Congratulations to Lanterns Nursery School and Childen's Centre in Winchester for being highly commended in the Early Years Setting of the Year category at the 2013/2014 Shine a Light Awards for their work supporting children with special educational needs (SEN).
Lanterns is a Makaton Centre of Excellence and all children experience signing as part of their learning.
Lanterns was highly commended for their inclusive and multi-agency approach to suporting all children's communication development, particularly those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Of the 110 children attending the nursery school each week, 36 have significant SEN.
The judges were impressed with how Lanterns' work is making a significant difference to children's outcomes and their transition to primary school. Communication and language is supported at the school by giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
For the full list of Shine a Light winners and highly commended finalists, visit www.shinealightawards.co.uk.