The Infant Assessment Unit is a specialist provision for up to 10 children aged between 4 and 7 years old. The children who join us will have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and usually have a social communication need, including delayed speech and sensory needs.
Our provision is a small, quiet and calm learning environment where children’s personal educational needs are be met. The children are taught using a TEACCH approach and therefore the curriculum provided is personalised in order to meet each child’s individual development needs. (TEACCH = Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication needs of Children
There is a large focus on developing children’s life skills including social, emotional and their speech and language needs. Specific programs such as Attention Autism, Identiplay, Colourful Semantics, Lego Therapy and 1:1 tray work are used as well as the consistent and regular teaching of basic Maths and English skills.
The Infant Assessment Unit has 2 classrooms Rainbows and our newer Blue room as well as a sensory room and a small outdoor learning environment. Children in the Infant Assessment Unit play in the school’s main playground during lunch and break times for the whole school. Children are supported well by key staff to ensure play is a happy and successful event during each school day.
Rainbows room provides play based learning opportunities where children can follow their own interests as well as adult directed activities, enabling children to make progress in all areas of learning.
The Blue room is used for specific teaching on a 1:1 or small group basis. It is quiet and calm space with limited display to reduce distractions. This setting provides the best conditions for our children to develop attention and listening skills supported by an experienced teacher or support assistant.
The sensory room is specifically designed to support our children with a variety of learning needs. It is a space where a child can sit and wonder and dream as well as being a space where a child can interact with the differing resources and play excitedly in a safe and exciting environment. The room features bubble machines, light streams, balls, moving images and sparkling skies, naming just a few. Children sometimes visit the sensory room on their own with an adult supporting, other times they will work in the space with friends to share their experiences.
The Rainbows provision is a wonderful environment and our children are settled, happy and make very good progress during their time with us. The above images do not do justice to the quality of the provision we have at Spring Meadow Infant Assessment Unit. We encourage you to come and visit us to find out what we can offer children with specific learning needs. All places are allocated by the local authority Statutory Assessment Team and we are unable to take any applications directly from parents.
If you would like to visit us please contact the school office on 01353 664742 and ask for an appointment to meet with Mrs Latimer our Lead Teacher or Mrs Carter our SEND Lead.