Welcome to PATA
Our reputation as an excellent source of support and information for children's groups is built on more than 20 years' experience and expertise.
Supporting and developing high quality childcare, education and play for children, families and professionals.
IMPORTANT NEWS: from 1st April 2017
National Living Wage & National Minimum Wage Rate
The living and minimum wage are due to rise in April 2017. The living and minimum wage is a legal right which covers almost all workers above compulsory school leaving age so must be applied. See here for new rates.
PATA (UK) Annual General Meeting
Thank you to all those who submitted votes ahead of the AGM which was held at The PATA Centre, Monday 30th January, 5.00pm. Copies of the minutes will be available soon.
PATA Managed Groups
The PATA team has recently grown considerably with the fantastic new addition of the three playgroups involved in our PATA Managed Groups Project. The project began in 2013, when during strategic planning for the coming years, we decided to undertake a new project that would wholly fulfil our charitable objectives and with an ultimate aim that PATA would provide for the management of playgroups to enable them to become high quality and sustainable providers of childcare in their communities whilst maintaining their charitable status.
The PATA Managed Groups Project has finally been realised after a lengthy process of investigation and testing of systems to ensure PATA could fully deliver the support and management each group needed and the groups now officially fall under the PATA banner following Ofsted registration and setting approval visits.
Spring Training at PATA
ENROLLING NOW: Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STL) City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate, Level 3 Certificate and Diploma
What will this qualification give me? These qualifications will give you the necessary knowledge and skills for a career as a Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Worker in a Primary, Secondary or Special Needs School.
Who is this course aimed at? Anyone wishing to become a Teaching Assistant or who is newly employed as a Teaching Assistant in a school.
Which level of qualification is right for me? Generally Level 2 is suitable for younger learners of someone who is new to the role of classroom assistant. Level 3 is suitable for anyone who has already completed Level 2 or for the more experienced classroom/teaching assistant.
What are the entry requirements: Whilst no formal entry requirements are required to undertake the course, a good knowledge of literacy and numeracy is essential.
How will I learn? Completion of the course is by attending PATA workshops (approximately ten throughout the duration of the course), private study, coursework and working (either employed or volunteering) in a classroom setting for a minimum of six hours a week (two sessions, of which one must be a morning).
Level 3 Qualification for the Early Years EducatorPATA is delivering the Early Years Educator (EYE) qualifications offered by City & Guilds, Cache and Pearson/Edexcel; the only L3 qualifications for early years that will be classed as full and relevant for learners enrolling from September 2014. PATA is able to deliver this course (through City & Guilds) with confidence, and we are best placed to meet any concerns and questions learners and employers may have. Recruiting now, for further information and full course details click here.
National Qualifications (QCF) & Apprenticeships available with PATA:
Why choose PATA for these exciting opportunities? See here.
FUNDING is complex and will depend on age, prior qualifications and employment status. Opportunities are available for the unemployed working as volunteers in some situations.
24+ ADVANCED LEARNING LOANS are now available with all L3 qualifications delivered by PATA for applicants aged 24+ at the start of their learning programme. Loans are not available for the L5 Diploma in Leadership for the CYP. For information and how to apply see here
APPRENTICESHIPS available in early years and for teaching assistants in schools. 16-18 year olds are fully funded. See here
Artemis, Children's Workforce Induction Programme
This programme has been developed by, and for, members of the children's workforce. It is a high quality e-learning package based on the seven induction standards developed by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC). More details here. PATA is the endorsed provider for Gloucestershire.
Become a member
PATA is the largest voluntary sector provider of support to early years childcare and education in Gloucestershire.
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