Downshall Pre-school thrives to provide a rich learning and development environment in which ALL children are supported to reach their full potential.
We recognise that some children might need extra support or a different approach to access our learning activities.
We work in co-operation with parents/carers to identify the best strategies to meet each child’s needs.
All our practitioners are qualified adults who have children of their own. This quality helps them being very caring, calm and hard-working individuals, qualities that are a must for progressing ALL children.
Our setting has a named SENCO who has been trained to supervise our SEN provision. She also supports our practitioners in working with children with additional needs.
We are very fortunate to have practitioners from different cultures who speak English, Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and can use basic Makaton This benefits our families to feel welcome and included in our setting. Information sharing becomes easier for all.
Downshall Pre-school celebrated their 40th year 2017 of being open. We are based in St John's Centre church hall i and within walking distance of transport facilities and local schools.
We are open 5 days a week from 9.30am-12.30pm term time only. We provide 2, 3 and 4 year old funded places.
We are an OFSTED registered setting which ensures that the quality of care and education we provide meets the required standards.
We were rated as a “Good” setting at our last OFSTED inspection (October 2015).
We offer a large open plan learning environment for ALL children. A small room is available for quieter small group sessions and also have a spacious and very inviting all year outdoor area.
The pre-school accommodates up to 40 children depending on the ages of children, but always ensuring a high adult: child ratio is met.
- Identifying children's needs
At Downshall ALL children are allocated a key person on their first session.
The key person will arrange to meet parents/carers within the first week to exchange information regarding their children, by completing an ‘All about me’ sheet. Parents/cares are also supported to complete a chart within the 3 prime areas giving us a starting point of their child’s learning and development.
Any parental concerns can be highlighted at this meeting.
Key persons will observe children within the first six weeks under the 3 prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) and will inform the SENCO if any possible individual needs arise.
Children who might need extra support will have an Individual Outcomes Plan (IOP) which identifies specific learning and development targets. These targets will be discussed at a meeting between the parents/carers, the SENCO and any outside professional agencies involved with the child.
If the child is not known to any outside agencies, the pre-school might suggest referral to the Early Years SEND Panel
The Early Years SEND Panel multi-professional panel that co-ordinates referrals for children with additional needs who attend an early years setting in Redbridge.
SEN/Inclusion funding can be applied for to provide extra support for your child, if suggested by the SEND panel.
Your child’s key person will monitor the IOP targets, ensuring that observations, assessments and evaluations are being carried out, with the support of our SENCO.
IOPs will be reviewed at least every ½ a term to monitor progress.
The Manager will be available for support, guidance and advice at all times.
We have an open door policy where parents/carers are able to meet their child’s key person/SENCO/Manager whenever required.
- Dedicated contacts
Parents/carers first point of contact should be their child’s key person for you to discuss your child’s needs.
The pre-school works in conjunction with outside agencies that might be called upon to provide advice and support. These agencies are: Families Information Direct, Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists, Family Support Workers, Child Development Centre, Inclusion/SEN Advisor. We will ask for written parental consent before accessing any outside agency’s support for your child.
If your child’s needs have already been referred to a professional agency, we will work together with them to support your child.
Our SENCo will be available daily to support, offer advice and guide your child’s key person and yourself.
The Manager will be available for support, guidance and advice at all times.
- Involving children and their families
- Advice on how to support learning at home
- Planning and review meetings
- Parenting advice
- Regular contact between parents/carers and the setting
- Individual Outcomes Plans (IOPs) meeting between parents/carers, setting and professional agencies.
- Range of support available
- EYFS Curriculum planning differentiation
- Support for behaviour
- Support for health needs
- Partnership working with other professionals
- Specific teaching interventions
- Support with communication needs
- Additional support strategies
- Measuring children's progress
- hold 3 formal termly assessment meetings
- carry out 2 year old checks
- ongoing regular observations
- review IOP targets
- monitor strategies offered from professional agencies.
