At 6 Years
• Get information about schools in your area. You can do this by talking to other parents and looking at websites
• Read about the relevant laws and child rights policies in India. This can guide you in choosing a school while advocating for your child’s educational rights
Choose a school where:
- Your child is made to feel welcome
- Your child’s teachers are knowledgeable about special educational needs
- Teachers are willing to learn about your child’s particular needs
- If your child has educational needs then he/she will make a successful start in school if thoughtful planning and preparation is in place. Questions such as the following are important:
- Will the school have a place for my child?
- How will the school support my child?
- As a parent, how can I help the school to support my child?
- How will my child be included in school/class activities with other children?
- My child needs medication during school hours, how will this be managed?
- Is there a specific person in the school with whom I can communicate?
- What about transport?
This information can also help the school decide if school policies need to be developed or revised around caring for a child with special educational needs or medical needs, e.g. administration of medications policy.
As appropriate, a support plan may include information on your child’s needs as follows:
• Learning, social and communication needs
• Care needs like dressing, toileting, mobility and medication
• Sensory needs such as over sensitivity to noise, textures, lights
• Physical needs that require environmental adaptations such as adaptations to the school building, adapted seating or other specialised equipment
As a parent, you can help the school to plan by:
• Sharing your own knowledge and experience of your child’s strengths, abilities and difficulties, and what works best in helping your child to learn
• This can be useful to the staff in the new school to help them plan for your child