Pre-school playgroup for children that have special needs

Koalas is a pre-school playgroup for children with special needs. It provides those that meet the eligibility criteria, with the opportunity to play and develop in an environment designed to educate and stimulate. We recognise that skills and knowledge develop gradually and depend on opportunity, practice and encouragement.

Within the group, an allocated 'key person' will work in partnership with parents and other childcare practitioners/professionals to plan for the next steps in the child’s development.

Parents and carers can gain support information and advice from staff and other parents whilst gaining respite in the Parent Room.

Koalas is a registered charity - Number 298541.

Who the service is for

This service is for children up to the age of 4 years and 11 months who have: 

  • special educational needs or learning difficulties, and/or  
  • physical or mental disabilities

Who can request this service

Children may be referred to this service by their parents or guardians or, by referral from another childcare practitioner, professional or agency. 

How to access this service

To access this service, please ask for a Request for Service Form by: 

Next steps

When your Request for Service application has been received, we will contact you to advise you whether or not your child has been put on the waiting list to join a group. We aim to do this within 14 days. 

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