Little Battlers Pre-school
Pre-School Number: 01455 635503
Pre-school Manager: Mrs J Williscroft
Deputy Manager and SENCO: Mrs T Mason
We are open Monday – Friday during term times.
Morning session: 8.45am – 11.45am
Thirty plus hour sessions 8:45am– 3.25pm
At the beginning of each session, parents/carers bring in their children.
At the end of each session, staffs see the children out one at a time directly to their parent/carer.
Parents are most welcome to visit the Pre-school and look around when considering Pre-school education for their child. The minimum age is 3 years.
Registration forms are available from Pre-school and on our website. When completed, your child’s name will be placed on our waiting list and you will be contacted close to their 3rd birthday if places are available.
Parents and carers are requested to inform the pre-school immediately of any changes in contact details.
Parents are advised to register children for a place well before their child’s third birthday.
We have extended our provision to incorporate the fifteen and thirty hour funding.
In Leicestershire, children access Nursery funding in the term after their third birthday. This means children can access up to fifteen or thirty hours sessions free of charge. Children can access sessions before their funding date at a cost of £4 per hour. If contracts are terminated four weeks written notice is required excluding the holidays.
Little Battlers Pre-school in Fredrick Avenue, Hinckley, LE10 0EX.
Opposite the main school. Battling Brook primary School.
Telephone number between 8.30am and 3.30pm – 01455 635503
Our team members are :-
Julie Williscroft-Yellow Teacher (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday)
Manager / Teacher
Bachelor of Education B’Ed
Trina Mason - Red Teacher
Deputy Manager /SENCO /
NVQ 3 in childcare and education
Zaynor Smith - Green Teacher
NVQ 3 in childcare and education
Amy Malyon - Blue Teacher
NVQ 3 in childcare and education
Hannah Taylor - Purple Teacher
NVQ3 in childcare and education
Charlotte Messenger - Yellow Teacher (Thursday/Friday AM)
Early Years Teacher Status
STAFFING AND EMPLOYMENT
In our Pre-school
Regular meetings to discuss the Early Years Foundation stage, and the 7 areas of learning to help with the children’s progress.
All Pre-school staffs have appropriate qualifications (B’ed , Early Years Teacher status & NVQ3)
Regular training courses will be undertaken by all staff, when possible either by the Local Education Authority, or in service training.
All members of staff have completed First Aid Training in childcare and this is updated every 3 years.
All staff will be given a Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment in condition with the Employment Rights Act 1996.
All staff are aware of the Complaints procedure.
All staff will have regular appraisals to discuss strengths and weaknesses, and any development training can be organised where possible.
All staff are required to complete and submit a DBS Notification to OFSTED and the Criminal records Bureau Disclosure form.
It is our intention to make our Pre-school genuinely accessible to children and families from all sections of the community. We also offer a safe and friendly atmosphere for your child to play in as well as providing a wide range of activities to cater for each child as an individual.
We would like to welcome all parents, carers, children and families into our Pre-school, and an initial visit can be arranged for parents/carers and children to come and look around and meet the Staff, we also offer a drop in session to stay and play before your child’s start date in the summer term where parents/carers are invited to come and meet the staff and find out all about Little Battlers.
A key person will be allocated to every child to help them settle in and enjoy their time at Little Battlers.
We also take part in the Government Funding Scheme from the term after your child is 3 years of age; they will be entitled to 15 or 30 hour free sessions at Pre-school per week during term time.
The Early Years foundation Stage is followed to allow your child to develop at his or her own pace.
The Pre-school would appreciate any ideas or skills that parents or carers would like to offer to aid the running of, or the content of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
1. We aim for our children to feel safe and happy within Pre-school in the absence of their parents, to enable them to socialise, form friendships, and share their learning experience with their parents/carers.
2. We will try to encourage parents/carers to visit Pre-school with their children
before their first admission.
3. To introduce flexible admissions to meet the needs of families and children.
4. Pre-school will support families to the best of its ability to settle their child.
5 Reassure parents whose children seem to be taking a long time to settle in.
6 We have an “Open door” policy for parents/carers to come in to discuss any questions, queries and concerns with staff members.
