Early Intervention Unit

Early Intervention Unit


Zoe 1This is Zoe, sitting whilst on holiday, eating a snack. Zoe joined The Rainbow Centre in January last year. Her parents hzoe2ad been told it was unlikely she would ever sit, walk, talk or develop any controlled motor skills. Many parents of children with cerebral palsy are given the same bleak outlook.

Zoe has made fantastic progress and is able to sit and feed herself, as well as becoming a complete chatterbox. She has also begun to use a walker giving her the freedom to discover the world around her for the first time.

Early and intensive intervention can lead to significantly better outcomes for children with cerebral palsy. Appropriate early intervention harnesses the high levels of neuro-plasticity in the early years when a child learns and develops most rapidly. A child’s motor learning at this early stage will form the foundation for the independence that they can achieve in later life – independence that can enhance individual outcomes, improve participation in all aspects of life, reduce the costs of social and health care, and for many, enable greater academic achievement and ability to work.

During the 2016/17 academic year, we provided over 150 Early Intervention Unit parent and child group sessions, supporting 18 young children and their families. Within the Early Intervention Unit, the primary focus is to help young children to develop essential skills such as looking, listening, vocalising, using their hands to explore, and moving about. The priority is to lay down the foundation of essential skills that will enable the children to make more significant progress at a later stage in their development. Our Early Intervention Unit provides complex programmes that aim to allow babies and young children with cerebral palsy to:

  • Become active and responsive learners;
  • Become more active in social engagement;
  • Learn to move as independently as possible;
  • Discover the joy of learning through play and interaction;
  • Develop their communication skills;
  • Gain more control over their movements;
  • Engage fully in the normal activities of childhood, rather than become a passive observer.


When children feel good about themselves, it sets them up for success in everything from education to friendships. Positive feelings such as self-acceptance or self-confidence help children to attempt new challenges, cope with mistakes, and try again. Taking pride in their abilities and accomplishments helps our children at The Rainbow Centre achieve their best. Self-esteem is the result of experiences that help a child feel capable, effective, and accepted

Direct Costs
Service Manager (Children’s Service) £9,756
Conductor in Charge £23,081
Conductor £4,854
Service Secretary £5,142
Total £42,833
Support Costs
Training £630
Equipment & Maintenance £63
Snacks for the children and resources for food-based activities £189
Administration Costs £1,171
Session Room Costs (including utilities, cleaning, etc) £6,976
Total £9,029
Total Project Cost £51,862