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Kirkleatham Hall School

"Unlocking Potential"

Complex Needs Group

Here at Woodlands Nursery we refer to our Complex Needs group with the understanding that children have Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. Children may also have various medical needs.

When attending our Complex Needs group your child will follow a sensory and developmental curriculum aimed to support and develop children’s communication and engagement while increasing their range and access of experiences. As the needs of children within our group can vary so widely, all teaching is individualised to best meet your child’s needs.

Our classroom is well equipped and we have access to specialist facilities where needed. During their time at Woodlands Nursery, your child will have access to a range of activities that may include but is not restricted to:

  • Rebound therapy
  • Sound sensations
  • Visual awareness
  • Hands time
  • Cause and effect activities
  • Tacpac and Body awareness


A high degree of adult support to access activities may be needed due to children’s physical, sensory and cognitive needs however, adults will always promote and encourage independence and self-exploration.  

Therapies play a key role in the curriculum we offer and are vital for the development of most children with PMLD. We embed these therapies in our curriculum and extend upon on them during the nursery day. As a team, we receive ongoing training in areas such as sensory learning, physical development and support and relevant medical needs. We work closely with external agencies such as (but not inclusive of) speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to develop and assess children’s communication and physical development and ensure they have the tools needed to progress as independently as possible. We are also supported by the hearing and vision impaired team.