Local Offer

 

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND/OR DISABILITIES (SEND)         sunshine-logo

First and foremost, children are at the heart of everything we do, we work together as a team with you the parents to support your child, listening to both you and your child. We believe that as a parent/carer you gain a strong feeling of comfort when you visit a setting. We, therefore, recommend that you and your child visit to discuss your child’s needs in greater detail.

 Our Manager is Angela Parsons and our Deputy Manager and SENCO is Kellie Neaves-James.

The Local Offer.

The purpose of a local offer is to enable parents and carers to see clearly what services are available for children with SEND in their area and how to access them. The information below briefly outlines what we can provide for children with special educational needs and disabilities. We would invite you to visit us to discuss your child’s needs in greater detail.

Our Policy; We work with regard to Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice.

 We ensure our Pre-school is inclusive to all children. We have a designated Special Educational Needs Coordinator. Identifying Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities We hold Key person appointments for parents to meet staff especially their key person and to ask and discuss their own individual child’s needs and any concerns they may have.

We offer an open door policy and are happy to discuss your child’s progress at any reasonable time. On starting Pre-school, we consult with parents about the child’s strengths, dislikes and needs. We ask you to complete a short All About Me sheet. We appreciate that some children take longer to settle than other children and parents/carers are welcome to stay for as long as they need to settle their child.

Each child is designated a Key Person who ensures personal attention to the needs and development of each individual child (although all staff work with all children as part of a team). We welcome any reports from health care professionals and aim to work in partnership with any health care professionals/or outside agencies that your child may have contact with.

Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, every child in the setting will have a Learning Journal where written observations, photographs and samples of work are saved.  The All About Me Sheet which parents complete when a child first starts will also be inserted in the Learning Journal. The Key person/SENCO will discuss with you any concerns or requirements your child may have. The SENCO is familiar with SEN Code of Practice, monitors records and ensures they are kept up-to-date. She establishes and maintains positive relationships with parents.

We access additional support from other professionals where necessary. All contact with any professionals will be with your prior permission. We ensure that parents are informed and included at all stages of assessment, planning, provision, monitoring, reviewing and implementing any strategies.

We offer an open door policy whereby parents/carers are free to talk to their Key person at any convenient time. We may be able to obtain further inclusion funding from Milton Keynes council if we need to have additional staff to support your child. Our SENCO has completed specific SENCO training; various other courses and attends Network Meetings termly. Staff regularly attend training courses on specific subjects such as Speech and Language Development. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs? Initially we will get to know your child, through talking and playing with them. Observations will be undertaken and included in the Learning Journal by your child’s key person.

We complete 2 year old checks if appropriate. We have regular staff meetings where we plan activities taking into account children’s interests and stage of development. Children’s Next Steps are shared with parents and any other settings/childminders that are involved.

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

 Parents are welcome at any time to discuss their child’s progress, look through their learning journal. We hold parent meetings which you are welcome to attend.

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

 We offer a friendly welcoming environment. Our staff are good role models and promote positive behaviour. If your child requires prescribed medicine, a member of  the management team will be responsible for administering this, with another staff member as a witness. Written permission will be required as well as a signature to confirm the medicine has been given.

If a child displays unacceptable behaviour, we will work with both parent and child to improve and support their behaviour.

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

 All staff are trained to work within the Statutory Framework. All staff are first aid trained and have attended child protection courses. We welcome visits from any outside agencies, such as Speech and Language Therapists, Education Psychiatrists, Portage, specialist teacher’s etc.

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

 All staff regularly attend training courses. Our SENCO attends termly SENCO Network Meetings and has been attending training courses/briefings on the new SEND Code of Practice. Our Staff Portfolio is available for parents to look through. This has details of all the training courses that the staff have attended.

How will my child be included in activities outside the early years setting including trips?

 All children are included in all activities at Stantonfields . For outings around the local area, parents are asked to sign a consent form for these activities when they join Stantonfields.

 How accessible is the early years setting environment?

 (Indoors and outdoors) Stantonfields is fully accessible for wheelchair users. We have a large classroom with an accessible toilet. Our outside area is fully enclosed and accessed by a removable ramp. Resources are accessible to all children.

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

Where applicable we may be able to obtain extra funding from Milton Keynes Council for extra funding to support your child, this may mean an extra member of staff to work with your child, or resources to help with your child’s development.

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

Initially your keyperson and/or SENCO will meet with you to discuss your child’s requirements. Parental consent is sought and required before any meeting with any professional that will be involved with your child.  We will ask for advice from the inclusion and intervention team  who will help setting develop strategies to work on with your child and put a PDR in place, this will be reviewed regularly with parents.

How are parents involved in the early years setting?

 How can I be involved?

 We welcome parent volunteers, and we invite all parents to join our committee.

Who can I contact for further information?

 Our staff will warmly welcome your family to visit our Pre-school. We offer an open door policy and are pleased to talk to parents about their child’s progress.