Admissions Criteria

Prior to application parents are encouraged to visit Toucan (in partnership with Willow Dene School) and can be supported in the visit by professionals who are already working with the child and family.

If parents decide that they are interested in a place they will need to register at their local children’s centre naming Toucan.

Parents can register their interest in a place at Toucan before their child reaches the age of two so that the application can be considered in order for them to be able to start promptly after their second birthday.

Children can start Toucan any time after their second birthday depending on availability of places.

Children from any part of Greenwich can be offered a place at Toucan.  Priority is given according to individual needs rather than proximity to the school.

In order to meet the criteria a child must have:

  • A learning difficulty
  • Several professionals involved in their care i.e. physio, medical professionals, speech and language therapists

Toucan is an appropriate placement for children who:

  • Have spent long periods of their early life in hospital
  • Have complex medical conditions requiring specialist care i.e. emergency or routine medicines i.e. enteral feeding
  • Need complex postural management
  • Have a sensory impairment as part of their condition
  • Have a current statement of special needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan
  • Get Disability Living Allowance

For children meeting the criteria above priority will be given to:

  • Children who have had or who have a sibling attending Toucan or Willow Dene
  • Child and family with significant social needs

Families receiving one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)