SEND at Surbiton Hill Nursery

“Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) achieve well. Children who need support with speech and language are nurtured in the resource provision with activities designed carefully for them. They enjoy using the new sensory room and spending time with their friends outside, at breaktime and in the classroom. Parents are included in this learning journey and have the opportunity to observe their child’s activities” OFSTED REPORT JAN 2020

At Surbiton Hill Nursery we are passionate about special educational needs.  Our ethos at Surbiton Hill centres around early identification: understanding where every child’s starting point is. We continue to observe throughout their time at nursery, so we can build a picture of a child’s development and whether they need extra support. They might have challenges with speech, playing with other children, or specific needs due to a diagnosis.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is dedicated to making sure you and your child receive the best support. The SENCo works with the nursery team to offer activities that help children progress in particular areas. This could be by developing greater listening and attention skills, or working on speech and language targets, for example.

If you are concerned about your child’s development, please talk to us as soon as possible. We will actively assess your child while they settle in, and keep in close contact with you, so that if we need to agree on a referral process or help you access SEN support services, we can do so quickly and easily.

All our staff are well trained in many strategies to enable all children to thrive and make progress.  We believe in an inclusive approach.

Green Class is our Special Resource Provision for nursery age pupils who have Social Communication Needs, including Autism, Moderate Learning Difficulties and Severe Learning Difficulties.  Green Class provides places for up to 14 pre-school age children. 7 in the morning and 7 in the afternoon. Green Class provides a communication-centered environment that supports the children in all areas of their learning. There are an additional 8 Supported Places and these children  spend time in the mainstream nursery environment and  have opportunities for specialist interventions in the Green Class environment. Children in Green Class and Supported Places under the direction of a Specialist Teacher.

Emerald Class is a bespoke Reception class for 6 children with an EHCP who are placed here by a panel. The class is led by a qualified teacher with specialist practitioners. 

Both Emerald Class and Green Class are led by the Special Needs Coordinator (SENCo)

All places are allocated by the Local Authority through a panel. The Nursery do not manage applications for Green or Emerald class. 

The school SENCo is Emma Furlong contact through

Afc local offer website link