Our Local Offer for Children with Special Educational Needs
We believe that all children are unique individuals, and this can be seen through our inclusive practice. This is also the reasoning behind Roundabouts having an Inclusion Co-ordinator. This allows us to overcome any barriers to learning and development in our setting.
How does the setting know my child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have Special Educational Needs?
At Roundabouts Pre-school each child has a 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 ask for a time when you can discuss this in private with them.
Reports from health care professionals, such as health visitors, speech and language therapists, 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 the children and are linked to the Development Matters ages and stages of development. This in some cases identifies individual needs.
These observations will be discussed with the Inclusion Co-ordinator (INCCO) Hayley Hoskin, and the Pre-school Manager, Sam Perry. If your child’s key person has identified a possible individual need, they will discuss this with you in private, and plan together to support your child’s learning and development.
Our INCCO will offer support and advice to your child’s key worker and other staff in our setting. She will also liaise with other professionals to seek advice and support in identifying individual needs if necessary. Support and advice can be sought from the North Somerset Early Years Team with your permission.
How will you support my child?
When starting at Roundabout Pre-School the child’s person, will give you a small Welcome Pack to fill in about your child, to help us to share information about your child’s strengths and needs.
We offer a home visit on the application form, as this can be helpful for children who may have additional needs, or may just be quiet and shy.
Children are at the heart of all we do, and we will work with you to support your child together, listening to you as well as your child.
Our INCCO will explain how children’s individual needs can be met by planning support using an Individual Play Plan (IPP) and the advice from the Early Years Team. She will also explain who may be involved and their roles.
Observations, assessments and evaluations all contribute towards IPP’s and your child’s key person would oversee the targets on the IPP’s.
Your child’s key person would be in the sessions your child attends, to foster a relationship with and understanding of your child, and if this was not possible, the INCCO would be present.
They will identify individual needs and plan next steps, accessing additional support from other professionals where necessary.
The Manager and Deputy will maintain an overview of experiences, and progress, and the INCCO will work with all staff to ensure we are providing the relevant and appropriate support.
We will work in partnership with you, reviewing the IPP’s targets, and planning new ones together, and giving you ideas to use at home to support your child.
How will the setting prepare and support my child joining you, transferring to a new setting or to primary school?
We offer you the option of a home visit before your child starts preschool. This is usually by your child’s key person and the Manager or Deputy. This gives your child the opportunity to become familiar with their key person, before they start their sessions. We also offer a free settling in sessions where you can stay for part of the session, and offer a flexible settling in period, if your child is having difficulties settling in.
This also 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 agree with you a consistent approach to ensure the continuity of care for your child. This can also be done in a meeting before your child starts if you prefer.
We will meet with other professionals e.g. health care professionals to put in place transition planning/health care plan, or to seek relevant training before your child starts.
If your child should attend another setting whilst with us or leave to go to another setting we would invite your child’s new key person/teacher and INCCO to share appropriate information with us so we can gain further knowledge of your child to understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses or needs.
We will hold a transition meeting at your convenience, to plan transition for your child into their new setting, giving the new setting time to make necessary plans for any changes they may need to make, sharing targets on your child’s IPP’s, and minutes of review meetings along with any other information that may be relevant to your child.
Who can I contact for further information?
Your child’s key person is your first point of contact if you would like to discuss your child’s needs, although the ‘Who’s Who’ notice board in the hall displays details of all staff and their roles. 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, children’s centre staff, and the inclusion officer for our area, and can access support from the Local Early Years Team.
If your child’s need has been referred to a specific team, such as the Autism Outreach Service, we will support you in accessing support from them.
Our INCCO is also our practitioner for behaviour management, and can offer advice and strategies to cope with unwanted behaviour.
If at any time you are unhappy with an aspect of our provision or practice we would ask that you come to us to discuss the matter to see if it can be resolved. If you are still unhappy, our Complaints procedure is displayed in the hall, and is also in your copy of our Prospectus and Policies. Ofsted’s contact details are also displayed in the hall.
What are the responsibilities of your committee in enabling and supporting inclusive practice?
Our committee is responsible for enabling the Manager to create inclusive policies, ensure policies are in place and up to date, ensure staff are able to attend relevant training, ensure staff meetings take place to explore SEND and inclusion issues, ensure the environment is inclusive, and to provide information packs for parents. They also promote our open door policy, to ensure that we are welcoming and respectful for all.
How will I know how my child is doing?
Assessment systems are in place such as the 2 year old check, ongoing observational assessment, best fits which are done three times in the academic calendar which are all linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development. We have stay and play sessions for you to attend to discuss with your child’s key person the progress they are making, along with review meetings of your child’s IPP’s carried out in partnership with you.
Our open door policy means that you are always welcome to tell us how your child is doing on a daily basis, and provide ongoing two way communication between us. Telephone calls, our facebook page and emails can be used if parents are at work and are unable to bring/collect your child from preschool.
We also send out newsletters, to keep you up to date with what is happening in preschool.
What support will there be for my child’s physical and emotional wellbeing?
Our practitioners are welcoming and friendly, providing an inclusive, sensitive and positive approach for your child to feel welcome into our preschool.
