At Rising Stars Day Nursery and Preschool we believe that each child must be given the opportunity to achieve and become a confident learner. All children access a full range of activities to develop and learn through play. Support is given to children with special educational needs so they have full access to the curriculum. They are included in all activities alongside their peers. The setting’s staff foster communication with parents and carers enabling them to play an active role in their child’s education.
The building is a big hall on one level and three steps leading to the toilets and outdoor area. The entrance to the nursery has adapted doorways and ramps all on a single level.
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.
Play areas have carpets to reduce noise levels.
There is free-flow into the outdoor play area which has soft safety mats.
The nursery has a separate nappy changing area.
- Identifying children's needs
We believe in early identification of difficulties and in appropriate intervention to support children’s progress, learning and development. Parents and carers are involved and kept informed at all times. Children who are experiencing difficulty with their learning are identified through discussion with parents and carers, observations, routine health screening and discussion with colleagues.
All assessment is play based and follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum milestones.
Outside agencies may be involved when children do not progress at the expected rate despite additional individual planning to support the area of need. This is done with written consent from parents and carers.
These agencies are: Local Authority Inclusion/SEN Advisor or SEN Coordinator; SEN Early Years Panel (additional information on the remit of the group can be found on the Redbridge Local Offer website); Educational Psychologist; Speech and Language Therapist; Occupational Therapist; Physiotherapist; CAF Team and others.
These agencies will be contacted to provide suitable strategies to support children who have additional needs in a particular area of development. The agencies may also be involved in the child’s transition to other settings and to school.
Some children are provided 1:1 support through SEN/Inclusion funding. One member of staff is allocated to support the child during the daily activities. The aim of the support is to help the child to develop the relevant independence skills and may be withdrawn once the child reaches the expected progress.
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
The setting’s Manager is the overall ‘responsible person’ for SEN in the setting. 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. Her name is Yemi Adekoya.
The SENCO has the responsibility to:
- liaise with parents/carers
- liaise with outside professionals in regards to children’s individual needs
- advise and support other practitioners in the setting
- ensure that appropriate learning and outcomes plans are in place
- ensure that background information is collected, recorded and updated
- take the lead in monitoring and reviewing any action taken to support the child
- ensure that appropriate records are kept for all children with SEND who require outside agencies support
- Involving children and their families
- Regular contact between parents/carers and the setting
- Advice on how to support learning at home
- Parenting advice
- Planning and review meetings
- Range of support available
- EYFS Curriculum planning differentiation
- Additional support strategies
- Specific teaching interventions
- Support for behaviour
- Support for health needs
- Support for communication needs
- Partnership working with other professionals
We make use of augmentative communication (e.g. Makaton signing, PECS, Visual timetable, objects of reference and visual aids) to support children’s speech and language and social communication development.
Children are encouraged to provide feedback on the learning activities provided.
- Measuring children's progress
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.
All activities are differentiated to meet children’s needs and allow full access to the learning curriculum.
A progress report is given to parents at the end of every term with details of the child’s progress across the EYFS. An additional assessment, 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 school staff
Our training plan is closely linked to the setting’s improvement plan.
- Accessibility of the school
All resources are located at children’s level in clear, labelled boxes.
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 is discretely located within the hall.
The garden area is accessible with adult support to wheelchair users and to people with gross motor skills difficulties.
A risk assessment is completed daily and for outings to ensure health and safety is maintained at all times.
One-to-one support is provided for those children who may require intensive support to access learning activities.
All activities are differentiated according to children’s level of development.
- Transition arrangements
Children undergo a gradual transition from stage to stage and from Key person to Key person. The transition process starts the term before the child is due to move to a new stage.
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. We recognise that these visits need to be flexible and multiple in order for the child to have the most benefit.
The setting will pass all relevant transition records on to the next setting/school (with parents and carers’ permission).
- 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 assessment and review.
The setting has an ‘open door’ policy, offering informal chats as necessary and formal discussion by appointment. Information is shared with parents and carers through the use of home - setting books and letters.
We involve parents and carers in provision through planning, implementation of strategies and identifying learning and development outcomes for their own children.
We network with the local Children’s Centre to organise parents workshops on matters relating to child development, play and learning.
We work in conjunction with other agencies to provide parenting support programmes such as Parent Gym and Healthy Eating.
- Links with children centres
- Parent workshops
- Informal chats with parents
- Parent consultation