A full assessment is carried out by members of a multi-disciplinary team at the pre-school stage. Parents are involved in this and kept informed at all stages. The professional opinions are then collated by the East Ayrshire Psychological Service and the recommendations are discussed with the parents at a Pre SCAT meeting.
The parents then visit the suggested schools and obtain all the relevant information and make an informed choice. If the child is transferring from an Early Childhood centre, the Head Teacher would visit the child at the centre to confirm that Willowbank would be the most appropriate placing.
There is also the opportunity for the children to visit as part of a transition programme to prepare them for school in August. All information is passed to the Head of Education for her decision and steps are taken to admit the child and an Induction Programme is put in place.
Parents seeking to place a pupil outwith August enrolment should contact Psychological Services.
Please see our guide here for a quick overview on the process of starting school.