Special Needs

Special play

“As the mother of a child with additional needs, my son is happy, well stimulated and included 100% of the time. He loves his time at nursery, what more could you ask for?”
Charlie’s Mum

Children with all levels of ability can enjoy the opportunities we offer at Harpole Day Nursery. If your baby or toddler has special needs we will help your child reach their full potential, whilst providing you with very necessary respite or time to work.

Our staff team includes a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (known as a SENCo) who is trained to liaise between you and outside agencies as necessary.

Before your child’s first day, we can arrange a pre-admission meeting at nursery. As well as yourselves, the nursery manager, your child’s key person and the SENCo, we can also invite your child’s GP, health visitor and paediatrician, for example. We’ve found that an hour or so spent talking about your child’s individual needs at this stage can be invaluable in the coming weeks and months and gives us time to arrange any staff training or specialist equipment before their first day.

And once your little one has started, the support continues. Your child’s designated health professionals can make appointments to work with your child at nursery and if necessary, they will train our staff in relevant procedures. Your child’s needs may change over time, but we will continue to work with you to ensure those needs are met.

Below are examples of conditions which our staff have successfully supported in nursery children:



Learning difficulties

Behavioural difficulties

Spinal problems

Cerebral Palsy

Hearing impairments

Vision impairments

Speech development problems

…and many undiagnosed conditions.