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Early Start Groups

Early Start groups provide targeted stay and play sessions for children aged 0-5 with developmental needs or disabilities.

Groups are run from children's centres across the county and supported by skilled SEND Early Years Practitioners.

Children may be offered a place within an Early Start Group after a referral to the Early Years SEND Service has been made.


Who to contact

01452 425356

Where to go

Groups run at Children's Centres around the county

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

To join an Early Start Group we do need to have received a referral. Referrals can be made by any professional supporting the child and we do also consider referrals from parents.  Once we have received a referral we visit the child and family and home and decide together the most appropriate support from our service

Local Offer

Local Offer Details

All Early Start groups are facilitated by two staff who are experienced at working with parents and babies.  They come from a variety of backgrounds, eg early years practitioners, health visitors, nursery nurses.

At Early Start you can expect a warm welcome in a safe and secure environment where you can meet other parents who have been through experiences similar to your own.

Groups are held at:-

  • Mighty Oaks Little Acorns, Tredworth
  • Noah's Ark Children's Centre, Tewkesbury
  • Cashes Green Community Hub (School site), Stroud
  • Brockworth Children's Centre, Brockworth

For leaflets and referral forms please visit the website.

SEN Provision Type

SEND Local Offer Form  

Who is your service for?
Local Offer Age Bands
0-4 (Birth to Pre-School)
Is the building fully wheelchair accessible?
Is there disabled changing and toilet facilities?
Describe any training or experience you/your staff, have had or are having in issues around SEND?


The Early Years Service provides a range of support for both EY settings and young children across Gloucestershire. This includes ensuring that Gloucestershire has a range of high quality, inclusive Education/child care provision to enable all children to access their entitlement of EY provision and to enjoy early education experiences.


Have any members of you/your team had experience of working with children and young people with the following disabilities/additional needs?
a) young people with autistic spectrum disorders
b) young people who use alternative communication methods
c) young people with learning difficulties/disabilities whose behaviour challenges us
d) young people with complex physical/medical requirements

Practitioner Information

This information is intended solely for the use of practitioners within the children and young people's workforce in Gloucestershire. Please do not share information within this section with others.
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