The Owls

DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT UNIT

 
  

The DAU caters for children with:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Developmental delay in one or more areas
  • Delay in language and/or coordination difficulties, perceptual motor skills etc.
  • Associated adjustment and behaviour difficulties such as poor concentration span, poor social skills.
  

Admissions criteria 
The Development Assessment Unit caters for children who are presenting with special educational needs in one or more area and who require a further period of assessment
Children may be in Year R, 1 or 2

  

Personalised learning

All of the children who attend the DAU arrive with their own complex needs.

In order to make sure that they all make progress at their own pace an Individual 
Education Plan is devised.

This plan includes very small and measurable targets and it is reviewed every 2-3 weeks 
The plan is shared and regularly discussed with parents.

   

The DAU Team

There are usually 4 members of staff working in the DAU.
1 Teacher
3 Teaching Assistants

This high ratio of staff ensures that the IEP targets can be worked on daily and that children work in small groups throughout the day.

  

 



A day in the life of a child at the DAU

  • A normal day will begin as in all classes with the register.
  • Children then split into small groups and either stay in the class or go off to the KUW room (where there are computers and role play) or outside.
  • They return to the class for literacy followed by playtime.
  • Then assembly 
  • Snack time
  • Into groups—off somewhere different this time!
  • Return to class for Numeracy
  • Lunchtime
  • Minute mountain playtime
  • In the afternoon we do PE or music or split into groups again and go to the place not yet visited today.