Choosing childcare or a school

Ambitious about autism has boiled down a lot of material to produce their toolkit: Right from the start.      It is a guide to autism in the early years that takes parents through their autism journey up to starting school at the age of 4 or 5.     It covers quite a lot.     

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Right from the start toolkit | Ambitious about autism PDF

The webpage contains many individual checklists as well as a download now button.     Look for:

Parent toolkit – Ambitious about autism -> early years

Below are the toolkit’s checklists to help with choosing a school.     You need the whole toolkit, though, to get the explanations that go with them.

Practical support

This chapter, in the toolkit, is mostly about getting support for a child with Special educational needs & disability (SEND) in childcare or school.

There is a form called Choosing childcare checklist to help make notes when visiting each setting or childcare provider.     There are many kinds of registered childcare, including child-minders, private and maintained nurseries as well as those attached to a primary school.      Ofsted registers and inspects them.

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Choosing a school is some way down in the chapter Practical support.

School admissions and applying for an EHC plan are two separate processes, even though they may run in parallel.      A mainstream school should make all reasonable adjustments for a child with autism.      Most children start school the September after they turn four, but parents can delay the start date if they think the child is not ready.

There is a form called School open day checklist to help think of what to note down about a school when you have a look around.

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There is also a form called SENCO meeting checklist to help think of what to ask, and to organise your impressions from a SENCO when choosing a school.

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Families -> Education -> SEN -> Info

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