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All about how the Big Toddle for Barnardos helps to fund our Early Years Services for vulnerable children
The funds raised through The Big Toddle for Barnardos sponsored by Danone support our Early Years Work. This incredible support ensures that some of the youngest and most vulnerable children we work with are best prepared for the transition to ‘big school’ and get the best possible start in life.
These services aim to break negative behaviours and overcome the challenges that a child may face in an often chaotic environment. Programmes are developed to build the child’s resilience – their ability to cope and to achieve their developmental, social and educational milestones, in spite of their circumstances.
Many of the children Barnardos works with come from particularly vulnerable backgrounds and need specialist care to enable them to get ready for milestones such as the big step towards primary school.
The children who are referred to Early Years Services come to us with some or many of the following issues:
A daily programme for children aged 2-3 years. Focusing on supporting children to meet their developmental milestones, develop language, social skills, sharing, taking turns and resolving conflicts.
A daily programme for children aged 3-5 years. Focusing on social, emotional, language, phonological and literacy skills in preparation for transition to primary school.
Peer support group to increase parental understanding of their children’s needs, child development and behaviour.
Tailored therapeutic work in response to assessed needs with either the child or the parent.
Children are taught to manage their emotions and regulate their behaviour. This is evidenced by children being able to:
Children experience positive relationships with their peers and early year's staff. This is evidenced by children being able to:
Children have the necessary emergent language and literacy skills. This is evidenced by children being able to:
Children have healthy physical development. This is evidenced by children: