Blackdown Childrens Day Nursery

Dedicated to growing children

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 with SEN

How do we identify and assess children with SEN?

A special 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.

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.

Additional help

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

The 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 Offer.

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

Special Educational 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 involved.

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.

 Government link to the changes -

Governments letter to parents regarding the changes -

Support at Blackdown Children’s Day Nursery for children with SEN

The 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:

  • Have 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 home
  • Make 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
  • Involve SEND children with planning their own activities and encouraging them to share what they would like to learn and participate with
  • Extend any resources that they show a preference for
  • Most 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 Educational Needs 

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 other professionals. 

How we support all transitions including moving onto school 

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 Needs (SEN).

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
  • Physiotherapists

Useful Links:

 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