Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities).

As of September 2014 it is a requirement by law that we publish what we offer for SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities). If you have any further questions then please contact us.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – Local Offer

How will The Vale Nursery know if my child needs extra help and what do I need to do if I think my child may have SEND?

At The Vale Nursery we treat every child as an individual. Your child will be allocated a key person who is responsible for your child’s development. We use observations and planning for their next steps and we are able to identify any concerns which we will share with you, and with your consent, we will contact other professionals if needed. If you have any concerns about your child you should speak to your child’s key person who will be able to advise you further.Vale Nursery covered play area

How will The Vale Nursery support SEND children?

Your child’s key person will work in partnership with you and your child. This relationship will ensure that we can share knowledge concerning your child and their development. Through continual observations we can plan for your child’s individual needs including assessing whether additional support from other professionals is needed.  With your permission we will contact them for advice and guidance and put strategies in place as appropriate and if feasible.

How will The Vale Nursery create learning and development opportunities for individual children with SEND?

Every child is unique therefore we plan for your child’s development based on observations of your child and evidence gained for their learning journal.  The environment your child plays in will be appropriate for their needs and additional support and resources will be supplied as appropriate.

How does The Vale Nursery work in partnership with parents?

A strong relationship between our nursery and parents is important to us. You will have access to your child’s learning records any time, containing your child’s photos and work. Your child’s key person will meet with you regularly to discuss your child’s development and their next steps. Our SENCO will also meet with you to discuss and implement any strategies or plans put in place.

How does The Vale Nursery support the wellbeing of young children with SEND?

We offer ‘settling in’ sessions which will familiarise your child with the nursery and their key person and will also enable support for your child to be discussed before they start.  Care routines will be discussed including nappy changing. We are able to administer prescribed medicines once the appropriate form has been completed. If additional training is required to administer medicines we will undertake this as necessary.

Promoting positive behaviour is important to us. We will always discuss any behavioural concerns we may have with you in order to maintain a consistent approach between home and the setting.

The safety of all our children is paramount. All of our entrance and exit doors are staffed and admittance is only allowed by a member of staff.  Children are only allowed to leave the premises with a named and authorised person. We will not release a child to anyone other than a parent without your authority.

We undertake risk assessments on the pre-school building every day before the children arrive. We also regularly risk assess all of our toys and equipment and review appropriately. Risk assessments are always undertaken for short walks around the academy and any events that we hold such as sports day.

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What training and experience do the staff at The Vale Nursery have in supporting children with SEND?

All staff at The Vale Nursery are Paediatric First Aid trained and have undertaken appropriate safeguarding training.

The SENCo has undertaken SEND training and keeps up to date with policy.

All staff are regularly kept updated on all SEND policy and are given advice and guidance and are sent on training regularly as and when needs are identified etc. We continually reflect on our practice and all training is refreshed regularly.

What specialist services and expertise is available to The Vale Nursery?

Our setting has access to advice and guidance from our Central Bedfordshire Area Senco, Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists, Behavioural Support, Children’s Centres and Specialist Teachers.

How does The Vale Nursery include young children with SEND in community based activities?

All children are included on walks around the academy.  Parents are asked for their consent for their children to take part and any needs are identified and planned for. Risk assessments are completed for all walks.

A mobile phone and first aid kit are always taken with us.

How accessible is The Vale Nursery?

We will work closely with parents to access any specialist equipment that may be required.  The nursery is all on one level and our entrance and exit is via a small step, although we can access our nursery using a ramp in the main academy. Our outside area is on the same level.

Visuals are used to assist children with the daily routine and language books are shared with setting and families with English as an additional language to aide communication.Vale Nursery wildlife area

How will The Vale Nursery prepare and support my child to join the nursery or transfer to a new setting or school?

Before your child joins the nursery we encourage you to visit the setting several times so that you can become acquainted with the environment. We work closely with each family to develop a settling-in routine to match your child’s needs.

If a child attends more than one setting or is moving to a different setting we share the child’s developmental records with that setting.

We work closely with local schools to arrange visits of both the children to the schools and the teachers come in to visit the nursery and meet the children to aid their transition onto school.

How are the nursery's resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

We are an independent nursery with limited funds; however we are able to apply for funding from Central Bedfordshire Council to support individual children as required. We ensure that our staff receive any specific training.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

The Manager and Senco will work closely with you and other professionals to determine your child’s needs. We have regular staff meetings to involve all practitioners in any support required. In addition the key person will be able to identify any additional support through the observation procedure required by the Early Years Foundation Stage and SEND Support Plans will be made as necessary.

How are parents involved at The Vale Nursery? How can I be involved?

We are a committee run nursery. Strong relationships with parents are important to the nursery and we operate an open door policy. Parents are welcome into the nursery to help and support activities as necessary.

Who can I contact for further information?

More detailed information is available in our policies, specifically promoting positive behaviour, inclusion, administration of mediation, supporting children with additional needs and working in partnership with other agencies. These are available on request.

To register your child with the nursery or discuss your child prior to starting please phone 01582 211174 or email valenursery@thesharedlearningtrust.org.uk