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Special Needs Support Centre (SNSC)

Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre


We have 10 places in the SNSC for children with varying and complex additional needs e.g. autism, developmental delay, Downs Syndrome, hearing impairment. The special needs and inclusion manager leads this group with a team of learning support assistants, and the speech and language therapist works with the children for 1 session per week. The children have the use of their own group room but are included in the main classroom as much as is appropriate for them, with adult support if needed. The children’s individual needs are identified and we work closely with parents and a range of other professionals to develop strategies to help each child reach his/her potential. These vary from child to child but may include: pictorial timetables, Makaton*, PECS*. We also take the children out on frequent visits for ‘real life’ experiences to develop their language and extend their personal and social skills. This leads to developing their imaginative play within the nursery.

*Makaton is a sign language which is always used with spoken language. Research indicates that using signs/ gestures promotes and stimulates speech development. This is an approach that we use throughout the Centre with all the children.

*PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System – this is to encourage and develop communication and language through exchanging pictures for an object or activity

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