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Our Local Offer
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The purpose of a local offer is to enable parents and carers see clearly what services are available for children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) in their area and how to access them. The following questions and answers forms our local offer and shows how we provide for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
1) How does Jenniflowers Childcare know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?
At Jenniflowers Childcare each child has a designated key person. 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 discuss these with our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO).
Reports from health care professionals, such as health visitors and speech and language therapists, will identify your child’s individual needs. We welcome parents and professionals sharing these reports in order to plan appropriately to meet these needs. Ongoing observational assessments are made of all children and are linked to the EYFS stages of development. This in some cases identifies individual needs. These observations will be discussed with the SENDCO. If your child’s key person has identified a possible individual need, they will discuss this with you, and plan with you to support your child’s learning and development. Our SENDCO will offer support and advice to your child’s key person and other staff in the setting and will also liaise with other professionals to seek advice and support in identifying individual needs if necessary. We can seek support and advice from the Early Years Advisory Team (SNAS) in the Local Authority with your permission.
2) How will you support my child?
Before starting at Jenniflowers Childcare we will invite you to meet with us and we give you a Parent Info pack. We have an All About Me questionnaire for you to complete about your child; this will help us to share information about your child’s strengths and needs. We have an Open Door Policy at Jenniflowers where we welcome parents in to discuss any concerns or requirements your child may have, with us. We will work with you to support your child together, listening to you and your child. Our SENDCO will explain how children’s individual needs can be met by planning support using an Education and Health Care Plan (EHC Plan), explain who may be involved externally, and their roles.
Observations, assessments and evaluations all contribute towards the EHC Plan and your child’s key person would oversee the targets on the EHC Plan. Your child’s key person will be in the sessions your child attends, fostering a relationship with and understanding your child. The SENDCO will also be present. Together they will identify individual needs and plan next steps, accessing additional support from other professionals where necessary. We will maintain an overview of experiences and progress and the SENDCO will work with all staff to ensure we are providing the relevant and appropriate support. We will work in partnership with you, reviewing the EHC Plan targets, and planning new ones together, and give ideas to use at home to support your child.
3) How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
We will get to know about your child through ongoing observational assessments as they join us from day to day. Targets linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage ages and stages of development will be set on EHC Plan's to support the learning and development of your child. This enables planning for individual needs and learning goals. In addition to the EHC Plan, they will have a Learning Journal (Jenniflower Journey); this will contain written observations, photographs and samples of your child’s work to support staff in assessing and planning to help your child progress to their next steps. Your child’s key person and our SENDCO will work together to make sure that the environment, routines and activities support your child’s needs, and they will communicate with the rest of the staff to provide consistency and understanding within our team. We will ask for copies of assessment from other professionals before your child starts, and advice from SNAS will be sought if necessary, with your prior permission.
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?
Assessment systems are in place such as the 2 year progress review, under 3’s next steps and over 3’s next steps which are all linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development. Parent helper sessions allow you to stay and help and see how your child is developing in the setting. We have regular after hours activities / invitations for parents to visit our setting, enabling the opportunity to build relationships with others in the setting and regular events throughout the year to help you build relationships with practitioners in the setting. We have daily opportunities when you are welcome to tell us of your child’s progress and gives opportunities for two way communication between us. Newsletters are sent regularly and notices displayed to keep you up to date with what is happening at playgroup and a list of daily activities is displayed enabling you to further support your child’s learning.
5) What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
Our practitioners are welcoming and friendly, providing an inclusive, sensitive and positive approach. They provide good role models for positive behaviour and are consistent in the day to day care of all our 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.
Personal health plans can be adopted if necessary and staff will be trained in giving the appropriate medication for your child if required. Should you child require regular prescribed medication then you will be required to complete and sign a Medication Permission form and you will be informed of the administration of the medicine and be asked to sign the form in accordance with our Health and Hygiene Policy. Activities will be adapted to ensure your child is able to interact fully with the environment, and visual strategies, such as a visual time table is used to help them understand our routines. Our book area is welcoming and provides a quiet area to retreat to if your child is tired, or needs some quiet time. We are aware that some kinds of undesirable behaviour may arise from a child’s special needs. We will refer to our Behaviour Management policy and will work with you and your child to provide a consistent and planned approach to improve behaviour. For further details, please see our Behaviour Management Policy.
6) What specialist services and expertise are available at / or accessed by Jenniflowers Childcare?
We have links with our local Children’s Centre and can sign post you to support which is available through there, for example drop in Speech and Language sessions. We will work alongside the specialist services involved with your child and they are welcome to visit the playgroup. Working closely with you and your child will enable us to build stronger relationships and understand your support needs better.
