OUR LOCAL OFFER SEND
The purpose of the local offer is to improve choice for families by providing information about services available for young children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). All Early Years settings in Essex are expected to identify and support children with special educational needs to make the best possible progress. Early Years settings are supported to be as inclusive as possible by the LA so that the needs of young children with SEND are met.
How our setting knows if young children need extra help and what our parents/carers should do if they think their
child may have SEND.
Every child is allocated a key person, whose role is to build trusting relationships with each of their key children and families. If you have any concerns about your child then these should be shared with your key person. Each key person is trained in observing and planning for their key child's next steps, using the EYFS Early Years Outcomes child development document for guidance. Through these observations, information gathered from their 'All About Me', and from liaising with you, any individual needs your child may have, and any areas of concern can
How our setting supports young children with SEND.
When a child is identified as needing SEN support, our settings Special Educational Needs Coordinator will meet with you and your child's key person to create a personalised 'One plan' of support for your child, and, taking your child views, wishes and feelings into account, plan for their next steps at the preschool and offer advice of how you can support your child at home. One Planning meetings will be held regularly, working in partnership with you to review your child's next steps and plan new ones if necessary. The SENCo is supported by an Area SENCo, and we would, with your signed permission, liaise with them for advice with strategies and accessing other professionals if needed.
How our setting creates learning and development opportunities for individual children with SEND.
Using the knowledge gained from our observations and One Planning meetings with you, your child's next steps would then be used in the planning of daily activities, to ensure we adapt the environment, activities and routines of preschool to support the needs of your child.
How our setting works in partnership with parents/carers.
We operate an open door policy and parents/carers are welcome to discuss the progress of their child, or any concerns they have, at any time. We use a home/school diary for sharing information about your child's achievements or special times. We have termly meetings to discuss your child's EYFS learning journey with your key person, to view their progress, discuss their next steps and offer advice on any activities you could do at home to support them. If your child is identified with SEN we would also hold regular One Planning meetings. We share information using half termly newsletters and via our information boards. We have parent response questionnaires and there is a comments book in the settings foyer.
How our setting supports the wellbeing of young children with SEND.
We have procedures and policies in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all the children, which are available to view in the settings foyer and on our website. We carry out daily risk assessments and these are reviewed weekly, and a yearly risk assessment is made in relation to the setting as a whole. Where necessary a risk assessment is carried out before any additional activity e.g. a walk to the church, post office etc, and we would liaise with you about any specific health and safety needs/risks to consider and will make any reasonable adjustments to meet your child's needs.
We offer settling in sessions to help your child become familiar with the preschool and the staff and to help us discover their likes and dislikes. We promote positive behaviour using verbal praise and by positive role modeling, and we use sand timers to help with sharing and turn taking. Any prescribed medication can be administered, following our policy and procedures, and parents/carers would need to fill out the relevant paperwork at the beginning of the session. If your child has any additional medical needs, then staff will be trained in that area before your child starts at the preschool.
Staff training and experience in supporting young children with SEND.
First Aid, Safeguarding, The Role of the SENCo in the early years training, One Planning in the Early Years, Overview of the SEND code of practice for early years, Supporting Early Language, Autism Awareness Diploma, Allergy Wise for preschool children, Educate understanding and addressing behaviour, EES Send training, Person Centred approach in Early Years, Epilepsy Training, Challenging Behaviour training, Diabetes training, Sign language level 1, Makaton, Accreditation in SEN. English as an Additional Language.
We have staff who have had experience with PEG feeding, epilepsy, diabetes, global delay, dyspraxia, autism, challenging behaviour, and children with physical disabilities. We have staff who have experience using intensive interaction, musical communication, and behaviour management.
We have 2 members of staff currently undertaking an ELKLAN training course. The SENCo also attends regular SENCo Network Meetings as arranged by the Area SENCo. All staff are continuously supported in updating their training, attend courses on a regular basis, and also update their knowledge via on-line training.
Specialist services and expertise accessed by our setting.
