Learning for Children with Additional Needs


At South Acton Children’s Centre we cater for a range of children with mild to complex special needs.

The centre’s philosophy is:

  • to create an environment that meets the additional learning needs of each child;
  • to ensure that the additional learning needs of children are identified, assessed and provided for;
  • to make clear the expectations of all partners in the process;
  • to identify the roles and responsibilities of staff in providing for children's additional learning needs;
  • to enable all children to have full access to all elements of the early years curriculum.

Through appropriate curricular provision and as part of Inclusion we respect the fact that children:

  • have different educational and behavioural needs and aspirations;
  • require different strategies for learning;
  • acquire, assimilate and communicate information at different rates;
  • need a range of different teaching approaches and experiences.

Staff respond to children's needs by:

  • providing support for children who need help with communication, language, literacy and numeracy;
  • planning to develop children's understanding through the use of a multi-sensory approach whenever possible and practical;
  • planning and assisting for children's participation in learning and in physical and practical activities;
  • helping children to manage their behaviour and to take part in learning effectively and safely;
  • helping children to manage their emotions, particularly trauma and stress, and to take part in learning.