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Early Start Volunteering Programme

As an Early Start Volunteer you will be volunteering in London Borough of Newham alongside early years staff delivering baby and toddler sessions such as Messy Play, Stay and Play and Music and Movement.

We ask for a minimum commitment of three hours a week based in a Children's Centre in Newham.

In return we offer a training programme including:

  • Induction to Volunteering
  • Level One Safeguarding
  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Five to Thrive (early brain development)
  • Oral Health Promotion

Once training is completed and you are cleared to volunteer you will be placed in a local Children's Centre of your choice.

This is the perfect opportunity for someone considering a role in a Children's Centre or Nursery, as you will gain experience, give back to the community, increase your understanding of Children's Centres, child development and early education.

Ongoing support will be provided in placement by an assigned mentor.

Take a read of the job description here and when your ready sign up today by clicking the apply to be a volunteer link below!

I chose Early Start Volunteering because one of my friends recommended Early Start. When I emailed them they were really quick to respond. They explained the programme very well. The programme was very easy to access and I was given my first choice of placement. From volunteering I am building up my confidence level and learning new skills every week. My mentor has been very supportive and explains the ages of child development. The Volunteer Co-ordinator is very helpful as well. I would recommend the volunteer programme because it has helped me a lot, the training package was easy to access and beneficial for my placement.

Sofina Jagirdar

Volunteers Week - Volunteers Afternoon Tea Party

11 July 2018

With it being volunteers week, we wanted to celebrate the great contributions our volunteers make. Come and take a look at the fun filled afternoon our volunteers enjoyed at Early Start!

A Thank You From Active Newham

18 December 2017

In recognition of the valuable contribution Newham’s Volunteers have made to our community, Active Newham organised a ‘Thank You’ event for all the volunteers

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