How can a child with vision impairment be supported in nursery or pre-school?

When a child with vision impairment starts at nursery, it may be the first time that they have spent regular time away from their parents or home. So it is important to consider the transition process from home to setting and what support can be put in place to make this new phase a success. It can be very exciting for them making new friends, taking part in new activities and learning new skills.

You should have support from your local authority's Vision Impairment Service.  A Qualified Teacher of Vision Impairment (QTVI) along with a Habilitation Specialist will be able to advise you and your child’s nursery about how your child can navigate safely. They will also be able to offer information on what to consider in terms of hazards that may be present in the room and how to adapt lighting etc. As well as how to use colour contrast, tactile symbols, large print or braille for labels and signs so make early literacy is exciting and accessible. They should also be able to advise you about accessible learning, toys and play activities.The VI team may put in place some training for the staff at your childs nursery and suggest resources that you can use or work directly with the child.

Further information about supporting blind and partially sighted children in their early years can also be found on RNIB's Teaching and learning guidance web pages.

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