We welcome children of all abilities into the nursery 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’.
This applies equally to all the children in our setting, including those with special educational needs and those with disabilities. 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 nursery 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.
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. Sometimes it might mean calling on our 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.
The key to all of this is the individualised approach to learning that we apply to every child at the school. All of them have their own strengths and weaknesses, all of them need different types of support, and we make sure all of them receive it.