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.

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!

Accredited Qualifications

We are currently enrolling for a September 2018 start date for the following courses:
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (City and Guilds) Level 3 Diploma
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (City and Guilds) Level 3 Certificate
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (City and Guilds) Level 2 Certificate
  • Children and Young People's Workforce (CYPW) (City and Guilds) Level 2

If you are interested in enrolling on any of the above courses, please download the application form here and email it to

Funding for Courses

Due to changes in the rules relating to sub-contracting and the way funding is allocated via the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) PATA do not currently have access to Advanced Learners Loans (previously known as 24 plus loans).  We are awaiting further updates from the ESFA and will advise further as soon as possible.  Please note that to apply for funding you are unable to apply direct to the ESFA and can only apply via a Training Provider (who has the relevant funding) once you have been offered a place on a course.

The only available option at the current time is to self-fund the course.  We do offer an instalment plan where the cost of the course can be spread over the duration of the course. For further information please email

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 Oct 2017 10:00 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
17 Oct 2017 7:00 PM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
07 Nov 2017 7:00 PM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
08 Nov 2017 10:00 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
14 Nov 2017 9:30 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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