1. How does the early years setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?
The staff observe the children at play, complete progress reviews and discuss their development with parents/carers. If you have any concerns about your child you can speak to any member of staff at any time. We can sign post you to the local CFC drop in or invite a specialist into the playgroup. By using progress reviews, the Early Years Foundation Stage, staff training, parent consultations, talking to key workers, drop ins, sign posting to your local Children Family Centres, Family Information Service (FIS), observing children daily, FIRST team visits.
2. How will early years setting staff support my child?
Every child is treated an individual, they have a key worker who takes a special interest in them and completes the Learning Journal, discussing any concerns with the parent/carer. Each child will be a focus child each term and activities are planned around their interests. There is ongoing staff training, the Special educational needs coordinators (SENCO’s) at Little Fishes are Ricky & Susan. Each child has a key worker and these will work with your child during their sessions. Each child will be a focus child, this runs termly. All staff are NVQ trained, 2 are level 5, 1is level 4, 4 are 3 and 1 is level 2. We all go on continual training. We also use outside agencies to support your child.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
We work with children of a wide age group and varying abilities all the time and are therefore accustomed to adjusting our play and activities to all abilities. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage, daily/weekly/monthly planning for individual children and their needs. We use the child’s preferred learning style to guide us around the planning/curriculum.
4. How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
We offer regular meetings and opportunities to discuss your child’s learning. We will use our observations here and your inputs from home. Some parents like a workbook (diary) to communicate, others like to talk at home times. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage and Learning Journey Reviews to monitor progress. Reviews/Next Steps are offered to go home and outside agencies come in to support your child, you and us.
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
When your child starts, you will be asked health and dietary need questions. Staff are first aiders, have their child protection and food hygiene certificates. Risk assessments are carried out daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. We have policies on wellbeing, social and positive behaviours.
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years setting?
Our onsite SENCO, SENCO meetings, we will work with any outside agencies.
7. What training are the staff, supporting children with SEND, had or are having?
There is continuous staff development and training throughout the year.
8. How will my child be included in activities outside the early years setting including trips?
All children will be included, risk assessments are carried out, and we will use extra staff if needed. Consent forms are used and outside agencies may be asked for guidance. We use wrist straps to keep the children safe and buggies when necessary. We do occasionally ask people in to offer experiences within the grounds of the playgroup.
9. How accessible is the early years setting environment? (Indoors and Outdoors)
We are fully accessible, we have ramp entrance, disabled toilets and wider doorways. We use our local Children and Family Centres/Family Information Service (FIS) for translations where available. We aim to cater for every child’s individual needs.
10. How will the early years setting prepare and support my child to join the early years setting, transfer to a new setting/school?
Forms, such as ‘All about me’, settling in policies, parent consultants, key worker meetings, school transition meetings, Speech and Language Support, Targeted Setting Support, learning journals, and we offer play ideas in our environment.
11. How are the early year’s settings resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
Resources are updated taking into account the children’s individual needs, we like to use the toy library. At Goring Little Fishes we focus our environment on a play based learning, we find this helps all children meet their early year’s goals individually.
12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
Discussions with the parents, before the child starts and during their time at Goring Little Fishes, Learning Journals; these will show a delay. Discuss next step strategies and if any support is needed. Regular reviews and meetings using the Learning Journals and create an IEP if necessary. Who will make the decision? Little Fishes with you the parent/guardian. On what basis? Predicted positive impact on child’s development. Who else? Other professionals (GP, CDC, Paediatricians) involved in the child’s development. How will I be involved? Ideas and techniques from home, agreement to the support, liaise with professionals, regular meetings inside and outside the setting. How do we know its working? With regular reviews, consultants with parents and other professionals, along with other professionals reports.
13. How are parents involved in the early years setting? How can I be involved?
We encourage parent committee members, we value your views and ideas. We often use newsletters and questionnaires to help you voice an opinion, we have noticeboards with regularly updated information on, and we continuously encourage parent consultations and meetings. Opportunities are given daily to have discussions. If you would like to be involved we are happy for you to volunteer or become a parent rep, just speak to a member of staff.
14. Who can I contact for further information?
You can contact the preschool manager, Elouise Chowne or our Special Educational Needs Coordinators (Ricky Mitchell or Susan Pettitt), via the contact details. You can ring the Family Information Service (FIS) on 01243 777807, or visit your local Children’s and Family Centre, this can be found via the West Sussex County Council website.
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Phone: 01243 777807
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