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Special Educational Needs

We are fully committed to the inclusion of all children and believe that this is beneficial to both the mainstream children and those with special needs that they play and learn together. We have long experience and expertise in working with children with varying special needs, and involve the parents, who know their child best, in every aspect of the child’s learning at nursery.

We have two Surrey County Council funded types of provision for children with special needs and we have a different admissions procedures to the 3-5s nursery for these. The staff in both groups work very closely together to plan the children’s learning and are overseen by the special needs coordinator (SENCO). Click here to view the SEND Admissions Procedure.

Our Special Needs Support Centre - SNSC caters for a variety of additional needs, including autism.  Children may have mild physical difficulties. The children will also have speech language and communication needs. To find out more visit our SNSC page

View our SEN Policy or SEND Information Report. Surrey Council Council provides a wealth of information about SEND in Surrey. This information can be accessed on the Surrey Local Offer website, please click here. Surrey County Council can be contacted for advice and support, contact the Surrey Learners Single Point of Access on 0300 200 1015 

We work closely with organisations such as Family Voice Surrey and Contact-a-Family. If you are a parent of a child with additional needs, please visit these two websites for more information by clicking on the links.  

Family Voice Surrey / Contact-a-Family.

For more information about our SNSC - view the Virtual Tour with our SENCo - El Davis

Contact Us

Dorking Nursery School
West Street
01306 882397


Monday to Friday

8:45am - 11:45am
11:45am - 12:30pm
12:30pm - 3:30pm
8:45am - 1:45pm

About Extra Sessions

Special Needs Support Centre (SNSC)

We have 10 places in the SNSC for children with varying and complex additional needs e.g. autism, developmental delay, Downs Syndrome, hearing impairment.

Pre-school centre for speech, language & communication needs (PSLCN)

This PSLCN unit is for 8 children aged 3-5 years with a range of significant speech and language impairments. These children are generally age appropriate in all other areas of development.

Medical Needs Policy

This document contains extensive information about the way in which Dorking Nursery School and Family Centre manages children's medical conditions.

Admissions for children with Special Educational Needs

This is for children from 3 - 5 years. Places are allocated to children from a much wider area of Surrey than for the main nursery, admission is generally through a referral agency.

As a parent with an autistic child I was very nervous sending him to nursery, but DNS made me feel welcome and comforted that my boy would be happy and develop into the best boy ever. He has made so much progress we are overwhelmed with the support and love he has been given. He has had the best first year with so much appreciation to the team to help my boy flourish and blossom into who he really is. Thank you so very much!


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