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DD aged 21 months on an IEP at nursery?!

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cheekymonk Wed 14-Nov-12 20:17:43

My DD 21 months goes to nursery 3 days a week and childminder 2 as I work 30 hours a week. I did do 16 hours and used only a nursery but increased hours beg of Oct and dd started with a childminder too.
DD seemed to be getting on ok at nursery but about 2 weeks before starting with cm she was getting more aggressive at nursery. It started with pushing children over and then escalated to pinching/scratching and now it is biting and she has drawn blood! Nearly every day at nursery I have to sign an incident form. she cries quite often at being left and is always so tired and unbearable 3pm onwards until bedtime as she is so tired (she has sleep at nursery). To top it all off, my cm was telling me that she was talking with dd's room leader who said that it is hard work because dd needs constant shadowing and that she doesn't talk much at nursery. She is also on an IEP (whatever that is, will google it) so cm told me but nursery hadn't told me that!! I love dd's keyworker and know that she cares for dd but the room leader, I don't like. i mentioned the other day that i would be horrified if I thought that nursery thought oh god baby cheekymonk is in today and they didn't answer me which says it all!!!
DD is hard work at the moment, very irritable and lots of tantrums. She hates being restricted and already we have moved her out of highchair to kiddy table and chairs and plan to move her into cotbed with no sides soon. Plus she isn't talking that much. CM is using signing but room leader told her theyu are anti signing because it delays speech more which cm disagreed with! also nursery give dd time out and sit her in front of egg timer! I know they have to do something but cm sits with her on sofa after incident and helps calm her down and there are far fewer incidents at cm than nursery!
so, I plan to move dd to 3 days with cm and keep 2 days at nursery but really, in my heart, i just want to swipe dd away from nursery completely. WWYD?

insancerre Thu 15-Nov-12 11:51:32

Another one who thinks you should go for fulltime cm. The nursery have got it all wrong.
I am an experienced nursery nurse/senco/ studying to be an EYP and several things jump out at me from your posts.
The nursery are wrong about sign language delaying children's speech. It is the reverse actually, signing helps children to communicate and reduces stress and tension.
Delayed speech is a cause for concern but any concerns that the nursery have should be discussed fully with you.
21 months is far too young for an IEP. They have jumped the gun a bit- they should be monitoring her behaviour with an ABC chart first. have they done this? Can they tell you what triggers there are for her behaviour?
The nursery sound as if they are not meeting her needs. The cm sounds lovely.
Hope the cm has room for your dd.

cheekymonk Thu 15-Nov-12 16:14:21

Just had long meeting with nursery manager and dd's keyworker. DD is on an IEP for her speech which is delayed and that of an under 1 year old. They are very anti the makaton that the cm is doing and say that they will do it if a HV or professional does it but not really happy to at present. They admitted dd does need more shadowing as this will support her speech. keyworker tells me dd is happy and she would tell me if she wasn't. She clearly adores dd and got emotional at times. They made inadvertant digs at cm and i do feel a bit bamboozled! Cm knows nursery manager and hates her! Cm is not that happy to work with nursery.
Nursery say itsthe fighting over toys that triggers the hitting and frustratration at not being able to communicate.
IEP was drawn up last friday and they apologised about not talking to me about it. They did reassure me that dd is not a pain and not overly demanding as room leader had insinuated. I think she will be put in her place! I will definitely move dd so she has more hours with cm than nursery.

Badvocsanta Thu 15-Nov-12 16:52:12

Well I think you and your dd are in the middle of a very difficult situation wrt the CM and nursery tbh.
It is grossly unprofessional or both of them to make derogatory comments about the other.
I am glad the meeting went well.

insancerre Thu 15-Nov-12 19:19:32

Has the nursery made the diagnosis about her speech being delayed? They are not really supposed to make a diagnosis like that. (or even qualified to )That's down to the SALT, who you can be referred to through your GP or HV.
I don't really see how the shadowing will support her speech. If there is an adult constantly shadowing her and intervening every time there is an issue over a toy, then how is she going to learn to communicate her needs?
Sounds as if the shadowing is more for their benefit, to stop any further incidents, than for your daughters.

ReallyTired Thu 15-Nov-12 19:41:11

"Sounds as if the shadowing is more for their benefit, to stop any further incidents, than for your daughters."

Don't the other children have a right not to be bitten/ scratched. I hope that under twos are closely supervised whether they have "behavioural" problems or not.

I don't think the nursery is unreasonable to have a 21 month old on an IEP. Its not fair on the other children to have a child who is aggressive. An aggressive child needs help and an IEP is a way of providing that help. However an IEP should be drawn up in consultation with the parents.

An IEP is not the end of the world. Lots of children have IEPs for short periods of their life for transitory problems. Ds had an IEP when he had severe glue ear. It is a set of agreed strageries to help the child. It will not follow your child to school or affect them in any way as an adult.

It is very easy to feel hurt if your child is being critised or someone says something is not right. Hard as it is, you need rise above it. I suggest that you get the health visitor to do a development review. Maybe your dd would benefit from a hearing test to rule out glue ear and prehaps a speech assessment.

