Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
At First Day Nursery we are committed to the inclusion of all children. All children have the right to be cared for and educated to develop to their full potential alongside each other through positive experiences, to enable them to share opportunities, experiences and develop/learn from each other.
Where a child has additional needs, we feel it is paramount to find out as much as possible about those needs and how this may affect his/her early learning or care needs and any additional help he/she may need by:
- Liaising with the child’s parents and, where appropriate, the child
- Liaising with any professional agencies
- Reading any reports that have been prepared
- Attending any review meetings with the local authority/professionals
- Observing each child’s development and monitoring such observations regularly and putting in place plans to support the child.
We not only work in partnership with parents and carers but also relevant professionals from our community to make sure the additional needs of a child are identified and responded to promptly, with support put in place. Click here to learn more about Redbridge Early Year SEN services for children with disabilities or additional needs.
Our nursery Special Education Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator works alongside parents/carers, the child’s key person and other professionals involved with the child’s development.
The role of the SENCO is to take the lead in further assessment of the child, in planning future support for the child in discussion with colleagues, and in monitoring and subsequently reviewing the action taken. The SENCO should also ensure that appropriate records are kept including a record of children’s SEND support and those with Education, Health and Care plans. Our SENCO works closely with all staff to make sure there are systems in place to plan, implement, monitor, review and evaluate the special educational needs practice and policy of the nursery, always making sure plans and records are shared with parents.
We aim to educate children and parents alike on autism and other facets of the neuro diverse spectrum including dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and speech and language differences, so that all concerned can feel empowered by relevant correct information, as opposed to any assumptions.
How are parents/carers included in the child's education and curriculum?
Communication with parents is essential, and the key person will work together with the parents to ensure that every child's individual needs are supported.
At the initial settling-in sessions, the parent/carers will work with the key person to settle the child into the nursery.
Throughout this time, the key person will complete the 'All About Me' form to understand the child's individual routines, needs, interests and abilities.
The parents are encouraged to work together with the key person completing observations and activities for home to keep them informed of new interests so that these can be incorporated into the activities that are planned for that child.
The parents will be invited to attend regular meetings to review the child's progress, with the child's key person, nursery SENCO and possibly other professionals.
How accessible are the environments?
Our nursery is built on ground floor, so that anyone with a wheelchair or special requirement will easily have easy access. All our furniture is designed to support children to access resources independently. All staff work hard to put any adjustments in place to ensure no child is disadvantaged.