Headteacher: Sarah Carlyle
Teacher in Charge: Ms J Berry
Designation: Social Communication Difficulties including Autistic Spectrum Conditions
Age range: 3 to 5
Windham Croft Centre houses a number of services, a mainstream nursery school and the Jigsaw provision. Jigsaw at Windham is a provision for pre-school children with social communication disorders including autism. The provision takes up to eight children from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, who are referred by the local authority’s special educational needs panel. Children do not need a statement of special educational needs in order to be offered a place. The children attend for five mornings or afternoons a week during normal school terms.
The staff consists of a teacher in charge, a specialist speech and language therapist and two early years educators. An occupational therapist visits the provision fortnightly to work with the children and staff. By combining the disciplines of teaching, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy the team is able to plan and deliver a highly specialised curriculum.
The provision caters for children who have social communication difficulties, including those with a diagnosis of autism. Applications to the provision are made through the SEN panel and must be supported by evidence from a speech and language therapist.
Each child follows an individual educational plan (IEP), which is based on their developmental needs in all areas of the nursery curriculum. The IEP is evaluated and revised once a term. Parents are very much part of this process.
At Jigsaw, staff combine elements of different approaches to suit the children’s individual needs in order that they can access the full range of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. These include:
Close links are maintained between staff at the provision and parents e.g. where children’s parents and carers may not have daily access to staff, a home school book system is in operation.
The staff liaise with a range of services and other professionals as appropriate and necessary for individual children. E.g. the Educational Psychology Service.
Jigsaw staff work in partnership and advise and support professionals working with those children who may be attending an additional setting.
The teacher in charge and the speech and language therapist also provide advice and training to other early years professionals working in the borough.
Jigsaw children join the Windham Nursery for a free playtime session each day where they have the opportunity to generalise their skills and play alongside their mainstream peers. There is also a daily ‘reverse inclusion’ programme where Windham children take part in Jigsaw activities.
Each child’s learning is closely monitored while they are at Jigsaw. Children must leave when they reach statutory school age. Formal meetings with parents are held so that everyone concerned can discuss progress and consider the appropriate next steps for the child. Some of the children may be ready for a mainstream placement and some go on to other special settings. The transfer from Jigsaw is managed according to each child’s needs and varies depending on the new setting.
Windham Nursery School,
Telephone: 020 8831 6309
Updated: 7 October 2015