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How do you communicate with the parent / carer whose child has SEND?
Parents can ring to arrange a visit and a meeting with SENCO to discuss child’s needs.
A form will be completed
Background history taken and a clear action plan drawn up to meet child’s needs
We have an open door policy and parents can contact us in person or by phone at any time to discuss anything. The SENCO is available Monday to Thursday
We hold regular meetings with parents to review progress and share ideas etc.
We have a Communication Book which goes home with the child weekly, telling you what your child has done, is working on and ideas for Home Learning etc.
How do you help children settle into your setting?
Caron Evans is our group SENCO and she has been with us for 25 years plus and is very experienced in her role.
Prior to starting you will be invited to a stay and play session with your child and be introduced to staff members and your key worker.
You will have the opportunity to pop in with your child to spend time at a session prior to starting to help your child become familiar with the building, staff etc.
What help and support does your setting offer to children with SEND as they move rooms or move on to school?
We only have one playroom and children are encouraged to move around freely and make their own choices of activities to pursue.
We have a high staff child ratio so there are always adults to hand to support and guide children.
Prior to moving on to School a transmission meeting is arranged with the receiving School/Parents and details of the child’s SEND/Learning Plans etc are passed on with parental permission. Any support a child needs is discussed at this meeting, and plans are drawn up with the receiving School.
How do you find out how each child likes to learn?
All children in our setting are observed at free play/structured activities, and their development in all areas is closely monitored and recorded via their Learning Journals
Next steps are planned for children on an individual basis according to their needs and activities are adapted/extended accordingly.
We offer a range of activities on a one to one basis, small groups and large groups
Staff play alongside children to scafold/extend learning and get to know each child as an individual, their likes/dislikes, style of learning etc.
Play Plans are drawn up from our observations, and a copy is given to parents twice a year, stating next steps, so these can be worked on at home as well.
If any child is falling behind in any area and it is thought that a higher level of SEN support is required, the SENCO would invite parents to a meeting to discuss additional funding, and it would be applied for following our SEND policy.
Inclusive practice / SEND training and expertise within this organisation
All staff at our setting have been with us for 10 years plus and are very experienced in dealing with additional needs.
We recognise the wide range of additional needs of children and families and have a specific SEND policy and a SENCO. We provide equal learning opportunities for all children.
Our premises, both inside and outside and facilities we offer are fully accessible to anyone in a Wheelchair. DPP and completed training/courses in Autism, Disability Awareness, IEP Training and numerous other SEND courses.
Our SENCO Officer has been awarded SENCO of the year for Bournemouth on two occasions.
The information in this SEND Local Offer was completed on 01/05/2021