Children cannot play or learn successfully if they are anxious or unhappy. We will try to help parents and their children to feel comfortable in Pre-school, to benefit from what we have on offer, and to build a confidence that will take them through their life.
At Little Battlers Pre-school, we offer all of the children the chance to learn through play and hands on experiences. We plan our activities around the seven areas of learning.
The Curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is based on the seven areas of learning.
1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
2. Communication and Language.
3. Physical development
6. Understanding of the world.
7. Expressive arts and design.
This also incorporates the EYFS Early year’s matters framework under the headings of:-
The unique child
Learning and development
Regular staff meetings are held to develop the curriculum, which we develop through the children’s interests.
Details of plans are displayed for parents on a weekly basis on our outdoor notice boards and on our website.
We also have a parents/carers folder containing all relevant information on the table on entering Pre-school.
Every child has a home contact book which parents can write in and staffs check regularly to make sure that all parents/carers are kept informed about their children and any forthcoming events.
We have on our parents table a box where you can post important information that needs to be read immediately from your Childs home contact book.
We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the
highest of standards. This policy helps to ensure that this happens for all the
children in our Pre-school – regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, disability,
attainment or background.
2 Aims and objectives
Our Pre-school aims to be an inclusive Pre-school. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children. We endorse British values through the key person approach, positive role models, role play areas, song times, group games, co-operative play, children’s voices in their learning journeys, cosy areas and welcoming posters in different languages.. We make this a reality through the attention we pay to the different groups of children within our Pre-school:
girls and boys
minority ethnic groups
children who need support to learn English as an additional language
children with special educational needs
gifted and talented children
looked after children
differently abled children
any children who are at risk of disaffection or exclusion
We are committed to raising achievements and standards for all children and where necessary to make extra provision to ensure that children from particular groups are able to access the curriculum equally. In this way, they will flourish.
Under the Every Child Matters agenda, we are working to ensure that children are healthy; we do this by promoting healthy choices at our snack bar and ensuring that water is always readily available.
We are working to ensure that all children have equal access to these aspects of our curriculum.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is our starting point for planning an enjoyable learning experience that meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. We do this through:
- speaking and listening
setting suitable learning activities and play opportunities
responding to individual children’s needs
overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals
providing lots of experiences inside and outside of Pre-school, ie, trips & nature walks.
Incorporating the EYFS Early years matters framework.
Staffs undertake specific training to meet individual needs where training is available.
Inclusion policy continued
We achieve educational inclusion by continually reviewing what we do, through discussions at staff meetings.
Are our actions effective?
3 Teaching and learning style
We aim to give all our children the opportunity to succeed and have an enjoyable
experience at Pre-school. When planning their work, staff take into account the
abilities of all of their children to promote self confidence and self worth.
Staff are familiar with the relevant equal opportunities legislation covering race,
gender and disability.
Staff ensure that children: --
Feel secure and know that their contributions are valued.
Appreciate and value the differences they see in others.
Take responsibility for their own actions
Participate safely in clothing that is appropriate to their religious beliefs.
Are taught in groupings that allow them all to experience success.
Use materials that reflect a range of social and cultural backgrounds, without stereotyping.
Have a common curriculum experience that allows for a range of different learning styles.
Have challenging targets that encourage them to succeed.
Are encouraged to participate fully, regardless of disabilities or medical needs.
In our Pre-school the teaching and learning, achievements, attitudes and well being
of every child are important. We follow the necessary regulations to ensure that we
take the experiences and needs of all our children into account when planning for
Collecting a child from Pre-school
If a parent/guardian fails to collect a child at the appropriate time.
11.45am (morning session)
3.25pm (All day session)
They will be contacted by telephone. In the event that the parent/guardian cannot be contacted a second or third number will be used.
If a child is uncollected and all other strategies in place have not been fruitful then we will inform First Response Children’s Duty Team who can be contacted on (01163050005).
Staff will record persistently late parents in order for the problem to be addressed by Senior Staff.
Please ensure you have a back up number on your Registration forms in case of an emergency.
