Wilfrid and Toby are four year old twins who love their days at St Rose’s Nursery. It was a big step for them starting here, as it was the first time they had been in an early years setting, previously being looked after at home. Wilfrid has special needs, and has been very poorly for much of his young life, with a bowel and heart condition, as well as cerebral palsy. After an operation his condition improved, and his parents were able to think about an early years setting for the boys. Toby is a cheeky young boy, who always lets us know what he wants. His communication skills are developing well!
The boys’ parents chose St Rose’s because it meant that they could both be together during their nursery years.
Wilfrid uses a wheelchair, and we have the accessible environment he needs. Our skilled staff use a Total Communication Approach with him. His physical strength has improved since he started at St Rose’s and he is now able to sit up. We also give him support with feeding.
Our staff have the experience and specialism to help Wilfrid with his individual needs. Being the sibling of a disabled child can be tough at times, and Toby enjoys building new relationships with children in the nursery and developing the personal, social and emotional skills as he plays and makes new friends.
St Rose’s familiarity with the network of professionals involved with children with special needs means that visits and calls from community professionals are easily accommodated. We understand the language of special needs and the way things work, such as My Plan and EHCP plans. At St Rose’s Toby and Wilfrid can spend time in Nursery together and each one of them gets what they need.
St Rose’s aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that offers stimulating opportunities appropriate to the needs of our students.
A team of experienced therapists are employed directly by the school to work alongside education and care staff. Collaborative therapy and sharing that knowledge is integral to the work of our school.
When a child or young person is happy, they have the best chance of progressing and achieving their goals. Ensuring that your child’s emotional needs are met is as important as their physical requirements.