We would contact other professionals if required, with the parent's/carer's signed permission. This would be to gain further advice and strategies to support your child. These for example could be the Area SENCo, local Health Visitor, Speech and Language Therapist, Diabetic Nurse, Behaviour Support, and Lighthouse children's centre.
How our setting includes young children with SEND in community based activities and outings.
Every child is welcome to join us on community based activities and outings. All outings are risk assessed beforehand, and any additional needs would be planned for. Extra staff would be included to support your child one to one if necessary, and you would also be welcome to accompany your child. All staff have pediatric first aid training. A first aid kit, mobile phone and register list are taken on outings, and if a child needs individual medication this is taken in a named container with a copy of their health care plan.
Our accessible environment.
We have a car park with disabled spaces available adjacent to the preschool, there is a paved slope for easy access to the hall which has wide double doors. There are disabled toilet facilities. We use a wheelchair ramp to gain access from the hall to our outside garden area, which has a wide gate and all weather flat surface. We have an Equality Coordinator who completes an access audit yearly.
In our foyer we display photos of the children taking part and being involved with the activities, to show the parents/carers what the children have been doing that day. Photographs of all the staff are also displayed in our foyer.
We have staff who have English as an Additional Language training. We would work with you, the Area SENCo or other outside agencies e.g. the Lighthouse children's centre, to obtain equipment and resources to support the needs of your child.
How our setting prepares and supports young children with SEND when joining the setting and when transferring to
another setting or school.
We offer settling in sessions for all children before they officially start, where you can stay and play with your child so they can become used to the setting and the staff, we can find out about their likes and dislikes, and any needs they might have. During the summer term we introduce school uniform, school hats and bags into our dressing up and role-play area, we also have photo books of our local schools. Your child will be invited by their new school to visit, to see their new classroom and to meet their new teacher. The school teachers will also make visits to the
preschool. A transition meeting may be needed between the school, preschool, and you, including any other professionals involved with your child e.g. Area SENCo, speech and language therapist, to discuss the best strategies for your child as they move on to their new school.
How our setting organises its resources to meet the needs of young children with SEND.
Our resources, play equipment and activities are available for all children to access, and if necessary we would change the layout of the hall to support the needs of your child, for example swap table top activities to the floor and vice versa.
We would ensure our staff attend any specific training as necessary.
We are a committee run preschool with limited funds, however we can apply for extra funding to support your child if required, and our Area SENCo has access to a limited range of resources which we can borrow on loan during the time your child attends the preschool.
How we decide on appropriate support for young children with SEND.
We use a graduated response of Assess, Plan, Do, Review to support young children with SEND. From regular observations made by the key worker, which are linked to the EYFS Early Years Outcomes, and from discussions with you, we would identify what areas of support were needed. With your signed permission, we would contact the Area SENCo for help and advice of strategies to support your child, and to gain access to other professionals if needed. Following a One Planning meeting, to which you and any professionals working with your child would be invited, a personalised One Plan and a One Page profile would be created, highlighting your child's strengths, their likes and dislikes, their next steps, and information of how to support them in the setting. Regular follow up meetings would be held, working in partnership with you, to evaluate your child's progress, review their next steps and plan new ones if necessary. The SENCo, manager and keyworker would ensure that all staff are aware of your child's needs and the strategies to be used to support them.
How we involve all parents/carers in our setting.
We are a committee run preschool and invite new parents to join us and become involved in decisions that shape the future development of the preschool. We invite parents to join us in preschool with their child for Mums week and Dads week, and to help us with organised events such as present palace and sports day.
We hold termly meetings with parents to view their child's EYFS learning journey folder and discuss their progress. We seek parents views with our parent questionnaires, and there is a comments book in our foyer.
Who to contact for further information.
If you would like to discuss your child prior to starting with us or for more general information
please contact our manager and SENCO Sara Collom on 07961 435979 or 07948 570545,
alternatively you can email
Our ENCo is Brenda Lewis.
Further information can be found in our policies and procedures which can be viewed on this website or in our policies
folder in the preschool foyer.
The Essex Local Offer has information about support services and local opportunities for children and young people with SEND,