Try to inform us as soon as possible if you are unavoidably delayed (car breakdown etc) and always have the Pre-school number with you. (01455 635503)
A password will be devised for relatives to give to staff on collecting children if they are different from normal.
While waiting for a Parent/Guardian a member of staff will wait with the child, but please remember staff may also have other commitments after session time.
If children are not collected on time repeatedly, the Manager will speak to the Parent/Carers concerned, and if this still continues, further advice will be taken from the Head teacher.
Security policy continued
IF A CHILD GOES MISSING
In the event of a Child going missing from Pre-school the following steps will be taken;-
Speak to all children and staff to see if anyone knows where the child is.
Search immediate environment.
Inform the Head Teacher
Ring Police, have ready a current photo of the child.
Consider safety of remaining children, extra staff may be called in.
Staffs continue to search
A note will be made of the circumstances surrounding the disappearance to help the Police as much as possible, with investigations.
Once the child has been located:
. Inform the Local Authority
. Inform Ofsted
Policies and procedures will then be evaluated.
All children are accompanied by their parents/carers on all Pre-school trips they are then responsible for their own child’s welfare. If a child does go missing during a trip, the above steps will be followed.
POLICY AND PROCEDURE
We comply with the procedures approved by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). We intend to create in our Pre-school an environment which children are safe from abuse and in which any suspicion of abuse is promptly and appropriately responded to. Staff are also committed to fulfil the Prevent Duty to identify any children who might be vulnerable to radicalisation. This would be reported to the Head teacher.
We have a duty to implement child protection procedures with or without parent’s knowledge and if a child is at significant risk then parents would not be informed. Social Service Guidelines point out the Pre-school staff may be the first to become aware of Physical, Emotional or Sexual Abuse. Should any staff member believe a child has, or is suffering any form of abuse, the staff member will report their suspicions to the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Pre-school which is Mrs. Mason.
Should there be any evidence of abuse the Designated Lead will decide whether a referral to first response (Children’s social services) is necessary. First Response 0116 305 0005
All members of staff have to undergo a Police Check and no volunteers or student’s members of staff are allowed to be alone with any child and are not allowed to take a child to the toilet.
If any member of staff comes under suspicion, a parent must contact the Manager or Head teacher, where child protection procedures will follow
All suspicions and investigations will be kept totally confidential, shared only by those who need to know, as will any records of suspicions.
An accident book is kept within Pre-school that all parents/carers sign if an accident occurs during a Pre-school session and a letter is also sent home to inform parents as they might not have collected their child that day (childminder, grandparents).
Contact details for LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer Jennifer Johnson 0116 305 7597).
Contact number for Ofsted and Social Care in Leicestershire (0116 305 0005).
We believe children flourish in an orderly, safe and secure environment, where they can develop their play and learning without fear of being hurt or hindered by anyone else. We encourage independence and responsibility in our children and foster a feeling of self worth, tolerance and respect for all within our secure, nurturing Pre-school. The British values of sharing, turn taking communicating and listening to each other are key to ensure everyone’s inclusion.
1. All adults in the group will ensure rules are applied consistently, so children will
have the security of knowing the rules and can build up useful habits of behaviour.
2. Adults will praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as kindness and sharing.
3. We try and take positive steps to avoid a situation which could create undesirable behaviour.
4. Physical punishment will not be used or threatened.
5. Children will not be sent out of the room by themselves.
6. Children who exhibit unwanted behaviour will be given support and one to one guidance in an age appropriate manner taking into consideration individual circumstances.
7. Where there is serious misbehaviour e.g., racial or other abuse, it will be made
clear immediately that this is not acceptable, with explanation not blame.
8. Adults in Pre-school will be aware of any cultural differences between people.
9. Recurring problems will be discussed by the staff, along with parents, to reach an
understanding of the cause and to find a mutual solution of the problems.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
FIRE ACCIDENT and EMERGENCY ALERT.
In the event of fire, Accident or emergency alert in the Pre-school, the following procedure will be observed and carried out:-
1 - The Fire Bell will be rung (Wall opposite main entrance.) 4321 sound alarms.
