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.

Autumn Training at PATA

  • Look at the Autumn 2017 training programme here

  • Take a look at your training plan for the people in your setting and book onto some PATA training.

  • 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

Through years of accumulated experience and expertise PATA has been able to provide a flexible and professional training programme which caters to the needs of our learners. We have proudly enabled hundreds of learners to gain childcare qualifications and take confident steps towards their career goals.

It is therefore with a heavy heart that PATA will no longer be delivering the following accredited training courses after July 2018:- 

  • Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children and Young People’s Workforce  - Early Years (Management)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children and Young People’s Workforce  - Early Years (Advanced Practice)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 Certificate in Playwork
  • Level 3 Certificate in Playwork

This is a decision we have been forced to make due to significant changes in the way funding is allocated to training providers and the impact of this on many third sector learning providers. It has meant the loss of much vital provision previously offered to niche sectors and learners such as ours.

We are grateful for all the support our member settings have shown us by recommending PATA to their staff teams and to all the learners for taking their journey with us.

Funded courses may be available at other local colleges and Adult Education in Gloucestershire.

We will continue to deliver high quality Continuing Professional Development short courses and workshops and always welcome and value your suggestions for new courses. See here for our latest programme.

Recently, in response to specific need, we have delivered bespoke courses to whole staff teams at their setting. This is a great way for your group to receive high quality personalised training that offers great value for money.

PATA recently delivered bespoke training to Kings Stanley Playgroup based in Stroud who said of the course: “The (staff) have been in touch to say thank you. Their minds are a-buzz with ideas and things they can modify and improve. The trainer was superb, with lots of knowledge that went beyond the subject area!” 

Contact us to discuss your specific training requirements. 

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.

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.

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.


Upcoming Training Courses

20 Oct 2017 9:00 AM • Penguins Playgroup, Offas Mead School, Beachley Road, Sedbury, Chepstow, NP16 7DT
06 Nov 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
16 Nov 2017 7:00 PM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
21 Nov 2017 7:00 PM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
04 Jan 2018 6:30 PM • Beacon Children's Centre, Valley Gardens, Kingsway, Gloucester, GL2 2AR
11 Jan 2018 6:30 PM • Beacon Children's Centre, Valley Gardens, Kingsway, Gloucester, GL2 2AR
15 Jan 2018 9:30 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR

Other Events, Consultations & Information

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