Introduction

Welcome to Winterbourne Nursery and Infant School

Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will take. As well as providing existing parents with vital information about our school one of the other purposes of this website is to help you make that decision. Here you will find detailed information about the life and work of the school, our aims and values and how we put these into practice in order to support each individual child’s development.

At Winterbourne Nursery and Infant school our aim is to help each other towards excellence in all that we do. We want all of the children to reach their full potential, and not just academically. We want all of the children to be successful at reading, writing and mathematics but also aim to meet each child’s personal, social and emotional development needs. We promote high standards of behaviour, self-confidence, positive attitudes and strong moral values including respect and tolerance of others.

Ours is a school that continually celebrates both effort and success and the diversity of our community. Our Ofsted monitoring visits confirms we are on the way to being a good school. The school has a friendly atmosphere and pupils are happy and well looked after.

Winterbourne Nursery ELP (Enhanced Learning Provision) is part of the mainstream nursery provision at Winterbourne Nursery and Infant School. The ELP provides high quality specialist teaching for children with social communication difficulties. Children from the ELP will have daily opportunities for mainstream inclusion for free play with children from the main nursery classes.

Placements are for one year and children must be aged 3 or 4 years old. They will usually be admitted during the autumn term following their 3rd birthday. The ELP has two classes; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Children in the ELP are based in small group classes of no more than six children.


Teaching and Curriculum

Both classes have a specialist teacher and two specialist teaching assistants. The children follow a highly differentiated EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) programme to support their individual learning needs.

We use a variety of approaches to support the children’s learning such as:

  • Picture Exchange Communication System to support expressive language
  • Makaton signing to support understanding
  • Adult Child Interaction Therapy and Attention Autism to develop shared attention
  • Skill School and TEACCH to develop play skills

Class Structure and Environment

To ensure that children in the ELP feel happy and secure, we provide a highly structured and predictable routine supported by visual prompts, transition songs, individual visual timetables and reduced consistent language used by all staff in the ELP.

We have a reduced environment to minimise distractions and enable children to make the most of learning opportunities.


Admission Criteria

Children who are admitted must have difficulties in all of the following areas:

  • Children will be functioning broadly at 16-26 months within the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Significant delay in verbal and non-verbal communication skills, both receptive and expressive
  • Significant delay in social interaction skills
  • Significant delay in imaginative play

Some of the children may have a diagnosis of Autism.

Our curriculum is designed to be both enjoyable and enriching. We want learning to be fun! It allows learners to achieve, and is accessible to all. However, we believe we can only achieve the best for your child if you work with us in close co-operation. We value any contribution you are able to make to the life of the school and warmly welcome you into the education partnership. In addition, we will do everything we can to keep you well informed of your child’s progress and achievements.

This website is not intended as a substitute for more personal contact, we hope that after reading it you will want to see the school for yourself. Please telephone the school office to arrange a visit. I, along with our pupils, staff, parents and governors are very proud of Winterbourne Nursery and Infant School and we would be delighted to meet you and show you around.

If you wish to apply for a school place or a nursery place, kindly contact the school office on 020 8689 7684.

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