2 - All children and visitors will go directly to the nearest FIRE EXIT with staff
members and line up. Everyone will then be escorted out of the building to the
ASSEMBLY POINT which is outside Year 6 cloakroom area.
3 - The children will follow Mrs. Williscroft/Mrs. Mason (depending on session day) to the assembly point, which is clearly labelled. Two members of staff will be at the back of the line, where one of them will inform the main school office who will then phone the Fire Brigade.
4 – A member of staff will collect registers, visitor’s book, and mobile phone and proceed to join the rest of the group.
5 – On duty staff will check the building for any persons who may still be in the building, then proceed to join the rest of the group.
6 – The registers will be taken to ensure that all children, staff and visitors are present.
7 – In the event of a main school fire, Pre-school will be informed by the office and the children will be evacuated via the alternative assembly point outside Frederick Avenue main school gates.
A FIRE DRILL IS CARRIED OUT WITH ALL CHILDREN AT LEAST ONCE A TERM. ALL EQUIPMENT IS REGULARLY INSPECTED.
HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY
It is our Pre-school policy that we will provide a safe and secure learning environment for the children in our care.
All equipment is regularly checked for any damage; it is then repaired or replaced as required.
All toys and materials are of British Safety Standard.
All safety requirements in the Pre-school, i.e., plugs, heater, etc, are maintained by our Premises Officer.
Safety checks are carried out daily by the Manager and this list can be seen on the main room door.
Staffs have basic training for detection and control of fire.
Fire Extinguishers will be checked annually.
On visiting the main school, staffs will sign in with the school, entering how many children and staff will be on the premises. Staff will sign out again upon leaving.
A member of staff is always on the Pre-school main door to ensure that children are safely in the building. Once all parents/carers have left Pre-school, a member of staff ensures that all gates are closed and the building is secure.
Any visitors to our Pre-school are required to press the buzzer outside of our doors. This alerts staff via a security camera to who is requesting to enter the building. Members of staff will then go and speak to the visitor and if they need to enter the building, they will be asked to sign in.
Any adult or student working with the children will be requested to leave their mobile phone in the office/utility room which is locked when not in use.
Pre-school kitchen is locked when not in use and the key is kept above the children’s reach. The wash room (washing machine/tumble dryer) is kept locked when not in use and is locked using a keypad.
To help keep the children safe in our setting, we request that no jewellery is worn with the exception of stud earrings. We request that children wear sensible footwear.
HEALTH AND HYGIENE
The cleanliness of the building is maintained by the school’s premises
Officer (Dave Harris) and his assistant Matt Dowall.
All toys are sterilised at the end of the academic year.
A first aid box is provided for use as per OFSTED recommendation. This is checked regularly, with a checklist being completed every half term.
All cleaning materials are kept in a locked cupboard.
Any spills of blood, vomit or excrement are wiped up and disposed of appropriately.
Rubber gloves must always be worn when changing a child who has had a toilet accident and when clearing up any spills of bodily fluids.
Any towels used during the session are washed in the washing machine using non bio washing powder. Hand dryer and paper towels are available for the children to use.
Floors or other areas will be disinfected as appropriate, and all surfaces cleaned daily with an appropriate cleaner. This is overseen by our Premises Officers.
All hygiene rules relating to bodily fluids are followed with particular care and all staffs are aware of how infections including HIV can be transmitted.
The children’s beakers are stored in a sealed container and washed in the dishwasher after use.
All snacks and drink supplied by Pre-School are stored appropriately in the kitchen.
Lunchboxes are stored under the canopy outside on a trolley.
We offer fruit at snack time, all fruit is washed thoroughly.
Children wash their hands after using the toilet, before accessing the snack bar and before eating their lunch (30hrs children) and throughout the session when necessary.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
CHILDREN’S MEDICAL NEEDS
Upon starting Pre-school, parents/carers are required to complete a medical form.
Epipen training is updated as required.
Any child who is poorly during session time will be closely monitored and a parent/carer will be contacted if staff feels it is appropriate. If a child has a head or body injury which causes concern during session time, their parent/carer will be contacted and the details explained to them. They will be given the option to collect their child unless staff feels that the child needs to be collected. If the injury is serious an ambulance will be called and parents/carers will be contacted.
