Springboard North Wilts Opportunity Group is a pre-school for children under 5 with special needs. We are the only Opportunity Pre-school in the whole of North Wiltshire to provide this specialist service.
All the children attending Springboard have some speech language or communication difficulty which impacts massively on their ability to access the mainstream world. Other children have a range of complex health needs, life limiting conditions or developmental delay, all of which need specialised intensive adult support to manage their physical difficulties, sensory impairment and complex medical needs.
Eligibility Criteria children with:
- Cerebral palsy
- Autism – diagnosed or under review
- Medical syndromes or acquired illness
- Down’s Syndrome and other genetic syndromes
- Physical abnormalities
- Significant sensory delays/disorders of hearing , sight , language
- Significant developmental delay in more than one area
- Children whose development has been significantly impaired as a result of abuse or neglect.
Springboard can accommodate between 43 -51 children each week in our sessions. The exact numbers 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 ratio (two children per member of staff).
We have a range of sessions to support the needs of children and their families. Children are generally referred to Springboard by a professional such as Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Paediatricians or local authority Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) workers, however, parents can also self-refer.
The parents/carers must be fully informed and positive about the referral to Springboard. Please click on the link below to download a copy of the referral form.
Please contact us to discuss any referrals you want to make.
If you are Preschool or Primary School Setting interested in an inreach or outreach appointment, please click on the link below to request an appointment. The link will take you through a short, 6 question, tick box survey – this will help us to understand how we can help you and what you may wish to cover in the session.