Elderslie Little Oaks Preschool

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Local Offer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

As an inclusive setting, we offer places to children with varying levels of ability and mobility. If your children has an additional need or disability, please read this page to see how we can support you and your child at our preschool.

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?

We observe and monitor all children’s progress according to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum development matters. All children’s progress is recorded by their key person on individual progress trackers and through summary development sheets which are reviewed and updated regularly. Through this, we can observe when your child’s development in any area may not be reaching expected levels, or additional help or support is required.

Support will then be implemented internally with one-to-one support or adopting alternative methods to enhance progress and assess any additional help that may be required. You are informed, involved and supported at every stage so that the preschool can gain a holistic view of your child’s development and needs.

You can speak to your child’s key person, the preschool leader or the preschool’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) regarding any concerns you may have and this can be monitored and supported within the setting.

How will early years setting staff support my child?

The preschool’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) will assess your child’s level of need if they are observed to have, or have been diagnosed with, a Special Educational Need (SEN). This is carried out through individual provision planning where your child’s key person and the SENCO will observe and support your child during activities or throughout the day, depending on their level or type of need.

The preschool may also seek confidential advice from its Early Years Advisor with regards to support methods.

The SENCO will liaise with any external agencies involved with your child’s development so that your child is fully supported and the preschool is aware of any changes in their development externally as well as within the preschool.

The preschool encourages you to be fully involved in your child’s development and within any meetings or discussions involving your child’s development or needs, both internally and externally.

Our inclusion policies, which are agreed by our parent management committee, are reviewed annually so that we can ensure we are offering the best and most effective support for the children and families attending the preschool.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

The preschool works from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Planning, observations and progress tracking are carried out with reference to this guide, which helps us to identify any needs or areas for support. However, where a child may have a diagnosed developmental delay, this will be taking into account when progress tracking is carried out and the appropriate learning age group will be referred to, even if this is not your child’s physical age group. This ensures that your child is not being expected to achieve something inappropriate to their development stage.

Each child in the preschool has individual provision goals that connect to their learning journeys to ensure they are all achieving their potential.

How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

The preschool has a open door policy to parents so you can discuss your child’s needs and development, and view their learning journeys, at any time. Each child’s profile is clearly laid out so that you can easily review how your child is progressing, but staff are happy to discuss any queries or concerns with parents.

Your child will also have a daily diary which will tell you the activities they have carried out during the day and what kind of day they have had. This diary also gives you an opportunity to write any information, achievements or concerns you may have.

Additional assessments will be carried out by the SENCO as required as part of a graduated approach to supporting your child’s needs. These assessments combined with reference to the EYFS curriculum development matters and any external assessments, will help your child’s key person to know what your child’s expected levels of development are.

Once your child’s level of development is identified, this will be discussed with you, along with any home to school transition links that may be helpful to continue how they are supported at preschool and at home. Your child’s development support will then continue at an appropriate level for them, recorded and monitored in line with the preschool’s methods and planning.

You are welcome to be involved within the preschool sessions if it encourages and supports your child’s learning, but as your child’s development and welfare is the priority of the preschool, there may be times when it is unsuitable for you to be present during the sessions. However, we will ensure you are continually informed of your child’s progress.

What support will there be for my child’s overall well being?

All staff at the setting are first aid trained and we have strong links with our local medical centre if updates and training on administering specialist medication is required, such as epipens.

If your child requires medication to be administered at preschool, you will be required to sign a consent form for the staff to administer this, giving details of times and dosage.

Controlled medication will be kept within a locked cupboard out of reach of other children, unless it requires refrigeration, in which case it will be kept within the preschool’s fridge which is high out of other children’s reach in the classroom.

The setting has changing facilities available and staff can assist with any toileting needs your child may have and where appropriate we will encourage your child to be independent in their self care.

Your child will be included within the regular carpet time or planning discussions that staff have with all of the children and they will be encouraged to express their interests and what they would like to learn using the method of communication that they feel comfortable with, i.e. Speech, PECS, Makaton.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?

Currently we have 2 members of staff trained in Makaton, as well as Makaton resources available. We also have Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) folders available for children to express their wants and needs non-verbally.

We liaise with our Early Years Advisor and local children’s centre to seek additional support as required.

Staff are willing to undertake training to support children’s needs and to enhance our knowledge as required.

What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had, or are having?

We have 1 member of staff with Makaton level 2, another with Makaton level 1. We also have 2 members of staff who have recently carried out the SEND COP training. Our setting SENCO and Deputy SENCO regularly attend the SENCO forums to liaise with other professionals within the locality and update their knowledge and understanding.

