Our Early Years class consists of our Nursery and Reception aged children. Early Years currently caters for up to 16 children in two groups of eight.
We admit children into our Early Years department from the age of two. They all have an Education Health and Care Plan. Some of the children start on a part time basis and as they settle in gradually build up to full time, for others starting full time straight away is more appropriate.
When the children first come to school parents are invited in with them to explain to the staff all about their child's likes and dislikes. They also meet the school nurse to pass on important medical information.
Parents are welcome into school at any time. Some parents like to come in every day until they are happy that their child has settled and we have gained their trust. This is fine and very understandable. Some parents like to phone us during the day to see how their child is coping this is of course also acceptable.
We also run parents meetings on a variety of subjects to which all are welcome.
The Early Years department at Victoria School is a lively place always buzzing with activity.
Our aim in Early Years is to give all of the children a wide variety of experiences and activities both in school and the wider community. We base our curriculum on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and plan according to the child's individual needs.
We provide a nurturing, engaging and enabling play environment in which the pupils learn, are successful and happy. This is through meaningful, imaginative, challenging and enjoyable experiences, tailored to meet their needs.
Language and Communication, Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical and Motor development are the core areas which open up the pathways to the developmental areas of learning including Numeracy and Literacy skills
Many need to learn to communicate. A wide range of communication modes support the pupil's ability to take part in all activities and learning. Some will use speech whilst others may learn to sign or use gesture or symbols to communicate their needs. All children have access to communication aids and computers as appropriate.
Some of the children who start at Victoria during these early years will remain here for the whole of their school life. Others may move to another special school as their needs change. Some may also move onto a mainstream school on either a full or part time basis.
At Victoria we all work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes our parents to ensure that each child's individual needs are met.
But above all we aim to make the children's first experience at school an extremely positive and enjoyable one led by our principles of being Child Centred and enhancing Communication, Curriculum, Care and Collaboration.
For more information see the booklets below: