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.

Summer Training at PATA

  • Look at the Summer 2016 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.
  • Free places - you may be eligible for a free place on some courses if you are in receipt of certain benefits or if you are qualified to less than level 2 - details here
  • Our premises address is: PATA, Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR. Phone number, 01452 541244, email address info@pataglos.org.uk. We look forward to welcoming you!

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).

If you are interested in this course, speak to us NOW on 01452 541244 or email atc@pataglos.org.uk 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 recruiting now for 2015, 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 atc@pataglos.org.uk 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

26 May 2016 9:30 AM (UTC+01:00) • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
26 May 2016 6:00 PM (UTC+01:00) • Penguins PreSchool, NP16 7DT
06 Jun 2016 10:00 AM (UTC+01:00) • Chequers Bridge Centre. GL4 6PR
09 Jun 2016 10:00 AM (UTC+01:00) • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
15 Jun 2016 9:30 AM (UTC+01:00) • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
20 Jun 2016 10:00 AM (UTC+01:00) • Chequers Bridge Centre. GL4 6PR
23 Jun 2016 10:00 AM (UTC+01:00) • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
24 Jun 2016 10:00 AM (UTC+01:00) • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
27 Jun 2016 10:00 AM (UTC+01:00) • Chequers Bridge Centre. GL4 6PR
01 Jul 2016 10:00 AM (UTC+01:00) • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR

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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Address: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR 

Phone: 01452 541244    Email: info@pataglos.org.uk    ©2016 PATA (UK)

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