We are aiming to source an ELKLAN training course for 1 member of staff within the next 12 months.

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

The trips that we undertake outside of the setting aim to be inclusive of all children and families. We carry out a trip to Hobbledown each year which has good mobility access and a member of staff will be responsible for your child if you are unable to make the trip yourself. This would include transporting them there and back as well as caring for them and their needs during the day. Each individual need would be discussed in advance of the trip in detail.

In addition, we also carry out nature walks around the village which generally stick to paths and are carried out in smaller groups so your child would be closely cared for by a member of staff. You are always welcome to join us on any trips out and about and we actively encourage parents to join us on trips and visits. Risk assessments are carried out prior to every trip or journey out so that we can plan for and incorporate any additional needs.

Our outdoor play area has good mobility access and has low level surfaces, hard surfaces, paths and ramps as well as grass areas. We have incorporated sensory areas around the garden, i.e. mud kitchen, sand play, sensory planting area, to help your child have a truly hands on experience.

How accessible is the setting environment?

The preschool is fully wheelchair accessible, along with the majority of the outside area and garden. There is no hearing loop within the setting as the setting is within a village hall and there is currently no view to include one. Any adjustments that would need to be made to the building would have to be passed through the village hall committee. There is an adult height disabled toilet and the preschool has changing facilities but we also have step up toilet seats with handles to support your child on the toilet. We have no bilingual staff within the setting, but we can translate documents into your required language with 2 weeks advance notification and any formal meetings can be held with a translator present for support.

Most of our equipment is bought through money that has been acquired through fund raising. If specialist equipment is required for your child, we will apply for funding via local government channels first as well as fund raising so that we have the best opportunity to gain the money for the equipment.

How will the setting prepare and support my child to join the setting, transfer to a new setting or school or the next stage of education and life?

We offer 2 free trial days for your child when they first start the setting to give them the chance to familiarise themselves with the setting and allow them to make their own decision as to whether they feel comfortable with us. We would then encourage you to bring your child in for sessions dependent on their needs and how they settle, i.e. 1 1/2 hours per morning up to 3 hours per morning over the course of 4 weeks if they do not settle straight away or only cope with shorter sessions initially. With regards to transition to their next school, this can differ greatly depending on the policies of the school they will be attending. Currently, we liaise with the reception teacher and Head teacher regarding your child, sending summary progress sheets to the school and discussing any additional needs during meetings with them. Most primary or infant schools in the area offer trial sessions or days and we actively encourage you to send your child to these. We discuss these trial days with your child in a group discussion at the preschool prior to them going and then we discuss how their trial days went so that any concerns they may have can be addressed.

How are the setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

Currently each member of staff is assigned key children and they are responsible for ensuring these children’s learning journeys are up to date and the children are achieving their development goals. We currently do not have staff provision for individual, one-to-one care each day, but this can adjust with additional funding. If your child requires individual care then local government funding will be sought to provide that within our setting.

We incorporate many additional needs into the resources we currently have so that we are inclusive. However, we will allocate or seek additional funding for any specialist equipment or resources required.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

Discussions regarding your child’s additional needs will initially involve meetings between your child’s key person, the preschool SENCO and you. Decisions can be made from these discussions about the level of need your child has, what support we can offer or seek to put in place and any external agencies that need to be involved. If additional equipment, funding, resources or staffing need to be sought then the request will be discussed at a parent management committee. These meetings will not discuss any details about your child that you do not wish to be discussed, within reason, and will be as confidential as possible. If referrals to external agencies are required, you will be involved with any meetings concerning your child’s development and progress.

The preschool will continue to observe, monitor and assess your child’s development and progress once any additional help has been implemented and any changes to your child’s provision will be evaluated and reviewed to assess its effectiveness. Depending on your child’s needs, changes may not always be immediate and so some evaluation may be on a longer term basis to ensure your child’s developmental progress.

How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?

As a parent management committee preschool, parents are actively involved in the day to day running of the business. We also encourage parents to take part in sessions as parent helpers, whether for full sessions or for 1 hour occasionally, as long as it does not impact negatively on your child’s progress and development at preschool.

We regularly reiterate within newsletters that we encourage parents’ ideas for activities that you would like your child to carry out at preschool.

We also offer parents wanting to train in childcare, the opportunity to volunteer at our setting. This would need to be discussed on an individual basis with the preschool leader regarding how this would impact on your child and the setting.

Who can I contact for further information?

Preschool Leader and SENCO: Mrs Ping Barnes

Telephone: 01306 713439

Email: elderslie.nursery@live.co.uk

Website: www.elderslielittleoaks.co.uk


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