At Futurestars Childcare, we believe that each child must be given the opportunity to achieve and be included. All children access a full range of activities to develop and learn through play. We acknowledge that some children with SEND may require extra support in order to access the activities provided. We are committed to work alongside parents and carers to share information useful to support their child’s development while at the club.
The club is located in the school-dining hall. The hall has separate activity areas, which offer a range of fine and gross motor skills activities. The hall has free-flow into the enclosed outdoor space where children have access to active games and a large playground with a field.
Furniture is arranged to accommodate children with mobility difficulties. There is access to adjustable height furniture and/or access is made possible by using floor level activities.
Passageways are kept clear at all times to follow health and safety regulations and facilitate children’s mobility.
Outdoor access to the hall has a dropped kerb to allow access to the building
Play areas have carpets reduce noise levels.
Steps are clearly marked with white and yellow strips.
Toilet and washing hands facilities are easily accessible.
- Identifying children's needs
We believe in early identification of difficulties and we consult with parents and carers to support those children who are experiencing difficulty with their development.
We work closely with the Local Authority Early Years and Childcare Improvement Team (EYCIT) who may be involved to give advice on suitable strategies to accommodate children’s needs within the club. This is done with written consent from parents and carers.
We have a statutory responsibility to Safeguard children and we may work with the following agencies whenever required: CAF Team; Early Intervention; and Social Care.
When a child has a recognised condition or ongoing medical needs, relevant information is sought from parents and carers on admission and kept in the child’s confidential folder. The setting follows the relevant guidelines for data protection and confidentiality.
Records are passed on to another setting/school with parents and carers’ permission.
- Parent consultation
- Observation at our setting
- Health care plans, health care screening
- Liaison with school staff
- Dedicated contacts
The setting’s Manager and Deputy is the overall ‘responsible person’ for SEN in the setting. She is responsible for ensuring that legislation is met.
- Involving children and their families
- Parenting advice
- Regular contact between parents/carers and the setting
- Planning and review meetings
- Range of support available
- Partnership working with other professionals
- EYFS Curriculum
- Support for communication needs
- Additional support strategies
- Support for health needs
- Support for behaviour
We make use of augmentative communication (e.g. Makaton signing, PECS, Visual timetable, objects of reference and visual aids) to support children’s communication and well-being. Children are encouraged to provide feedback on the activities provided.
- Measuring children's progress
All activities are differentiated to meet children’s needs and allow full access.
Regular meetings are held with parents and carers to provide feedback and share information.
Continuous observation, planning and activities are catered to individual needs
- Accessibility of the school
All resources are located at children’s level in clear, labelled boxes.
Children’s toilets are fully accessible for children’s levels to reach washing facilities.
Disabled toilets and shower on ground floor.
The playground area is fully accessible to wheelchair users and to people with gross motor skills difficulties.
A risk assessment is completed daily to ensure health and safety is maintained at all times.
All activities are differentiated according to children’s level of development.
- Transition arrangements
We work in partnership with the school whenever required.
- Support and training for parents and carers
We value parent and carers’ expertise and deep knowledge of their own children. Parents and carers’ comments are included in reviews.
The club has an ‘open door’ policy, offering informal chats as necessary and formal discussion by appointment.
An interpreting service is available in most community languages and for parents and carers who require British Sign Language.
We work in conjunction with other agencies to provide parenting support such as Redbridge council Early Years Improvements team.
- Further information
Please contact us using the details provided.