Children may attend morning sessions from 9.45am until 12.15pm (with parents returning at 12pm to speak to staff) or afternoon sessions on a Thursday from 1.15pm until 3.45pm (with parents returning at 3.30pm to speak to staff). In addition, some children may stay on for a packed lunch and the afternoon on a Monday, Tuesday or a Wednesday – until 2.45pm (parents returning at 2.30pm).
Circle Centre uses the SCERTS model to inform the assessment and input for the children attending the centre, and to guide support for families and carers. During sessions, children will receive one to one teaching/therapy under the direction of the Specialist Teacher, Occupational Therapist and/or the Speech and Language Therapist. In addition, either the Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist or the Teacher will lead the small group sessions. Learning Assistants are trained to work one to one with children in both structured activities using behaviourist principles and more interactive/naturalistic play sessions.
The full range of curriculum areas appropriate for an early-years setting will be offered. An environment that promotes learning for this particular group of children will be created by controlling the overall level of stimulation, adopting a communication-based curriculum, pacing activities to teach attention and group learning skills and working from the child’s interests.
9.45am or 1.15pm
saying ‘hello’ to adult who will be greeting child and parent. Hanging up coat on own peg. Child is encouraged to ‘self-register’ by placing own photo on our board. Adult ensures visual timetable or object cues are used from start of session. Use of PECS and other means of communication are actively planned for and adult language is pitched to match the level of understanding for each child.
choice of play activity covering the EYFS curriculum including – construction play, small representational, home corner, puzzles, threading, shape number or colour activities, in main teaching room. Child may also choose to go outside to play (in the garden, covering the EYFS curriculum, mirroring the activities available inside, but also including large trampoline, climbing equipment, bikes and scooters), or in our soft tarmac play area. Activities are linked to language theme for the week/half term. Each child has one to one support from an adult.
Children follow their visual timetables to do the following activities (but may be in a different order) in groups
generally led by specialist teacher, speech and language therapist, or occupational therapist – using Attention Autism approach to develop shared attention, listening and language skills as well as social interaction skills in a small group. The language/curriculum theme for the week will be explored using songs and simple activities/tasks for the whole group to participate in.
Drink and Snack Time
lots of communication and social skills to learn, and self-care skills encouraged at Toilet and Washing Hands Time
Physical Play Activity in Soft Playroom
in messy playroom– one structured adult-led activity using our core vocabulary and then choice from no more than 3 activities on offer which will include such things as: painting, cutting and sticking, play dough, water, sand.
pre-planned individual activities, breaking each child’s individual Education Plan targets into small steps (planned by Specialist Teacher and Speech and Language Therapist). Where developmentally appropriate these are usually tabletop activities – each child is taught by a member of the staff team, one to one, who will then write up the child’s responses to the tasks.
led by specialist teacher, speech and language therapist or occupational therapist – short, simple story or interactive story with visual aids to help understanding. Goodbye Song/choosing a song
Parents return and spend time talking to staff about the morning’s activities. A home/schoolbook will go between home and nursery and, in addition, parents are welcome to ‘phone to speak with any member of staff at the centre.
When children stay for lunch followed by an afternoon session, they will experience a music session and a movement/relaxation session and may also carry out a cookery or gardening activity.
Things You Need
There are a few items it may be useful to send with your child to Circle
- Wellington boots (labeled) – except in (dry!) Summer term
- Complete change of clothes – all labelled, including socks and shoes
- Nappies and wipes – if usually needed
- Home/School file – provided by Circle Centre
- From time to time we ask for items related to the theme to be sent in – see newsletters for details
- Medication – If your child requires medication- you must inform Nursery staff
Circle Centre polo shirts, sweatshirts and book bags are available to buy if you would like them.
- Sweatshirts at £13.00 (sizes 3-4 or 5-6yrs).
- Polo Shirts at £9.95 (sizes 3-4 or 5-6yrs).
- Book bags are £7 each – these have proved very useful for carrying home/school diaries, artwork etc. home.
If you would like to order anything please contact us using the form below.