We share a learning journal with parents/carers at our parents/carers assessment meetings. We also encourage our “Home Link” sheets to be completed by children/parents/carers to record home experiences.
All the above feed into the child’s progress tracker, which is linked to the EYFS curriculum and ensures this is carried out in partnership with you.
All the above assessment methods provide an ongoing two way communication channel. Telephone calls can be arranged for parent/carers if needed.
From September 2016 a new SEN audit has been added by the Early Years & Childcare Improvement Team (EYCIT) which will look at our SEN provision and ensure we are providing good outcomes for our SEN children. We are awaiting our SEN audit for 2018.
Our open door policy enables you always to be able to come in and inform us regarding your child’s progress on a daily basis.
- Support and training for school staff
Our SENCO attends local SEN co-ordinator forums termly. SEN conferences held through Redbridge Early Years and Childcare Improvement Team. She also keeps up dated through reading childcare magazines and through information on professional websites.
Any information from the SENCO will be shared with all practitioners through informal and formal training sessions, thus ensuring that all are kept up to date.
Practitioners training records are held on file and are available on request from the Manager.
- Accessibility of the school
Downshall Pre-school is accessible for wheel chair users and more information of limitations can be provided by the Manager on request.
If you are a parent/carer and English is not your first language, we have practitioners who can translate in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil and Bengali.
Our practitioners are welcoming, friendly and approachable thus making ALL children and parents/carers feel happy, relaxed and safe in our pre-school.
We use a visual time table which shows our setting’s daily routine. Pictures of the children and practitioners carrying out various activities and instructions are also used. This supports children’s needs in speech and language and children with English as an additional language.
Our activities are planned to cater for children aged from 2 years onwards and are adapted to ensure ALL children can participate and are learning and developing at their own pace.
This would also be the same when outings take place. Our aim would be to take ALL children and would include parents/carers coming with us. Risk assessments would be carried out to ensure ALL our children’s safety.
If ycour child has an IOP your child’s key person will work together with our SENCO and any other outside professional agencies to put into place additional activities, strategies and ensure any changes to our routine and environment are made to support your child’s needs.
All practitioners will be informed so that consistency can be maintained. Parents/carers will also be given ideas for activities and strategies for them to do at home so that your child’s learning and development can be continued.
- Transition arrangements
Downshall Pre-school understands that transition is a very important time for ALL children and parents/carers, especially if your child has certain additional individual needs.
If your child should attend another setting whilst still with us or is leaving to attend another setting, we would be happy for the new key person/teacher/SENCO to attend sessions with us to help with bonding and information sharing.
hold a transition meeting involving yourself, a representative from the new setting if possible, the key person, SENCO and any other professional agencies involved to plan introducing your child to the new setting.
This plan would be shared with the new setting so that any arrangements for any changes can be put into place so they are ready for when your child starts.
We would also try and arrange for your child’s key person to attend the new setting before or at the start of the new settling in period with your child in order to have a happy and smooth transition.
Downshall Pre-school has formed strong links with local schools and encourage them to come into our sessions to spend time with the children going to their settings in order to have a happy and smooth transition.
During the last few weeks of the term we organise activities that will also help children with transition. For example, dressing up area includes school uniforms, book bags etc, book area includes books about starting nursery/school, home corner includes having trays and pretend food items to encourage children to practice holding their school dinner.
A transition form is completed by the key person with our SENCO if necessary and forwarded to the new nursery/school.
This will inform the new setting about children’s learning and development stages and any strategies that need to be put into place to ensure a smooth transition.
- Support and training for parents and carers
- Parent workshops
- Coffee mornings with parents
- Parent consultation
- Links with Children's Centres
Quotes received from our parents/carers regarding their experiences at our setting,
“I always feel better after talking to you”, “I can’t thank you enough for your support”
- Further information
For further information or to arrange a visit regarding your child’s needs, please ring Downshall Pre-school to talk to our SENCo/Deputy Manager or Manager on 07724157213 or email us on email@example.com