How do you communicate with the parent/carer whose child has SEND?
The staff give a verbal handover to every parent on arrival and collection. The room have a white board with the information on of activities they have enjoyed throughout the day. We do offer communication books if it is not the parent/carer collecting the child. Staff will speak to the parents daily and raise any issues as they may arise.
Cuddles has a system in place called ‘My learning book’ which allows staff to track children and share special moments with parents. Parents will be given a password and private login which allows them to add their own ‘Keepsake comments and photos from home.
Parents can also request a meeting with a staff member whenever they feel they need it. Parent’s evenings are offered twice a year. Staff discuss with parents any issues as they arise. The nursery issues next steps page every term for parents to see the goals the nursery is working on with their child. Parents are encouraged to work on the next steps at home.
SEN Support plans are written with the parents and key workers and this allows them time to share information as and where needed. We also will hand over any reports received from our Early Year SENCo and we will verbally hand over how visits went.
How do you help children settle into your setting?
We arrange a minimum of 2 settling in sessions. We do an hour with the parents to learn all about the child likes/dislike, development, we fill in an ‘all about me’ with the parents and discuss the child’s needs. We then have a 2-hour settle where the parent drops and leaves the child. Depending on how this settle goes we will offer more settles if needed.
When the child and carer/parent attend their first settle they will meet their child’s key person. If needed a TAC/ Transition meeting can be held at Cuddles, inviting any professionals that are involved in the child’s development. The nursery SENCo will attend these meetings when needed and will introduce herself to these families.
What help and support does your setting offer to children with SEND as they move rooms or move on to school?
Schools are encouraged to come into the setting where possible to meet the child before they move onto school. Staff will attend any transition meetings that they are invited to with the Parent, Key Person and SENCO. Transition paper work will be completed and handed over to the relevant people.
A “moving up” letter explaining which room they will be moving into next and any changes in nursery life that may occur, is given to the parents before the child changes room. The child will have settles in the new room to ensure they are settled.
How do you find out how each child likes to learn?
Staff use audits to look at the child’s strengths and weaknesses, staff with the support of the SENCO will personalise the child’s learning to improve upon the areas of weakness. If a child’s weaknesses do not make a significant improvement the parent will be asked to complete relevant forms and guidance will be sort from the BCP advisory team. The parent will be kept informed every step along the way. Throughout this Children are encouraged to share their views, concerns or needs.
We also use a child-initiated planning board to record what we see the children doing and any interests they have. We then use this to extend activates so we can ensure the children are given exciting activities that meet their interest and their next step in learning.
Personalised SEN support plans are drawn up using recommendations from the EYAS and any other professionals involved. These are updated and evaluated every 6 weeks. If Portage are involved, they will be involved in goal setting. Derbyshire’s, Wellcomms, and ECAT’s are used to track the children and these are used to plan as well. Children are all supported as individuals in a learning through play environment
Parents are invited to parents evening and are able to add “keep sake” comments to their child’s learning book as well as work alongside staff with their child’s next steps.
Inclusive practice / SEND training and expertise within this organisation
- Many staff have been on a sign language course for sign a long.
- The SENCO has done the Borough of Poole SENCO course
- Staff members are undertaking Level 3 SENCO.
- Staff undertake training as and where needed and will request to go onto courses
- Each setting has a Co – SENCo.
- The training co-ordinator will try to source training as the need arises.
- The nursery will adapt/ obtain furniture as needed for the specific child. The nursery has wheelchair access and a disable toilet. Staff will use any equipment needed for the child.
- Each nursery has multiple/a playground on ground level which is accessible to all children. Staff will support each child to access the playground and adapt the area as needed.
- Trips are planned to accommodate each child’s needs and any equipment that the child’s requires will be used