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Identifying and implementing enhanced support

How will Pelican Place Nursery know if my child needs extra help and what do I need to do if I think my child may have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities?

Pelican place Nursery has 3 Special Educational Needs Co-coordinators (SENCOs) who are responsible, alongside the nursery manager and a child’s key person for ensuring that practitioners receive current and relevant advice and support as needed to best meet individual needs of children and their families. The nursery manager and key person are the first points of contact for parents and ensure that they are closely involved throughout the entire nursery experience and that their insights inform any actions taken by the setting.

The nursery SENCO liaises with parents and practitioners sharing ideas and strategies to support development. While also supporting the completion of specific and detailed care plans.  We have regard to the SEND code of practice, the Early Years Foundation Stage, Every Child Matters, the Children and Families Act (2014) and any other relevant documentation. Pelican Place develops practitioner skills to identify a child with SEND as early as possible. We use a programme of referral, which enables children to receive the help they need as soon as possible and liaise with external agencies. We work in partnership with parents, sharing information regarding their child’s needs and progress, drawing upon their knowledge of their child and adopt consistent and positive strategies.

All children are enrolled at the nursery after consultation between the parents and nursery manager. The children are invited to attend settling in sessions. The child’s key person completes a “starting points” assessment with parents. These provide useful information about your child’s current development levels and provide an opportunity for parents to share their child’s strengths, interests and also any concerns that they may have regarding their child with the key person. Key practitioners and the nursery SENCO can then carry out more detailed observation and identify any areas requiring any enhanced support.

All children are made to feel welcome within the nursery family regardless of ability or additional needs.

You know your children best and we listen and understand when parents express any concerns or worries about their child’s development. Practitioners work in partnership with parents and their families with regard to their child’s development and progress and each recognises the importance of effective communication with parents and families. Parents are invited to be involved during each stage of the SEND process. Parents and they are invited to attend any reviews and planning meetings for their child. Their thoughts and tried and tested strategies are included to ensure consistency of care in the home and nursery environment. Information leaflets, web addresses and contact details about local support groups are available for parents.

It is every practitioner’s responsibility to assess the development of their key children and to share any concerns and observations they have with the nursery SENCO.

How will Pelican Place Nursery support SEND children?

Pelican Place Nursery regularly review and evaluate the quality and extent of the support we offer and have access to for all children with SEND.

Our playrooms, routines and activities can be modified to support children with SEND by using agreed and viable strategies.

We differentiate activities and resources for all children to best meet and support individual needs.

We aim to ensure that children with SEND have full access to the Early Years Foundation Stage. Modifications to developmental goals and enhanced support will be offered if deem necessary.

Any nursery paperwork i.e. newsletters, development journals can be translated to additional languages if required with prior warning.

We will support children with SEND by working closely with parents/carers, the child and outside professionals when creating a support plan, applying for additional funding assuring that desired outcomes are achievable and consistent.

How will Pelican Place Nursery create learning & development opportunities for individual children with SEND?

At Pelican Place nursery we adopt the graduated response to support children with SEND.

The Graduated Response:

  • “Assess” in identifying a child as needing SEND support, the key person (working with the nursery SENCO and the child’s parents) carry out an analysis of the child’s needs through observation and developmental tracking. This initial assessment is reviewed regularly to ensure support is matched to need. Where there is little or no improvement in the child’s progress, more specialist assessment may be called for from specialist teachers or from health, social care or other agencies beyond the nursery.
  • “Plan” when SEND support is needed the key person and the SENCO agree, in consultation with the parent, the outcomes they are seeking, the interventions and support to be put into place, the expected impact on progress, development or behaviour and a clear date for review. This is recorded and shared with those working with the child.
  • “Do” the key person remains responsible for working with the child on a daily basis. With support from the nursery SENCO they oversee the implementation by all practitioners involved of the interventions agreed as part of the SEND support. The SENCO supports the key person in assessing the child’s response to the action taken and advising on the effective implementation of support.

