Project information

Learn through Play at Dingley's Promise

Delivering life-changing support to children under 5 with additional needs and disabilities in our Ofsted 'Outstanding' Centres at Reading, Wokingham and Newbury.

Offering term time sessions that provide a safe and stimulating environment supporting communication and socialisation development.

January 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: Dingley's Promise

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  • Need


    In 2016, there were 1,228,785 (14%) pupils with special educational needs in the UK. Of all births in the same year, it is expected that 97,699 children born will have additional needs (SEND) needing specialist support.

    Research shows that over 50% of children have been turned away by early years settings and 47% of parents say their child needs one to one care, which is not available or affordable, thus only 60% of children of children with SEND currently use their full entitlement.


    Providing specialist nursery provision that also supports the whole family.

    Here's at Dingley's Promise, we use specialist early intervention methods to ensure children are put on the right path as early as possible and are supported to access mainstream education where possible.

    The sessions also offer regular short breaks from caring, where parents can leave their children, confident in our care.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support educational development of children under 5 with additional needs and disabilities.


    » Provide nine, three hour Learn Through Play sessions a week, across the school year at all our three of our centres.

    Success will be improved educational outcomes for children under 5 with additional needs and disabilities.

  • Impact


    Children under 5 with additional needs and disabilities will make progress against the Early Years Foundation Stage, ensuring they have the best start in life. We will demonstrate this by:
    1) Every child making some progress against personalised goals.
    2) 90% of parents will feel our transitions have been effective.
    3) 75% of parents will feel more positive about their child's needs and the future as a family.


    Risks identified include:
    1) Lack of qualified and experienced staff to deliver our aims. We have a robust approach to recruitment, build training expectations into annual reviews and have a HR expert joining our board to focus on development.
    2) Reputation deterioriates in the community. We have Ofsted ratings and are developing internally to regularly audit and undertake peer review.
    3) Lack of funding to deliver services. We undertake diverse fundraising activity to strengthen our work.


    We believe in the importance of sharing our updates with donors and supporters and will do so immediately after the work is complete and at regular intervals throughout the project. These will be via newsletter, on our website and through social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £18,444

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      Amount Heading Description
      £18,444 Learn Through Play Session Four Weeks of Learn Through Play at One Centre

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Government £8,012 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Dingley's Promise is based in Berkshire and has Centres at Reading, Wokingham and Newbury.


    Children aged 0 - 5 years with additional needs and disabilities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Dingley's Promise has 34 years of experience, delivering specialist support to children with SEND and their families.

    We are the only provider who offers specialist support to these children and also to their families. We focus on pathways to inclusion and are proud to transition children into mainstream when they are ready.

    We also offer regular short breaks for parents. Most other providers offer activities where parents must stay too.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Aimee Read

    Operations Manager, overseeing the provision of support across our three centres.


Will enable one child to access one Learn Through Play session.

‘If it wasn’t for Dingley’s Promise I would have seriously considered letting my child be fostered or adopted.’