Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – Local Offer
What is the Local Offer?
The Children and Families Act (2014) and the SEND Code of Practice (2014) requires local authorities to publish information on services and provision across education, health and social care for children and young people aged 0 - 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The intention of this local offer is to enable parents and carers to see more clearly what services are available for children with SEND in their area and how to access them.
The information below forms our local offer for the early years setting that we provide. It shows how we have, for many years, provided for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
1) How does Manorcroft Nursery know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
At Manorcroft Nursery we do ongoing observational assessments on all our children. These observations are linked to the development matters and stages of development. This helps us to identify the individual need of each child. We record our findings in the child’s Learning Journey and from the observations made, make provision for each individual child. The children are discussed on a regular basis with all team members and the Special Educational needs Co-ordinator.
2) How will early years setting staff support my child?
On introduction to the nursery the parents/carers will be given the opportunity to visit the setting with their child and talk to our Early Years Liaison Officer. She will give them detailed information about the nursery, how it works and the role of the parent/carer. If you accept a place she will deal with the Administration documentation. The Manager or Deputy Manager will go through your Registration Document and other paperwork on your first day and will be able to answer any of your questions. A key person will be allocated to your child and that person will be responsible for updating your child’s development records.The supervisor of the session will give all new parents/carers a talk on how the nursery runs and our ethos. The SENCO will advise on and support any additional help needed. The SENCO will liaise with outside agencies if necessary (with parent/carer permission) and oversee any additional support needed, along with the key person.
3) How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
We plan for each individual child. The observations are made and then evaluated, and a next step given if appropriate. This is then incorporated into our weekly planning. Some children may have an “Individual Support Plan”; this highlights certain areas of development which need extra support. This sometimes will involve outside agencies such as Speech and Language and the targets which the child has been given to work on.
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?
Regular discussion takes place between parents/carers and key persons at the end of every session or if a longer meeting is required appointments can be made. Written updates take place periodically. The child’s Learning Journey is always available for your perusal, however a couple of days’ notice is required to update the information. A 2 Year Progress Check or a Summative Assessment will take place at the end of the first half term. From this assessment we are able to ascertain where your child is at in their development. At the end of year 2 a Parents Evening is arranged and a Transition Report is written. This report is sent to the child’s new school. We have an Observation From Home Form which we encourage parents/carers to fill in if any special events/significant milestones have taken place. We then incorporate this into our planning or discuss with the child.
5) What support will there be for my child’s overall well being?
Our mission statement is “A setting that cares” and we really do!! The nursery believes that the health and safety of children is of paramount importance. We have a designated team member for Health and Safety who is competent and has regular training updates to carry out these responsibilities. We do daily risk assessments on the setting and the equipment. We believe that children who are sick should be at home until they are well enough to return to nursery. However, we recognise that sometimes children will need medication to help maintain their health and wellbeing or when they are recovering from an illness. In these circumstances we will agree to administer medication, but only prescribed medication, and a Permission To Administer Medicine form will be completed and signed by the parent. Our nursery believes that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are met and where there are clear and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour. We encourage positive behaviour in all children depending on their ages and stages of development. We have a non attendance policy which we follow if we have not been informed of the child’s absence and if we are concerned about a child’s welfare we will follow our safeguarding policy.
6) What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?
We encourage all staff to continually update their skills and knowledge. We encourage new training in specific areas depending on the current cohort of children. Manorcroft Nursery tailors staff training to the needs and requirements of our children.
A wide range of specialist services and expertise can be accessed via The Haven sure start Children’s Centre, Hythe school, Thorpe road, Staines, TW18 3HD e.g. parenting groups and adult learning sessions.
7) What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
Our SENCO is experienced in this position and has been doing the role in this setting for many years. She understands the fundamental principles of equality of opportunity, keeps accurate records and knows about the Special Educational Needs process. She develops partnerships with parents/carers and other agencies. She attends courses to update her skills and regularly attends SENCO forums to update her knowledge and changes in policies.
All our team members work very closely together and recognise additional needs. All staff are Paediatric First Aid trained.
8) How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
We have agreed procedures for the safe conduct of trips. Named children are assigned to individual team member to ensure safety. Our adult to child ratio is high, always one adult to two children or one-one if necessary. Parent’s sign a general consent form and are asked to help with the trip.
A risk assessment is made before the trip takes place. Team members take a mobile phone on outings, a supply of tissues, wipes pants etc as well as a mini first aid kit, a snack and water. The amount of equipment will vary and be consistent with the venue and the number of children as well as how long they will be out.
9) How accessible is the setting environment?
At Manorcroft Nursery School we value and respect diversity in our setting and do our very best to meet the needs of all our learners and their families. We welcome parents/carers with English as an additional language and where possible will translate key information into home languages, or braille. We make sure that all team members have a shared philosophy/belief regarding children with Special Educational Needs by making sure that all team members read our Policies and that all team members are aware of each individual child’s needs giving consistency and continuity of care.
10) How will the setting prepare and support my child to join the setting, transfer to a new setting or the next stage of education and life?
At Manorcroft Nursery School we invest our time in the transition process. We organise meetings to build key relationships and exchange important information. Team members and trustees welcome our new families and are involved in our open mornings. In the Summer term of the school year we invite staff from feeder settings to visit our setting and we use strategies if required to help the child’s smooth transition.
11) How are the setting`s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
The setting is able to apply for certain grants, including inclusion grants and discretionary funding for children with Special Educational Needs. If a child has an Individual Support Plan this would make that child eligible for extra funding. This funding would be used to support their Individual Support Plan, to work in small groups or on a one to one basis.
12) How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
If a child requires additional support (Early Years Enhanced Local Offer) then the key person, SENCO and parent/carer meet to discuss a variety of options.
Tailored intervention is planned and delivered by our team. The SENCO and key person are responsible for monitoring the intervention for impact and outcomes. The SENCO oversees all additional support and regularly shares updates in SEN with team members.
13) How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?
We believe that children benefit most from early years education and care when parents/carers and settings work together. Our aim is to support parents/carers as their child’s first and most important educators by involving them in their children’s education and in the full life of the nursery. We are a committee run nursery and when choosing Manorcroft Nursery you commit to becoming involved in helping and every family is expected to undertake a job termly. These jobs vary and include getting involved in cleaning the nursery, undertaking some maintenance, looking after the nursery garden, creating the nursery newsletter or opting to join the fundraising team. Our nursery would not exist without the help of parents/carers. We also encourage parents/carers to come in and help at sessions. The children enjoy their parents/carers helping and it gives the parents/carers an opportunity to see their child in action.
14) Who can I contact for further information?
In the first instance, parents/carers are encouraged to email our Early Years Liaison Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information and support can be obtained from the Nursery Manager or SENCO, telephone 01784 438977.