A warm welcome to our inclusive community nursery schools and children's centre.
SEND stands for ‘Special Educational Needs and Disability’ and refers to ‘provision that is different from or additional to that normally available to pupils or students of the same age’. We treat every child as a unique individual and strive to build the positive relationships and enabling environment for them to feel secure and thrive.
Our inclusive approach is shaped by 5 key principles:
- Every child is unique
- Positive relationships, including parent partnership
- Providing an enabling environment
- High aspirations for learning and development for all children
- Building secure foundations- early identification and support
We use a range of supportive strategies and groups that are evidence-based to have a positive impact on areas of child development- including speech and language, attention, behaviour, emotional regulation, sensory processing and learning. We also work with a range of professional therapists who help to guide our work with your child. A child may require some additional support for a period of time whilst they are with us but this does not necessarily mean they will need ongoing support at primary school. There is strong evidence that shows the positive impact of early intervention and support on long term outcomes.
Please don’t hesitate to talk to us if you have any concerns or would like advice. You can speak to your child’s family worker or to Dan, the federation SENDCo (SEND Co-ordinator) - see details below.
We look forward to speaking to you and working together to provide the very best start for your child.
Contact Dan, our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo), to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about your child and their development: email@example.com
or contact Sarah, Head of Inclusion for Mary Paterson and Dorothy Gardner Nursery Schools, on firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child is in the Treehouse please contact Teresa on: email@example.com
Parent Drop-in appointments with Educational Psychologist
An opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you might have about your child’s development (for example: learning, communication, interactions, play, behaviour, routines, sleep, parenting tips, SEN)
Contact Dan to book an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful Websites - Westminster SEND links
What Speech, Language and Communication Support is Available to my Child?
Your child might be included in one of our supportive targeted groups:
Your child may need to be seen by a specialist speech and language therapist in clinic:
Speech and Language Twitter
You can follow the CLCH SLT (speech and language therapy) twitter, where communication tips and resources and shared, using the handle below:
If you decide you would like to look for a private speech and language therapist you can look here:
Useful Information and Websites relating to Areas of Speech, Language and Communication Difficultes:
Supporting your child with autism and social communication needs at nursery and home: Parent workshop power-point by Loraine Hancock, Educational Psychologist and Sarah Jupe, SENCo
Sarah speaking to Michelle Tan from the Autism Advisory Service
What is autism?
What are some key strategies?