“Review” the impact and quality of the support is evaluated by the key person, nursery SENCO and child’s parents while also taking the child’s thoughts and opinions into consideration. Any changes to the outcomes and support for the child are agreed with regard to each child’s progress and development. The parents are provided with clear information about the impact of the support provided and are involved in planning and agreeing the next steps for development.

How does Pelican Place Nursery work in partnership with parents?

At Pelican Place nursery we like to work closely with parents/ carers and use all opportunities to involve them in their child’s development. To ensure for consistency of care all parents are provided with detailed handovers daily which contain details of what the child has been involved in during the day and strategies that have been implemented and their success, We have different games and other equipment that can be shared with families to enable consistency and support the home and wider community learning environment.

At Pelican Place nursery we hold a variety of events over the year that parents are invited and welcome to attend alone and with their child such as –

·       Parents evenings twice a year

·       Development review meetings

·       Stay and play sessions

·       Mothers/fathers day sessions

·       Teddy bears picnics,

·       Activity afternoons

·       Summer garden parties

·       Christmas parties and performances

Alongside these parents are free at any time to request a meeting with their key person to discuss their child’s development and share any concerns or ask for support with things they are finding challenging at home. In the hallway we have parents’ notice that displays different information for parents.

Parents are issued with regular newsletters that inform them of what we have been up to, what we have enjoyed and what’s coming up within the nursery. Parents are also invited to contribute to their child’s learning and development by contributing ideas for developmental next steps on their development summary termly or as previous steps are achieved.

This information can also be found on the nursery website.

Parents are also invited to attend a meeting with their key person when completing their child’s two year check. Parent and practitioner comments form the assessment that can then be shared with the child’s health visitor. These checks are to be completed within the month of the child’s second birthday wherever possible.

Before a child starts at Pelican Place nursery or transitions into a new play room parents are offered an induction and settling in sessions where they can come in and experience different aspects of the day. The amount of visits required depends upon the individual child circumstances. During the initial induction prior to starting at the nursery parents can spend time speaking with the key person/ room manager and observe their child in the nursery environment. Time is spent getting to know the routines, sharing routines from home and sharing current development levels, medication, and dietary requirements. Written parental consent is always sought before any information is shared with outside agencies if it is felt and agreed that a child may require enhanced support.

Parents are encouraged to ask any questions and are provided with further information about the nursery. Transition packs are shared so that parents can use them at home with their child to talk about the nursery before they start or transition into a new play room.

How does Pelican Place Nursery support the wellbeing of young children with SEND?

Pelican Place nursery offers a welcoming environment that celebrates all children. Our aims are to respond appropriately to each child’s background and individual needs.

All children who attend Pelican Place nursery regardless of additional needs, ethnic background or gender are encouraged wherever possible and appropriate to participate in all activities. Modifications are made where possible to ensure that all are able to participate and feel included.

We aim to consistently provide an environment where all children are happy, contented, comfortable and healthy.

During induction and settling in sessions parents are encouraged to share their child’s specific individual needs with regards to areas such as toileting, feeding etc. with care routines being shared with their key person.

With signed permission we are able to administer prescribed medication.

Any behaviour concerns we have will be discussed with parents and ensure that every opportunity is taken to work together to ensure a clear, consistent, positive approach is in place.

Regular risk assessments are completed by all practitioners with modifications being made to the nursery environment as required or possible.

What training & experience does staff at Pelican Place Nursery have in supporting children with SEND?

Pelican Place nursery has three trained SENCO’s who have attended code of practice and modular training.

·       All practitioners are encouraged to attend any relevant in-house training relating to elements of SEND.

·       We complete the online SEND training provided by Essex county council ensuring that knowledge is updated as needed

·       We have practitioners who completed the inclusion development programmes for Speech and Language, Autism and Behaviour, emotional and social development and now hold coordinator roles in these areas. These practitioners are available to support others as needed.

