Over the last ten years a successful Parent and Toddler group has been held once a week in a small rural village. Over twenty families travel from surrounding villages to use the service each week. The group provide a safe and welcoming place for families to meet with their young children to socialise and use services such as a toy library.
Since the recession the volunteers noticed that an increasing number of families have been using the service, therefore, an extra session will be opened in the autumn. To accommodate the growing numbers of parents using the service the group are applying for a small grant to extend their toy library resources.
In September George will start attending an early years setting in his local village. George has Downs Syndrome and has difficulty with verbal expression but confidently uses sign language (Makaton).
Unfortunately, none of the staff in the setting use Makaton or British Sign Language so George will have no means of effective communication unless he has someone to use sign language with. The group applied for the grant to train their team to use Makaton.
Small Steps early years setting is located within one of the 10% most disadvantaged areas in England. Up to a third of the families attending the setting live in poverty and have used food banks. With nearly all the families experiencing issues relating to socio-economic hardship.
The setting tries hard to make the play environment one in which families are supported and their children can have fun and flourish. One of the aspects which all of these families lack is the ability to get their children out of the city and into the countryside or seaside. The setting applied for a grant to help them take all their families out for the day.