Dingley's Promise is passionate about ensuring the best start for every child. Established in 1983, the charity has three specialist nurseries in Berkshire, and is focused on using specialist early intervention to build wider inclusion. In 2018, Dingley's Promise launched it's first accredited training, aimed at mainstream nurseries to help them use inclusive strategies to support more children with SEND. The 'Certificate in Early Years Inclusive Practice' is an enhancement for those who have their Level 3 and are looking to develop a more in depth knowledge of working inclusively with children with SEND. The course is online, with four units undertaken over four months, and online discussion groups at the beginning and end of each unit.
Dingley’s Promise delivers life-changing support to very young children who have additional needs and disabilities, including Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, Global Development Delay, physical disabilities and life-limiting conditions. As part of our commitment to ensuring that these children have the same equal opportunities as any other child, we provide specialist learning through play, family support and training and advice to mainstream nurseries and schools.
We were established by parents of children with SEND in Reading 35 years ago and now operate across three centres, located in Reading, Newbury and Wokingham. We work with children aged between 0-5 years, because we know from experience that our work has the biggest impact during these years.
We believe that all children should have the same opportunities, and are committed to putting every child on the right pathway as soon as possible, through supporting them and their family with the best strategies and information. Alongside this, we provide support and advice to mainstream settings so that we can effectively transition children to them, and give the child the best chance of succeeding in the mainstream wherever possible. We’re so passionate about this that it sits at the heart of our charity and underpins everything we do.
Dingley's Promise employs 35 people, supporting around 170 children and families every year in three centres. In 2018, we expect that the impact of our training offer will mean that many more children will benefit from our expertise, experiencing effective inclusive provision in the early years.