Cirencester Opportunity Group is a specialist Early Years Centre and aims to provide a positive, happy and caring environment for children (aged 0-5) and their families. We are an inclusive children's charity and many of the children that we care for have a special educational need and/or are experiencing challenges in their young lives, due to family circumstances or deprivation.
We aim to provide support to families with our Early Intervention Outreach programme and a broad and balanced Early Years curriculum of learning in our Nursery and Pre-school provision. Parents are encouraged to learn more about how to support their child's development, through a variety of one to one and group support sessions. Children are fully supported by our specialist care and education, which includes Music Therapy, Forest School and Sensory Play, to enable them to achieve their developmental milestones.
We believe in the importance of recognising the individual needs and gifts of each child and our aim is to support each child to truly reach their full potential, therefore preparing them for school life and the world that surrounds them.
Our Outreach team begin working with families when their children are still babies and support is needed to help the family to overcome a variety of challenges, such as disability, mental health, special educational needs, domestic abuse, deprivation and social care intervention. Our Outreach Team work alongside Social Workers, Health Visitors and other professionals to ensure that each family receives the support that they need.
Our Specialist Early Years staff then continue this work when the children reach two years old and join our Early Intervention programme of learning in our Nursery. We provide a child-centred approach to learning through the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, giving the children opportunities to explore through stimulating activities and structured play. The children learn and practise new skills with growing confidence and independence and gain an understanding of their world, making choices, solving problems and co-operating with other children and adults in a safe environment. The children then progress onto our Pre-school programme of learning and their parents continue to be supported also, as we prepare the child and family for the skills they need for their future. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators work alongside other educational specialists, to provide a comprehensive package of support to ensure that an Education, Care and Health Plan is in place for each child that needs one, to successfully ensure their smooth transition into mainstream or specialist school.