Inclusivity

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

First Steps Playgroup is a group for young children with additional learning needs aged between 14 months and 4 years, the only group of its kind in West Lothian.
We are looking for funding to cover the running costs of our mini bus for a year. The mini bus is essential for our group as we use it to pick children up from home who do not have access to transport and would otherwise miss out on a specialised placement. More importantly we also use the mini bus to take the children on local outings promoting inclusion within their community. It is very important for the childrens well being to widen their experiences and accessing the community with our group can be a great way to do this.
Enabling them to access the community with their peers provides a stimulating and rich experience that can be difficult to achieve for children with additional learning needs.
We can access local parks, country parks, cafes, shops, castles and garden centres which could otherwise not be reached without the mini bus.
Parents can also benefit from their child gaining these new experiences outwith the family setting as this can promote positive behaviour.
Our children come from a diverse background and have a wide range of additional needs, outings into the community allows them to be connected to it at a young age and also gives them the opportunity to interact with a range of people. There is also a benefit to the community as a whole as interaction with our group is always very positive and we are very well received, giving a positive face to children of all abilities.
Outings can also raise awareness of our group within the local community, making people aware that our service is here.

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First Steps Playgroup

We are proud to be able to offer the children an opportunity to be included in our group and gain new experiences within a nurturing environment.
Parents, carers and professionals are always very appreciative of the service we offer and have been complimentary in our anonymous surveys.

Location: West Lothian, United Kingdom