·       The majority of staff are trained in the administration of an Epipen

·       We have two trained ENCO’s who complete regular inclusion audits and work with the SENCO and area managers when modifying environments and adapting resources.

·       We access child/ diagnosis specific training via our local Area SENCO dependent on the needs of the children in attendance, these would include –

·       Speech and language

·       Behaviour

·       Down Syndrome and other diagnosed conditions

·       We are currently working towards the bronze good beginnings autism award

·       All practitioners complete first aid and safeguarding training. We aim for practitioners to complete these during their induction and update as required.

What specialist services and expertise are available to Pelican Place Nursery?

At Pelican Place nursery we work closely with a range of outside professionals that are able to offer advice, support of suggest strategies that can be implemented to best support individual children. These professional would include –

·       Area SENCO

·       Specialist teachers,

·       Family support keyworkers

·       Physiotherapist

·       Speech and language therapist

·       Behaviour support

·       Health visitor

·       Area managers

·       Other SENCO and ENCO representatives   within the child centred nurseries chain in which we are based

·       As mentioned previously we regularly review and monitor staff training to ensure all staff have access to wide range of knowledge and up to date information regarding all aspects of child development. Following staff attending training the information is then fed back to others via meetings, memos and cascaded within the nursery as appropriate. Specialist coordinator roles are in place as already mentioned.

How does Pelican Place Nursery include young children with SEND in community based activities and outings?

Pelican Place nursery likes the children to feel part of the community and takes children on short trips into the locality dependent on being able to maintain a maximum 1:2 ratio. For any outings that the children take part in-

·       Outings forms completed- contain child names, practitioner name and qualification

·       Risk assessments are completed and shared with practitioners involved.

·       Written permission from parent/carer sought.

·       Relevant medication, first aid kit and care plans are taken with us.

·       Emergency contact details taken and shared with the nursery.

·       Drinks, change of clothes, nappies taken.

Any visitors to the nursery present a DBS check if they have one and are never left with the children when completing activities with the child. These visitors can include-

·       Family members

·       Dentists

·       Doctors

·       Emergency Services

·       Nursery photographer


How accessible is Pelican Place Nursery?

Pelican Place nursery is in a converted conservative club. There are seven playrooms. There is a ramp up to the main access point. There are 5 playrooms on the ground floor for children aged 6 months- 1 year and 2 – 3 years. There is a wide corridor that links all rooms with wider doorways to enable wheelchair access. The 2 preschools (2 1/2 – 5 years) are based upstairs. There is a child and adult sized hand rail on the wide stair case that can be used to support stair mounting and descending. There is a wheel chair accessible disabled adult toilet on the ground floor. The garden is easily accessible from the rear of the building

If there was need to reevaluate our playrooms in order to accommodate children so they could access the preschool this would be considered and relevant risk assessments and reports would be completed.

We have a car park on site and practitioners are on hand to collect and take children out to car park parents as needed.

How will Pelican Place Nursery prepare and support my child to join the nursery or transfer into a new setting or school?

All children are enrolled at the nursery after consultation between the parents and nursery manager. The children are invited to attend settling in sessions. A “starting points” assessment is completed by parents with the child’s key person. These provide useful information about your child’s current development levels and provide an opportunity for parents to share their child’s strengths, interests and also any concerns that they may have regarding their child with the key person. Key practitioners and the nursery SENCO can then carry out more detailed observation and identify any areas requiring any enhanced support.

All children are made to feel welcome within the nursery family regardless of ability or additional needs.

You know your children best and we listen and understand when parents express any concerns or worries about their child’s development. Practitioners work in partnership with parents and their families with regard to their child’s development and progress and each recognises the importance of effective communication with parents and families.

To support relationships and transitions with other settings or play rooms relevant information is shared with the receiving setting, school or play room. We agree with parents the information that to be shared.

