Welcome to Springboard frequently asked questions page, please click on highlighted text for more information.
How do I refer a child to Springboard? 

A referral can be made by a parent and/or a professional. If you have concerns about a child’s development and feel that he/she meets Springboard’s criteria then please complete the referral form.  

What happens when a referral is made?  

Once your referral is received it is processed by our admin team. You will then be contacted by us to arrange an appointment to meet with the manager or deputy (this may need to be Virtual due to Covid Restrictions). This meeting helps parents to know more about Springboard and for staff to understand more about the child’s needs, this will help Springboard decide if a placement will be offered.  

If a placement is offered, Springboard will liaise with parents to confirm a start date and organise a settling in plan. If a placement at Springboard is not appropriate, we can work with pre-schools, nurseries and childminders  to support your child. 

Before your child starts at Springboard you MUST  

Complete Springboard’s registration details, we use Nursery in a Box. A link to complete them, will be sent to both parents once a start date has been confirmed. This is a parent admin system and it is an Ofsted welfare requirement.  

What does my child need to bring when he/she starts at Springboard?  
  • Change of clothes  
  • Nappies and wipes  
  • Healthy packed lunch – please put name labels on  
  • Drink– please put name labels on  
  • Clothing for outdoor play – coat for winter and wet weather, sunhats and sun cream for summer – please put name labels on  
  • All medication should be clinically labelled and handed to a member of staff for recording and storing  
 How much does it cost for a child to attend Springboard?  

Springboard placements are offered on a needs basis. There is no charge. Springboard is a charity and it is through fundraising that we can offer more support. Whilst there is no charge for a child’s place, we do need families to get involved in supporting fundraising activities. There is more information on our how to get involved page.   

For children aged 2, 3 or 4 , Wiltshire Council Early Years Entitlement funding can be accessed through Wiltshire Early Years Funding Portal  If your child has been awarded the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) then he/she is eligible for 2-year funding. Funding is something that can be discussed on an individual needs basis.  

When a child attends Springboard and another setting the Wiltshire Early Years Entitlement funding is split between the settings. For example, if a child attends Springboard for 5 hours per week, then that is what is claimed from the local authority.  

For 3 and 4 year olds in receipt of DLA, there is an additional grant called the Disability Access Funding (DAF). This is a one-off annual payment of £615 which can only be paid to one setting, parents must choose which setting they want to allocate this funding to. At Springboard we use this funding for things such as staff training and specialist resources, as a charity this additional funding helps us enormously.

If your child is 2 years old and under then we have a Stay and Play session for parents and children called Rabbits which is funded by Springboard the Charity.

What do you need to know about my child when they start at Springboard?  

We will organise a Welcome to Springboard session with you that will help us agree a settling in plan, at this appointment we will need you to bring the following.

  • Child’s full birth certificate  
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)  award letter- if applicable  
  • 2-year funding award letter – if applicable  
 How do the children learn at Springboard?  

The curriculum at Springboard is delivered through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and is designed to meet the individual learning stages of all children. Staff are ambitious in their planning of activities to promote a child’s educational potential.  Please visit our learning and development page for more information.

 How long can a child stay at Springboard?  

When a child starts at Springboard, we work together to plan the support that is needed, this is a team approach. By working together, we hope to see a difference in your child’s progress. Some children move on from Springboard after short placements and others stay until he/she starts school. This is because every child is individual, and we work to individual needs. Our aim is that children can move on successfully from Springboard at a time that is right for them. The need for continued provision is something that we discuss at reviews with parents and professionals.  

If a child comes to Springboard, can he/she still go to our local Pre-school, Nursery or Childminder?  

We work to support the inclusion of all children in their local community activities, and this includes local early year settings. Children can attend both settings. We work with settings across the whole of North Wiltshire. 

If a child comes to Springboard, does it mean he/she will get an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)? 

Not necessarily , attending Springboard does not mean that a child will get an EHCP. By working with others and accessing services we create support plans to ensure a child has positive outcomes. If over time a child appears to not be making progress and it is considered appropriate to request a statutory assessment for an EHCP then this will be discussed. This request is usually made when we are thinking about the child starting school.

Please visit Wiltshire Council Website for more information on an Education Health Care Plan.

When a child leaves Springboard, where will he/she go to school? 

Children move on from Springboard to a range of schools. Many children attend their local school, some go on to a resource base and others attend a specialist school.   

When a child comes to Springboard, what can parents do to help? 

We have lots of opportunities for parents and families to get involved. Attending activities such as Playdates and Saturdads helps to meet other parents. Getting involved in fundraising and social activities means you help Springboard to help you. We have workshops to help parents learn Makaton and the use of visuals for communication.  

What does Springboard offer differently to other settings? 

We are a specialist preschool for (children aged 2-5) offering care and education for children with additional needs. For more information please visit Springboard’s What we do Page.

What resources, equipment does Springboard have? 

Springboard is a purpose-built building, compliant with the Equality Act 2010, it is all on one level and has easy access with wide doors. Specialist equipment/ resources include: – 

  • Two large playrooms 
  • Aster Bannerman changing table
  • Sensory garden
  • Large enclosed play area
  • Inclusive Community Playthings furniture
  • Observation window
  • Meeting rooms
  • Adaptable playrooms and space
  • Disabled toilet
  • Sensory room
What happens if a child does not get a place at Springboard?  

If it is felt that a child does not need a place at Springboard, then we will help by signposting to other services that may be able to provide support. 

How do I get to know what is happening at Springboard? 
  • Website – for all information on who we are, what we do and why. 
  • Facebook for highlights of the week  
  • Tapestry for information on your child. This is an online learning journal that is created by staff with you about your child’s play experiences and learning progress  
  • Nursery in a Box – Parent Admin for all information about your child. This is the most important admin process for your child. We need to know contact details and consents to ensure your child’s safety.  
How do I purchase Springboard Uniform?  

Children can wear a Springboard  T shirt which have our logo on them and match the staff uniform. This can help your child understand where they are going and who they are going to be with.  To purchase a Springboard T shirt please visit Springboard online Shop.   

List of acronyms used  
  • SEND         Special Educational Needs and Disability  
  • EHCP         Education and Health Care Plan  
  • DSC            District Specialist Centre  
  • EYPP          Early Years Pupil Premium  
  • DAF            Disability Access Funding  
  • MSP            My Support Plan  
  • PECS          Picture Exchange Communication System  
  • TEACCH   Adult led structured activities  
  • AA              Attention Autism Activities, structured group activities to support a child’s attention and listening skills
  • OT              Occupational Therapist
  • SALT         Speech and Language Therapist 
  • EP              Educational Psychologist
  • ASD           Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • VI               Visual Impairment
  • SLCN         Speech, Language and Communication Needs