Name of person submitting offer: Charlotte Venables
From the parent/carer’s point of view:
1. How does the school know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
We would identify children with special educational needs through observation and children’s assessments. Staff are aware of what to look out for and are fully trained or on training. If you had any concerns you can raise these and get advice from the Key Person, Manager and the SENCO. The Pre-School has an ‘open door’ policy so you can come and speak to us any time. Your child’s Key Person will give regular feedback and communicate with you each time your child is in. The Pre-School has a SEND policy in place that all staff and parents/carers are made aware of when they join up. We can get advice and guidance from the Early Years team for ourselves as well as the parents/carers. We can cater for all special educational needs providing the correct training was offered to the staff.
2. How will Early Year’s school staff support my child?
The trained SENCO and the Manager will oversee the education. A Key Person will be assigned to your child and carry out the day-to-day care as well as support the learning and development of your child; they will be working with your child on a daily basis. The role of the Key Person is to carry out observations, liaise with the parents/carers, and support targets on your child’s Educational Plan. In addition to this, the Manager and SENCO will liaise when necessary and encourage you as parents/carers to participate in meetings along with other professionals that are involved and have contact with your child.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
We are committed to taking appropriate action to make sure that all children are able to access our services, made to feel welcome, and that our activities promote their welfare and development. We look at each child’s individual needs and adapt activities accordingly to make them accessible to your child. We will put an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) in place for your child so the Key Person has a target to work towards and this will help your child to achieve and learn.
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?
We recognise that parents/carers hold key information and play a critical role in their child’s education. Therefore we understand the importance of your contribution, views and feelings with regards to your child’s development. We endeavour to support both your child and you, and will aim to include you at all stages of the assessment process, offering support and guidance and arranging times for you to come in and meet us. Any outside agencies that are involved in supporting the child’s learning and development will also be invited to the meeting. We listen to your views, taking into account your knowledge and experiences; you can access your child’s records/IEP at any time and we encourage you to work on the same targets at home, giving you guidance on how to do this. We will also ensure that you are aware of local services. A diary is provided for you and the Key Person/staff to communicate.
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
Any child with SEND will get the daily standard of care that we give all the children e.g. feeding, changing, toileting etc. We have visual timetables, signs and symbols to help communicate with your child, along with regular music to help with tidy up time, welcome song etc.
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
We believe that a strong multi-agency approach is the most effective way to support a child with SEND. We would work closely with experienced professionals such as the Speech and Language Therapy team, Family Support Service, and Physiotherapists amongst others.
7. What training have the staff undergone/are undergoing to support children with SEND?
We have one member of staff trained as a SENCO, this person will be best suited in experience and knowledge. They will be qualified, paediatric first aid trained and have a sound knowledge of children’s development. We are all happy to seek out training in any specific areas that are required. Staff are regularly observed by the member of Management and Chair of Committee.
8. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
Activities and trips will be accessible for all children and we liaise with parents/carers to implement any specific arrangements that might be needed. We fully encourage outdoor learning for all children and we make use of our rural setting. Parental consent is requested for activities outside the Pre-School grounds and thorough risk assessments carried out before any trip and activity. Our outings policy is shared with parents on admission.
9. How accessible is the school environment?
Guilden Sutton Pre-School operates from a sheared community village hall. There is a large carpark directly outside the village hall with a disabled space.
Doors are wide and wheelchair friendly.
The Marigold Room, where Pre-School is held, has access to an outside area through double doors, the path is flat, however the garden is not level.
The village hall has a disabled adult toilet.
Our room has a variety of multilingual books and music throughout the setting, and activities relating to other cultures and backgrounds are encouraged. We use visual aids around the room to support SEND children and their families.
10. How will the school prepare and support my child to join, transfer to a new setting/school or the next stage of education and life?
We offer a taster session before your child is due to start so that your child and family can get to know key staff and familiarise yourselves with the environment and routine. This also gives us a chance to discuss any specific requirements that you may need. If your child is moving from another setting, we liaise with their current Key Person to keep their routines consistent.
We plan school visits with Guilden Sutton Primary School where children can familiarise themselves with their classroom and play areas and meet their teachers. As part of their transition the children who are starting school will meet with their year 6 buddy.
11. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
You can apply for an Inclusion Bursary Fund. We allocate our budget to provide additional resources and adapt the environment accordingly, this may include an Individual Needs Assistant to support your child with their day to day activities. You can apply for a 2 year old funding (Early Years Education Entitlement - EYEE). All the funding is applied for via Cheshire West and Chester Council.
12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
Observations and assessments carried out by your child’s Key Person will identify what type of support your child needs.This will be discussed between you and the SENCO to determine the desired next steps in your child’s development. This is known as an Individual Education Plan which will be monitored closely by the Key Person, overseen by the SENCO and discussed with parents. If your child needs extra support we will refer them to the Early Year’s Service, who will assign a Key Person to coordinate the relevant professionals, your family and make sure your child has a clear and effective plan of support.
13. How are parents involved in the school? How can I be involved?
We understand that parents, carers and family life play a fundamental part in a child’s education and development. It is also vitally important that we hear your views, ideas and personal observations. We discuss each child’s Individual Next Steps with their parents/carers. We hold two Parent’s Sessions per year to share your child’s learning journals. This gives you and the staff the opportunity to ask questions, discuss progress and offer feedback. We offer an ‘open door’ policy so that all parents/carers are welcome to spend some time seeing how their child interacts within the nursery setting.
14. Who can I contact for further information?
Your first point of contact will be your child’s Key Worker or SENCO. They will be able to offer guidance and signpost you to other professionals.
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