The purpose of the Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Local Offer is to enable parents/carers to see clearly what services are available to support children with SEND in the setting and the procedures they can follow if they have any concerns about their child’s development. The following questions and answers form our local offer and shows how we provide care and support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
1. How does the preschool know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
The Pre-school identifies children through a variety of means. This can be through observation and assessment or it may be that a family or other professional has identified an additional need before the child starts with us. Initial settling in visits enable key people and parents to talk over the child’s individual needs. We use the Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO) and the SEND Advisor for Surrey to support in identifying and creating specific targets to help children move forward in their development. Key people get to know the children really well which helps identify areas that need support.
2. How will the preschool staff support my child?
We have a special educational needs co-ordinator and an effective key person approach which means targets are specific to your child, and are reviewed with the parents. We will also speak to other professionals involved with your child to ensure that professionals in each field are providing guidance and targets.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
We follow the EYFS which means your child’s learning is built around your child’s needs right from the start. Your child will have an individual learning journey which will show their progress against all areas of learning as well as additional Individual education plans which breaks this down into smaller steps.
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?
As stated above, learning journeys are accessible and show children’s progress. Parents meetings tie in with ISP review dates to support planning for next steps. Daily conversations take place to say how the child has been that day and provide ad hoc opportunities for discussion.
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
Each child has a key person who gets to know your child really well. This ensures that care plans, medical needs and strategies that support your child’s learning and development are carefully taken care of. Policies inform staff of the correct way of administering medication, provide procedures for behaviour management and there is also a SEND policy in place.
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the preschool?
The staff at the setting range from level 2 to 6 qualified practitioners, some of the team have had additional training in ASD, code of practice or speech and language. The local health visitors work closely with the preschool, as well as other professionals, depending on the needs of the children. These may include speech and language, physiotherapists, education psychologist and paediatricians. Early Years and childcare services provide advice to the pre-school when supporting children with additional needs.
7. What training are the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?
The staff at the setting range from level 2 to 6 qualified practitioners, some of the team have had additional training in ASD, code of practice or speech and language. Staff can access training that matches the needs of the children in their care.
8. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
All children are invited to attend any additional trips or take part in activities and events. Additional support maybe needed for the child and this may be provided by the child’s parents or by a member of the team.
9. How accessible is the setting?
Wheelchair access means that entry into the building is accessible, the building is all on one level with a disabled toilet. The children have visual time tables and use sand timers and music to assist in sharing and understanding the routines.
10. How will the preschool prepare and support my child to prepare for school?
Children are supported in their move onto school. Local schools are invited to visit the children and a transition document goes to the teachers before a move takes place. Additional multi agency meetings may also take place. Children are prepared for school by having learning opportunities to understand the changes that are about to take place.
11. How are the preschool’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
We are able to apply for discretionary funding which enables us to purchase equipment and resources for children’s specific requirements, making learning more tailored to suit your child’s needs.
12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
This is done in consultation with the family and a range of professionals, by looking at the observation and assessment of your child. This helps to build up a picture of the level of support needed. This is applied for through the SEND panel who will take on board all the evidence provided by professionals. Once the hours of support are allocated we ensure that an adult provides the support needed. This will include working on targets set in the individual education plan, encouraging and supporting child initiated learning and adult focused learning.
13. How are parents involved in the preschool? How can I be involved?
As parents you are involved from the start by coming with your child and spending time to discuss their needs and level of support, likes and dislikes. We will ask to meet with you each time your child’s ISP is to be renewed and can also add in additional meetings should either party need this. We ask you to provide information on what your child has been doing at home through photographs to show your child’s interests.
14. Who can I contact for further information?
Your child’s key person would be the first point of contact about your child as they will build a strong attachment. The preschool manager and SENCO can also provide support and advice and can help signpost you to other services and professionals.