Dingley Centre arrival at All Saints Primary will form centre of excellenceBy Victoria Smith
March 29, 2012
A Norreys primary school is preparing to welcome a centre for disabled children to its site next month.
Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years Centre will leave its base at Wokingham Hospital in Barkham Road next month to take up residency at All Saints CE Primary School in Norreys Avenue.
The move is part of Wokingham Borough Council’s vision of a centre of excellence for early years at All Saints Primary School, where professionals work together for the benefit of children and their families.
Tina Norman, All Saints CE (Aided) Primary School headteacher, said: “We are really pleased to be able to share our internal facilities and wonderful outdoor environment with Dingley children and staff.
“Working together to improve the lives of children with disabilities will strengthen services for children and families in the borough.
“Striving to provide excellent facilities is part of our commitment to excellence and integrated services.”
Dingley is a facility for pre-school age children with special needs and disabilities to develop skills through play under the supervision of qualified staff and prepare them for future education.
David Ormrod, chairman for Dingley, said: “This is an excellent move for our charity, and a great opportunity to enhance our vital services and improve the lives of even more children and their families.
“We really appreciate the support of Wokingham Borough Council and the way in which All Saints Primary School has embraced this whole project – a true example of like-minded organisations working together for the good of the local community.”
Richard Stanley, assistant director learning and achievement at Wokingham Borough Council, said: “In striving to ensure Wokingham borough is the best place in the country to grow up, we are pleased that both Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years Centre and All Saints CE (Aided) Primary School have come together to provide an Early Years Centre of Excellence for children with additional needs.
“The move will enable Dingley and All Saints to combine their resources and expertise to allow children to receive special education needs (SEN) support and experience a school environment supported by their key workers before they make the transition in to school.
“Both Dingley and All Saints have embraced our vision and we look forward to continue to work with them to deliver this unique Early Years SEN Centre of Excellence.”