- How does the setting know if a child will need extra help and what should families do if they think their child may have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)?
The very first step is booking a show-around for the parents to visit the setting with their child. This gives the parents a feel for the nursery and allows for introductions to key members of the team that will be a part of the care and learning environment for the children. If any concerns are had at this points with your child's development this can be discussed and the right support put in place from the very beginning. The staff will support the children and parents and always keep every parent up to date with any changes, and updates.
- How will staff in the setting support a child with SEND?
Every child is allocated a key person who is responsible for settling them into the nursery as well as planning for them as an individual and group. Monitoring their progress is extremely important and is something the key person will do daily. We have a Special educational needs coordinator who has received training through our local authority as well as attending regular update meetings to ensure she is providing colleagues, children and parents with the best support methods possible.
- How will the curriculum for the setting be matched to a child with SEND's needs?
Every child has a unique personality and will access the nursery experiences in different ways. This is why we plan for your child’s development based on observations that are personal to their own learning journey. The environment is adapted in ways that will capture your child’s individuality and allow them to explore at their own pace with the support of their key person and other staff around them.
- How will staff work with families about how a child with SEND is doing and how to support a child's learning?
Parent partnership is vital when caring for young children, and is something we believe is the biggest asset to ensuring the children are happy and settled. All parents have access to their child’s learning journey and are more than welcome to speak to staff at anytime. The nursery hold regular parents evenings which is a good time to have an in depth discussion about your child’s development. Our team of staff ensure that all children’s needs are identified and information on how we are supporting them is shared with parents and other professionals if required.
- What support does the setting offer for a child with SEND's overall well-being?
Through close and positive relationships with the children and staff we believe this allows for the children to feel supported and valued for being themselves. All staff receive regular training to ensure there are consistent routines in place for the children as well as approaches to scenarios that mat arise.
All staff are aware of the nurseries policies and updates that happen regularly and have key training such as safeguarding.
- What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the setting?
If a child requires support from outside services, parents will be spoken to prior any support actioned. Some services will attend the setting and observe children in the nursery environment. Children’s Services offer advice to parents offering parenting classes, playgroup schemes and classes that will enable a child to developing the identified area of learning· The SENDCO will offer advice to parents and colleagues and ensure we are following the correct protocol when looking to access support the children.
- What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?
The SENDCO attends termly Liaison group meetings to ensure we are keeping up to date with the most current policies and procedures. All staff have core training and then provided with additional training when required, allowing for CPD.
- How will a child with SEND be included in activities outside the setting?
The setting sometimes goes on trips into the local community e.g visiting the local library, and local museum. A risk assessment is carried for each outing to ensure that the area is suitable for every child as well as being safe. When outside of the nursery we ensure there are a higher number of adults to children.
- How accessible is the setting's environment (indoors and outdoors)
At the front entrance of the nursery there is a ramp leading into the nursery. The younger children are based in three upstairs rooms, which require walking up a flight of stairs. The Preschool are on the lower level and can access two rooms s well as a bathroom. To the garden there is a clear path with three small steps that lead to the garden area.
- How will the staff prepare and support a child with SEND to join the setting or transfer to a new setting/school?
Right from the start settling in sessions are carried out for all new children, this allows for parents and children to interact with the staff and for the staff to access All about me information. During this time some children's settling periods may need to be extended, this is something that is discussed and planned in regards to the children as individuals.
Transition to School: o The Manager and SENDCO will complete a transition report which informs the receiving school about the needs of the child. With permission, information such as their ISPs, will be shared and a meeting will then be arranged usually in the 2nd half of the Summer Term. The meeting will include parents, SENDCO, the School Senco and any invited additional professionals to meet and discuss the child’s needs to ensure that a smooth transition is made from nursery to school
- How are the setting's resources allocated and matched to a child's Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities?
The setting can apply for various grants that allow for resources or extra staff to be brought into the setting in order to offer individual support. Each staff member within the setting will seek advice in regards to ensuring the environment has appropriate equipment for the children and if not to ensure these areas are implemented to provide the best opportunities for all children.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support a child with SEND will receive?
This is a process that is shared between parents and a child's key person. It is about sharing information and collaborating to ensure the child receives the right amount of support for them as individuals. At any time we can access external agencies who can guide us in the right direction and provide us with recommendations.
- How are parents involved at the setting?
Parents and carers views are paramount; this is why we as a nursery value all suggestions and views given to us. Involvement begins the moment the parents visit the nursery and continues until the children leave the setting. We have a parent suggestion box in the front hallway as well as carrying out parent questionnaires twice a year. These are a method that enables us to continue to better ourselves or work on areas that parents have highlighted.
- What future plans does your setting have for developing its SEND provision eg: training, facilities?
We attend local early years meetings where we are kept updated with local changes within SEND and make amendments where necessary within the setting. Information is passed on to staff through staff meetings.
We keep updated through Bucks learning trust on courses and training available for staff; alongside local updates and knowledge from one another.
- Which other Local Authorities/ Counties/ health providers do you have contracts with?
- Local Children Centres
- Buckinghamshire County Council Early Years