please check the following:

  • That the child’s home address falls within our catchment area – click HERE to check. We accept referrals from the area highlighted in yellow.
  • That the child’s parents are aware that you are making a referral and that you have their consent to proceed.
  • That you are using up to date contact information for the child’s parents – we cannot process the referral without the correct information.

Link to online referral form

Referral criteria

We offer support to children with:

  • Significant sensory delays/disorders of hearing , sight , language
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism – diagnosed or under review
  • Medical syndromes or acquired illness
  • Down’s Syndrome and other genetic syndromes
  • Physical abnormalities
  • Significant developmental delay in more than one area
  • Children whose development has been significantly impaired as a result of abuse or neglect.

What happens after a referral has been made?

Once a referral is received we will contact the child’s parents/carers to arrange an initial with the manager or deputy manager, we are currently holding these initial meetings virtually. In some circumstances it may be possible to arrange a home or centre visit. This meeting helps parents to find out more about Springboard and for staff to understand more about the child’s needs. From the information gathered at this meeting it will be decided whether a placement at Springboard is needed.

Working with Mainstream Preschools or Primary Schools

If you are Preschool, childminder or Primary School Setting based in North Wiltshire seeking inclusion support or advice please visit our Support for mainstream settings page