Local Offer – Special Educational Needs
1. How does the setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?
At Graffham Nursery we have highly qualified staff with a deep understanding and awareness of child development. Each child has a key person who helps them to settle and develops a close relationship with the child and their family. Through this relationship and ongoing observations we develop a holistic understanding of the child. This, alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance provides an indepth insight of each child’s developmental stage.
If you think your child may have special educational needs or disabilities, please discuss your concerns with your child’s key person. The key person will liaise with the setting’s inclusion co-ordinator and a meeting will be arranged between parents/carers, inclusion co-ordinator and key person.
2. How will early years setting staff support my child?
Your child will be supported in the first instance by their key person who through discussion with the early years team, and guidance from the inclusion co-ordinator, will prepare and undertake written individual education plans to suit the specific needs of the child. The individual education plans will be based on information collected through observations, learning journals, assessments and guidance from other professionals. The inclusion co-ordinator will meet regularly with the key person to assess the progress of the child based on the outcomes defined in the individual education plan.
Depending on the specific needs of the child, the inclusion co-ordinator will discuss the child’s progress with parents/carers on a regular basis.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
The early years curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all children using information provided by parents/carers in the learning journals, observations and children’s interests. The environment is carefully considered and designed around the individual needs and interests of all children in the setting.
4. How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
At Graffham Nursery we encourage an open door policy to all parents/carers. We value and respect that parents/carers/carers are the primary educators of their children. We develop positive relationships with parents/carers to enable children to develop, learn and achieve. Alongside the normal reporting arrangements there will be formal and informal opportunities for you to discuss the progress of your child with the inclusion co-ordinator. In collaboration with Graffham Infant School we offer parent workshops throughout the year.
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well being?
The early years team at Graffham Nursery are extremely well qualified and experienced to support the pastoral care and social development of every child. We have a specific policy and procedure to manage the administration of medicines. Children are supported in a sensitive, caring manner in relation to their personal care and there is a specified policy in relation to nappy changing. All staff have the statutory 3 year child protection training and their suitability to work with children is certified by the Disclosure Barring Service.
We have an Achieving Positive Behaviour policy. This alongside staff discussions ensures all children are supported and included.
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years setting?
At Graffham Nursery our inclusion co-ordinator has specialist training in supporting the development of language and communication skills. Staff in the setting have backgrounds in psychology, early childhood development and early years teaching qualifications. We work in close collaboration with Petworth and Midhurst Children and Family Centres. We work closely with WSCC Inclusion Support who advise and guide our professional team.
7. What training are the staff, supporting children with SEND, had or are having?
At Graffham Nursery our inclusion co-ordinator has specialist training in supporting the development of language and communication skills. Staff in the setting have backgrounds in psychology, early childhood development and early years teaching qualifications.
8. How will my child be included in activities outside the early years setting including trips?
It is our policy to ensure all children are included in activities both inside and outside including trips. This is done in collaboration with parents/carers. A risk assessment of the site is carried out prior to the children’s visit.
9. How accessible is the early years setting environment? (Indoors and outdoors)
The building is wheelchair accessible and there is the opportunity to further develop this should it be necessary. There are disabled changing and toileting facilities. In the event of parents/carers with English as an additional language we would involve an interpreter
10. How will the early years setting prepare and support my child to join the early years setting, transfer to a new setting/school?
At Graffham we offer home visits which provide an opportunity for new children and their families to meet the key person before starting at the setting. We also offer taster sessions to help children and their families familiarise themselves with the environment and staff. These sessions can be alongside their parents/carers or on their own. The Key person will develop a relationship of trust and support with the parent and the child.
If necessary we are able to meet with the healthcare professionals to help support the child’s transition into the setting, ensuring any relevant documentation is shared in the setting if necessary.
Transition to school or next setting.
At Graffham to support children’s transition to school, the key person would liaise with the school’s SENco and this would be supported by the Nursery’s Inclusion Co-ordinator. At Graffham the transition from nursery into reception is seemless as most children move from Graffham Nursery to Graffham Infant School. Nursery and reception classes work very closely together, therefore, the nursery children are part of the school community.
11. How are the early years setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
Current resources and staff expertise would support the needs of most children, however, additional resources could be accessed, if required.
12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
The decision is made through discussion with parents/carers, key person, Inclusion Co-ordinator and the Manager, alongside advice from health professionals.
13. How are parents/carers involved in the early years setting? How can I be involved?
We encourage parents/carers to become involved in their child’s educational experiences at the nursery. We encourage parents/carers to spend time supporting their child to settle in the setting.
14. Who can I contact for further information?
The SENco, Joanna Chambers, or the Nursery Manager.
Tel: 01798 867324; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Policies and Procedures
The following additional policies and documents are available for you to read at Nursery (or have your own copies if you wish)