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.

PATA benefits are available to all members in the voluntary, private and maintained sectors, including baby & toddler groups, pre-schools and playgroups, day nurseries, crèches, children´s centres, out of school clubs and holiday play schemes.

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 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.

Summer Training at PATA

  • Look at the Summer 2017 training programme here
  • Take a look at your training plan for the people in your setting and book onto some PATA training at our premises in Gloucester.
  • Our premises address is: PATA, Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR. Phone number, 01452 541244, email address We look forward to welcoming you!

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).

If you are interested in this course, speak to us NOW on 01452 541244 or email about securing a place.

Level 3 Qualification for the Early Years Educator

PATA 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:

  • L2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce (CYPW), recruiting now, details here
  • L2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (STL), recruiting now, details here
  • L3 Diploma in STL, recruiting now, details here
  • L2 & L3 Diplomas in Playwork details here
  • L5 Diploma in Leadership for CYPW - Management, recruiting now, details here
  • L5 Diploma in Leadership for CYPW - Advanced Practice, recruiting now, details here

Why choose PATA for these exciting opportunities? See here.

Call 01452 541244, email or use application form 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

£1,500 AGE GRANT to employers to support taking on their first apprentice has been extended. Employer Fact Sheet here Parents' guide to apprenticeships 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.

Upcoming Training Courses

13 Sep 2017 9:30 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
20 Sep 2017 9:30 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
27 Sep 2017 9:30 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
04 Oct 2017 9:30 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
11 Oct 2017 9:30 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
13 Oct 2017 10:00 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
18 Oct 2017 • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
08 Nov 2017 10:00 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR

Other Events, Consultations & Information

Going the Extra Mile

The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

This programme is a unique partnership of community based organisations, of which PATA is one, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.

The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

For more information, please visit

Become a member

PATA is the largest voluntary sector provider of support to early years childcare and education in Gloucestershire.

When a child attends a PATA member setting their parent/carer is automatically a PATA member.


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