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Early Steps - preschool developmental playgroup

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Early Steps is a developmental playgroup for children with emerging social communication delays, autism or other related conditions.  Parents stay and play to learn how to get their young child communicating, playing and learning early social skills.

Sessions are run by experienced professionals in the field of child development and special educational needs

We work with each family to create individualised goals for their child, which we then work on during our sessions.  Parents are encouraged to implement the techniques at home too.

Sessions are a blend of free play, play stations and group activities - each child can join in at their own pace, so don't worry if your child isn't ready for adult led activities just yet!  Group leaders model techniques to help your child learn new skills and help you gain the confidence to use these yourself as a parent.

We also offer guidance on behaviour management, toileting and eating issues 

Our sessions are for ages 18months to 5 years


Who to contact

Contact Name
Carina Greening
Contact Position
Early Steps leader

Please contact us to book a slot and fill out our registration form - we keep the groups deliberately small so unfortunately cannot accept walk ins.

Where to go

St Leonard's Centre
Rectory Road
RG23 7ED
Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Thursdays 9.45-11.15
Time of day
Session Information
Every session has a different theme with a range of structured and free play activities available. From 10.45-11.15
parents are welcome to sit and chat to each other and our group leaders with a cup of tea

Other Details


Free initial session Thereafter the remainder of the 6 week block is £60 Subsequent 6 week blocks are £70


Referral required
Other notes

Early Steps sessions are for children with additional needs, emerging developmental delays and conditions such as Autism and Down Syndrome.

Although physical disabilities will be catered for where possible, it should be noted that we are located in an upstairs room accesed either by a lift or stairs.  Toilets are located downstairs.

If you or your child has mobility issues, please contact us to chat through whether we can accomodate your needs - we strive to do so wherever possible. 

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