Learning Support

Learning Support

Supporting Children's Learning

We welcome children of all abilities into our Early Years provision at Long Close, and we take particular pride in the finding of the school inspectors that they make ‘very significant progress in terms of their learning and development relative to their starting points’.

Find out more at one of our Open Mornings, or to arrange a 1-2-1 tour of our Early Years setting and new Forest School Classroom, Book Here or email admissions@longcloseschool.co.uk for more information.


Individualised Learning Plan

Every child who joins Long Close is observed and assessed by our highly trained staff – and will continue to be closely monitored throughout their time at the school. If our staff has any concerns, they will discuss them with the child’s parents and with our special educational needs coordinator. Then we will all work together to come up with an Individual Education Plan, tailored to help the child make good progress. Sometimes this might involve help from a specialist outside agency, whose advice we are happy to seek.

Learning Support Assistant

Long Close School has its own Learning Support Assistant, who can give individual help to children with specific learning difficulties. In every case, the plan will be reviewed and adjusted every six to eight weeks.

Small Class Sizes

Our small class sizes enable us to focus on the individualised approach to learning that we apply to every child at the school. We recognise that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses, all of them need different types of support, and we make sure all of them receive it.

Inclusive Environment

We are committed to providing every child with the same access to learning and the same high-quality teaching. This is reflected in the fabric of the building, where we have ramps available for wheelchair access and the rooms are laid out and furnished to ensure that everyone can be included in our activities.

Reading with Your Child

Reading to your child creates a nurturing atmosphere which will help them to create a positive association with books and reading.

Research shows that the first 3 to 6 years of life is when the most rapid growth in the brain occurs. Therefore, everything a child is exposed to during this time will set the stage for future learning.

Reading to your child every day improves their vocabulary, which in turn improves their reading and writing.

Listening to stories regularly helps children to make predictions, develop rhyming skills, increases attention, logical thinking, imagination and curiosity.

Tips for reading to your child at home

  • Encourage them to hold the book and turn the pages independently
  • Set aside some time each day to sit and read together quietly
  • Let your child choose the book- even it is one they have heard lots already!
  • Talk about the book- make links to their life, talk about the illustrations, name the characters and guess what might happen next
  • Talk about how the book makes them feel, did they enjoy it and what was their favourite part
  • Share all different kinds of books- Stories, Poems, Comics, Non-Fiction.
  • Make it fun! Enjoy the time together

Come and see our purpose-built Early Years setting and Forest School classroom. BOOK HERE

Recommended Reading list for Early YearsView/Download
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