For some children the first separation from their family can be traumatic. Young children cannot conceptualize the certainty that their parents will return. Therefore, it is essential that the first few steps into schooling are taken carefully. Every child deserves a positive start to their education. They should leave the classroom wanting to come back.
On the first day the parent should bring the child in at the appointed time, stay for about 5-10 minutes then leave the child on their own in the classroom for 30 minutes. The parent should be out of sight for these 30 minutes and must return promptly. On the next meeting the parent will bring the child at the appointed time and leave him/her in the classroom for 1 hour. The parent should be out of sight for that hour. If the child has been very distressed on the first visit – they will only stay for 30 minutes again.
After the second day of induction the child should be brought to the classroom at the time suggested by the school and left with the teachers. The parent should ensure that their telephone number given to the school is correct so that they can be contacted if the child gets distressed. It is expected that the child will stay for about two hours a day for the first week but this will vary depending on the needs of the child. Our teachers will advise what is best for each individual child.
Regular attendance is essential to help the children settle in. After any absence it would be usual for children to ‘go back’ a few steps. Children who join during the academic year should follow the same pattern of induction; pre visit with parent, then initially very short visits without parents before increasing the lengths of time according how the child settles in. As each child joins the school with different experiences, levels of development, levels of confidence etc. The length of time it takes children to settle varies. It would be useful if the child is given the right message: positive encouragement, reassurance that the parent will return. If the child does not settle, the parent will be informed and further advice provided.
Pick Me Academy has a Department that is focused on the support of children when required across all the Key Stages.
The SEN Department reflects the School Aims of valuing each individual equally and providing opportunities for all students to:
The SEN Department works with students with:
The school has a psychologist who works alongside the SEN department to give advice to teachers and parents to support students with emotional or learning difficulties in school.