South Hills Nursery Salisbury - SEN Information Report & Policy Guidance

 

How do the staff at South Hills Nursery know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

At South Hills, we have proven experience and pride ourselves with the ability to identify children requiring extra help. ‘All About Me’ sheets provide information relating to a child’s particular needs which will help the staff to put in place specific support prior to a child starting nursery. Parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s key person or SENCO. We have an open door policy so parents do not need to make an appointment. Parents can speak to staff at the beginning of the session or at pick up time, or by telephoning the nursery and speaking to the SENCO. Parents will be able to speak to staff about their concerns in a quiet confidential area. Each child is allocated a specific adult who will be known as the key person and their role is to develop a close and trusting relationship with both children and their parents/carers. They complete observations, assessments and monitor each child’s progress which can include 2 year development check (where applicable), Every Child a Talker (ECaT) data compiled every 4 months as well as the tracker sheets which cover all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and are used alongside the learning journeys and influence the planning. This helps identify areas of a child’s development which may require extra support and further assessment. If a parent has expressed a concern regarding their child’s development or a member of staff has notified the SENCO, a meeting will be arranged with the parents to discuss their child’s needs. If necessary, a My Support Plan will be created; clear targets will be set and reviewed every 6 weeks. This helps to create a holistic picture of the child’s progress and their needs and helps determine which services are best suited to meet the needs of the child.

How will South Hills Nursery support my child?

The Manager and SENCO will oversee the planning of your child’s education. It is the responsibility of the Manager and SENCO to liaise closely with the parents and other professionals to create a realistic plan to support the needs of the child. Any assessments and reports made by outside agencies are sent to the SENCO and incorporated into creating targets in the child’s My Plan. The child will be set 3 targets relating to their needs which will be assessed and reviewed by the SENCO. If certain targets are achieved, new targets will be set or existing ones will be altered to meet the needs of the child. The key person will work using these targets, with the child in a 1:1 or group situation depending on the child’s needs. The SENCO, key person and parents work closely to review the child’s progress. If a child has additional needs and is not making progress, an Educational Health Care Plan is completed. A plan will be created where the child will be referred to the appropriate professionals and if needed, a ‘Team Around The Child’ (TAC) made up of professionals from health and education is set up to support the child and their family. Staff regularly attend relevant training courses and workshops. The SENCO also attends SEN forums where up to date SEN information is discussed and shared.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

Each key person carries out regular observations of their children. Activities are planned each week and these can be adapted to meet the needs of the individual children. A My Support Plan sets out targets which have been specifically designed for the individual child. The environment at South Hills Nursery can be adapted to ensure that it is best suited to the needs of all of the children. Our nursery has wheelchair access and a disabled toilet.

 

How will both South Hills Nursery and I know how my child is doing and how will the staff help me to support my child’s learning?

My Support Plans are reviewed every 6 weeks and parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress and their targets. We will give regular feedback and meetings can be arranged to discuss your child’s progress. Parents can arrange to view their child’s learning journey and their trackers at any time. Their key person/Manager/SENCO will offer suggestions and guidance to parents about their child’s learning at home as parental involvement is an integral part of this process. We believe that parents are an essential part in contributing to the support for children with special educational needs and disabilities. We hold routine parent’s evenings that allow parents to come and talk to their child’s key person at a designated time agreed with both parties to discuss progress.

What support will there be for my child’s overall well being?

‘All About Me’ and/or Educational Health Care Plans provide South Hills with information to help to create a holistic picture of your child. These forms also give staff an insight into a child’s interests, likes and dislikes as well as any specific medical needs or existing special educational needs and disabilities. We have a comprehensive set of policies and procedures in place to ensure that a child’s wellbeing is supported. These can be found in our main hallway and copies are available on request. We use ‘WOW’ sheets for special events and achievements that happen when the children are at home. This enables the staff to build on the child’s learning which further strengthens home to nursery relationships. The majority of our staff are Paediatric First Aid trained and this is updated regularly to ensure all procedures carried out are relevant and up to date. We require parents to fill out permission forms and administration of medicine forms when appropriate and these records are kept in a secure place, in accordance with our illness and medication policy. We work closely with other professionals who can provide support for our children and their families. Our staff pride themselves on the strong links they have with outside agencies including the Children’s Centre, local Speech and Language team and local health visitors. Our SENCO monitors children with special educational needs and will discuss their findings with all staff to ensure that the child’s well being is supported throughout their time at nursery.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by South Hills Nursery?

