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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:


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:

North Kent
Joynes House, New Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0AT
Tel: 03000 41 93 45 or email: sennorth@kent.gov.uk
South Kent
Kroner House, Eurogate Business Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8XU
Tel: 03000 42 08 89 or email: sensouth@kent.gov.uk
West Kent
Worrall House, 30 Kings Hill Avenue, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4AE
Tel: 03000 42 09 97 or email: senwest@kent.gov.uk
East Kent
Brook House, Reeves Way, John Wilson Business Park, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 3SS
Tel: 03000 42 11 60 or email:  seneast@kent.gov.uk


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 Inclusiion Forum Team – for further information consult http://www.kelsi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/66479/a-parents-easy-read-guide-to-LIFT.pdf.   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.