Preschool SEND information 

Name of setting: Little Battlers Pre-school

Name of person to contact: Mrs T Mason

 

My child has SEND. I would like to look around. What do I need to do?

Children and their families are welcome to visit our pre-school and meet our staff; we can be contacted by telephone during the session or by email outside of sessional hours.

Our setting’s procedures, and staff details are available to view on our website. Our preschool has an open door

Policy and so we welcome any visitors and parents to our setting.

 

How will my child and I be made to feel welcome and how will you get ready for my child coming?

We welcome all children parents and carers to our setting

Our SENCO (special needs coordinator) will liaise with parents and other professionals in identifying children’s needs and ensuring additional support/equipment needs are in place prior to them commencing the preschool.

Our booklet ‘My time to grow and learn is given to parents/ Carers to share with your children and write down their interest’s likes/dislikes and comforters your child may have,

Any agencies involved with your child, as well as sharing your family structure.

 Our key person system supports children in the settling and will liaise and share information with Parents/ Carers and staff.

We use pictorial signs throughout the setting and children’s coat pegs have a picture to encourage a sense of belonging and sense of security, helping them become familiar with their cohort group.

 

How accessible are your premises?

Our setting is on the ground floor and can be adapted for prams and wheelchairs with wide doors to the main room and a secure safe sheltered outside play area,

We have low child friendly sinks and urinals and nappy changing facilities to support all ages of children (0-5). We use visual signs and notices to support parents and carers, and are open to all adaptations where possible.

 

The Local Offer

How will you keep my child safe?

Our preschool is based on the same site as Battling brook school, the Pre-school is set up daily, this means that equipment is unpacked and packed away every day allowing us to check equipment used each time it is put out, this also allows us the opportunity to adjust the equipment to suit individual children’s needs.

Access to the preschool is strictly controlled with all external doors locked and fitted with CTV in line with our policies and procedures

Child safety is paramount and all staff employed by the preschool have DBS checks and are suitable people to be employed in Early Years. They have undergone safeguarding training and are experienced early years’ workers.

To ensure children’s safety we maintain a 1 to 8 staff ratio and for children with SEND needs we would apply for additional support where required.

Equipment used is always age and stage appropriate and additional equipment would be sourced to support individual needs where required.

 

How will you communicate with me what my child has done, enjoyed and learnt?

We can adopt a number of strategies to communicate with parents depending on your availability; the key person is available at the beginning and end of the session; home diaries and photo strips are used, where key worker/SENCO can share details of your child’s activities during the session, and even a reassuring phone call to let you know that they are having fun and playing safely.

How do you work with other professionals?

We are very familiar with working and liaising with other professionals and welcome them into our setting; we facilitate groups such as social communication groups and small group work and work together to ensure a happy safe transition into main schools. We are also happy to work with other settings childminders sharing information and working on individual targets together.

We have a wealth of experience working with children with SEND; All children have a baseline assessment review as they settle into preschool, if we have any concerns about a child’s development we would speak to the parents / Carers to discuss the needs of the child and any referrals that they wish to be made.

What training have you /your staff had in SEND?

 All staff have knowledgeable skills and experience working with children with SEND, the majority of our staff are qualified to level 3 with diplomas/ NVQ in childcare and education, in addition to this majority of staff have undertaken additional training to support specific knowledge and skills.

Mrs Mason our SENCO has attended appropriate training for this role, these include;

  • Understanding the SENCO code of practice and policy writing, partnership with parents,

  • Menphy’s special outreach service, Behaviour management training

  • Observation and play based assessment, promoting equality of opportunity, catering for the needs of developmentally young children, lets communicate with signs and symbols in the early years, Hands on communication and social skills, Autism awareness level 1.

  • Mrs Mason has completed NOCN Menphys sos disabled children and young people’s course.

  • Mrs Mason has attended a speech and language seminar “How to cope with ASD in the classroom”.

  • Mrs Reynolds is currently undertaking a SEND course.

  • Makaton signing is also used within the setting, as well as visual timetables and Picture exchange system where appropriate.

  • All staff have a full understanding of any changes and developments in maintaining good practice and the requirements of individual children’s needs.

How will you adapt play opportunities for my child?

We would ensure that appropriate equipment is available to support a variety of ages/stage and abilities. A higher staff ratio would allow us to offer more support in play interactions modelling and using social stories to support children in play. Smaller group activities and social communication groups help to support language interaction and confidence.

We will also liaise with parents and use documents such as ‘time to grow and learn’ to identify your child’s interests and to offer these to engage your child in activities they enjoy. A picture book of activities may help them independently choose which activities they would like to take part in, the use of a visual timetable may help them to change between activities within the setting. We would also seek additional specialist equipment if required through hiring or specialist toy library. We would endeavour to give regular reports to parents/ Carers and have open communication with them again adapting a variety of methods to suit parent’s/ Carers needs.

 

The Local Offer

How will you get ready for my child going to his/her new school?

To support transition, we would set up meetings with professionals and the Teachers from the new school, to discuss individual needs and begin to plan the transitions with all professionals with your child giving their input and agreeing the actions to be taken alongside their parents and carers. As part of the transition process we offer a range of resources to introduce the new school such as school uniform added to dressing up and a photo board of the school’s classrooms and teachers. Visits from your child’s new teacher and additional visits to the new school can be arranged. During this process we would continue to liaise with other professionals and keep parents informed, and produce an individual photo book to encourage talking about the move to their new school to share with parents at home.

Transition progress summary reports, current ECH documents and any other reports would also be forwarded to the new school.

How will you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

Initially we would support parents/Carers during the settling into preschool by communicating frequently with parents either face to face or by the methods of communication most suited to them.

We are always available to discuss how your child is settling in and regularly update parents via reports and meetings on progress and development.