Stepping Stones DS offers a range of subsidised training courses for parents and professionals

Our courses aim to support those who work with children with Down Syndrome as well as parents and families. We try to promote a team approach to education and often see parents and professionals attending training alongside one another.

Training and Development

Stepping Stones organises a range of training workshops that help to open doors for our children and young people. We view this training as an investment in their future through sharing knowledge, information and support. Our workshops are open to families, schools, medical professionals and anyone with a desire to learn more about Down syndrome. Although we are lucky to work with some of the world’s leading speakers and trainers we heavily subsidise the training workshops to make them accessible to all.

How to Book

Places can be booked by emailing  Please let us know the course titles, how many places you would like to book, your contact details and how you would like to pay. Payment can be made on the day, via BACS or we can issue an invoice. If an invoice is required, please do let us know.

Venue: Sentinel House, Harvest Crescent, Fleet, GU51 2UZ
Timings: 0930-1430
Cost: £15 members, £25 non-members unless stated otherwise.

Please note – we provide tea/coffee but do not provide lunch so packed lunches will be required.

Upcoming Training

Date Topic Age Group Provider
2nd February 2018 Developing numeracy skills for school age children with Down syndrome Primary Let’s Go
29th June 2018 School Starters YrR – 2 Let’s Go
tbc A day discussing dual diagnosis – DS and Autism All Symbol – please email to express interest

Developing numeracy skills for school age children with Down syndrome

This practical training day includes the development of numeracy skills in children with Down syndrome and reviews the profile of strengths and difficulties in relation to numeracy. It covers strategies and activities to develop and review number skills as well as the functional use of number skills in everyday activities. The day will review Numicon which is designed to develop the understanding of number ideas and number relationships that are essential for success in maths as well as setting and measuring appropriate targets.

School Starters

This session will be a chance for schools and any teachers who are new to working with a child with DS to forward plan for September and think about how the team around the child can all work together.  The day will cover an introduction to the learning profile of children with Down syndrome as well as 4 in-depth workshops; Developing speech and language skills across the curriculum ; Developing literacy skills; Developing number skills; and differentiating the curriculum to meet the needs of children with Down syndrome.  Please note that although this course is open to anyone the subject matter will very much be focused on the infant years (YrR – 2).

You can sign up to our Training Distribution List here

Booking Details and FAQs

Who can come?

All courses are open to parents/ carers and professionals

Can I bring my child?

Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate children at our training courses.

What time do the courses start/end?

  • Weekday Courses – 9.30am – 2.30pm
  • Saturday Workshop – 10.00am – 4.30 pm (TBC)
  • Evening Makton Courses – 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Weekend Makaton Courses – 10.00am – 4.00pm

How do we book?

Bookings should be sent to and payment can be made on the day or invoices can be issued. Please note that Stepping Stones DS is run by volunteers so we will respond to emails as soon as we can.