Statement of Intent for Supporting Equality
At Blackdown Children’s Day Nursery we are committed to
equality. We aim for every child in our setting to fulfill their potential no
matter what his/her background or personal circumstances.
How we support SEN
We understand that children learn and develop in
different ways, our nursery staff recognise this and will use different styles
of interaction, resources and planning for the various ways the children learn and play. However, at times some
children need extra help.
Support at Blackdown Children’s Day Nursery for children
How do we identify and assess children with
educational need can be a number of different things. For example, a child may be
having problems with reading, number work or behaviour, which can be helped by
working in partnership with parents. It may also be due to a disability which
makes it harder for a child to use the same educational facilities that the
nursery provides for the majority of children. For some children this may be a
temporary difficulty, while others may have a long term need for special help.
Medical and Social Support
At Blackdown Children’s Day Nursery we consult with a
wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the medical and
social needs of SEND children are met.
How we consult with our SEN children
Ensuring that all children attending Blackdown
Children’s Day Nursery receive provision that maximises their enjoyment and
achievement is central to all we offer.
Consultation with families is the key to securing
success in this area.
Frequently Asked Questions
When a child first begins nursery the amount of
information presented to parents can seem daunting, especially if their child
has SEND. We have published a number of FAQ’s posted by parents relating
to our nursery and SEND provision.
Please contact Claire Gomulka or our Special Educational Needs Coordinator Alison Milton if you require any
additional help or support.
Further information on our SEN Provision Link
Government has asked all Local Authorities in the UK to publish, in one place,
information about the services and provision they expect to be available in
their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have Special Educational
Needs and/or a Disability (SEND).
This is known as the Local
At Blackdown Children’s Day Nursery, we are committed to the equal inclusion of
all children within the Nursery. We
recognise the diverse and individual needs of all of our children and take into
account the additional support required by those children with Special
Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Further information on the
Local Offer can be found on the Somerset County Council website www.somerset.gov.uk
Needs training at our setting
Our nursery staff are trained and qualified in supporting
children’s individual needs within the nursery, will be appropriately
retained/trained if it becomes necessary to ensure access for an individual
child. The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) Alison Milton attends
regular SENCo cluster meetings and keeps up-to-date with changes that happen.
Our SENCO has been trained to provide links between the
child, parents, nursery staff, health services and social care to provide
advice and practical support where needed. Ensuring all staff understands their
responsibilities to the children and working closely throughout with the family
Who do I see if I am worried?
- Speak to your key person.
- If you are still concerned you can make an
appointment to meet with the special educational needs coordinator (SENCo)
Alison Milton or Claire Gomulka.
Should you need contact details of support groups and who to
contact then the nursery SENCO Alison can provide you with the details.
Blackdown Children’s Day Nursery for children with SEN
SEND children attending our Nursery are aged between 3 months and 5 years so
consulting with them to seek their views about how we are meeting their needs
has to be age appropriate.
How we support children with Special Education Need and
match the curriculum to their individual needs.
Children learn and develop in different ways, our nursery
staff recognise this and will use different styles, resources and planning for
the various ways the children learn and play. Through the nursery staffs skills
and knowledge and with parental discussion ways of adapting the environment,
resources and activities for individual needs would take place.
We use the following strategies:
regular meetings and discussions with parents about what we have planned for
their child and how to link this with interests and passions demonstrated at
close observations during nursery to identify the types of activities and
experiences that most engage each child so these can be developed further and
be used inform future planning
SEND children with planning their own activities and encouraging them to share
what they would like to learn and participate with
any resources that they show a preference for
importantly, ensure the children with SEND are happy, motivated and make
expected levels of progress throughout their time in nursery. How we make decisions about the type and how much support
individual children with Special Educational Need receives is decided from discussion with the child’s parents, other professionals
involved with the child and our nursery SENCO Alison Milton, we will assess the
needs of the child and how much support and type of support the child may need.
Alison Milton our nursery SENCo could seek further advice from the area SENCO
on how best to support the child within the nursery if needed.