I imagine it must be hard for a small child being in more than one childcare setting. I think it would easier for you if your child either went just to the nursery or just to childminder.

cheekymonk Thu 15-Nov-12 21:30:20

Interesting reallytired. I had no choice over combining childcare as at the time, nursery coulkd not have dd fulltime and I didn't want to uproot her completely. alot of people advised that combing th 2 worked for them but I do find the competition between the 2 stressful. Nursery seem threatened by the cm whereas she is more laid back but yes just let me know she didn't like manager!
Nursery seem to have diagnosed speech delay but they said they would not refer dd to speech therapist until 2. I will talk about it all with HV and see what action they su=ggest re speech. Nursery did say there is such a thing as a IBP which is behavioural rather than educational and that dd didn't need that. they seemed to play down the aggression today but talk about the speech more today.
the shadowing is about providing a running commentary on what dd is doing and giving her time to talk and answer questions (part of IEP) and yes i'm sure to stop her hurting other children.
I wish i could just ask dd where she is happiest and she could tell me! It does feel extreme to take her out of nursery completely but i do agree that cm seems to cope better with her behaviour and I do think dd prefers 1 2 1 so i will reduce nursery time.

cheekymonk Thu 15-Nov-12 21:36:06

Thank you insancerre for your comments, i notice you are experienced nursery nurse. it is very helpful to hear it from your point of view too. No mention of ABc chart. I have noticed the triggers for behaviour is arguing over toys when signing the incident forms.

3littlefrogs Thu 15-Nov-12 21:47:15

I think your dd would be much happier going to the CM full time.

ReallyTired Thu 15-Nov-12 22:46:35

"Nursery did say there is such a thing as a IBP which is behavioural rather than educational and that dd didn't need that. they seemed to play down the aggression today but talk about the speech more today."

That is splitting hairs. Learning good behaviour is education at this age.

21 month old children don't have behavioural problems as they don't have the nouse to be evil. They aren't in control of their behaviour like an older child. I imagine that there is some medical cause/ special need causing the behavioural problems.

Ask your health visitor to arrange a hearing test and referal to SLT.

3littlefrogs Fri 16-Nov-12 08:08:48

If she is happy and well behaved at the CM, it could be that she just can't cope with the noise and crowds in the nursery.

DS1 would have hated nursery because he couldn't bear noise and bustle and lots of children. He also hated birthday parties for the same reason. He outgrew it but it took until he was about 8 years old.

It seems as if the CM has the right approach, but it must be stressful for your dd to have to cope with conflicting approaches.

You say that in your heart you just want to swipe her away from nursery. I think your heart is right.

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 16-Nov-12 21:00:00

Really suggestion of a hearing test is a really good one, I would second that and a self referral to slt.

3little apparently most children under 3 have raisd cortisone levels at nursery because of the stress. Think you are right about the ops heart too.

cheekymonk Mon 19-Nov-12 16:15:43

Saw Hv and dd has been referred to SALT which will also include hearing check so feel better for getting all bases covered that way. Spoke to CM today and she was really upset by nursery's comments and felt they were undermining her by refusing to do makaton with dd. She said they are breaking EYFS rules by doing that. HV didn't comment either way on makaton but i want cm to carry on with it.
Now that is on the go I can sort out reducing nursery hours. I can't take her out of there completely as i said, cm can't have her fulltime and i am not starting from scratch somewhere else. i do think cm situation suits her better than nursery so hence plan to reduce nursery time.
Thank you everyone for your input x

cheekymonk Mon 19-Nov-12 19:37:27


insancerre Mon 19-Nov-12 21:20:38

good cheekymonk
I am sure the nursery mean well but they really should give the makaton a go. it really does work.

DewDr0p Mon 19-Nov-12 21:31:38

I'm so glad you've said your dd has been referred to SALT and will be getting a hearing test. A lot of what you said reminded me of my ds, who has glue ear (temporary hearing loss). His speech was ever so slow to develop. His hearing goes up and down a bit (although the overall trend is improving) and meltdowns and misbehaving are the first sign that we've hit a bad patch.

I'm a bit bemused at the nursery "diagnosing" delayed speech, they really shouldn't be doing that.

Signing can be good and bad, btw. Ds's hearing support teacher asked his teacher NOT to do sign language in class (something she usually does with all the children) as it's important that he lipreads as much as possible, so hands waving about could distract from that. In other scenarios of course signing can be very helpful.

Hope you get some answers very soon.

cheekymonk Mon 19-Nov-12 21:31:43

Thanks insancerre x

Welovecouscous Mon 19-Nov-12 21:33:32

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cheekymonk Mon 19-Nov-12 22:08:19

thanks dewdrop, hoping for answers soon. maybe welovecouscous...

cheekymonk Sun 03-Mar-13 07:47:15

Just re-reading this and you were all so helpful. DD had glue ear in both ears sad diagnosed in December. Saw SALT couple of weeks ago and she thought DD def had hearing problem. Have brought hearing test forward for DD tomorrow then booked docs for day after. SALT advised me to bring my speech down a level to DD using one words which has had amazing results. She is saying about 20 words now. also using makaton (which the nursery have done, slightly begrudingly but keyworker has put in loads to time and effort trying to support dd). DD is at cm more than nursery and room leader now gone so i am glad i stuck with nursery as I said, keyworker is lovely and dd adores her. So, now it is waiting for hearing test...

saintlyjimjams Sun 03-Mar-13 07:49:32

An IEP is fine, but they should tell you.

Sign encourages speech, lots of research showing that and they sound rather hopeless not knowing that. You definitely need to talk to them.

saintlyjimjams Sun 03-Mar-13 07:51:24

Oh and y,y to ABC chart - essential.

GlaikitFizzog Sun 03-Mar-13 08:04:37

Aw cheeky, I'm glad to hear you are getting somewhere. I had glue ear as a child that was only picked up because of my teachers concerns. Once I had grommets (do they still do those?) it was like someone flicked a switch!

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