About us

Helping Children (aged 0 – 5) with
Additional Needs and their Families

We are a registered charity (1095448) established in 2001 to provide structured
play sessions for pre-school children with additional needs.



Byron Road, Thornhill, Southampton SO19 6FH

At Thornhill we have the support of Thornhill Sure Start Centre – based in the g rounds of Thornhill Primary School.  They supply us with a wonderful room with a selection of toys, books, a soft play area and an outside playground.  Children will also be given a drink and a snack.


Wednesday 9.30 – 11.30 (£5 per child)



Honeysuckle Road, Southampton SO16 3BZ

At Swaythling, we are very lucky to be supported by Swaythling Sure Start and be part of the Local Offer.  We have access to many facilities including an outdoor play area and a fully equipped playroom.  We are also able to provide the children with a drink and access a number of Health Professionals on site.


Tuesday 9.15 – 11.15 (£5 per child)

Registered address:

Southampton Opportunity Group, Swaythling Sure Start Centre, Honeysuckle road, Southampton SO16 3BZ

Charity number : 109 5448


Short Term Structured Play Sessions Providing Support and Short Term Breaks For Parents and Carers

We are an independant, Ofsted registered group (URN 2498853 for Swaythling, and EY434577 for Thornhill) and in 2016 were rated 'Good' at Thornhill.
Our staff are a mixture of qualified professionals and dedicated volunteers, all of whom are CRB/DBS checked. Children come to Opportunity Group from all over Southampton. They, or their family, may have been referred by professionals or simply have heard about us through the grapevine. There could be learning, physical, emotional or health difficulties within the family - we provide support for just about every area of need. Parents/carers may stay during the session or leave their child with our staff as an opportunity for a valuable short break and they often value the opportunity to meet others in similar, difficult circumstances. Therefore, some stay on site and chat to others who understand what they are feeling. We also have good links with health professionals, who visit our groups, giving advice on issues such as toileting, behaviour, sleeping, communication etc. and providing a non-threatening environment for parents to meet with them.

Contact Us

We are always available to chat about any anxieties you may have about your child. Speak to us either at the start or end of a session.