If a child requires support from outside services, parents will be consulted prior to any support actioned. Some specialist services will attend South Hills and observe your child in the nursery environment. Our local Children’s Centre based at Pinewood Way, Salisbury are able to offer advice to parents relating to a variety of classes they have on offer including parenting classes. Our staff are happy to refer you and your child if necessary and are here help support all parties involved. Our SENCO has a vast experience in referring children to specialist services including Speech and Language, Occupational Therapists, Health Visitors and Educational Psychologists. South Hills are in contact with Wiltshire SEND team who offer invaluable support and expertise. They will observe and discuss a child’s needs with the SENCO and parent. They will then recommend the next steps and offer advice and support to South Hills and the parents.

What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?

South Hills SENCO has attended a Code of Practice and Inclusion course. Any courses that are available and relevant from Wiltshire County Council are attended by our SENCO and any changes that are implemented by the Government or the Local Authority are discussed with the Manager/Deputy and the SENCO.

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including nursery trips?

South Hills Nursery staff sometimes organise trips in to the local community e.g visiting the woods or park or go further afield in our minibus to visit the farm animals at our site in Wilton. A risk assessment is carried out to ensure that access is suitable for every child and additional staff are included if necessary. Parents are more than welcome to join us as helpers.

How accessible is the South Hills environment?

-Wheel chair and pedestrian access to the building

-Car parking is available

-Double door access to the entrance of the building

-Use of disabled toilet and changing facilities

How will South Hills Nursery prepare and support my child to join, transfer to a new setting or the next stage of education and life?

A meeting can be arranged with the SENCO and parents to discuss the individual needs of their child. Information will be gathered through a variety of means for example All About Me forms/Education Health Care plans. Reports from health care professionals such as health visitors, speech and language therapists identify children’s individual needs. South Hills welcomes parents and professionals sharing these reports with them in order to plan appropriately to meet individual needs. Settling is an induction session and arranged in the term before a child begins nursery. Parents can bring their child and meet the key person. The child will be able to stay for a period of time agreed by the staff and the parent. If a child finds it difficult to settle, a gradual process may be required and this is discussed and agreed with parents on a case by case basis. Each child is allocated a key person to help a child settle. If necessary, a member of staff will telephone parents to let them know their child has settled. When a child moved to Primary school, the Manager and SENCO will complete a transition document which informs the receiving school about the needs of the child. With your permission, information such as their Individual Support Plans will be shared and a meeting will then be arranged usually in the 2nd half of the Summer term. The meeting will include parents, SENCO, the school SENCO and any invited additional professionals to meet and discuss the child’s needs to ensure that a smooth transition is made from nursery to school.

How are South Hills resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

South Hills can apply for various grants including discretionary funding for individual support and an inclusion grant for group support. The funding can be allocated to meeting the child’s specific needs set out in their Educational Health Care Plan. To ensure families and children whose first language is not English, fully access information about the nursery; staff will ensure that information is explained and if necessary the SEND team will provide further support in providing a translation service. Once the needs of a child are established, funding can be applied for so that specific resources can be purchased to meet the needs of each child.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

A decision about the type of support needed will be based on discussions with parents, child, SENCO and the recommendations made by the relevant professionals. A child’s Educational Healthcare Plan will help to provide staff with information about a child’s specific needs and an informed decision can then be made. The SENCO will create an Individual Support Plan designed to provide specific targets and support. This is then reviewed every 6 weeks and a meeting is organised to discuss the next steps with the parents.

How are parents/carers involved, or able to get involved in South Hills Nursery?

Parental involvement in a child’s development at nursery is essential. We value parents’ sharing knowledge about their child’s needs, interests and progress and they are able to arrange regular informal meetings with their key person or SENCO.

Who can I contact for further information?

The key person and Manager are available to discuss your child’s progress and the SENCO is able to discuss your child’s support and education at any time. If you have any concerns about your child, would like to arrange a visit, settling sessions or for any additional information about your child’s needs, please contact South Hills Nursery on 01722 349090.

South Hills Inclusion Team

Manager – Hilary Campbell-Smith

Deputy – Caroline Adams

SENCO – Gemma Paice

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