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Information about what Apple Tree Day Nursery provides for children and their families with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

 

How does Apple Tree Day Nursery 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 is to develop a close and trusting relationship with them and their parents to enable respectful sharing of information. If parents/carers have any concerns regarding their child’s development this information should be shared with their Key Person.  If your child’s Key Person has identified a possible individual need, this will be discussed with you and together we can plan how to best support your child. The Nursery SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator) may be asked for advice in order to support your child and the Key Person.  The SENCO may also liaise with other professionals such as the Area SENCO, the Speech and Language Therapist, Health Visitor, etc. This advice may involve meetings and reports in order to enable the Key Person to plan for the individual needs of your child. We welcome parents and professionals sharing these reports with us in order to plan appropriately to meet the individual needs of your child.

 

How will Apple Tree Day Nursery staff support my child? How will you oversea and plan the education that my child will participate in? Who else will be involved with my child and what will their role be?

Here at Apple Tree we offer an in depth settling in period and a home visit (if requested). You will meet with your child’s Key Person and spend time together sharing information to enable us to provide informed support. Your child is central to everything we do and we will listen to you as well as your child. You are welcomed and invited to spend time in the Nursery whilst your child settles. This will help your child to familiarise themselves with the team, the other children and their Key Person. Children are always at the centre of everything we do and we understand that every child is unique therefore the settling in period can be tailored to suit each individual child. We will use our observations and assessments to help inform us of your child’s current stage of development and their next steps. We welcome your contributions and parent observations to plan for their future learning. Your child’s development will be regularly evaluated and advice may be sought from the nursery SENCO if necessary to plan appropriately for your child’s needs.

 

How will Apple Tree Day Nursery 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 and 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?

Before starting at the nursery you are able to request a home visit, this can be arranged with the Nursery Manager prior to your child starting at the setting. Each child is unique and will react differently to their first day at Nursery; therefore we have a settling in process which the Nursery Manager will discuss with you. We offer at least two settling in sessions for your child and if you feel your child may need a little longer to settle then extra settling in sessions can of course be arranged. The settling in sessions provide you and your child with the opportunity to get to know his/her carers within the room and to meet the other children. You will be given a registration form and ‘welcome pack’ with relevant forms to complete. Settling in sessions are free of charge and are there to aid your child with a smooth transition into Nursery life.

Transferring to a new setting or the next stage of education and life is a milestone for each child. It is paramount that we ensure this transition runs as smoothly as possible, both for the child and you, the parents. With your permission, your child’s Learning Journey(the record of their observations, assessments and artwork during their time at nursery) will be shared with the new setting. We will contact the new setting to share relevant information and attend Team Around the Child meetings (TAC) if required. Support and a visit where possible will be offered to the new setting to advise on any adaptations to provision or routine and to meet the Key Person/Class Teacher.

 

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 Childs education?

Your child’s Key Person is the first point of contact should you have anything you wish to discuss about your child. The Key Person will be supported by the Room Leader , Nursery Manager or SENCO. We have a Self-Registration Board in the Nursery Entrance with staff photos and their names at the children’s level and our staff photos on the Nursery Website.  Your child’s Key Person and Nursery SENCO will be able to direct you to additional professionals who can offer you suitable support and advice should this be required. Further Information can also be gained from your child’s Health Visitor, Children’s Centre, Family Information Service and the Local Education Authority Website.

 

What are the responsibilities of the Apple Tree Day Nursery 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 and ensure that they are up to date and fully implemented. We ensure that our staff have sufficient training and share the information and best practice examples through regular staff meetings and in house training.  We have an open door policy for both staff and parents and welcome families to share in our work, experiencing our environment first hand. The Nursery environment is very welcoming and inclusive and we value and respect each child and their family. 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 be 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?

You will receive a detailed verbal handover at the end of each day from your child’s carer. Each child at Apple Tree has a Learning Journey. This contains observations, assessments, photographs and artwork.  You are able to view this whenever you wish, take it home, share with your child or contribute to with your own observations and comments. There are parents evening twice a year where you are invited to meet with your Childs Key Person, view your child’s Learning Journey and contribute towards your child’s progress overview report. This provides you with the opportunity to look at your child’s progress in line with the ages and stages of development linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). For 2 year old children we are required to complete a 2 year old progress check that is completed by the Key Person, the Parent and the Health Visitor and may form the basis for early intervention if particular concerns have been identified.

