EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND/OR DISABILITIES (SEND)
The Local Offer
The Children and Families Act 2014 requires local authorities to publish, in a
single place information on services and provision across education, transport,
health and social care for children and young people aged 0 - 25 with special
educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The purpose of this "local
offer" is to enable parents, carers and young people to see more clearly
what services are available for children with SEND in their area and how to
access them. The process extends to all childcare settings and the information
below forms our setting offer and shows how we have and still do provide for
children with special educational needs and disabilities.
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
- 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
- We work in Partnership
with parents and other agencies in meeting individual children’s
- We monitor and review our
policy, practice and provision and, if necessary, make
- We have a designated
Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) who is Rebecca Calvert and
in her absence Danielle Bushby.
Identifying Children with
Special Educational Needs and Disability
- On induction to our setting
the SENCo and parents share information about the strengths and needs of
the child to create a positive partnership.
- Families will be
supported for as long as it takes for your child to settle. We want your
child to feel happy and safe with
- Each child has a key
person who works closely with your child and the family and may identify a
possible individual need.
- On-going observational
assessments are made of all children and are linked to the Early Years
Outcomes and Development Matters ages and stages of development (as
outlined in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)
- We undertake a ‘progress
check at age 2’ which supplies parents/carers with a short written summary
of their child’s
- Reports from health care
professionals may identify a child’s individual needs and we will include
these in your child’s learning and development journal.
Supporting Children with SEND
- Our SENCo will work with
all our staff to ensure provision is relevant and appropriate.
- We use the ‘graduated
approach system’ for identifying, assessing and responding to children
with special educational needs. This means using a step-by-step response
through the various levels of intervention which are Discussion of a
Concern, Targeted Support, Specialist Support and Education, Health and
Care Plan (EHC).
- Our SENCo will explain
how children’s individual needs can be met by planning support using a
written Individual Learning and Provision Plan (ILPP), My Support Plan,
EHC, or Health Care Plan.
- The keyperson will
oversee the ILPP targets.
- ILPP targets will be
reviewed and new ones planned by your child's Keyperson, SENCo and
- We access additional
support from other professionals where
- Our SENCo will work with
all other staff to ensure implementation of the ILPP and subsequent
continuity of care and education by everyone.
- We ensure that parents
are informed at all stages of assessment, planning, provision, monitoring
and review of your child’s
- Learning Journeys
(keyworker books) are available to view at any time and may be borrowed to
- All documentation is kept
in the child’s file in a locked filing cabinet to ensure
- Funding can be applied
for to help support your child from the Local Authority.
- Our SENCo has completed
specific SENCo training and also attends Network Meetings each term to
keep up-to-date with any new legislation, paperwork or new ways of working.
- Staff have attended
training linked to specific needs and will attend further courses if
Accessibility of the
- Disabled access via main
- Disabled toilet available
with hand rails.
- Resources are easily
accessible by children, who have free choice.
- Limitations of the
building will be explained on arrival and we can make changes or adapt our
facilities were possible.
Working with other Professionals
- We have regular contact
with the following professionals:
Local Authority Early Years/Out of
Speech and Language
Local Children’s Centre
(e.g. Family liaison staff)
We also have close links
within our local partnership hub which includes our feeder schools, nurseries
and childminders in our area.
- Advice from professionals
in other areas maybe sought as a need arises, such as:
Development Centre (York Hospital)
Many professionals can be
contacted regarding a child’s specific individual needs.
- The Keyperson is always
available for advice and support in the first instance. There is a list of
every child and who their Keyperson is within the rooms.
- The Manager and SENCo are
also available to offer advice.
- We can signpost parents
to other professionals that may be able to help such as health visitor,
speech and language therapist, children’s centre and others.
- If your child’s need has
been referred to a specific team we will be able to support parents in
accessing their services.
- Family Information
Service – City of York Council - http://www.yor-ok.org.uk/
Moving on to School / Another
- We work in partnership
with the schools and parents to plan a smooth transition for each child
into school/setting. As well as parents and our pre-school staff, these can
include early year’s school teachers, school SENCo, receiving setting
staff and relevant professionals.
- We share all
documentation such as ILPPs, My Support Plans, early year’s assessments,
- We invite receiving
school/setting to visit our Pre-School/out of school club to familiarise
and observe the child and to share information in partnership with
We operate an open door policy
and all staff welcome your family to visit our Pre-School and out of school
club. We will aim to work together to include any child with Special Educational
Needs and Disabilities.