How do you communicate with the parent / carer whose child has SEND?
Daily conversations at the door at handover (arrival/departure) to discuss the child’s day Telephone conversations regularly with the inhouse SENCO Parent meetings outdoors in our garden (under cover) 2m with mask with the key person, SENCO and parents Parents can request to visit us outdoors We use ‘Evidence Me’ online journal app – for child observations/ photos/ comments – this is also a 2 way communication for parent to share photos and videos of their child with us Parents may E-mail or receive emails with information related to their child We support learning at home by discussing activities and sharing current ILP’s and reviews and send activity ideas home if required If parents are unhappy they should talk to us to discuss the issue, if required they should follow the complaints procedure
How do you help children settle into your setting?
The key person will meet the child and parents prior to starting to discuss their child’s needs and find out key information that will ease settling, such as favourite activities and dislikes. The child then attends settling in sessions prior to their first day of attendance. The SENCO introduces themselves to the parents and will discuss the child’s needs with them and their involvement, explaining how other professionals may be involved with their child. If they have notes from other professionals or other settings, we hope to have made ourselves familiar with these prior to the child starting. Our SENCO is Vicki Lovegrove
What help and support does your setting offer to children with SEND as they move rooms or move on to school?
When a child moves rooms their individual needs will be considered and this may influence when and how this takes place to ensure it meets their needs, this will be discussed with the parents and a settling plan will be arranged together. The SENCO will discuss the child’s needs with the new Key person.
If a child leaves our nursery we will seek parental permission to pass on the child’s records and ILP’s to the new setting so they can continue to meet their needs and know their starting points. This usually follows a discussion with the SENCO and then is followed by a transition meeting between the parents, new setting and the SENCO.
How do you find out how each child likes to learn?
Discussions with parents Observation and interaction with the child. Regular reviews of the child’s progress / ILP’s Discussions between key person and the SENCO Wellcomm assessments Discussions with our Area SENDO and other professionals working with the child.
Inclusive practice / SEND training and expertise within this organisation
Vicki Lovegrove - SENCO – level 4 SEN, Austim awareness training, Stammering awareness, PEIC-D, ELklan training.
Natassa – Trained in Wellcomm assessments, supporting children with SEND Lv2, SEND code of practice Lv2.
Shannon - Trained in Wellcomm assessments, Effective transition and Emotional Wellbeing in Early Years, Austim awareness training, PEIC-D, supporting children with SEND Lv2, SEND code of practice Lv2.
Becky - Trained in Wellcomm assessments, supporting children with SEND Lv2
All these staff are trained in Early Years at level 3
The information in this SEND Local Offer was completed on 25/05/2021