How does Young Discoverers know if a child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs? How do you identify children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)? How will I be able to raise any concerns I may have?
Each child has a key person whose role it is to develop a close and sensitive relationship with parents. If a parent has any concerns about their child’s development this information should be shared with the key person. The key person will be responsible for regular observations and assessments that link to the development matters stages of development.
If the key person has identified a possible individual need, this will be discussed with you and together you can plan ow best to support the child. The nursery SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) may be asked for advice in order to support the key person and your child. The SENCO may also liaise with other professionals, with your permission, such as the Area SENCO, speech and language therapist, the local Children’s Centre or Health Visitor. This advice might involve meetings and reports in order to enable the key person to plan for the individual needs of your child.
How will Young Discoverers staff support my child? How will you oversee and plan the education that my child will participate in? Who else will be involved with my child and what will their role be?
We offer an in-depth settling in period and home visit (Covid-19 restrictions currently apply) At this time you will meet with your child’s key person and spend time sharing information in order for us to provide informed support. The child’s well-being is central to everything we offer and the settling in period will be tailored to the child’s individual needs. Parents are welcome to spend time at nursery during the settling in period and familiarise themselves with the staff and, in particular, the key person. These early days will provide the foundation for a trusting and strong relationship between the whole family and the key person. Your key person will be responsible for the day to day care of your child and for the observations and assessments that help inform us of your child’s current stage of development and of their next steps in learning. You are able to contribute to these recordings so that we have a complete record of your child.
Your child’s development will be regularly evaluated and the nursery SENCO may be asked for advice if this is felt necessary in order to plan appropriately for your child’s individual needs. As parents, you will always be included in planning for your child’s needs.
How will Young Discoverers prepare and support my child to join the setting, transfer to a new setting or the next stage of education and life? What preparation will there be for both the setting any my child before he or she joins the setting? How will he or she be prepared to move on to the next stage? What information will be provided to his or her new setting? How will you support a new setting to prepare for my child?
Due to current restrictions, we are unable to offer home visits. We hope that these can begin again when restrictions are lifted.
The first settling in visit will provide an opportunity to meet your child’s key person and to start talking about your child’s interests and care requirements. You will also be asked to complete an ‘All about me’. This will provide the key person with an indication of your child’s stage of development and is a foundation for future planning. If your child has a favourite comforter, name or way of sleeping, for example, it is important that you share this information with the key person as this will aid the settling in process and ensure continuity of care. If your child is going to need some additional support, we will arrange for you to meet with other care professionals or arrange appropriate staff training.
Transition to another setting or to school:
With your permission, your child’s learning journey will be shared with the new setting. If possible, we will meet with the key person at the new setting or contact them to share relevant information. We will attend meetings around the child. We will visit the new setting, if possible, to advice on any adaptions to provision or routine and to meet the key person/class teacher. The new key person/class teacher will be invited to meet the child at Young Discoverers if this is possible.
Who can I contact for further information? Who will be my first point of contact if I want to discuss something about my child? Who else has a role in my child’s education?
Your child’s key person is your first line of contact, who will be supported by the room leader, Nursery manager or SENCO. Your child’s key person, together with the SENCO will be able to signpost you to care professionals who can offer support and advice. We can also make a referral for specialist help with your permission.
Information can also be obtained from your Health Visitor, Children’s Centre, the Family information services and the Local Education Authority website.
What are the responsibilities of the Young Discoverers leadership team in enabling and supporting inclusive practice? How are they involved?
The leadership team are responsible for all the practices and policies relating to inclusion, i.e. that they are current and fully implemented. We will ensure that the staff team have access to training. We provide an environment that is enabling for all children and is stimulating and nurturing. We will make suitable changes where possible. We aim to create a positive environment that values and respects each child and we welcome families to be part of the nursery and share in their children’s learning. We encourage our staff to have regular, honest and meaningful communications with parents and to share information, with external agencies, if it is in the child’s best interests.
How will I know my child is progressing? What opportunities will there by for me to discuss my child’s progress with his/her key person? How does the nursery know how well my child is doing? How will I know what progress my child should be making? What opportunities will there be for regular contact about things that have happened at nursery? There are opportunities on a daily basis for discussion with your child’s key person. Each child has a Learning Journey. This is a mix of observations, photos and assessments. You may look at this whenever you wish, share with your child or contribute to with your own observations and comments. There are also parent’s evenings twice a year that give you the opportunity to have discussions with the key person and add any additional information relating to interests, needs or next steps. The parent’s evening provides an opportunity to look at your child’s progress in line with the ages/stages of development linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage. For children who are 2, there is the 2 year old progress check that will be completed by the key person, the parent or Health Visitor and may form the basis for early intervention if particular concerns have been identified. The key person will regularly review your child’s progress and development and will share this information with you. If your child has an Targeted Outcome Plan as a result of an identified need, this will be shared and reviewed with you to ensure that we are meeting the targets and planning for your child’s next steps. There may be reports from other professionals involved in your child’s care. A meeting might be arranged if there is a lot of information to be discussed and/or other professionals are involved.
Parents play a vital part in nursery life and there are many opportunities to become involved such as helping on trips, sharing skills or interests, family events days or fundraising activities for local charities. We also run sessions such as Stay and Play where parents can stay and take part in activities with their children.
We use our website to illustrate the variety of activities that the children participate in and to inform parents of upcoming events, as well as our Facebook page.