Revised September 2017 The purpose of our Local Offer is to enable Parents and Carers to see clearly what services are available to children with SEND in your area and how to access them.
We have regard to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice 2015 (Children & Families 2014). The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (revised in 2017). The Principals of Early Support Guidance. Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child 1989. Children’s Act 1989 and the Equality Act 2010.
Our building has ease of access with plenty of parking outside to accommodate all service users and we have access to our building via ramp to the front and rear of the building.
We are a fully inclusive and accessible setting that work together to meet the needs of All children in our care. We provide an environment in which all children are fully supported in the best way to reach their full potential and believe that children have rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status. Our ENCO (Equality Named Co-ordinator) is Maggie Coen.
Our Manager Maggie Coen and Deputy Manager Claire Bolden are Lead Designated Officers for Safeguarding and the first point of contact for any found safeguarding issues and are both equally responsible for ensuring that all Safeguarding Policies and Procedures are always adhered to. The rest of the staff have undergone Safeguarding training and know what to do if they have any concerns or due regard to a child’s wellbeing or safety. All staff hold a Paediatric First Aid Level 3 qualification.
We have an open-door policy and parents/carers have opportunities to speak to their child’s key person in confidence sharing information on home life, interests so that this can be incorporated in the activities that are planned for that child. If a family has English as an additional language, they will be encouraged to share key words in their home language for the key person to understand with the child. We have embedded a system to ensure that a key person is allocated to every child from entry up until they go to school. We use the EYFS and development matters as guidance to ensure that each child shows progression and to narrow any gaps in their development.
We identify the specific needs of children with SEND as early as possible and meet their needs through a range of strategies like visuals in the setting and Makaton Signing. Your child’s individual key person will monitor your child’s learning and development using observation, assessment and planning and discuss any early support and/or intervention needed.
Our SENCO is Claire Bolden, together with Maggie Coen and Natasha Oxley who is also SENCO qualified and there to offer additional support. The SENCO and key person will work collaboratively to ensure that the targets and strategies are implemented as well as differentiate resources, experiences and activities to support any child with additional needs.
Our setting works alongside a range of support agencies (with consent): · Speech and Language Therapists · Specialist Hearing Teacher · Paediatricians, Health Visitors & other medical services. · Physiotherapists · Social Services · Children’s Services · Child and Family Support Services