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Our Nursery 

‘Little Hillbrook’ Specialist Nursery Resource Base

Who We Are and What We DoWe are a specialist nursery providing early intervention and support for children aged 3 and 4 years old.  We cater for nursery age children who have been identified as needing further support with their Social Communication and Language Skills. During their time at Little Hillbrook they may undergo an assessment for Social Communication Disorder (SCD)/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our staff are skilled practitioners in ASD/SCD and have a high level of experience as well as ongoing training. Our environment is low arousal providing clear, visual structures to minimise distraction within the learning environment and this helps increase focus and learning opportunities. Class numbers are small with a high adult to child ratio. This allows us to provide each and every child with an individualised curriculum.  We work closely with a Speech and Language Therapist and an Occupational Therapist alongside parent/carers to develop independence and enjoyment of learning.PDF icon Click here to read the Little Hillbrook SEN information report 

Meet the Team:

Our team who support the children at the base are highly experienced and  have regular training.  We also receive input from an Educational Psychologist, an Occupational Therapist and a Speech and Language Therapist to ensure we are always making excellent provision for our children.

Kate Nicolson, Manager of Little Hillbrook (LH) 

Myself and the Little Hillbrook team would like to warmly welcome you to our specialist nursery resource base.  Having been part of the team that set up the resource base in 2008/09, moving away and coming back, it's amazing to see how it's flourished. It is such a pleasure to be back with a great team supporting children with intensive early intervention and seeing them progress and develop in a happy and supportive environment. My background is in teaching.  I have worked in both mainstream and specialist settings and I have a Masters in Education -  Special Educational Needs in which I specialised in understanding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and social communication disorder (SCD).  My independent research focused on understanding girls on the autism spectrum.  I have gone on to use this research to provide staff and parent training and have shared my research at the Psychology of Women Conference 2019.  I have worked collaboratively with The Evelina Children's Centre (Guys and Thomas's Hospital) carrying out further research to support children with ASD.  Please see the paper ‘Meeting the mental health needs of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder – a collaboration between health and education’  (2019) for which I am co-author. Prior to returning to LH in 2019, I worked at the autism advisory service providing children, families and schools in Wandsworth with practical strategies, training and advice.  An element of my role involved being part of the multi-disciplinary team supporting children and families through their autism assessments/diagnosis. I am very passionate about ensuring that each child reaches their full potential and love watching children grow in confidence and achieve great things.  Every day is so different and fun.  I am always, amazed and mesmerised by each and every child I work with.

Joanna  Abramowicz Dehiri, Teacher 

I am the class teacher at Little Hillbrook. I have a Masters Degree in Special Needs Education and 8 years of experience as a teacher in different settings. I love singing and dancing. Teaching is my passion. I wish to be a teacher who makes a difference in children's lives and help them to achieve the best they can.

Sonia Weir, Administrator 

I have worked at Little Hillbrook for a few years as an Administrator. I really enjoy working with and supporting families as well as getting to know the children when taking photographs of their activities. What I love is the nurturing environment and seeing the children's happy faces each day.


 

Sabrina Creatura, Part Time Teaching Assistant 

I am an SEN Teaching Assistant. I specialise in supporting the children with feeding/food. I enjoy getting the children to explore the different sensory textures of food.  It gives me great pleasure to implement different strategies and to see children progress and watching the changes in them.

Primrose Smith, Part Time Teaching Assistant 

I have been a Teaching Assistant at Little Hillbrook for 11 years. I enjoy working with the team. We work well together and communicate effectively as a team. I have a friendly approach and do my best to make sure the children learn to the best of their ability. I enjoy running the group sessions - What's in the Box, music and playing with the children in the playground. 

Bobby, Part Time Teaching Assistant 

I have been a teaching assistant at Little Hillbrook for 2 years. I enjoy working in our strong and compassionate team. I love observing the children's development day after day. I enjoy the What's in the Box and Teacch sessions as well as the music lessons. 

Sharon, Part Time Teaching Assistant 

I have been working as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant since 2007. I am one of the first aiders at Little Hillbrook. I have experience with ADHD, EBD, ASD and Dyslexia. One of the best things about working at Little Hillbrook is seeing the development of the children. Each child is special and their progress is always a celebration.

Gemma, Part time Teaching Assistant

I am enjoying working at Little Hillbrook and being part of the team supporting the children. I love getting to know each child individually and finding ways to bond with them and encourage them in their learning. I have experience in ASD and Selective Mutism.   

Marina, Part Time Teaching Assistant I am an experienced music teacher and I have specialised in teaching children the violin privately and in schools. At Little Hillbrook I have found a rich and loving environment  where the children are given multidisciplinary opportunities to develop their full potential.   
 
  

Kirsty, Part Time Teaching Assistant 

I am a Musical Theatre graduate and have had the pleasure of being a teaching assistant at LIttle Hillbrook for over a year. I absolutely love being part of the hard working, supportive Little Hillbrook team. Together we create a calm, safe environment where the children can grow and develop their personalities. I enjoy using my musical skills, singing and dancing  to engage and have fun with the children through song! My favourite part of the role is that every day is different and I learn as much from the children as they learn from us!  

Veronica, Part Time Teaching AssistantIt's such a  great pleasure to support and assist the Little Hillbrook team. Our team is committed and thoughtful. What I enjoy most about the job are the children. Every child has a different personality; watching them develop and progress to their best potential is my fulfilment. I love to spend time outdoors doing sports or just exploring nature. 

Rachel, Occupational Therapist 

I am at Little Hillbrook on Wednesday. I work very much alongside the staff to implement OT strategies into the everyday and help support  the children's learning and engagement at nursery.  I am generally hands on with the children and staff throughout the day through 1:1 sessions, group work and classroom embedded support. I also run staff workshops on topics such as Sensory Regulation, Fussy eating and Play. I have 6 years of experience working in Paediatrics and the bulk of those years have been within special needs settings. I am trained in using Sensory Integration Techniques and I am  Neurodevelopmental Therapy qualified using the Bobath Approach to support children with motor challenges. I have recently trained in DIR Floortime (Basic Certificate) which is a relationship-based approach supporting a child's social communication development. Additionally, I am also trained in using the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding to support our Fussy eaters. I am really passionate about children with special educational needs and truly believe in a holistic and relationship based approach to treatment, supporting children to access the world around them, connect with others and engage in activities that bring them meaning and JOY. I also highly value working alongside parents, who are the real experts!     

 Beth, The Speech and Language Therapist

I completed my degree in Speech Pathology and Therapy at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have since worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS and in private practice. I have worked in Wandsworth for the last 3 years, working in schools, clinics and Children's centres. I am passionate about working with children and young people with social communication difficulties and I am always striving to keep up to date with recent research in order to provide the best support for the children and families I work with. I love getting to know the children at LIttle Hillbrook and being able to provide support to families, children and staff throughout the nursery day  to further develop their strengths. 

   

Admissions and Open Mornings:

A referral from a specialist Speech and Language Therapist is required for your child to be considered for a place at Little Hillbrook. Your application will then be taken to a panel for a decision. For information about our admissions procedures or to discuss a referral, please see contact The Early Years Centre, Siward Road. Tel: 020 8871 8866. We hold regular Open mornings during term time. To attend any of the Open Days please contact Sonia.  It's important to book a space as we have limited spaces to minimise disruption to the class.  Please contact Sonia Weir if you would like to attend on sweir9.212@lgflmail.org or call: 020 8672 3957 Ext 215 

Ofsted Report

 Hillbrook Resource Base Inspection Report