Creaney Education Support Centre is an Independent Public School that caters for children with special needs aged between four and twelve years old. Our students have varying degrees of intellectual and/or physical disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. With specially trained staff and well-appointed facilities, we are able to offer individualised programs that best suit the diverse needs of each of our students within a safe and inclusive environment.
We share a campus with Creaney Primary School in the suburb of Kingsley. This location allows us to offer a range of opportunities for children to integrate with their mainstream peers.
Classes at Creaney ESC are typically small with an average of six children in each class staffed by one specially qualified teacher and usually three Level 3 Education Assistants. Children are taught using highly structured programs based on the principles of T.E.A.C.C.H, Applied Behaviour Analysis and direct instruction. Visual and communication supports are used throughout the school to encourage independence and to reduce anxious behaviours.
The high staff-to-student ratio allows for a mix of 1:1 instruction, independent work, small group and whole class instruction. Teaching is highly individualised with each child's learning program determined by an Individual Education Plan (IEP). IEPs are written at the beginning of each semester in collaboration with parents, staff and relevant professionals (such as therapists). They cover each learning area and describe the specific objectives to be taught.
Task Analysis is used to break academic and personal goals into small, fine-grained, progressive steps which are explicitly taught using a variety of strategies and specialised approaches. At the end of each semester, parents are provided with a written report which directly relates to each objective on the IEP. Reports include photographic evidence of skill attainment. Our focus is always on developing student independence, communication and self-regulation.
As well as our core program for children from Kindergarten to Year 6, Creaney ESC also offers a two- year Early Intensive Intervention Program. This program is for small groups of kindergarten and pre-primary aged children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis and aims to equip these children with the skills necessary for entry into a mainstream Year 1 class.
Kindergarten children attend the program for 15 hours per week while the pre-primary aged children spend two days a week at our centre and three days at their local mainstream school. During this year, staff at Creaney ESC work closely with the children's local schools to support a successful transition to a full-time Year 1 placement.
Visit our website at creaneyesc.wa.edu.au to discover more about what our Centre can offer your child.
We also welcome visitors, so come and see what makes our centre so special and why we enjoy the reputation that we do. Phone 9409 6344 to make an appointment.