Any child who injures themselves whilst at Pre-school will be dealt with by a trained first aider and an accident form will be completed if required. This will be signed by 2 members of staff and the injury will be checked during the session. The accident form will be shown to the person collecting the child and they will be required to sign this. A short letter will be sent home with the child as a record of the injury. If a child is on medication, parents/carers are requested to keep their child at home until they have recovered and are well enough to return to Little Battlers, if the child is still on medication please speak to member of staff as forms will need to be filled out and signed and medication stored away safely.
If your child has been diagnosed with asthma, please speak to a member of staff to inform them of the severity of their asthma. If asthma inhalers are required during session time, we request that we have a spare spacer and inhaler, clearly labelled with the child’s name and medical requirements. This is kept fully accessible to staff at all times. An asthma form will be completed with the required medication dosage and doctor’s details, an authorisation from the parent/carer on dosage requirement and when to administer this. If the child needs their inhaler whilst at Pre-school, this will be administered and the asthma form will be completed and signed by 2 members of staff and the parent/carer will be asked to sign this when they collect their child. A short note will be sent home with the child as a record of the medication administered.
If a child has been given an Epipen by their doctor, we request that they speak to the child’s key person to advise them of the details surrounding the Epipen. We request that a spare Epipen is sent into Pre-school, this will be kept in a sealed box with an administration report form. The school’s procedure for administering an Epipen will be followed.
If a child is suffering from any infectious illnesses, sickness or diarrhoea, Please adhere to our illness policy. (What do I do if my child is poorly form enclosed).
It is our policy to encourage all children to use the toilet when needed. However if a child within our setting is using nappies or pull ups, we follow the procedure below.
Only employed members of staff will be permitted to help a child in the toilet area and to change a child if needed.
Nappy changing procedure.
In the event of a child needing to have a nappy or pull up changed, 2 members of staff will take the child into the differently abled toilet where there is a changing mat.
Staff must wear gloves and an apron when changing nappies/pull ups.
If a child is in nappies/pull ups, then parents/carers are requested to provide a spare nappy/pull up, wipes and a nappy sack in their bag.
The changing mat must be placed on the floor, where the child will be safe and made to feel secure.
The used nappy/pull up will be disposed of appropriately.
Antibacterial wipes are provided for the changing mat to be cleaned after every use.
An incident slip must be completed or written in their home contact book by staff and given to the parents/carer so that they are informed that their child has been changed.
Children and parents are unique in their outlook and attitudes, and we always listen, and value their points of view. Parents and staff should work together to ensure a safe and secure environment promoting self-confidence, to ensure that no child is disadvantaged or excluded.
To challenge any fears and prejudices that parents may pass on to their children, and redefine them to the best of our ability within Pre-school.
To make children within Pre-school aware of discriminatory actions, to think about, and care for each others, and to act against any discriminatory behaviour.
To ensure staff discuss their own fears and prejudices, and to be able to listen to, and deal with any misconceptions and prejudices they have.
All existing and future materials and equipment within the Pre-school have been and will be evaluated, and to the best of our knowledge, will not discriminate against any Race, Gender or Cultural Beliefs and Languages and will be included to stimulate and develop all children equally ensuring that no child or family are discriminated against.
A registration pack will be given to every parent to fill out, and a record kept for each child as they start Pre-school.
We operate the Key person scheme, every child is allocated to a member of staff to get to know, monitor and assess.
A Learning Journey will be kept for the duration of the child’s stay to monitor progress, by the key person; these are freely available to the child’s parents and carers
Parents/Carers can talk to staff and key persons at any time during their child’s time at Little Battlers.
Observations are made during your child’s time at pre-school and these are forwarded to the child’s next school.
Regular observations are carried out to help with the planning for your child, and to observe any child who may require Special Educational Needs.
All records will be kept secure and confidential.
At Pre-school we aim to make the transition to school run as smoothly as possible for both the child and their parents/carers.
We liaise with the Reception teachers who visit the children in the summer term.
