Early Years development at Gateway Tots
"My daughter's speech was my main concern – she is now using sentences, three or four words together. I wouldn't have achieved all this if she had been home."
PARENT OF SARAH*
What was life like for your child and family before coming to City Gateway?
We had been going through some family issues and Sarah* had problems with her speech, she was on the waiting list for joining playgroups, but they were long lists.
How did you hear about City Gateway?
I was just passing along and thought 'let's go and see what is in there!' I realised it had potential, it had the right stuff for my youngest child, the workers and support were there.
What was your experience at the playgroup like?
It has been really good; the staff have been amazing - very supportive and understanding.
What did you like most about Gateway Tots?
Everything – friendly environment, open space, my child loved it there and if she is happy then I am happy.
How is Gateway Tots different to other playgroups?
The staff give more one to one support; they have a lot to offer. It's different because of what my daughter achieved, especially with her speech and playing with other children.
Has City Gateway helped you overcome any problems or barriers?
Loads - my confidence, my daughter's speech was my main concern – she is now using sentences, three or four words together. I wouldn't have achieved all this if she had been home.
How have things changed for you and your child?
They have done a fantastic job with my child's development. I have built my confidence too, because if I hadn't sent my daughter to Gateway Tots I wouldn’t have had time for myself, which was needed.
How has City Gateway helped you to achieve the things you want to do?
A great deal, they have done a lot. There are courses that I can do and achieve a lot. I always recommend friends to go along too.
What would you tell your friends if they thought about bringing their children to Gateway Tots?
I have referred 3 or 4 friends already – 'there is a place just round the corner, this is the best place, friendly environment, open space'. It’s not just the playgroup – there is also the family support help and I could always just call up for help any time.
*Name changed to protect identity