If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that Sam is being assessed for autism. He is almost 26 months old, and his additional needs mean he is entitled to a free nursery place from September. He was awarded 11 hours a week, 51 weeks a year, rather than 15 hours a week, term time.
Finding A Special Needs Nursery Place
I have spent the past few weeks looking at potential nurseries, and think I have chosen one now. It isn’t quite as simple as just putting his name down, though. I have chosen a small, independent nursery, rather than a council one. (The council ones would only offer 15 hours per week, term time only). The one I have chosen now needs to get approval for a grant to get in extra staff for when Sam is there. I am told it’s just a formality, but hopefully Sam will be offered a place at our first choice nursery next week.
Sam needs a strong routine, so I wanted him to go every week – not just term time. I am crossing everything he gets accepted, as the other two local nurseries I viewed didn’t impress me at all. (One smelt of poo and the other had staff members sat on the floor with their backs to the kids, chatting about their plans for the weekend as I stood by the open window, waiting to be let in). I did view another one which was amazing, but it’s in the next town, so I’d rather avoid the commute if I can!
I am hoping that Sam’s speech and his social skills will improve when he is in nursery. There’s an optional uniform too – I don’t think I am going to go down that route yet though haha! Sam went straight in when we went to visit. He happily sat with the other kids, and loved the outdoor space. I am optimistic for the first time in ages! Now I just need to win the lottery so he can go more than 2 mornings a week lol!
I am going to use the two mornings he is there to do some 1-1 things with Syd. I am hoping to take her swimming once a week and to a playgroup or a class on the other day, so that she can socialise as well!
So for now… I have my fingers crossed that Sam gets offered the place!
You can find more Autism blog posts here.