Information about what Georgie Porgie Nursery provides for children and their families with
Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)
Having a local offer is an aspect of the “Send Code of Practice 0-25” (2014)
We aim to give parents/carers information regarding the services and facilities we provide to support families of children with a special educational need or disability (SEND).
Our setting has a qualified and experienced SENCO (special education needs co Ordinator ) team, who work closely with the staff within the nursery. All staff are fully informed of any child that comes to us having additional needs and given strategies and support to put in place. We work closely with our Area SENCO who gives support to our SENCO team. We identify children that may need extra help through our careful observations of the child, and attacking their progress in our Development matters pack. Parents have input into their child’s next steps enabling us to have a greater understanding of their child’s abilities. We have an open-door policy, so parents can come to take to us about their concerns for their child. Management would speak to the SENCO about the parents’ concerns and in turn this would prompt us to observe and record any findings. We can use various visual aids, such as pictures, timelines, now & then boards to support children with SEN.
We are a fully inclusive setting able to meet the needs of children with SEND. We work closely with the area SENCO who gives support to our SENCO team. All children have a keyworker who works closed with the child and parents/carers. Information is shared with parents/carers through the child’s OPP (One-page Profile) as well as regular informal chats. Parents have input into their child’s OPP and can help to set targets that they would like their child to work throw ads achieving. We work outside agencies and they in turn help us to produce targets for the child’s OPP.Parents have a copy of the OPP and take home to work on and use the same strategies we will put in place. Outside agencies come in and observe the children in a familiar setting, this helps us to provide the best support we can for all children with SEND. We hold annual parents evening which offers the opportunity to talk with their child’s key person and discuss in-depth the progress their child is making and to offer input into developing next steps. In addition, we undertake a summative written two year progress check and a written summative transition report for all children leaving us to attend reception.
All children with SEN are included in planning as well as being differentiated for in the weekly planning. We differentiate for any child with an OPP or who is excelling or has a physical restriction.
We use visual now and then boards to support children with SEN as well as EAL.
We have contact with Essex County Councils Ethnic Minorities Officer who supports us by visiting our setting and offering advice on how we can cater for children from various backgrounds. We can also borrow dual language resources such as books and talking pens.
Staff attend regular training workshops to help them communicate with children. Our ENCO has had the relevant training and regularly supports all staff, children and families with strategies and activities to promote understanding of cultural difference. Staff have received inhouse training and 1:1 training about the importance of allowing children time to respond to questions and experiences especially if they have SEN or EAL. We are implementing a sheet to fill in with the parents on settle sessions noting down some words and expressions in their home language which we can use whilst their child is here at nursery, such as please, thank you, water etc.
Most staff are first aid trained within the nursery and staff are, and can be trained in specific areas ie EpiPen training, diabetic care training, etc . Administration of medicines is only done by the management team with express consent from parents/carers.
We have a behaviour management policy which the practitioners have regard for when dealing with unwanted behaviour. The practitioners actively encourage positive behaviour but manage unwanted behaviour unwanted behaviour in a way that is appropriate to the child’s age and stage of development. Boundaries are firm and consistent. A “nursery Rules “ethos runs throughout the rooms at nursery. The rules “Kind Hands, Kind Feet, Kind Words, Indoor Voices and Listening Ears”. We choose to focus on the positive outcome we desire rather than negative behaviour which improves the behavioural outcome for children.
We audit to assess our accessibility and make changes were possible. We can use different coloured paper for information for those with colour vision deficiency. We can translate our information into other languages where necessary.
If you would like to discuss your individual child’s needs before deciding to send your child to Georgie Porgies Nursery, please call into the nursery at any time or
Call us on 01702 551122