Our RESOURCE BASE
‘Little Hillbrook’ Specialist Resource BaseWho We Are and What We Do
We 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. 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.
Lucy Raggett, Manager of Little Hillbrook (LH)
Myself and the Little Hillbrook team would like to warmly welcome you to our specialist nursery resource base.
My background is in teaching. I have worked in both mainstream and specialist settings and I have a Masters in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion in which I specialised in supporting the development of pupil voice . 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 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.
Rachel, Occupational Therapist
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!
Kate, The Speech and Language Therapist
Before starting my career as a Speech and Language Therapist, I obtained my BA(Hons) in childhood studies and worked as a Nursery Teacher for 2 years. I then completed my Master's Degree in Speech and Language Therapy at City, University of London. Since then, I worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in Ealing and Wandsworth in a range of settings including schools, nurseries, Children's Centres & clinics. I have always been passionate about working with children and always strive to provide the best care; empowering parents and teaching staff, engaging children and advocating for their needs. I pride myself as a neuro-affirming therapist, meaning I embrace the uniqueness and strengths of neurodivergent children, supporting their mental health and wellbeing further, whilst enabling them to achieve their best communication outcomes.