PATA Training - Overview

Latest Training Programme: Summer 2017
Booking forms: short coursesNational Qualifications 

Artemis Children's Workforce Induction Programme here.

Short courses and workshops

Adult and community education is at the heart of PATA training. PATA offers a wide range of short courses and workshops. PATA Training Programme Summer 17. Our high-quality training programme supports:

  • parents and carers to support the growing and changing needs of young families

  • volunteers to gain new knowledge, skills and ideas to volunteer in your local group
  • staff to support and manage the day-to-day activities of childcare settings

Some training is available to PATA members at preferential rates: parents, carers, committee, staff and volunteers from PATA member settings are themselves PATA members. 

National qualifications have changed

The qualifications available with PATA meet the requirements of the QCF (Qualifications Credit Framework).  Previous NVQ qualifications are still recognised and accepted but are no longer available for new learners. The new qualifications are known as Awards, Certificates and Diplomas and offer a far wider range of training opportunities for employed and volunteer workers.  Employers can plan suitable full and part qualifications to support the roles of staff and their continuing professional development working with children and young people.

PATA's Assessment & Training Centre is a registered training provider with City & Guilds and with CACHE, and receives excellent ratings from learners and employers.  Our retention and achievement rates are in excess of 92%.

For latest information, see PATA Training Programme Summer 2017 as well as website home page.

Applications and expressions of interest are invited using the National Qualifications application form, click here.

Your training could be subsidised!

APPRENTICESHIPS - employing an apprentice and employer grant

(£1,500 - extended to medium sized businesses and up to 10 apprentices, subject to eligibility) - Details here. More information here and parent's guide to apprenticeships here

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)

PATA offers a free IAG service as part of your training or learning course, to help you make choices that are right for you about your work, training or learning. We will assist you to take the first steps in implementing your decision. If PATA is not able to provide the learning opportunities you require we will refer you to other organisations to meet your needs. 

We aim to raise standards and achieve excellence in all our services.

In delivering our Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) service we ensure:

Impartiality, Confidentiality, Accessibility, Individual Ownership and Equality of Opportunity.

Learner fees and Cancellation Policy: download

Our training programmes can be delivered outside Gloucestershire – please contact us for details. For the latest information about PATA training please telephone 01452 541244 or email

For the latest information about national qualifications please telephone 01452 541244 or email 

Note: training programmes, and particularly funding schemes, are liable to change at short notice. Please check with PATA for latest information.


Upcoming Courses

13 Oct 2017 10:00 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
17 Oct 2017 7:00 PM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
07 Nov 2017 7:00 PM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
08 Nov 2017 10:00 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
14 Nov 2017 9:30 AM • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
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