Parents play a vital role in Nursery life and social events such as open mornings and visits enable you as a parent or carer to see your child play and interact with their peers and carers. There are many opportunities to become involved such as helping on trips, sharing skills or interests and fundraising activities for local charities. We hold Graduation Days, family days such as the summer fete and Parent Breakfast mornings that are open to parents and other important people in your child’s life. We have a website that we use to inform parents/ carers of future events as well as our notice board, newsletter and social media.

 

What support will there be for my child’s physical and emotional well-being? What support is available at Apple Tree Day Nursery for children with SEND? How does the nursery manage the administration of medicines and provide personal care? What support is there for social and emotional development?

We offer settling in sessions tailored to each individual child and a home visit if requested. The settling in sessions are designed to give your child the opportunity to become familiar with the Nursery and form a close attachment with their Key Person. Upon registration, a welcome pack is provided with detailed information about the setting. Each child at Apple Tree has a Key Person with whom they build a close and trusting relationship. All staff at Apple Tree are friendly, welcoming and have a positive approach to all children and their individual needs. The Key Person approach enables a flexible approach to the routines and individual needs of the child. Through their knowledge they will plan for the needs and interests in line with their stage of development and will liaise with the Nursery SENCO and Area SENCO if necessary.  Visual timetables are used when appropriate and resources and activities are adapted to suit the individual needs of the child. Staff at Apple Tree Day Nursery are trained to administer medicines and suitable documentation is maintained.  Our Nursery Policies ensure the safety of the children including our sickness policy, which depending on the type of illness, may have an exclusion period.

 

What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed at Apple Tree Day Nursery?

All staff have a minimum or the equivalent of a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and Education or are training towards this. All staff are offered a variety of regular training and we have strong links with the local children’s centre and advisory team. We have specialist training including Makaton, paediatric first aid, SENCO. We work closely with the local authority advisory teachers and Area SENCO and other local external agencies such as Speech and Language and can guide parents or make a referral with your permission. Apple Tree Day Nursery has an embedded Equal Opportunities Policy and Behaviour Management Policy.

 

How will Apple Tree Day Nursery help me to support my child’s learning? How will you explain how learning is planned and how I can help support this outside of my setting?

Each room has a display board which details the planning for each individual child. You child’s Key Person will explain how the cycle of observation, planning and review operates and what this means for your child. Communication systems here at Apple Tree include a detailed daily handover at the end of each session, parent communication books, your child’s learning journal, parents evenings, posters, regular newsletters,  the Nursery website and social media. We invite you to share in your understanding and observation of your child’s learning at home so together we can determine your child’s next steps. The Leadership team oversee and monitor the planning to ensure all areas of learning are covered and that your child is progressing in their learning and development. If we have identified that your child has a particular need we will support you and your child in accessing advice and guidance to enable us to plan appropriately in order for them to reach their full potential.

 

How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education? How and when will I be involved in planning my child’s education? How are parents/carers involved in the setting more widely?

Parents are involved from the very beginning. During your child’s initial settling in session you are given a welcome pack to complete and you will discuss with your child’s key person your child’s strengths, needs, likes and dislikes. You are encouraged to share information so that we can plan appropriately for your child’s learning and development.  If particular needs are identified that require additional support, we will guide you to the relevant agencies or make a referral on your behalf. We endeavour to support you and keep you informed through every step of the process. We will ensure our planning reflects what we are doing to support your child and targets are achievable and relevant.  If your child has a Target Outcome Plan you are invited to contribute to this as it is essential to your child’s development and progress. You are able to take your child’s Learning Journey home to view.  Parent’s knowledge of their child is important to us and we use this knowledge as the basis of our work and ongoing partnership with you. We value and respect your views and opinions and send out an annual questionnaire for you to complete. The information is then collated and the leadership team review the information and where necessary added to our Quality Improvement Development Plan.

 

How will the learning and development provision be matched to my child’s needs? What are the settings’ approaches and how will they help my child?

Here at Apple Tree Day Nursery we understand that each child is unique and has individual needs that need to be met. After your child’s initial settling in sessions, using your child’s starting points the Key Person will observe your child, plan a range of exciting and challenging activities and review their progress. You will be asked to share in the assessment we make and to contribute ideas and information relevant to their next step in learning. We will ensure the environment is set up to support the routine and activities that will benefit your child. We will plan for your child’s individual need and resource our environment accordingly. We will suggest ideas for activities to develop learning at home to reinforce the partnership between home and nursery.