Little Battlers take the pre-school children over to Battling Brook regularly through out the year including visits to the library, Computer suite, main hall and reception classes to become familiar with the classrooms, toilets, teachers and outside areas.
For children who will attend another school in the area, we invite their teachers in to our setting to meet them.
We arrange visits to Reception in small groups throughout the year, depending on the children’s individual needs; these may be on a one to one basis.
The children spend a whole day at Battling Brook with other children that will be in their class. They have the dinner time experience, so they will take a packed lunch or monies for a cooked dinner.
Pre-school SENCO liaises with school SENCO and teachers to pass over information about children on the SEND register.
Pre-school staffs liaise with the new Reception teachers to pass on any relevant information.
We have an end of year parents/carers day/evening where we discuss and give out the children’s learning journeys.
We request that parents/carers send their child’s learning journey into big school when their child starts for their new teacher to share with them.
Progress summary reports and grids and any additional useful information will be forwarded to new class teachers.
As transition can be a worrying time for some children, we increase our news and social time to answer any questions or worries that the children may have.
Through our open door policy, we encourage parents/carers to share any questions, worries or concerns that they may have about their child’s transition to school.
It is the policy of All staff and students at Pre-school to keep all information given to them by parents or guardians, or any other source, strictly confidential. Any matters arising will be discussed only within Pre-school, or with those who need to know.
If any parent or guardian feels this policy is not being followed, then a complaint may be put in writing to the Manager of the Pre-school and the complaint will be investigated. If the complaint is upheld, then the matter will be dealt with accordingly.
1, If any parent or carer has a complaint with the handling of any issue, an approach can be made to the Management or a member of the Pre-School team.
2, If the complaint is unresolved informally, parents and carers will be advised to visit our website or the main school office for a complaints procedure form.
3, If you feel the complaint is still unresolved you can take your complaint to the Head Teacher of Battling Brook School.
4, If a complaint is still unresolved other agencies can be contacted.
You have the option to contact ‘OFSTED
Please see the attached file.
Little Battlers Pre-school
The aim of the anti-bully policy is to ensure that children learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Only when all issues of bullying are addressed will children be able to fully benefit from the opportunities available at pre-school.
Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves.
The three main types of bullying are:
. physical (hitting, kicking, theft)
. verbal (name calling, racist remarks)
. bullying can be racist homophobic, sexual or due to disability
Children who are being bullied may show changes in behaviour, such as becoming shy and nervous, feigning illness, not wanting to attend Pre-school or clinging to adults. There may be evidence in play patterns, lacking concentration.
Children must be encouraged to tell their key person if someone or something is upsetting them. Pre-school staff must be alert to the sign of bullying and act promptly and firmly against it in accordance with Pre-school policy.
The following steps may be taken when dealing with incidents:
. If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached
. A clear account of the incident will be recorded and given to the managers
. The key person, in the first instance, will talk to the children concerned and if required enter information into the incident log
. All staff will be kept informed
. Parents will be kept informed. Incidents identified as serious will be communicated immediately
All allegations of bullying will be investigated
Anti bullying policy continued
Children who have been bullied will be supported by:
. Offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with their key person or staff of their choice
. Reassuring the child
. Offering continuous support
. Restoring self-esteem and confidence
. Monitoring through observation.
Children who have bullied will be helped by:
. Discussing what happened
. Discovering why the child became involved
.Working with parents or guardians to help change the attitude of the child.
The following strategies will be used:-
. Meeting with parents
. Develop strategies to use at pre-school and home to enhance positive behaviour.
Within the curriculum the pre-school will raise the awareness of the nature of bullying through inclusion and by modelling positive behaviour.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS POLICY
POLICY AND PROCEDURE
Our Pre-school has regard to the DfE Code of Practice on Special Education Needs and the Equality Act 2010.
We aim to provide a welcome and appropriate learning opportunity for all our children.
Aims and objectives
All children are welcome, safe, valued and included regardless of family background, culture, race, disability or SEND.
To ensure all children achieve their full potential.
To provide a stimulating, structured and varied environment.
To work closely with Parents / Carers.
To liaise with outside agencies.