How we listen to the views of the children with Special
We involve the children in the planning of their own
activities, in participating with activities provided in the nursery and by
promoting children’s’ own personal interests by listening to their views and
wishes of the children. We ensure
children with Special Educational Need Development are happy, motivated, taking
pride in their achievements and make the expected levels of progress throughout
their time with us through sharing information and discussion with parents and
How we support all transitions including moving onto
The nursery key
person system is operated to allow your child to build that special
relationship with someone they can learn to trust and who will closely monitor
their individual needs and progress. With the nursery play sessions allowing
parents opportunity to share information with their child’s key person, like
the child’s routine, needs, likes and dislike, health care plans, etc and the
child meeting their new key person before starting at the nursery. By the age of 2 / 2 ½ years old your child
may be ready to move from the baby room to the main room. Before your child
moves into the main room a discussion between the key person and parents takes
place to access the needs of the child and any systems that need to be in place
to aid a smooth transition. When the child is ready a transition period will
take place, with the child attending play sessions in the main room, the
child’s key person sharing information with the new key person and the new key
person introducing themselves to the family.Our Nursery Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
will liaise with you the parents, the School SENCO and any other professionals
involved with the child, if it is felt that the children would benefit from a
school entry plan then one would be organised with the family and school.
Specialist services and expertise we can access to
further support and enhance our provision for children with Special Educational
We work with families and other agencies to plan for a
positive entry into nursery and continually monitor the child’s developmental
needs. We monitor children’s Speech and
language closely and use a range of support strategies to help with children’s
communication, like pictures and Somerset Total communication (STC) a form of
signing with all the children. When
parents need help and support in making referrals to speech and language or
other agencies, we will help where necessary.
When your child starts nursery each individual child is
assigned to a key person, who will continually monitor and record your
child’s progress and will keep you regularly updated through informal
discussions on a daily basis. The Key
person will complete baseline assessment using information you provide on where your child's development current is. From this the key person will create 'Next Steps' to work on certain areas with the child that they may need support with, this will be alongside working with you on what you feel your child is needing at the time.
A private tapestry account will have been set for your child (with your permission and information on to access this yourselves) to continually track your child's progress and development and also enable staff and yourselves to upload observations and any exciting developments in the child's day.
Two Year Check
Your child will be provided with a 2 year
report not long after their second birthday and thereafter twice yearly reports until your
child leaves nursery. Special Educational Needs can very often be identified
from our observations, discussion with parents and filling in of pathways
books. Should your child have Special Educational Needs prior to
entering the Nursery we will:
- Liaise with the other setting with parental
consent to obtain and share information
- Through shared information in our play sessions
and when filling in forms with parents
- Reports and sharing information with other
professionals who may be involved with your child with parental consent
- Drawing up a 'Plan, Do Review' plan with you to
support your child whilst they are at nursery
Refer to the SEN Policy that is in the Hallway in our 'Policies for Parents and Carers Policy.
Other agencies and partnerships
At Blackdown Children’s Day
Nursery we actively seek the involvement of parents and carers and other bodies
to educate and meet the needs of children with SEN including external agencies
and initiatives. The professionals within these agencies offer a wealth of
knowledge and expertise for us to draw upon and ensure we meet the needs of all
SEND children, no matter how complex.
When children with SEND attend
our nursery and we continually strive to cater for their unique needs and
ensure they develop a range of skills during their time with us. We have a wide
range of external network of agencies to consult with and offer support to
children and staff respectively. Who might work with my child? Below is a list
of the different types of agencies we are able to contact and who are able to
work with the nursery and your child. If you would like further details about
any of these, please contact us.
Communication and interaction
- Speech and language therapists
- Language and communication advisors
- Autistic spectrum advisor
Cognition and learning
- Educational psychologist
- Learning support service
Social, mental and emotional health
- Parent and family support advisors
- Children and mental health service (CAMHS)
- Social and emotional advisory service
Sensory and/or physical
- Physical impairment and medical support
- Hearing impairment service
- Visual impairment service
- Occupational therapists
This website can provide very useful guidance on all to do with children's behaviour, communicating, health and nutrition, learning through play as well as Safety.
Here the most common topics for parents and families have been identified and the best web-based information and local support is provided within.
All information relating to the Somerset Local Offer and other useful information designed to help parents and carers who are looking for advice and services suited to support you.
This website provides all important dates for the year