Local Offer for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
1) We continuallyobserve each child to ensure they are reaching their expected targets. Every term progress is noted on a ‘Where are we now’ sheet. We complete the East Sussex County Council Early Years Speech, Language and Communication Monitoring Tool.
Parents can meet with their child’s key person or the Supervisor at any time, should they wish to share any concerns they may have.
2) Your child is supported by their key person who in turn is supported by one of our two Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCos). The SENCo will provide the key person with an IEP (Individual Education Plan) and any other provision that is put in place. Your child’s key person or the Supervisor will keep you informed at all times. Occasionally we employ extra staff to work with an individual child. This will be discussed with the parents every step of the way.
The Pre-school committee are very supportive; our Chairperson is an EYT (Early Years Teacher) within East Sussex County Council, and her support and advice when dealing with children with additional needs is invaluable.
We know by continually assessing and following an IEP for your child how effective our provision is. Should we not be reaching certain outcomes we will seek advice from outside services, with your consent.
3) Sometimes resources are bought or borrowed to meet the needs of an individual child. Our setting is organised so that all children have their needs met. We ensure that the resources and activities available will suit all age ranges and abilities; challenging and supporting their development. Our environment is stimulating and activities are planned using evidence from the observations we make of children’s interests. We ensure the room is set up for quiet activities as well as interactive ones. We have open access to a flat outside area which has a variety of resources for children to play with.
4) There will be opportunities to speak with your child’s key person at the end of each session. Should you not be collecting your child after each session then we can introduce a home/school book, and we can also make arrangements for you to meet with key persons/Supervisor and SENCos for more lengthy discussions. During this time we can discuss your child’s learning and the strategies that we have put in place.
5) Your child’s key person is always available to help and support the whole family. Should any medical assistance be needed, all staff take part in training. The key person takes on the role of administering medicines and managing the child’s personal care. If extra space is needed for this we have an accessible toilet. We work as a team to put strategies in place, if a child’s behaviour requires it.
6) The Pre-school has access to a variety of outside services, and we will contact a particular service when required, in consultation with the child’s parents/carers. We will work alongside each other to meet the needs of your child.
7) Recently we had a child in the setting with a visual impairment and a child with a hearing impairment. Staff were able to attend training to help them support those children in the setting.
Should any training be required, such as the use of Epi-pen, manual handling or Makaton signing, we aim for all staff to take part in the training and their knowledge refreshed when necessary.
8) All children have access to local trips and we plan events so that we can meet the needs of individual children. Recently, we took a group of children to Drusilla’s; one child was unable to walk for any length of time due to a medical condition, so we had specific adult support for the child, and they were able to make use of their mobility buggy.
9) The building is completely accessible and there is an accessible toilet.
For families with English as an additional language, we display signs in their first language, and if necessary we would ask for an interpreter to come into the setting to help with communication.
10) Your child will be able to attend a settling in session. We also encourage parents to ensure their child is settled before they leave.
When your child is ready to move onto school, meetings are set up to enable a smooth transition. We will pass on a summative, or final stage, assessment to your child’s school, along with any other relevant information.
11) The decision about how much support your child needs is decided by their key person, SENCo, Supervisor and any outside services involved. Parents are consulted throughout this process. Your child will be continually assessed and monitored, and an IEP will be put in place. Using these strategies, we can assess the impact of the support on your child.
12) Parents are invited to join our committee. This enables them to have an insight into the day to day running of the setting. Throughout the year there are many opportunities to join other parents in the setting for coffee mornings and craft mornings.
Questionnaires are sent out annually to parents and feedback is monitored.
14) Your first point of contact is Stacy Blake, our Supervisor. Our SENCos are Stacy Blake and Tarryn Hicks.
You can contact them at:
Cross in Hand School
You can also access support through the local Children’s Centre, on 01323 464300.
Find out more about support for children and young people with special needs and disabilities: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/localoffer
This offer is accurate now, but services are regularly reviewed and could change. All information will be updated as soon as possible to reflect any new service offer.
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