Arden Grove Infant

& Nursery School

The Base


The Base is an additionally funded provision, within the mainstream school of Arden Grove Infant & Nursery School, that caters for children aged 5-7. We have two small classes of up to eight children, with high staffing rations and access to dedicated specialist support.

We offer a continuous web of therapeutic approaches, supporting self-regulation (including PACE, Language of Parts, Emotion Coaching and The Alert Program) alongside educational support. This provides an environment and bespoke provision that helps children with  complex social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs to feel safe and calm, so that they can begin to flourish.

Children are kept on roll at their home school and can attend the Base for up to four terms. At the end of their time with us, we aim to support children's successful reintegration back to mainstream provision, in their home school.

Our Aims

  • To enable children to return to mainstream education, improving their ability to emotionally self-regulate and improve children's mental health.
  • To have a clear and accessible pathway for accessing support for pupils within mainstream schools.
  • To work in partnership with home schools, helping them to better understand how to support children with complex SEMH needs and to be equipped to enable successful transitions for pupils back to mainstream provision.
  • For families of children with SEMH needs to have access to appropriate support and strategies, and to understand how best to support their children.
  • For families, home schools and SEMH bases to work collaboratively with children to enable them to flourish and make progress within a mainstream school provision.

During the first term of their placement, children can attend the Base for up to four days each week. In subsequent terms, children will gradually spend more time back at their home school.