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Gianna's first day at preschool- the good news and the bad


 
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Nicola
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PostPosted: February 01 2007, 6:08 PM    Post subject:
Gianna's first day at preschool- the good news and the bad
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Well Gianna finally started pre-school yesterday. (our school year begins in Feb) She is going to our village community pre-school with a class of 16 typical children. The good news is that she had a fantastic day. The staff pretty much left her alone for the day so that they could see how she was functioning without staff interference. She just joined in with the other children and did everything that the others did. She participated in the spontaneous games that the kids played, laughed with them, chatted to the kids and staff, took herself off to the toilet when needed, and even turned the tap on for other children who were having difficulties with it. Twice she went up to staff and asked where I was, and they just told her that I would come back later and asked if she wanted a cuddle for a little while. Gianna transitioned happily between activities and willingly co-operated with group time.

So I bet you are wondering what the bad news could possibly be??

The pre-school had to apply for funding to meet Gianna's additional needs which is allocated based on how the child functions. They were allocated a grand total of about 3,200 US dollars for the year to meet her needs including employing an aid!! HOW PATHETIC!! It is clearly not enough to employ anyone any more than a few days here and there to allow the full time staff to do some training! I know it is great that Gianna is doing that well but she needs one on one help to stay there!! However, things get worse...

The director told me that they will arrange a IEP meeting with me and the early intervention staff in the near future but not until they determine whether the whole pre-school will be financially viable for the year. They are running in the red and it is quite possible that they will have to close down if they are not able to convince the government to reassess their need for emergency funding. WHY COULD SHE HAVE NOT TOLD ME THIS EARLIER??? If we swap to another pre-school in the nearest town it is too late for them to apply for special needs funding for the year and by now they are all full anyway!! I am sooooo mad just typing this. Please pray that the local pre-school finds some funds to continue!! ( And that I calm down)

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PostPosted: February 01 2007, 10:18 PM    Post subject:
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Nicola,

It's so good to hear from you, and great to hear that Gianna did so well. How frustrating about the school's finances. I sure hope they get things figured out for your sake. It's times like this that I wish I was a millionaire and could just hand over the money it would take to make sure things run smoothly. Uggghhhh!!!! Prayers that it all works out for the best. (Love your new siggy pic!!!)

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PostPosted: February 01 2007, 10:43 PM    Post subject:
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That stinks. But how encouraging about Gianna!!! I love your profile collage...very retro...Brady Bunch. lol
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PostPosted: February 01 2007, 11:33 PM    Post subject:
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Oh my gosh...talk about a catch 22! Your child is doing fantatically but...ok...she's doing TOO GOOD???? How silly is that? I too hope they get this figured out for you!

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PostPosted: February 06 2007, 10:53 AM    Post subject:
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Nicola, I can't believe it. I am so sorry and frustrated with you. On the other hand, I am so impressed with little Miss Gianna. What a smart yound lady and so capable and accomplished. Can she come light a fire under William, lol?

Good luck and keep me posted.

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