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Special Needs Support Centre (SNSC)

Dorking Nursery School and Family Centre


We have 7 places in the SNSC for children with varying and complex additional needs e.g. autism, developmental delay, Downs Syndrome, hearing impairment. The SNSC Lead runs this group with a team of learning support assistants, and the speech and language therapist works with the children for 1 session per week. From September 2020, we have been able to create a new space for our SNSC, this gives the children a dedicated space so their individual needs can be met, as well as allow opportunities for them to work independently in a safe environment.  The SNSC classroom also has its own outdoor space directly linked, which the children can access during their session.  

The children’s individual needs are identified and we work closely with parents and a range of other professionals to develop strategies to help each child reach his/her potential. These vary from child to child but may include: pictorial timetables, Makaton*, PECS*, Intensive Interaction and Attention Autism.  We also provide daily opportunities for the children to access our soft play area which develops their social and interaction skills. 

*Makaton is a sign language which is always used with spoken language. Research indicates that using signs/ gestures promotes and stimulates speech development. This is an approach that we use throughout the Centre with all the children.

*PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System – this is to encourage and develop communication and language through exchanging pictures for an object or activity

Take a look at our SNSC in our Virtual Tour with El Davis, SENCo.  

Currently our session times are 9am - 2pm. 

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