Active Start has been a part of Active Connections since 2011. We offer a range of training workshops and consultancy services for early years settings and partners who are looking to increase the quality of physical activity in the early years sector.

Active Start training in action
Active Start team delivering activities as part of in house training
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We offer a range of low cost training options for those working with young children. Our aim is to increase the quality of physical acitivity in early years settings. Our training is based upon 10yrs of experience, delivering and training in the sector.

Activator training for childminders, teachers and nursery staff to help them make their setting a more active place for young children.

Leader training is for those Early Years and Key Stage 1 Professionals who want to be able to implement tools and strategies to help their setting offer more opportunities for young children to be active and develop lifelong physical skills.

Instructor training is for anyone who is working with young children and will provide you with the foundations of physical activity, tools and strategies to increase physical activity and a wide knowledge in helping young children develop life long physical skills.


Active Start offers training courses for early years professionals, childminders, teachers and other professionals. Helping them to support the physical activity levels and physical development opportunities for young children.


The Active Start team have been involved in a number of commissions and programmes. Recognised as leading experts in the sector we have worked with;

  • Univeristy of Bristol
  • Barnardos
  • NHS Bristol
  • Dept of Health
  • 4Children

We are always excited about forming new partnerships to help make more young children reach their full potential. Please call us on 01452 690 420 to speak to one of the team.


ActiveStart has a long history of working in the early years sector. Originally established in 2008 by Active Gloucestershire, Active Start went on to work in over 25 Children’s Centres and other early years settings across Gloucestershire. The aim was to support and up skill the early years workforce in to increase physical activity among young children.

Through this work, Active Start adopted a child-centered approach, which integrated the provision of physical activity into the day-to-day running of an early years setting rather than creating additional work for staff. It was developed closely in partnership with experienced early years practitioners to ensure that it met the standards required to be a useful resource for settings.

Now Active Connections is delighted to bring the knowledge and insight gained through Active Start and other projects into an easy to use, one stop portal for those working with young children. The portal will provide low cost, effective CPD opportunities, inspire through ideas and resources, and provide direct to child activity videos all with the aim of making children more active and develop life long physical skills.

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