Nursery praised for autism work


Raindrops Day Nursery has been praised for their work with youngsters with autism.

The nursery in Harlow is celebrating after winning an award that has recognised the work they have been doing.  Staff at the setting were praised for the efforts they have made in developing and understanding about the condition and social communication.

Their hard work paid off and they gained a bronze status in the Autism Friendly Setting Award.

Special Needs Co-ordinator and Autism Lead at the setting, Vicky Steven, said, “It’s a massive achievement.”

“People worked very hard for this and we are really proud.”

The nursery was presented with the award on Thursday of last week, with Elizabeth Lester, manageress of the West Essex area SENCO team, saying: “It is given to Raindrops Day Nursery as recognition that they have all engaged in developing their understanding about autism and social communication difficulties in order to ensure that Raindrops is an autism-friendly setting.”

As well as this amazing award, the setting recently received an “outstanding” in their recent inspection by Ofsted.

How important is it to have an understanding of disabilities such as this?



One thought on “Nursery praised for autism work

  • April 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Good afternoon,
    I am a mum from Bristol and I have been writing social stories for children.
    They are based on our own experiences with our son who has Autism.
    The idea is that they can be used to help children cope with new experiences and new situations.
    There are six titles to date with the seventh being published at the moment and this one is called “Suzie goes to school”
    Feel free to look at the website, where you will see taster pages, articles and reviews.
    If it is something you think you’d be interested in then I would love to hear from you.
    Or if you have other teachers and SENCO workers who may be interested, then please feel free to pass my information onto them.
    With best wishes,


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