1. How does Bluebells nursery know if a child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?
We observe and assess your child while they are in our care; this enables us to identify your child’s individual needs. Any concerns you may have about your child can be discussed with your child’s key person, deputy or manager. Our inclusion co-ordinator (INCO) and special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) trained staff converse with parents and if necessary they seek guidance with outside services for further support. This can include speech and language therapists, outreach workers, social services and the local children’s centre.
2. How will Bluebells staff support my child?
When your child starts at Bluebells they will be introduced to a key person that will ensure their development progress is continually tracked. They will plan activities for your child using next steps that have been agreed between you and the key person.
We are sure we have an effective provision for special educational needs as we have had experience in providing support for children with various needs.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Our focus is to keep your child’s individual interests at the centre of their development. We will plan activities based around their interest and next steps.
If your child has special educational needs their key person and SENCO work together to create an individual education plan. This highlights certain areas of development for particular focus.
4. How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
We have parents evening every term. If you feel you need to communicate any particular queries or concerns you can call, email or talk to your child’s key worker anytime throughout the day, you will receive daily feedback at the end of each day. We track your child using guidance from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and using our staffs knowledge and experience.
We have learning journals that are used as evidence of your child’s development. These contain observations, photographs and any information we have received from you at home. The Learning journal for your child can be asked for to look at any time.
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
We have many policies and procedures in place to ensure your child’s welfare. In addition to this, all staff have undertaken safeguarding and first aid training.
We aim to follow your child’s needs and routines as closely as possible to ensure continuity between home and nursery.
Your child’s views are listened to and recorded and used as evidence to further their individual development.
There are opportunities for your child to view their opinions and feelings throughout the day. Support is given to help with emotional needs and outside agencies are always on hand to provide additional support.
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years setting?
We have the support of outside agencies such as West Sussex early years advisors, the FIRST (Facilitating, Inclusion, Reflection, Support and Training) team and social services.
We also try to link with the children centres near to us
7. What training are the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?
Our SENCO/INCO is undertaking ‘The role of the INCO’ and ‘including all children’ training.
Both the Manager and SENCO/INCO have attended a briefing on changes to special educational needs provided by West Sussex.
All staff has ongoing training including, behaviour management and speech and language.
8. How will my child be included in activities outside the early years setting including trips?
If your child has any special educational needs their key person and SENCO work together to ensure the best plan is made to provide the opportunities for your child to access all activities in the nursery and out and about on trips.
Activities may be adapted as to ensure your child’s participation.
9. How accessible is the early years setting environment? (Indoors and outdoors)
The nursery building is wheelchair accessible and has ramps and wide opening doors.
The nursery has a visual time table for your children to follow, sensory equipment that stimulates talk and different emotions. We as a nursery ensure that we do all we can to support special educational needs children.
10. How will the early years setting prepare and support my child to join the early years setting, transfer to a new setting/school?
At Bluebells we follow an induction process of which any new child and their parents/ carers starting at our setting goes through.
You will receive a prospectus; this delivers all the information about the nursery, fees, opening times, the nursery ethos, and our admissions policy.
Settling in visits are arranged, these comprise of two visits to the nursery prior to your child starting.
More settling in visits can be arranged, if you child find it hard to separate and settle with us as we are aware that all children are different.
During the induction you will be given a welcome book, this is for you to fill out and bring back to nursery. This booklet has information about your family, child’s interests and pictures of familiar people in your child’s life, this enables staff to talk to your child about people close to them.
Before starting your child is assigned a key person, this key person will ensure a smooth transition into nursery from home and then from nursery to school.
All our planning is based around your children’s interests; we ensure that any particular toys or activities that are of interest are available from your child’s first day.
For the transition to school, new teacher visits are arranged and your child’s key worker will discuss and go through your child’s learning journal with them.
11. How are the early years setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
We observe and assess your child which gives us a clearer idea of their individual needs. We then allocate our resources so that your child is included in all activities and can access equipment in all areas of learning.
12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
Your child is observed and their progress tracked. Communication between you and your child’s key person is invaluable. We will then talk with the SENCO within the nursery and they will implement an individual education plan. This plan is reviewed every six weeks with the parents. During this process discussions with specialist outside agencies will be had.
13. How are parents involved in the early years setting? How can I be involved?
All parents have the opportunity to be involved in the nursery for example, the nursery’s policies are sent out on a regular basis, parents are asked to contribute their ideas and thoughts.
You will receive an ‘interest’ sheet every term – this will need to be filled out as we will use this information to assist us in our planning.
We have end of term parent’s evenings, this is an opportunity for you to go over your child’s next steps and, with discussion with your child’s key worker, will give you a holistic understanding and view of your child and their development.
14. Who can I contact for further information?
If you are interested in your child attending Bluebells then please contact us either by phone, email or just by popping in.
We will be happy to show you around our nursery and answer any questions you may have.
Once your child attends Bluebells they will be assigned a key person. They will be here if you wish to discuss anything about your child.
If you feel that your child’s key worker is not the right person to talk to, then you must speak to either Jo the nursery manager or Kira the deputy manager.
Catherine is our SENCO; she will be another person to speak to if you have any concerns regarding your child’s learning and development.