They provide good role models for positive behaviour, and we are consistent in our day to day care of all our children, and our happy children at preschool are testament to this.
We are flexible in our routines to provide a positive environment for your child’s needs, and provide personal care, such as changing nappies, respectfully.
Personal health care plans can be adopted if necessary, and staff will be trained in giving the appropriate medication for your child if required.
Activities will be adapted to ensure your child is able to interact fully with their environment, and visual strategies, such as what’s now and next board to help them to understand our routines. Flash cards are also available for your child to express how they are feeling about a particular activity/event, and the book corer provides a safe, quiet area to retreat to if your child if tired, or needs some time alone. Your child’s key person will be present for these times.
Our INCCO along with the Manager have expertise in Behaviour Management and work closely with families and key persons to put strategies in place to overcome any challenging behaviour either in the home or setting environment.
What specialist services and expertises are available at preschool?
All staff has accessed child development training, and has experience working with the Early Years age group.
Staff have accessed specific training on Makaton, diabetes, epipens, and different aspects of speech and language.
We have good links with our local Children's Centre and we can sign post you to support which is available through there, for example Parent support officers, inclusion officers, and social care. We can offer support through our Early Year Consultant, with your permission, and if your child’s needs are identified as a specific need then the team with the expertise in this area will take up the support for the child and the setting in meeting your child’s needs.
Our INCCO attends network meetings to keep up to date with the latest information and news.
How will you help me to support my child's learning?
We can share a copy of the Development Matters file, and we provide you with a leaflet explaining the EYFS. There is also information on our website explaining the EYFS.
Your child’s key person or INCCO will discuss with you, at your child’s IPP review meetings, how best to support your child and give you ideas for activities at home that will mirror what we do at preschool.
If your child has specific identified needs, we will work with the team, supporting your child and explain to you how we are acting on advice given by them to support your child.
We will discuss with you on a daily basis at drop off and collections times, how your child is doing on that particular day, which enables you to let us know about any new information we may need to have. For parents who may not collect regularly or child attends multi settings, we will provide a communication book, that will stay in the child’s bag.
How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?
We encourage you to be involved from the first visits to preschool, to register your child at our setting. The child’s strengths, needs, likes and dislikes are discussed at this time to help us make the settling in process go smoothly.
You are involved in indentifying needs, information sharing identifying targets and next steps to focus on at home and in our setting and reviewing progress toward these targets at IPP review meetings.
How will the learning and development provision be matched to my child’s needs?
We will get to know your child before they start with us through home visits, meetings with you and other professionals who are involved. We offer a flexible settling in routine that enables you to stay with your child until we are all comfortable that they are happy.
Ongoing observational assessments will be used as a starting point within the first weeks of starting linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development. Targets will be set on IPP’s if necessary to support the learning and development of your child. This enables planning for individual needs and learning goals.
Your child’s key person and our INCCO 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 the early Years Team will be sought with your permission and if necessary.
What training have the staffs supporting children with SEND had or are expected to have?
Our INCCO has completed the new to SENCO training, and attends regular INCCO network meetings, and shares this information to other staff at staff meetings.
The staff have attended communication and language training, had training on diabetes, and all have attended Epipen training.
Staff training records are held on file, and relevant training can be viewed on request to the Manager.
How will my child be included in experiences away from the setting?
We will endeavour to include parents in the planning of visit off site to identify the strengths and needs of your child. We can prepare a photo book for your child so they know what to expect on the visit, and invite all parents to join us on our trip.
We would carry out a risk assessment linked to the visit and the needs of all the children, including parent and supporter prior to our trip.
We would also take along any aides or medication your child may need. All visits or trips would be planned in order to include all of our children.
How accessible is the setting environment?
If you are a parent who does not have English as your first language, we can involve another family member who speak English, or if possible arrange for an external interpreter.
We display our activities daily on a notice board to show parents what we have done that day.
Signs and posters around the setting are used with pictures to direct children and adults.
Accessible toilets and changing facilities are available, and we will explain the limitations of the building we use to you on your visit.
We provide multi sensory activities as part of our planning.
How are the settings resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
Designated budgets have been set aside to train staff, for example in Makaton, and Inclusion funding can be applied for to support your child in our setting if required.
We also budget to provide for resources such as a visual time table.
How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive?
Through the observation process linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development, and in discussion with you we will identify what support is required.
Extra support will be put in place if necessary with the aim of enabling your child to become independent within their environment.
Ongoing partnerships with both you, other professionals and we will support the discussion making process.
Our INCCO will give advice on meeting your child’s needs within our preschool in consultation with you, and other professionals where necessary with your permission.
Our INCCO will advise you on the process of applying for extra support, and the Inclusion funding process will identify the level of need based on the evidence submitted by the setting and other professionals who are working with you and your family to support your child.
Reports from health care professionals and other professionals, who are working with your child, will be used to plan support within the setting.
The Early Years Team or other professionals working with our INCCO will support the decision making process to planned targets on the IPP. The IPP will be written with you and will include how you can support your child at home.
Staff meetings within the setting will ensure all staff working with your child knows your child’s strengths and needs, and how to support them.
For any more information please contact us, and speak to our INCCO Hayley Hoskin or Manager Sam Perry.