The admission of children with Education, Health and Care Plans to schools is a matter for the LA who has statutory responsibility for arranging their provision.  There are admissions criteria for each special school that are applied in order to determine if a particular special school would be a suitable placement. A link to the admissions criteria for Kent special schools can be found below:

SEN Admissions Criteria

Area Education Office

The named officer in the relevant Area Education Office explains the arrangements for admission to parents and carers as part of the statutory assessment process or as part of any school transition process but further advice is available directly from the Area Offices:

Pre-School Admissions

Pre-school children are admitted to Milestone Academy Early Years through the LA MAP process.  Professionals – Early Support Workers, Portage and STLS/Milestone Outreach refer children. Settings seek support from STLS/Milestone Outreach through the Local Inclusion Forum Team – for further information consult or directly through the Local Authority by way of a Specialist School Placement which is also available on KELSI.  


Specialist Nursery places are awarded to children who the multi agency panel feel would benefit from a specialist placement as they are not making progress within their mainstream setting or home environment.  Children would already have additional support in place via SENIF funding or Outreach support.

Pupils attend the nursery for 12 weeks and it is from this assessment period that parents and the LA are consulted as to whether any further intervention would support the child’s development. When a child is attending the Academy Nursery a decision will be made by staff and parents if statutory assessment should be applied.