7) What training are the staff, supporting children with SEND, had or are having?
Jenniflowers Childcare staff have accessed child development training and have experience working with the Early Years age group. All have a First Aid qualifications and some members of staff have attended Communication and Language training. Further training is accessed where needed to support specific needs.
8) How will my child be included in activities outside Jenniflowers Childcare including trips?
All local visits or trips would be planned in order to include all of our children. We will endeavour to include parents / carers in the planning of a visit off site to identify the needs of your child. All parents are invited to join us on a non local trip. A risk assessment would be carried out prior to the visit. We would also take along any aides or medication your child needs.
9) How accessible is the Jenniflowers Childcare environment?
We have wheelchair access into our halls and a disabled toilet at our pre-school nursery. Southfields tube station has a lift ad we are about 90 m from the tube station. Signs and posters around the setting are used with pictures helping children identify equipment and play areas. We provide multi-sensory activities as part of our planning. We shall always endeavour to seek out suitable equipment or adapt equipment and facilities to support children with special educational needs. Policies are updated regularly and are available for parents on our online system as well as here on our website.
10) How will the Jenniflowers Childcare team prepare and support my child to join the setting / transfer to a new setting/school?
We have settling in sessions for you and your child prior to your child’s start date, when we will have an opportunity to discuss any requirements. These sessions gives us the chance to get to know you and your family, and provides the opportunity for you to share with us details of your child’s needs and the involvement of other agencies, and to agree with you a consistent approach to ensure the continuity of care for your child. We offer a flexible settling in period, should your child have difficulties settling in. When transferring to another setting or moving on to school, the playgroup will invite the key person / teacher and SENCO to attend your child’s sessions at playgroup to help them become familiar with them and to discuss your child’s strengths and needs. Staff and children make visits to the local schools. Your child’s Jenniflowers Journal, EHC Plan's and any other information that may be relevant to your child will be passed on to the new setting giving them the time to make necessary plans for any changes they may need to make.
11) How are Jenniflowers Childcare’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
A dedicated budget is available to train staff, and Inclusion funding can be applied for to support your child in our setting if required.
12) How is the decision made about what type and how much support will my child receive?
Through the observation process linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development, and in discussion with you, the Key Person, the SENDCO will identify what support is required. Extra support will be put in place if necessary. Ongoing partnerships with you, other professionals – including SNAS if they are involved, and ourselves will support the decision making process. Together with our SENDCO they will support the decision making process to planned targets on the EHC Plan. The EHC Plan will be written after consulting with you and will include how you can support your child at home. Through regular observations we can track your child’s progress. Our SENDCO will give advice on meeting your child’s needs within the playgroup in consultation with you and other professionals where necessary with your permission. 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 settling will ensure all staff working with your child knows your child’s strengths and needs, and how to support them.
13) How are parents involved in Jenniflowers Childcare? How can I be involved?
We value parents / carers involvement at Jenniflowers. You are involved in identifying needs, information sharing identifying targets and next steps to focus on at home and in the setting and reviewing progress towards these targets. Your permission will be sought before involving outside agencies and you are able to volunteer to help in session if you wish.
14) Who can I contact for further information?
The Manager, SENDCO or your child’s key person is available in sessions if you would like to discuss your child’s needs. 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, Local Children’s centre and can access support from SNAS with your permission. The Manager is our practitioner for Behaviour Management and can offer advice and strategies to cope with challenging behaviour.
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Local Authority’s Local Offer
Nursery provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Wandsworth
The SENDCO has responsibility for:
- Ensuring liaison with parents and other professionals in respect of children with special educational needs.
- Advising and supporting other practitioners in the provision.
- Ensuring that appropriate Individual Education Plans (IEP) are in place.
- Ensuring that relevant background information about individual children with special educational needs is collected, recorded and updated.
- The majority of children will have their educational needs met by their nursery provider or school. If they have severe or more complex needs they may need more support or help than their setting can give.
For a very small number of children who need more help, the Local Authority, (LA) may need to make a statutory (legal) assessment of the child’s needs to find out what level of help is needed.
The assessment will, in some cases, lead to an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan),being created saying how the child’s needs must be met, either in an Early Years setting with extra help or in a suitable special school. If you would like to know more you can obtain an information pack for parents of children with special educational needs from the Special Needs Assessment Section (SNAS), Wandsworth Council, Department of Education and Social Services, Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU. Telephone: (020) 8871 8061 or email: [email protected]
(this information is taken from the FIS website for local parents)
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