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OUR LOCAL OFFER FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES The purpose of a local offer is to enable parents and carers to see clearly what services are available for children with SEND in their area and how to access them. The following information forms our local offer and shows how we provide for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
SEND Local Offer
Our Policy We support children with special educational needs by providing an environment in which all children are supported to reach their full potential. We comply with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Equality Act 2010. We have regard for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014).     We ensure our provision is inclusive to all children with special educational needs. We support parents and children with special educational needs.  We identify the specific needs of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities and meet those needs through a range of SEN Strategies.     We work in Partnership with parents and other agencies to meet individual children’s needs.         We monitor and review our policy, practice and provision and, if necessary, make adjustments.      We have a designated Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) who is Phillipa Wheeler Identifying Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability     Prior to induction you will be given an ’About Me’ sheet to fill in about your child. This will help us to share information about your child’s strengths and needs. Every child is treated as a unique individual and each child has a key person. Their role is to develop trusting relationships with parents and children to enable respectful sharing of information and to build positive partnerships. If you have any concerns about your child’s development our door is always open and this will enable you to discuss your concerns. Alternatively, you can discuss this with the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) – Phillippa Wheeler  A private room can be made available. Ongoing observational assessments are made for all children and are linked to the Development Matters ages and stages of development. This in some cases identifies individual needs. If your child’s key person has identified a possible individual need, they will discuss this with you.   Parents’/carers’ permission will always be sought to speak to outside agencies and at this point a digitial assesment referal may be completed (DART) to pinpoint the support needed for that child, and how we as a setting can refer to outside services. Emma Osmond, Phillippa Wheeler and Victoria Slade have all received DART training. Reports from health care professionals may identify a child’s individual needs and we will include these in your child’s learning and development. Supporting Children with SEND    We will work together to support individual needs, listening to you and your child. Phillipa Wheeler (Senco) will explain how children’s individual needs can be met. Individual targets may be set to support your child’s learning and development.  Your child’s key person will work on and oversee these targets. You may also be given ideas to use at home.  Emma Osmond (Manager) will maintain an overview of progress and Phillipa will work with your child’s key person and other staff in the setting to ensure we are providing the relevant and appropriate support. Each child has a Learning Journey which contains examples of their work, photographs, observations and assessments.  The children’s learning styles, interests and stage of development will be recognised and used to promote achievements and development.  Parents’ meetings are held to discuss your child’s progress. Activities will be adapted to ensure your child is able to interact fully within our environment, and visual strategies such as a visual time table can be used to help them understand our routines. Cygnets are able to offer support with personal needs such as nappy changing, toileting, eating and sleeping. Our environment is accessible to all.  We have disabled access via both entrance and exit and a disabled toilet with hand rails. Resources are easily accessible by children, who have free choice. We will explore any limitations of the building and would make changes or adapt our facilities where possible. We have regular contact with other professionals including Early Years Inclusion Officers, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Lead Workers, Early Years Advisory Teacher, Health Visitor, Speech and Language Therapist, Local Children’s Centre, and other Early Years Settings. There are many other professionals who we can contact regarding a child’s specific individual need. In some circumstances Inclusion funding can be applied for from Wiltshire Council to support your child in our setting. We will advise you should your child be eligible for this funding. Phillippa, our Senco, has completed specific Senco training which is ongoing. Staff have attended training linked to specific needs and the setting will aim to seek additional training, if appropriate, to meet your child’s needs. Transition to School/or another setting    We hold meetings to plan transition for your child into school/setting. As well as parents and pre-school staff, these could include Foundation Stage school teachers, school SENCO, receiving setting staff and relevant professionals.  We invite receiving school/setting to visit our Pre-School to familiarise and observe the child and to share information in partnership with parents.  We arrange visits into school with familiar adults from our setting. All necessary documentation will be passed onto the receiving setting/school. Further Information If you wish to discuss your child’s needs prior to starting please contact either Phillipa Wheeler (Special educational needs coordinator) or Emma Osmond (Manager) You are welcome to discuss concerns or progress with your child’s key person, the Manager or SENCO at any time.   For more information on Wiltshire’s Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) offer, see the following website. https://www.wiltshirelocaloffer.org.uk/ For Parent support contact Wiltshire Parent Carer Council http://www.wiltshireparentcarercouncil.co.uk/  Cygnets staff and Committee welcome your family to visit our Pre-School.  We will aim to work together to include any child with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. August 2018
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