Royal Society for Blind Children

Assisted Placement Scheme at Dorton House Nursery

Our Assisted Placement Scheme will provide life-changing opportunities whereby any visually impaired child aged 2-5 can access the specialist education on offer at Dorton House Nursery, regardless of their financial situation. To best support a child’s development, early intervention is essential.

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Situation

Government nursery provision is available for children aged 3 - 5. Local Authorities (LAs) are not obliged to support visually impaired children under the age of 3 and when they do, the children are often placed in mainstream nurseries. These nurseries are usually not able to provide disabled children with the specialist education essential to ensure that they get the best start in life. Some LAs run special-needs nurseries, but none provide specific facilities for visually impaired children.

Solution

Occasionally LAs do fund places at Dorton House Nursery but this is rare, so the financial burden falls on families. Most families struggle with the payments and are often hand to mouth, fundraising on a weekly basis to provide for their child. The Assisted Placement Scheme has been established to provide life-changing opportunities, whereby a visually impaired child aged 2-5 genuinely in need of funding support, can access the specialist education our Nursery has to offer.

  • I believe her attendance at the Nursery will be the difference between her seeing a little or seeing a lot.

    — Mother

  • My son has made remarkable progress – he has much more confidence to walk on his own and a major part of this progress is down to the dedicated staff.

    — Father

  • I feel my daughter would be ‘lost’ within a mainstream school and her full potential never achieved.

    — Mother

  • I believe her attendance at the Nursery will be the difference between her seeing a little or seeing a lot.

    — Mother

  • My son has made remarkable progress – he has much more confidence to walk on his own and a major part of this progress is down to the dedicated staff.

    — Father

  • I feel my daughter would be ‘lost’ within a mainstream school and her full potential never achieved.

    — Mother