Craighalbert Centre
1 Craighalbert Way
Cumbernauld
Scotland
G68 0LS

Craighalbert Centre

Department of Early Years Education

Department of Early Years Education

The Department of Early Years Education provides school and pre-school educational services through the Centre’s curriculum which is heavily informed by the Curriculum for Excellence Early Level and First Level Curricula.   In all the department’s groups, the aim is for the child to develop an upright posture and balance, increase mobility and develop hand function.   In addition, children develop the gross and fine motor skills essential to establish the life skills necessary for achieving maximum independence, e.g. eating, drinking, dressing, undressing, toileting and personal hygiene.


PRIMARY SCHOOL CLASS

Pupils attend the composite Primary Class for up to 3 years with the aim of developing their physical and cognitive abilities and to prepare them for the remainder of their education in mainstream schools by means of exploration and active participation.   Pupils being educated within the Primary Class require a considerable degree of differentiation and sub-groups are formed for many activities. 

An increasing number of children attending the Primary Class share their education between the Centre and their local mainstream school, thus gaining from the Centre’s specialist provision and also being educated with their peers.  Regular review meetings are held to monitor the progress of individual children and the staff of both the Centre and the local school undertake reciprocal visits and to agreed a plan of transition between the schools.

Within the Primary Class, the staff plans a balanced programme to develop the child’s cognitive and physical abilities.   The development of these abilities and to ensure an appropriate transition of the child and their parents from the Centre to their local mainstream school is achieved through:
- promoting active learning in all curricular areas
- encouraging active learning
- incorporating play opportunities
- encouraging children to set their own challenges
- enabling children to make decisions about what and how they wish to learn
- developing skills for daily living
- promoting independence and life skills
- developing age-appropriate behaviour.


NURSERY CLASS

The Centre’s nursery group has the aim of developing each child’s physical and cognitive abilities by means of exploration and active participation and to prepare them for school, through:
- promoting active learning in all curricular areas
- developing skills for daily living
- incorporating play opportunities
- encouraging children to set their own challenges
- enabling children to make decisions about what and how they wish to learn.
- providing opportunities for children to be challenged, and
- learning through play.

The Centre also aims to enable parents of children attending the nursery group to:
- develop their understanding and acceptance of their children's abilities and independence
- meet other parents with children affected by motor impairments
- access to the Centre’s Family Support Co-ordinator.


PRE-NURSERY GROUP

The Centre’s current Pre-Nursery provision normally requires the attendance of a parent and can be viewed in the Department of Flexible Programmes.  The Centre is currently investigating the possibility of providing a pre-nursery group for children aged two to three years to attend without parental attendance.  Please visit again soon for updates.


 

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