As part of the Children and Families Act 2014, all schools in Redbridge are required to make available their Local SEND Offer to families which details how they can support children and young people with a special educational need and/or disability (SEND).
Scroll down or click on the headings below to see details of this school's local SEND offer:
An overview of the setting
Treehouse nursery school is committed to the inclusion of all children by providing them with access to a full range of activities. All children have a right to be cared for and educated to develop their full potential alongside each other. We provide a positive welcoming environment where children are supported to achieve the best they can according to their individual needs.
We believe that all children have the right to experience and develop alongside their peers no matter what their individual needs are.
Treehouse Nursery Schools- Cambridge Park provides care and learning for up to 120 children. The setting is running from two buildings separated by a small courtyard garden. The setting has 6 rooms, 2 of which are situated on the first floor and a large soft play/climbing area.
The toddler room and the two pre-school rooms have child friendly toilets.
We access the large garden with an aviary which contains a number of canaries and 2 rabbits and the sensory room in our other nursery Treehouse Nursery Schools- Woodbine Place.
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.
Pasageways are kept clear at all times to follow health and safety regulations and facilitate children’s mobility.
Play areas have carpets and curtains to reduce noise levels
All rooms have a separate nappy changing area.
Identifying children’s additional needs
How will the setting know if my child needs additional help and how will the school share information with me?
We believe in early identification of difficulties and in appropriate intervention to support children’s progress, learning and development. The parents and carers are encouraged to share information regarding their children from the moment the child starts the settling into the setting. Through ongoing observations, tracking, discussion with the other staff members and parents/carers we will be able to identify at an early stage the children that have difficulty with their learning and development.
Our SENCo will be the first point of contact and she will carry out in depth observations, will meet with the child’s key person and with the child’s parents /carers if needed to discuss child’s progress and plan for different strategies to be put in place. If the child doesn’t show progress despite all our efforts we will ask the parent’s and carer’s consent to contact the outside agencies.
We have a very strong partnership with all the local agencies such as: Local Authority Inclusion/SEN Advisor or SEN Coordinator; SEND Early Years Panel Educational Psychologist; Speech and Language Therapist; CAF Team and others.
These agencies will provide more strategies that we and the child’s family can put in place to support the children ho have additional needs in a particular area of development or when needed to help with the child’s transition to the other settings/school.
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. Confidential reports and records of progress and reviews are securely stored. The setting follows the relevant guidelines for data protection and confidentiality.
Records are passed on to another setting/school with parents and carers’ permission.
Dedicated contacts at the setting
Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns about my child's SEND?
The setting’s manager Mioara Bunduc is the overall ‘responsible person’ for SEN in the setting and she is responsible for ensuring that legislation is met.The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) has the responsibility for the day-to-day management of the SEN procedures.
- SENCo - Abiola Kalawole
- Deputy SENCo - Kinjal Shah
Involving pupils and parents/carers in planning support
How will the setting involve me as a parent and my child in meeting our SEND needs and in general school life?
- Planning and review meetings
- Advice on how to support learning at home
- Parenting Advice
- Regular contact between parents/carers and the setting
Range of support available to my child
What different kinds of support are available to children with SEND?
- Partnership working with other professionals
- Additional support strategies
- Specific teaching interventions
- EYFS Curriculum planning differentiation
- Support for health needs
- Support for behaviour
- Support for communication needs
To support our children with children’s speech and language and social communication development we use Makaton signing, visual time table, PECS and objects of reference.
Measuring children’s progress
How will the setting know how well my child is doing and how will they inform me about this?
The child’s key person will keep a detailed learning journey of the child’s day to day learning experiences. This will be shared with parents. From the detailed observations that the journey contains the key person will plan differentiated learning experiences to meet children’s needs and allow full access to the learning curriculum.
Planning for children with SEN is done using an Individual Outcomes Plan (IOP). The IOP identifies agreed outcomes for individual children and targeted small steps. The IOP is reviewed termly with parents and carers and outside professionals when relevant.
The Two Year Progress Check, is also compiled when the child is two years. This assessment covers the child’s attainment and progress in the Prime Areas of the EYFS (e.g. Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development).
The Steps to Outcomes tracker for children with SEN is also used to monitor progress. This is based on the EYFS Prime Areas of learning and Development and the Early Support Early Years Developmental Journals.
Support and training for staff
Have any staff received specialist training in SEND?
Our Senco attended the SEN modular training and the information from the training was cascaded down to our staff members.
Accessibility of the setting
How is the setting accessible to children with SEND?
All resources are located at children’s level in labelled baskets.
Makaton signing is used by all staff and taught to children during circle time and general routines.
Children’s toilets are fully accessible and provided with stools and easy to reach washing facilities.
Changing areas are discretely located within each room.
How will the setting ensure that my child will be included in all activities?
Our activities are planned around our children’s specific needs. Key persons will adapt, change activities and resources to support children’s care and learning needs.
Where additional support is required we will work with parents and the local authority to find the best support.
A risk assessment is completed daily and for outings to ensure health and safety is maintained at all times.
Starting or changing settings/schools (Transitions)
How will the setting support my child to change classes and/or move on to a new setting/school when they reach the appropriate stage(s)?
We have a highly effect transition policy where any changes are discussed with parents and when possible children. Staffs in our preschool rooms build an effective working relationship with the schools our children attend.
Children undergo a gradual transition from room to room and from Key person to Key person. The transition process starts two weeks before the child is due to move to a new room.
School visits and transition meetings with the receiving school are organised at the beginning of the summer term to get the child accustomed to the new environment.
The setting will pass all relevant transition records on to the next setting/school (with parents and carers’ permission).
Support and training for parents/carers
What support and training within the setting is available to parents and carers?
- Parent workshops
- Parent Consultation
- Links with Children’s Centres
- Home visits
- Social events for parents and children to get together