Dear Parents, Carers, Prospective families and visitors to our school website, I would like to firstly say thank you for taking the time to read our website and I hope it reflects the wonderful work that happens every day at York Road.
I want to provide some additional thoughts for you to read if you have a child with Special Educational Needs, any additional Needs, or Medical Needs or if you are concerned that they may have some needs and you are not quite sure what to do next or who to speak to.
This is an area of my passion, expertise and what I never find a dull moment supporting children and their families with. As a parent of 3 children, one of whom has Autism, Sensory Processing Difficulties and Anxiety, I hope that I can offer empathy and genuine support and advice and occasionally the odd strategy that has worked for me and my family!
I qualified as a Teacher in 1999 in London and worked in Primary Schools and one other Maintained Nursery School. This included being Assistant Head of a Primary School.
I also spent 7 years working for a charity called Norwood where I was lucky to spend a great deal of my time with children, young people and adults with SEND, including those with physical and learning disabilities. I feel that was the foundation of my SEND learning and gave me the knowledge I have today to support families who come to York Road.
York Road Nursery School was also the Lead School for DSPL1 (Delivering Special Provision Locally) from January 2016 – July 2018, where I led on monitoring a range of provisions such as Behaviour, Nessie (mental health & well-being) , SENCO support & training, parent training, Autism support in schools and much more across North Herts.
I cannot emphasise how important it is for you as a parent to contact a setting in advance if you have a child with any additional needs, particularly for medical needs if training for staff has to be arranged. I can assure you that any application where supporting information is provided only adds the support and care that your child will receive and will not be seen as any disadvantage to the application.
We are also lucky to have “Ebony”, our emotional support dog , who works with the children at York Road. She is particularly helpful with anxious children and those with any special needs. Her calm nature is very contagious! Ebony is a cocker-poo breed, which means she is hypo-allergenic and therefore is suitable to be around people who have allergies.
If you would like to have an informal chat about your child please do email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school on 01462 459127 to arrange to speak with me. I look forward to meeting you and your child.