A typical day starts with an assembly when the children share news, think about the weather and which day of the week it is. After a brief warm up time, the day consists of a number of programmes - the 'task series' - that are interrelated and build upon each other. Skills practised in the morning are repeated in the afternoon but in different and more difficult positions, to encourage the children to adapt the skills they have acquired to different situations.
Lunch is an excellent time of the day to improve speech, communication skills and to provide support for children who may have eating difficulties. In addition to working as part of a group, each child has an individual programme designed to address his or her personal needs.
To begin with, the parents work alongside their children throughout the day. Staff provide practical advice for each individual child and parents are shown how everything learnt in the nursery can be transferred into the home situation. There is a strong partnership between child, parents and staff, where all three parties are involved in the planning and evaluation of the child's development.
Parents value being able to talk to each other to share joys, achievements and concerns and to encourage each other through the difficult times. When the children are over three years of age and ready, it may be possible for the parents to leave their children for the day to increase their independence.
As in mainstream nurseries, a topic is set for the term and the Early Years Foundations Stage guidance incorporated into the programme. Visits to appropriate places are sometimes made in connection with the topic. All of our children have a 'Learning Journey' with photographs of their continuing development.
Our programmes are organised to suit the specific needs of particular age and ability groups. We work with babies, pre-school children, and over-fives who may be attending mainstream schools. Each child attends one session or more each week, with his or her parent. Parents normally work alongside their child throughout the day, in a creative three-way partnership with staff.
The day consists of a number of inter-related programmes, designed to encourage children to acquire and develop the skills needed to equip them for everyday situations. Individualised support is complemented by group activity.
As part of our support to children in mainstream schools, we run regular sessions designed to develop a wide range of physical skills, and build self-confidence, in a lively environment.
Family activity week
We also offer a family activity week where our children, their siblings and parents can enjoy a fun-filled week of engaging activities.