Nominated Date - 03-06-2019
Nominee Name - The Ark Nursery - Stamford
Nominee Service - Day Nursery Nomination Details
Our son started going to the Ark in August 2018 when he had just turned 3 years, after we moved from a different County.
He'd been attending nursery since he turned 1 year old, and previously, the other nursery failed to notice that he was on the spectrum, never mind attend to his needs. Before August, he was a very anxious, non-verbal little boy, who barely interacted with adults, never mind his peers. Any new places, new people were met with anxiety and we spent a lot of time avoiding going anywhere as it was always detrimental to him.
When he started at The Ark, we had just had the confirmation that he was indeed autistic. The Ark has been phenomenal despite when I enrolled him I didn’t even mention the possibility!
His transition was handled extremely well and the extra support they put in for him without any extra funding was absolutely priceless.
10 months later, we still have lots of challenges and life isn’t without its difficulties. But we have a talkative near to be 4 years old, who has best friends (made at nursery), that takes things much more in his stride and looks forward to going to nursery.
His confidence has grown so much and he is much more resilient and happier because he can communicate! They have helped him with all his developmental delays and put target plans in place, reviewed periodically, all without prompting from us.
I must mention that they also have been second to none when it comes to seek out and help us gaining extra funding to support our little boy and thanks to their tireless effort, we had Early Intervention awarded at the highest level, and now we are working together to gain EHCP prior to school in September. Nothing is too much trouble and they will always go extra miles to help us!
On top of that, they care so much. All victories are genuinely celebrated and the falls are understood and there is always a friendly smile waiting for you after a hard night/day.
I'll be forever grateful for what they have done and thank my lucky stars that I have found them. And I know for a fact that they have supported numerous other SEN families throughout the year and definitely deserve recognition for the work they do.