At nursery we observe and evaluate each child on a daily basis and use this information within our Learning Journals. Every 8 weeks the key person will read through all observations taken, and set out next steps for the forthcoming 8 weeks. These will be small developmental steps, which the key worker feels the child can achieve within the 8 week cycle. We ask parents/carers to contribute to their child’s journal by informing us of their current interests, development stages and any news.
Every term the key person will look at each child’s development, fill in their progress report and then base any next steps around these findings. This information is then collaborated into a graph for each age group, so that staff can see if there are areas of learning that may need more consideration during their planning.
If any parent/carer has any concerns regarding their child, we ask them to come to the office and make an appointment to see their child’s key worker. If required, we will contact the Targeted Support Team or Speech and Language Service for their support, and work alongside other agencies.
If a child’s key person has any concerns they will seek advice and guidance from our ‘Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator’. An appointment will be made at a convenient time for parents/carers and key person to discuss any concerns and review their child’s Learning Journal.
How will early years setting staff support my child?
All our staff are level 3 trained, and attend regular courses to develop their knowledge in the early years. We have a ‘Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator’ within the setting who supports staff, and undertakes any research into ways to support children, their families and the key worker with their development.
The key worker and ‘Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator’ will attend all meetings with outside agencies upon their visit to the nursery. Staff will undertake any training recommended by the Targeted Support Team, and adapt resources and activities around each child’s needs to ensure all children reach their full potential.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
We follow the Early Years Foundation stage guidelines set by the Government. We plan for each individual child’s needs and preferred learning styles, developing and moving on activities so that all the children enjoy the resources we have on offer. We allow children to self-select toys and activities they wish to play with during the day, and document this within our planning.
How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
Regular meetings will take place so that we can discuss your child’s progress, and how we both wish to move forward with their development. We will ask for your comments every 8 weeks within your child’s Learning Journal and you can inform us of any development through our ‘Ask me about’ slips which will be added to your child’s Journal. We can provide an ‘Information from home book’, which will be used by yourselves and your child’s key
worker on a daily basis, so there is clear information between home and nursery.
What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
On starting at the nursery we will ask you for all relevant information regarding your child’s dietary requirements, health and developmental needs.
All staff within our setting are first aid and child protection trained. Senior staff administer medication when prescribed by a doctor and we would ask parents/carers to fill in our medicine book when dropping off their child in the morning. We undertake ‘opening up’ checks on a daily basis before the nursery is open to the children, to ensure that the nursery is safe. Each month the staff undertake a room inspection to ensure that all resources and equipment are safe for use.
Staff follow our ‘Supporting Social and Emotional development’ policy so there is good consistency within the setting. We support children with understanding their actions and help them come to their own conclusions with assistance from staff. We have ‘Golden rules’ within the nursery which the staff and children contribute to which supports a clear understanding of acceptable behaviour for all.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years setting?
At nursery we use the expertise of the Targeted Support Service or Speech and Language Service, who can support us and the family with any additional needs. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator attends regular meetings with West Sussex County Council and cascades any information to her colleagues.
We will work alongside all outside agencies and will share information with them and any other childcare setting.
What training are the staff, supporting children with SEND, had or are having?
Staff attend Early Years Foundation Stage training and training recommended to us by outside agencies. They pass knowledge gained, onto their colleagues through in house training, to ensure good consistency in practise and a cascading knowledge to all staff. We contact the Targeted Support Team or Speech and Language Service when additional support is needed and welcome Speech therapists, Play workers, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Portage and other agencies who will support the child with their development.
How will my child be included in activities outside the early years including trips?
All children who attend the nursery contribute to the resources and activities and this is noted within our planning. If additional staff or resources are needed we contact the Targeted Support Service or Speech and Language Service who can provide us with additional funding once an assessment has been made and an individual learning plan set.
Outings are arranged around the child’s interests and we ask for parents to fill in a consent form on starting at the nursery if they wish for their children to experience these trips. We have regular visitors to the nursery such as police, fire service, vets, eco team and lots more which all the children enjoy.
How accessible is the early years setting environment? (indoors and outdoors)
Our baby/toddler, 2-3 year old classes and garden are all accessible with the use of our ramp. At present we do not have disabled changing and toilet facilities and our pre-school classes are only accessible by stairs. The setting will translate documentation sent to them from West Sussex County Council for families whose first language is not English. We ask parents/carers to translate words or research translations so we are able to display different languages within the nursery.
How will the early years setting prepare and support my child to join the early years setting, transfer to a new setting/school?
Children will be given "settling in" visits to the nursery and we will ask parents/carers to fill in an information form asking about their child’s likes and dislikes. If your child enjoys playing with certain toys we will ensure that these resources are set up during their visits. We also have a ‘Settling in bag’ which can be taken home with photos of the nursery and staff. We would ask for items from home to be placed in the bag for the child’s next visit which will help form a link between home and nursery.
If a child attends more than one setting then the key person will fill in a form about the child’s interests and development at nursery and pass this information on to the other key person, we would then ask for the same information from the other setting, ensuring a clear development plan.
When your child is ready for school we will invite their new teacher to our nursery where they can meet the child’s key worker and discuss your child’s development and next steps. All Learning Journal information will be handed over to parents, so that they can pass it on to the school.
In pre-school classes within the summer term, school uniform and P.E kits will be added to our dressing up boxes, so the children are able to practise getting changed for school and P.E.
How are the early years setting’s resources allocated and matched to the child’s educational needs?
All areas of the nursery are well-resourced. We use resources from our local toy library and arrange for additional resources to be used by the setting for any additional developmental needs.
Staff plan activities and equipment around the children’s developmental abilities to ensure all children’s experiences are full of learning through a play based environment. Staff can use resources from all age ranges within the nursery, so that play and learning can be based around each child’s development stage.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
The ‘Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator’ will work closely with the family and outside agencies to ensure your child is receiving all the additional support required.
How are parents involved in the early years setting? How can I be involved?
We ask parents/carers to fill in our questionnaires and all suggestions are considered. We email our ‘Castle News’ to all parents informing them of upcoming events. Within our hall way there is a comments and suggestions book. We are part of the ‘Eco schools’ programme.
Who can I contact for further information?
If you wish to register your child at nursery then please contact the nursery manager who will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Our ‘Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator’ is on hand if you wish to discuss any concerns or development needs for your child.
For further information please contact the Family Information Service on 01243 777807.
How does the early years setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?