We act proactively when supporting all children in their transition to school. We have transition books to help support this and also encourage the teacher from the local school to come visit the child within our nursery. The child’s key person visits the school if possible and takes photos of key elements of the provision i.e. this is where I’ll eat my lunch, hang my bag. This is my teacher their name is…

At Pelican Place nursery we have a transition policy that explains this in greater detail.

For transitions between rooms we provide settling in sessions and plenty of opportunities for every child to spend quality time with their new key person and get to know the new routine. A form will be filled in by the previous key person and passed on to the new one providing information relating to the care and development of that child i.e. medication, dietary needs and attachments. We also have transition books that explain the new routines and activities within the room that are passed to families so parents are able to talk and share images with the child at home prior to starting the new room.

How are Pelican Place Nursery resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

At Pelican Place nursery we provide a variety of specific aids to promote and celebrate individual learning and understanding. Visual strategies are used as a matter of cause in all playrooms and include –

·       visual routines

·       timetables

·       “First” and “then” boards.

·       Choice boards

·       Home learning bags

·       Golden rules

Knowledgeable practitioners are able to adapt their approach, level of support, environment and resources accordingly so that all children are able to access all activities. They differentiate the learning resources as necessary and also organise our rooms to ensure that access to the resources is appropriate to the children’s abilities and needs.

Ratios are consistently maintained with practitioners being positioned appropriately to ensure that children with SEND can access the environment and learning opportunities freely.

Nursery SENCOs from within the chain meet regularly to can support each other and share new information, resources and different successful strategies.

Regular SEND audits are completed with these being stored centrally for all SENCOs to access and amend as needed. Resources can then be shared between settings accordingly.

Time is allocated to the SENCO to enable monitoring, reviewing and assessing of the effectiveness of provision. They are afforded time to work with key practitioners and meet with parents to plan, write and review outcome focused plans.

When it is appropriate to do so, we are able to apply for funding from Essex county council, with agreed endorsement from an outside professional such as the area SENCO.

Members of the specialist team can recommend enhanced support when a need to do so has been identified. SEND resources can be loaned to us by members of the specialist team that would support the development of individual or groups of children.

How do we decide on appropriate support for young children with SEND?

The setting has a Special Educational Needs Co-coordinator (SENCO) who is responsible, alongside the nursery manager and a child’s key person when liaising with families and outside professionals to ensure various SEN initiatives are implemented within the nursery. All involved with the child are invited to share opinions and strategies for development. These will always be considered by the nursery with safeguarding and children’s health and safety being paramount in all situations.

Through regular observation of the children in our care, liaising with specialist agencies and with parents we are able provide and implement the appropriate levels of support for each individual child with SEND. Next steps and developmental outcomes can be discussed and broken down as needed to best meet individual needs. A one page profile and / or one planning may be implemented with specific and detailed next steps for development included. These are created by the key person, nursery SENCO parents and outside agencies. A selection of support strategies, observations and reviews are included along with specialist reports.

We work in partnership with the local Children’s Centre and other local education providers to explore how different types of need can be met most effectively.

How are parents involved at Pelican Place Nursery? How can I be involved?

As mentioned previously parents know their children best and will be involved in every aspect of their care, learning and development. Through the completion of detailed outcome focused plans, one page profiles and one plans parents will be involved in every stage of development. Parents are encouraged to contribute towards these regularly. Every child has a learning journey and parents are encouraged to have regular input into their child’s book. Parents are asked to complete ‘Wow’ vouchers- recording achievements noticed at home. Various activities are sent home for parents to complete with their child such as ‘At home I enjoy’ ‘During the nursery holiday I....’ Holiday, work and weekend bears. These are used to help support learning and development within the setting and help practitioners compile next steps for each individual child.

Parents are invited into the nursery to engage in different activities, share experiences with practitioners and at other times during the year as previously mentioned.

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