Our Local Offer for Children with Special Educational Needs
 
 
How does the Preschool know if children need extra help & what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

On initial discussion we encourage parents to share information regarding their child’s development before they start at preschool. On going observational assessments are made of all the children and linked to the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage. This may in some cases highlight/identify individual needs which we will then share with the parents.

At All Saints Preschool each child has a keyworker. Their role is to develop trusting, sensitive relationships with parents and children to enable respectful sharing of information. If you have any concerns about your child’s development you can arrange a time to discuss these in private with your keyworker. This may lead to a discussion with the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) which could lead on to advice from the Early Childhood Service.

How will Preschool staff support my child?

On starting at All Saints Preschool the manager will give you a Welcome  Pack to fill in about your child, to help us to share information about your child’s strengths and needs.

The qualified and experienced staff plan a varied and broad curriculum for all the children by providing a range of activities. The children are continually learning new skills & benefitting from social interaction in a fun and stimulating environment.

All children will have a learning journal which is an ongoing document. You are welcome to view and contribute to this at any time. From the learning journal observations we can identify a child’s next steps. These are reviewed each term.

We have excellent communication amongst the staff and share all information regarding the children on a daily basis.

For children with SEND all of the above applies with additional support for the child and family from the 2 qualified SENCO’s within the setting.

The preschool will be flexible to support each child’s individual needs eg; allowing them to start later or leave earlier to make transition from home to preschool smoother.

If the staff have any concerns regarding your child they would initially talk to you and with your permission they would refer your child to the relevant specialist. Parents will be involved throughout the process and are encouraged to speak to a member of staff should they wish to at any time.

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

The preschool staff plan activities to meet the needs of all the children in the group, therefore helping them work towards their next steps. The SENCO/staff will adapt resources or activities to support individual children so that all opportunities are accessible to everyone. If specific resources are required for example; a larger mouse for use with the computer or adapted seating then the preschool will acquire these resources where applicable.

For children with SEND, an IP (Individual Plan) will be put in place with input from outside agencies who will meet regularly with yourselves and the preschool to discuss your child’s progress. Children with SEND have their IP reviewed regularly and are closely monitored by all members of staff. We will work in partnership with you, reviewing the IP targets, and planning new ones together.

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

All children have a named keyworker who is responsible for supporting your child’s developmental and social well being.

Parents are welcome to speak to staff daily to share information about their child, should you need a more private meeting this can be arranged at a suitable time.

Assessment systems are in place such as the 2 year old check and ongoing observational assessment which are linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development.

Three times during the preschool year parents are invited to stay at the beginning/end of the session to view their child’s learning journal, discuss their child’s progress with their keyworker and leave feedback.  For all children in their last term of preschool, a final meeting between the parent and keyworker will be arranged to discuss their progress and transition to big school.

You are always welcome to tell us how your child is doing on a daily basis, and provide ongoing two way communication between us. Telephone calls can be used if parents work and are unable to bring/collect your child from preschool. We also send out newsletters half termly to keep you up to date with what is happening in preschool.

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

Our preschool staff follows strict guidelines regarding the safeguarding of all children and the deputy manager is the named child protection officer. All staff are trained in paediatric first aid and we can administer medication with permission from the parents/carers.

Risk assessments are carried out and are evaluated regularly and adapted accordingly .If necessary a risk assessment would be put in place to support an individual child.

We encourage positive social interaction to develop children’s self-esteem and social skills. We may do this through small group or pair work and we give lots of praise and encouragement to boost a child’s confidence.

The staff are welcoming and friendly, are good role models for positive behaviour and are consistent in their day to day care of all the children. We are flexible in our routines to provide a positive environment for your child’s needs, and provide personal care, such as changing nappies, respectfully.

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

The preschool has links with a range of support networks and these include;

Early Childhood Service, Health Visitors, Early Years Communicators, SALT ( Speech & Language Therapy Service), Family Outreach Service.

The preschool also have two fully trained SENCO’s and all staff are trained in Child Protection. We have a fully trained Health & Safety Officer and two members of staff are trained in Food Hygiene.

What training do the staff supporting children with SEND have?

The SENCO’s will regularly update their training. Preschool staff attend any relevant training courses and if needed staff would attend specific training for working with children with SEND.

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

We include all children regardless of their individual needs and adapt staff ratios accordingly. On our annual farm trip staff ratios are increased and parent helpers are also invited to attend.

Risk Assessments are carried out for all activities inside and outside the preschool and adapted to cover the child’s individual needs. We will endeavour to include parents in the planning of an offsite visit to identify the strengths and needs of your child.

Any aides or medication that your child may need will be taken on all visits/trips.

In some cases funding may be available for 1-1 support.

How accessible is the preschool environment?

The Preschool building is accessible by a slope to the main entrance and the garden also is accessed via a small slope. We have small child-sized steps for use with the toilets and wash basins. We also have a disabled toilet. We can adapt our provision to accommodate the individual needs of a child. There is parking available outside the preschool in the church car park.

If you are a parent who does not have English as your first language, we can involve another family member who speaks English, or if possible, arrange for an external interpreter.

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

We aim to provide a smooth transition into preschool and we do this with the close support of the child’s keyworker. This will enable the child to feel safe and secure whilst at preschool and feel confident to join in the activities on offer.

We feel communication is vital between parents /carers. When your child is due to move onto primary school we will meet with the Reception teacher from the primary school your child will be attending. You will be involved in and be able to give your input too. We will support your child with any contact they have with their new teachers whether it is a teacher visiting them at preschool or a visit to their new school.

We would share information with their new school teachers whether it is learning journals or IP's.

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

Based on the child’s individual needs and level of support required the preschool can apply for Inclusion funding. This could allow for 1-1 support or specific resources.

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

Through continual observation & assessments, discussions with parents/carers, staff and the Early Childhood Service a decision will be made as to the type and amount of support the child requires. This will be reviewed regularly.

Reports from health care professionals, and other professionals who are working with your child, will be used to plan support within the setting. Staff meetings within the setting will ensure all staff working with your child knows your child’s strengths and needs, and how to support them.

How are parents/carers involved in the Preschool? How can I be involved?

All Saints Preschool works closely with the parents/carers and believe communication between us is important in a child’s development. There are many ways that this happens;

·         Preschool website; www.allsaintspreschool.co.uk

·         Newsletters of events and dates

·         Emails/texts to parents

·         Voluntary help from parents/carers is sometimes needed during outings or when we have          visitors to the preschool

·         Stay and Play where parents/carers can experience a typical preschool session

 

Who can I contact for further information?

Your child’s keyworker is your first point of contact if you would like to discuss your child’s needs, although all staff will endeavour to answer any questions you may have. We are able to offer advice about other professionals who will be able to support your child, such as the Families Information Service, health visitors, speech and language therapists and local Children’s Centres. We can access support from the Early Childhood Service with your permission. If your child’s need has been referred to a specific team, we will support you in accessing support from them.

If you are interested in a place for your child please contact Philippa Bennett, Manager, on 07742 391278, or contact us via email allsaintspreschool@live.co.uk or through our website www.allsaintspreschool.co.uk

 

 
All Saints Preschool Ltd
Company No.  07634027  /  Registered Office:  41b Beach Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5JA