We are a large infant school in Birmingham. As part of our provision we have a Nurture Group which runs full time and take up to eight children in the morning and eight in the afternoon with a staffing ratio of 1-4. The children who are selected for the Nurture Group are assessed through using the Boxall Profile to identify their specific needs.
A staff meeting took place to raise awareness of dyslexia amongst staff. The session also included supporting staff with understanding other areas which can affect learners, such as working memory. Ideas to support pupils with dyslexia or dyslexic tendencies were also discussed.
Our nursery is in a challenging area in the centre of Leicester and we have lots of children with special needs. We are setting up a room designed for small group teaching, to help meet the needs of some of our children; they will benefit from an uncluttered environment, with visual support and sensory activities. The children will spend a short period each day in the room, working on developing their play and communication skills, away from the noise and bustle of the main nursery.
At Allexton Day Nursery, we have accreditation from ICAN, the communication charity. All of our learning environments show evidence of our commitment to the development of speech, language and communication skills: we have simple visual timetables, our staff use Makaton and clear simple language, and we have weekly 'sign and sing' sessions. This practice really helps our children to develop their communication skills, and it helps us to identify children who are having particular problems.