A Great Start in Life

In a child’s early years, toddler groups, playgroups, nurseries and children’s centres support children to learn through play. This continues as children attend out of school clubs and holiday play schemes.

PATA recognises that children’s early experiences have an important impact on a child’s health, behaviour and development and ultimately their life chances.

We are therefore proud to be an advocate for the benefits of play and our work supports and develops high quality childcare, education and play for children, families and professionals.

Our Organisation

PATA is proud of its reputation as an excellent source of support and information for children’s groups and the early years’ sector which is built on more than 20 years experience and expertise. We act as a voice and advocate for families, representing the sector to government and the wider community. PATA is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on member organisation support as well as other funding for special projects.             


PATA Members

PATA Members come from a wide variety of early years and childcare settings. Being a member makes you part of our community, giving you access to a wealth of resources in the members area of the website, discounted training and much more.

PATA Payroll Service

Our payroll services are designed to allow us to do what we do best to allow you to do what you do best: we take care of your payroll whilst you take care of your children.


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