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WELCOME TO THE FOREST OF DEAN CHILDREN’S OPPORTUNITY CENTRE

The Centre provides pre-school sessions and a wide range of family support in a fully inclusive environment. This means 50% of the children who attend have a special need/disability and 50% do not.

 

We believe that each child’s individual differences are not disregarded, they are embraced, accepted and valued as unique qualities. Our aim is not to make any child “normal”, but to enable all children to grow and learn together.

 

Many children without a disability access our pre-school provision because families like their child to learn from an early age to recognize everyone is different and learn to accept diversity in others.

 

Children attending the Centre all have increased opportunities for learning from and teaching each other.

All playroom staff at the Centre have a minimum level 3 in Childcare, including the Lead who holds a Bachelor of Education Degree with qualified teacher status, our Deputy Lead who has an Early Years professional degree and other staff who have a level 4 Early Years Professional qualification, as well as a learning disability nurse.

 

We place a high value on staff training, both within the Centre and using a wide range of outside agencies. All staff are DBS checked and have regular safeguarding training.

 

Our family worker offers a wide range of support to all our families and to those families living within the Forest of Dean area but whose child does not attend the Centre. Please click onto our Family Support link for more information on what support we offer families.

 

Children with a disability/special need can attend the Centre from birth to the age of two with their parent to access our Special Fun Time group and baby massage. From the age of two all children (those with a special need and those without) can access our pre-school sessions.

 

All three and four-year-old children are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year in the term following their third birthday. Some two year old children are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks a year in the term following their second birthday, (please contact our administrator, Helen, for more information).

 

The Centre has a wide range of activities, and there are multiple ways to be part of the environment and its activities. All children participate in the setting’s routines and activities so that all children feel they belong.

 

There are regular opportunities for you to discuss your child’s progress and development with your child’s Keyworker and we welcome your contributions; by working in close partnership with parents we can build a more detailed and complete picture of your child’s development and learning.

 

The Centre is fully equipped with a selection of play and teaching materials for both indoor and outdoor play. We also have a well equipped multi-sensory room, a therapy room, large and small play-room and a family room.

 

For more information about how the Centre started click here: http://fodopportunitycentre.org/home-7/history-of-the-centre/

Click on one of the sessions below to find out more

Stay and Play

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Fledglings

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Nurture Group

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Pre-School

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Family Support

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Playscheme

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THE CENTRE NEEDS YOU

OUR SHOPS

The Opportunity Box

We rely totally on donations, fundraising and grants to keep our services going and all proceeds from our charity shop go straight to the Centre.

We are always looking for volunteers to work in our shop – please contact the shop on 01594 810587 if you are interested.

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