• We operate a specialist preschool (children aged 2-5) offering care and education for children with additional needs. Our staff ratios are higher than a typical preschool. Springboard staff usually have the responsibility of two key children (1:2 ratio), however sometimes staff are allocated on a 1:1 ratio when needed.
  • Staff are specifically trained to deal with any specialist medical needs our children might have.
  • We run a stay and play ‘Rabbits’ session for children (aged 2 and under) their carers and siblings.
  • We deliver and embed specialist approaches across all our playroom sessions (such as Makaton sign language, Attention Autism, and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)) These programmes target the teaching of attention, communication and social interaction skills.
  • We run communication workshops (Makaton and Visual Systems e.g. PECS) that are open to parents and professionals. These support the techniques and methods we use with the children at Springboard and help the attendees support the children in the home or mainstream environments.
  • We provide information, support and training to families and other pre-school settings either in our Chippenham centre or as part of an outreach program (this is where we travel to another childcare setting to provide help).
  • We are a ‘hub’ for external professionals e.g. speech and language, physiotherapy, community paediatrician etc. Children can be seen by these professionals at Springboard in an environment that they are familiar with, reducing the need for lots of separate hospital and clinic visits.
  • We work closely with the other professionals working with our children and implement any recommendations these professionals suggest.
  • We run a monthly group ‘Saturdads’ which aims to support and include dads, other male carers and siblings.
  • In the school holidays we run stay and play sessions for the whole family called ‘Playdates’. Having the group open to siblings enables families to go out together and have fun in a safe non-judgemental environment.
  • We run a ‘Holiday Club’ in the school holidays– our families are not always able to access mainstream holiday clubs and with 13 weeks of school holiday a year this can present quite a problem. Our holiday club aims to provide parents with essential childcare, a short break or some much needed fun for the children in a safe learning environment.