Pembury House Nursery School & Children’s Centre is set in South East Tottenham, North London with a diverse population, representing a rich cultural and ethnic mix. The main ethnic groups attending are Eastern European, Turkish, Black African and Black Caribbean. Families here face a range of challenges, including poor housing, low income, mental health problems, domestic abuse, few educational qualifications and unemployment. Many families have fled their home countries, have no family here in the UK and speak little English. We provide the support which the families need. The special feature of our school is that despite these challenges, children make excellent progress and parents are given opportunities to develop the skills and experiences necessary to improve their lives. Our on-site Sure Start Children’s Centre offers a range of health, counselling, debt management and adult education services.
The Nursery School is an inclusive setting and we have systems to support children with additional needs. Our families speak a range of around 20 languages and Polish and Turkish are our main community languages. Many of the children speak English as an additional language. We assess their stage of English so that we can identify their next steps in language acquisition. We use the ‘Leuven scale of well-being and involvement’ to support children with emotional needs. We have provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities and a programme of support is organized for them. Our building has disabled access and we have a sensory room. Visiting health professionals include: Educational Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Speech and Language Therapist.
What we believe about Children
The staff at Pembury welcome all children; work with all children and believe that children have the right to learn together and the right to succeed.
Other fundamental beliefs we hold are:
What we believe about Inclusion across all services of the centre
What we already do
We strive to be a ‘listening’ school and children’s centre community. We listen to all our stakeholders including children, parents, staff, visitors, wider community members and partners. We take seriously all experiences of bullying and hurtful behaviour resulting from bullying such as racism. We invite all our children to talk to us about hurtful behaviour, where it happens, who does it and what it involves. We screen all children termly to assess their well-being and make provision for children needing support.
We endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to ensure access for children, staff and parents/carers with disabilities through annual Access Planning. Our Accessibility Plan outlines the steps we are taking to maintain and improve:
We are committed to following DfE guidance in providing: