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(UK) Gloucestershire: Center supports autistic preschool kids

W. England

Children in Gloucestershire with special education needs and disabilities are getting support following the opening of a new dedicated centre. The new Dingley’s Promise centre in Coney Hill Road, Gloucester, is currently supporting 12 children aged two to four and a further seven through its outreach services.

The centre will offer the children early, specialist intervention to give them the best start in life and fully support their transition to school. The centre is working closely with Gloucestershire County Council Early Years team, other nursery facilities in the area and local families to continue to support and develop children with SEND across the county.

Lucy Wickett, centre manager, said: “I am very excited about the centre opening in Gloucester, where we can work with children, families and the wider community to allow them to feel included, supported and listened to. …

Currently it mainly supports children who have had an autism diagnosis or who are likely to receive one. However, staff are currently training to support children with very complex needs so they can also attend the centre.

Lucy added: “I am thoroughly looking forward to watching the team develop and the centre become a place where children can feel safe, grow in confidence and reach their full potential.”…


“We use an extended amount of communication opportunities and resources to support non-verbal and pre-verbal children, giving them the opportunity to express their own wants and needs. We also offer the children an engaging, inclusive curriculum, in which they can enjoy new experiences….

The new special educational needs centre, Dingley’s Promise centre in Coney Hill Road, Gloucester, is currently supporting 12 children aged between 2-4 years old and a further seven through its outreach services (Image: Dingley's Centre Gloucester)

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