A typical day starts with an assembly when the children share news, think about the weather and which day of the week it is. After a brief warm up time, the day consists of a number of programmes – the ‘task series’ – that are interrelated and build upon each other. Skills practised in the morning are repeated in the afternoon but in different and more difficult positions, to encourage the children to adapt the skills they have acquired to different situations
Lunch is an excellent time of the day to improve speech, communication skills and to provide support for children who may have eating difficulties. In addition to working as part of a group, each child has an individual programme designed to address his or her personal needs.
As in mainstream nurseries, a topic is set for the term and the Early Years Foundations Stage guidance incorporated into the programme. Visits to appropriate places are sometimes made in connection with the topic. All of our children have a ‘Learning Journey’ with photographs of their continuing development.
Our programmes are organised to suit the specific needs of particular age and ability groups. We work with babies, pre-school children, and over-fives who may be attending mainstream schools. Each child attends one session or more each week, with his or her parent. Parents normally work alongside their child throughout the day, in a creative three-way partnership with staff.
The day consists of a number of inter-related programmes, designed to encourage children to acquire and develop the skills needed to equip them for everyday situations. Individualised support is complemented by group activity.
As part of our support to children in mainstream schools, we run regular sessions designed to develop a wide range of physical skills, and build self-confidence, in a lively environment.
Family activity week
We also offer a family activity week where our children, their siblings and parents can enjoy a fun-filled week of engaging activities.
We have an ‘open door’ policy at Steps and each child, regardless of their disability or diagnosis, is assessed by experts who would discuss with you how your child may benefit from our services. As well as providing specialist nursery services and support for your child, Steps is a place where parents and families find support from each other. You are welcome to come and visit us, and if you wish to refer a child, please telephone or email us to make contact with our team