Our Pre-School aims to have regard to the 0-25 SEND Code of Practice (2014) on Special Educational Needs and disabilities, The Early Years Foundation Stage framework and the guidelines supplied to private and voluntary providers of Pre-School education of reforms to the Children and Families Act 2014. We aim to provide appropriate learning opportunities for all children.
• Children with special needs, like all other children are admitted to the Pre-School after consultation between parents, Pre-School supervisor and keyperson.
• Our aim is to provide for the developmental needs of each child in the group.
• All children in the group, irrespective of their special needs, are encouraged wherever possible and appropriate to participate in all the group’s activities.
• Our system of observation and assessment, which operates in conjunction with parents, enables us to monitor children’s needs and progress on an individual basis.
• The needs and progress of children who have special educational needs are monitored by our setting’s special educational needs co-ordinator.
• We work closely with the parents of all the children in the group to ensure that
o the group draws upon the knowledge and expertise of parents in planning provision for the child.
o the child’s progress and achievements are shared and discussed with parents on a regular basis.
o parents know the identity of the group’s special educational needs co-ordinator.
o parents are aware of the arrangements for the admission and inclusion of children with special educational needs.
o confidentiality will remain of paramount importance.
o The premises will allow for easy access of wheel chairs through double doors and is on one level, with no steps and disabled toilet facilities.
• If it is felt that a child’s needs cannot be met in the Pre-School without additional support and/or equipment, funding will be sought to ensure that provision is appropriate to the child’s needs.
• We share information and work in liaison with relevant professionals and agencies outside the group to meet the child’s specific needs through each stage of the Graduated Approach, Statutory Assessment and the Education, Health and Care Plan process. (EHC Plan)
• Children with SEND are appropriately involved at all stages of the Graduated Approach.
• Our staff attend, whenever possible, in-service training on special needs arranged by the Essex County Council, the Area SENDCo and other professional bodies.
• Adults with special needs will also be welcomed and supported within the group.