Project information

Outreach into Preschools

The aim is for Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) professionals to outreach into local community preschools to support autistic children to reach their full potential whilst still at preschool. The aim is to maximise the child's communication skills to equip them for school.

1 year

Charity information: The Playhouse Foundation

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  • Need


    Young children with Autism face barriers into main stream education because they lack the communication skills to enable them to interact with others. In addition mainstream providers are often afraid to work with autistic children because they do not feel equipped to do so. As a result many autistic children miss out on vital preschool education or end of with specialist providers which can excludes them from mainstream education and the opportunity to reach their full potential.


    The worker will work with the child to implement communication strategies which can help them to engage with mainstream providers. The aim is reduce the child's isolation and improve their communication with the outside world.
    In addition by promoting this work within local pre-schools we will be helping to equip providers with the skills to welcome and support autistic children and their families. This reduces the isolation felt by the child and that of their family.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help young autistic children communicate more effectively with the outside world


    » Specialist ABA professionals will work with children in a pre-school setting to help improve their communication and understanding of the world.

    What success will look like

    Through observations and formal evaulation we can evidence that children can reach key milestones and demonstrate improved emotional and practical communication.

    Aim 2

    Preschools in the locality have a better understanding of the needs of autistic children.


    » The specialists can work with staff to equip them with skills and further their understanding of autism

    What success will look like

    Feedback from local preschools as well as information about admissions shows a greater confidence and wiliness to accept autistic children.

    Aim 3

    Families with autistic children become better engaged with their local community.


    » Pre-schools feel better equipped to welcome children with autism and as a result their parents and carers become better engaged with the community.

    What success will look like

    Feedback from families show that they are engaging with the community and have more opportunities and choice.

  • Impact


    Through feedback and engagement with preschools we hope to show that they have a greater confidence and understanding of the needs of autistic children and importantly feel more willing to accept autistic children into their community.

    Autistic children will demonstrate improved confidence, interaction and communication. This will be evidenced through progress reports and feedback from their families and those in the preschools as well as the ABA specialists themselves.


    The project is at risk if funding can not be secured to fund ABA approved specialists to outreach into local pre-schools to deliver the work. It is imperative that we use trained workers who have the skills to deliver the work to a high standard and so we need to be able to secure the funding to pay for these.

    We will mitigate the risk by spreading the fundraising into community fundraising and other grant applications.


    We will produce and impact report which highlights the project, its aims and how the outcomes have been achieved against these. We will aim to be honest and show learning and barriers as we want people to learn from our work. We see the potential of the work to be replicated in other communities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Specialist preschool workers Specalists to deliver ABA within a preschool setting.
      £1,000 communication aids Supportive aids to help improve the ABA delivery
  • Background


    The work will be delivered in Hampshire. The demographic of the area is affluent. with pockets of significant deprivation. However autism affects all and class, race and social status is no barrier. Families of disabled children are on average 25% poorer than those without as often primary carers are focused to give up work.

    The Playhouse Foundation was established to provide ABA to families who can not afford the programme as it was felt that no family should be excluded based on wealth.


    Families with autistic children who qualify for the ABA through the Playhouse Foundation. In addition, professionals who work in mainstream preschools will also benefit as they will be better aware of the issues of autism and how to support autistic children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Playhouse Foundation, was founded by Giles and Vicky Stanley and registered with the charity commission in November 2015. The charity aims to fund children to participate in an educational programme called ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis). The ABA programme transformed the life of Giles and Vicky’s own autistic son, and in so doing saved their own family from breakdown. It should be noted that Giles and Vicky funded the cost of ABA for their son themselves.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Vicky Stanley

    Founder and CEO

    Giles Stanley

    Founder and Trustee

    Kathryn Griffith

    Trustee and parent