- To Provide a safe, secure and friendly environment for the children, who can then develop and progress positively through their early years of life.
- Promote equality of opportunity for children with special needs and their families.
- We believe in working alongside other professionals to ensure every child's individual needs are identified and met.
What Can We Offer for Special Education Needs and Disabilities?
We promise to work in close partnership with parents and professionals to do all we can to support a child's learning and other needs. We will do this by ensuring that the activities reflect the diversity of our society, not just the Nursery. Here at Little Lingfields we welcome all new parents and children. We thrive off making a difference to each child's life. Little Lingfields believe that every child has the right to experience and develop alongside their peers, no matter what their need and allowing them to progress and learn at a pace and level reflective of the individual need. Therefore, we feel like we go above and beyond in making sure we do our absolute best in supporting every child.
How Does the Setting Know if Children Need Extra Help and What can be Done About it?
Each child has their own learning journal which contains observations and assessments on the child's development. Whilst using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework we are able to assess the child's learning, development and welfare. Their assessment will allow our staff to identify any child who may need additional support. Should your child be identified, they will be monitored and supported by the nursery and outside agencies with your consent. Little Lingfields build on close and respectable partnerships with parents and work together to achieve the best outcomes for the child. Practitioners work with the SENCO to agree on the next plan of action, i.e. activities and targets before seeking further advice from professionals. If the nursery feels intervention is needed, we would contact the Local Inclusion Officer. From this the Inclusion Officer will help with the different activities and targets we would need to put in place. The targets would be broken down with an explanation on how they would achieve this. Furthermore, if on re-assessing the targets we felt the child still needed additional support we would then liaise with other professionals. In some cases, we have a One Plan in place that all who are involved with the child contribute to. Targets are put together for the child to achieve within a certain time scale from all who are involved. This will be reviewed every term so that the development of the child can be challenged and monitored.
Some of the professionals we work with are:
- A Child Development Officer
- An Inclusion Officer
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Social Worker
- An Early Years Teacher (EYT)
How Will the Early Years Setting Prepare and Support my Child to Join the Setting or to Transfer to School at the Next Stage of Education and Life?
Settling in sessions are offered to all parents and children. We feel this is an important process and really helps the children get to use to their environment and is a great opportunity for parents to ask any questions. The staff will have an in-depth conversation about the child's routine at home to enable us to make their time at Nursery a like from home experience. Also, on induction each child receives an ‘All About Me’ form which, once complete, will give information on the child’s strengths, home life, interests and areas for development. This gives our staff insight into your child’s life and abilities. At Little Lingfields we feel it is important that every child has a key person and this would be someone that the child has made a bond with. Our Key Worker approach involves each member of staff planning around their children’s individual needs. They would be overall responsible in ensuring the child is on target in all areas of development. Regular parents evenings and assessments would be done to make sure parents are updated on their child's progress.
Parents play a vital role in their child’s learning and development, therefore Little Lingfields encourages as much parental involvement as possible.
What Support Will There be for My Child's Overall Well-Being?
At Little Lingfields our medicine policy protects all children with medication. We only administer medication which has been prescribed by a doctor unless paracetamol is needed. If paracetamol is needed, then the Nursery have a supply on site that would be administered to the child. A prior consent form must be completed and signed by a parent. All medication will be stored in its original container, clearly labelled and inaccessible to children.
Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion policies are also in place to ensure that your child is supported. Everyone who is actively involved in a child’s learning and development will work together to ensure that they receive the best support needed to develop and progress.
Each child is seen as unique and all views are taken into consideration. This happens a lot more frequently with pre-school children, as they are more aware of their interests and opinions.