SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

Ilminster Avenue Nursery School offers places to children from 2 years old up 4 years old who have a wide variety of needs, associated with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their are 12 funded SEND places throughout our setting which can be applied for through Bristol City Council. From autism, global delay, to multiple complex health and care needs, such as cerebral palsy, we provide small, specialist learning environment – alongside our mainstream Nursery – which meets not only their education but also medical, social and care needs. As we are also a Nursery School there are daily opportunities to be part of inclusive activities with their mainstream peers.

We have a dedicated SENDCo.

We have a highly skilled and experienced staff team who are trained to deal with complex medical needs, as well as use many additional means of communication in order to meet our students needs e.g. Makaton signing and PECS (Picture Exchange System). Using a Total Communication approach, and working alongside other professional – such as physiotherapists, Speech & Language Therapists, and Occupational Therapist – our curriculum is very child-centred and skill based, which helps our students to become as independent as they possibly can be. We pride ourselves on our happy welcoming atmosphere that enables the children to feel secure and valued, and support them to grow and progress as lifelong learners.

As part of the Children’s and Families Bill 2014 all educational settings are required to make available their Local SEND Offer to families which details how they support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The Specialist Nursery School promotes a coherent approach to multi-agency working, ensuring that provision for families supports an inclusive approach. Ilminster Avenue Nursery School has the capacity, skills and commitment to support early years settings in the area to improve the quality of learning and teaching, through the development and delivery of a high quality provision for all children who are disabled or have special educational needs, aged 2-4 years.

Please download our Ilminster Avenue SEND Offer.