The name of the SENCO at Little Battlers Pre-School;- Mrs .Trina. Mason
The role of the SENCO
To liaise with staff, Parents /Carers and outside agencies/professionals.
Ensure all SEND records and appropriate information are regularly updated and are in place.
Ensure that all plans are being followed by all those working with the child.
To support all staff in providing or adapting activities so that children with SEND can join in and progress.
Ensure all background information on children with SEND is collated, updated and recorded.
To monitor, record and evaluate the children’s progress and ensure records are collated and updated.
Monitor and review the SEND policy annually.
We meet with Parents/Carers and gather information
We can make extra time for you and your child to visit the setting and make arrangements to help ensure their needs are being met.
Where possible we will undertake training in advance to meet your child’s needs.
Special educational needs policy continued
Identification and Assessment of children with SEND
Our system of observations and record keeping helps us to identify any individual needs.
Staff will share and discuss any concerns; these will then be discussed with the parents.
Observations are carried out, EAR sheets are recorded and the graduated response followed and shared with Parents/Carers.
If a child is not making progress, a plan will be discussed and drawn up between the SENCO and Parents/Carers showing the differentiation in the curriculum to meet their child’s individual needs, and realistic targets that can be met.
Plans will be reviewed with SENCO and Parents/Carers and if insufficient progress is achieved we will seek advice on targets from outside agencies/professionals.
We will work closely with all outside agencies and follow advice given.
Children with significant needs may undergo Statutory Assessment in the year before school entry. This may lead to a Statement of Special Educational Needs being drawn up. The pre-school staff will write Appendix F advice for the statement panel.
Referrals may be made to one or more of the following –
Early Years SEND Inclusion Service via the Education Panel.
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service.
Referrals to other health services
Other agencies such as sure start, Leicestershire families, Menphys SOS, when appropriate.
The SENCO will maintain links with other SENCOS through the SENCO network meetings.
Resources and Training
Little Battlers Pre-school is accessible.
Toileting facilities - are available for wheelchair and walking frame access. There are also changing mats, wipes, gloves and aprons available to change nappies and pull ups.
Area SENCO:- We keep in regular contact for support and advice from our Area SENCO Annette Miles. A named photograph can be found as you enter the Pre-School.
Makaton training: - All staff has knowledge of makaton and we use this alongside speech with all children.
SENCO courses / Training: -
Special educational needs policy continued
Risk assessments are used to ensure the setting is well prepared to support your child.
Training to meet your child’s needs may be possible. (If resources allow.)
(Certificates can be found around the setting and some photocopies of names and dates are attached)
Partnership with Parents/Carers
You know your child best and we value any information and views you can tell us about your child, we work closely with our parents/carers and include them at all stages of the SEND process. We have an open door policy where you can come and discuss any needs or concerns about your child, or if you prefer an appointment can be made where all matters can be discussed privately with sensitivity and with understanding of the need for confidentiality and discretion.
Transition to school
Extra transition meetings are held with parents/carers, outside agencies, professionals and receiving school/setting staff and key person
SEND children may visit their school more regularly (this may be on a 1:1 basis depending on the child’s individual needs) this will help them to become familiar with their new setting, classrooms, toilets, playgrounds, teachers, surroundings and activities, giving the children the opportunity to help disperse any fears and ask any questions they have. We also extend our circle time for the children who wish to talk or listen to stories about going to school.
We can arrange extra visits for Parents/Carers to visit the main school with their child’s key worker to help disperse any fears and help with any questions or concerns you may have.
Mrs Mason shares all information with the teacher and SENCO at the main school during meetings set up for this purpose, parents/carers are invited to these extra meetings.
Procedure for Resolving Complaints.
We will maintain an open dialogue between Parents/Carers and all staff members.
Any complaints will be fed through to the setting’s Management.
The SENCO will be involved in all procedures for children with SEND.
We will ensure any procedures for moving/transferring/toileting/changing a child will be discussed with the Parents/Carer.
Parents/Carers Please read attachments in our complaints policy.
Monitoring and evaluating the policy
All policies are reviewed and signed by all members of staff.
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