How do we identify children with SEN?
All children are observed and monitored using the Early Years Foundation Stage, Development Matters, Every Child’s a Talker (ECAT), and tracker forms. All children aged between 2 and 3 years have a developmental check which parents are invited to share with their health visitor. We have a health visitor who we can also seek help and advice from.
By using the evidence from observations, ECAT and tracker forms, staff will identify any areas of need and plan activities to help the child achieve these goals. Staff work collaboratively with parents and will monitor the progress of the child; if at any point the staff or the parents have concerns they can approach the nursery’s Senco (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) who, with the parent’s permission will contact the area Senco or other outside agencies to obtain help and advice.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
Staff will conduct observations and monitor your child’s progress. They will discuss any issues that arise with you, the Senco and the manager. Regular meetings and reviews will also be completed. We will look at how your child likes to learn and develop and will arrange activities around their learning style. If we feel the need to seek help and advice from other professionals, we will ask your permission first. Once other professionals are involved we will always make sure that the parents/carers are well informed and will ensure that the child’s needs are always put first.
How can a parent raise concerns?
If you as a parent have any concerns about your child, please feel free to talk to your child’s key person or the nursery supervisor, manager or Senco. You can arrange to speak to any member of staff to discuss any concerns you may have.
What training have the staff undertaken in supporting children with SEN and disabilities?
The Senco goes to regular cluster meetings to keep up to date with recent training. The Senco has been on training courses covering behaviour, autism and Somerset total communication.
What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the nursery?
For any child that requires specialist services or care we will seek the advice of health professionals with the permission of the parents and invite them to regularly visit the nursery to help, guide and support the child.
How will the nursery support my child when they start at the nursery?
Upon starting at Yeovilteenies Day Nursery you are invited to come to some settling in sessions, which are usually staggered over the two/three weeks before they start at nursery. For the first session we invite you and your child to come and meet with your key person and the other staff within the room that your child will be placed; this gives you, your child and the staff the chance to get to know each other before your child starts at the nursery. The nursery manager, deputy manager or supervisor of the room will also be available during your visit to answer any questions you may have. For the next couple of settling in sessions we encourage you to leave your child for a while; this may mean that you go and have a coffee in the staff room so that you are still in the building or you may want to go for a little walk. We do not have any minimum or maximum number of sessions for settling in but each session is no longer than 2 hours.
How will the nursery support my child and match the curriculum to their needs?
Every child is given a key person; this is a member of staff that will take a lead role in the care of your child and they will monitor your child’s development.
Every child is individual and the nursery plans activities that are appropriate for each individual child throughout the week. The nursery is set out as a free flow play area so that each child can develop and learn within an area that they enjoy. The staff will support and challenge their play by introducing new resources and will ask questions to encourage each child to think and develop their interests, aiding their concentration skills.
How we observe and plan for your child
Every child has a development journal and within this your child will have short observations, long observations, learning stories, ECAT forms and a developmental record book. All staff within the room will observe your child and their key person will complete the journal and monitor their progress.
Throughout all observations and assessments we ask the parents to comment and be involved with the child’s learning and development; the views of the parents are extremely valued.
To plan for your child we use a combination of educational plans (IEPs), next steps sheets and behaviour monitoring forms (ABC charts) depending on their needs. The use of some STC (Somerset Total Communication) is used within the nursery and some staff are trained in this. We also use visual timelines and now and next boards when needed.
How will I know how my child is doing?
The nursery uses an online developmental journal that is secure as each parent is given their own login. You can view their journal at any time, including from Sea for deployed parents, and you can add observations and comments. Your child’s key person will talk to you on weekly/daily about their day/week.
The nursery also has parents evening twice a year, but we strongly encourage regular meetings/chats with your child’s key person.
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
About 90% of our staff is paediatric first aid trained and the nursery will seek to train staff for any specific medical needs as required. We will take the time to sit with you and support you as a family; we will listen to all your wishes and discuss how we can achieve both yours and your child’s needs by putting a care plan in place.
How will the nursery ensure they take account of my child’s views?
The nursery feels it is important to respect the views of your child and we will seek to use Somerset Total Communication (STC) to ensure that your child’s messages are understood.
How will my child be included in activities outside the nursery including trips?
We usually invite people to come to the nursery to put on extra activities within our safe environment. On the occasions that a trip out is organised, we will risk assess and discuss any individual needs of the children with you and put in place the required needs for the trip. A member of staff will go to the place beforehand to make sure that the area is equipped to support the needs of all the children.
How accessible is the nursery?
The nursery is all on one level and is fully accessible by wheelchairs including the garden.
For parents whose first language is not English we will use a translation service to translate our policies and forms for the parents/carers. If required we can ask the translation service to come in to translate any extra information that you require. We will work with parents to learn how your child communicates and we have staff trained in basic Somerset Total Communication. To help your child build up relationships with staff and peers, they will have a key person that will support their needs and introduce them to the other children in small groups by playing games, reading stories and singing songs together.
How will the setting prepare and support my child to transfer to a new setting or move onto school?
If your child attends another childcare setting in the area we will invite the key person from that setting to share effective practice that will help your child and we will seek to visit your child at the other setting to see them in that environment if required.
Transition from nursery to school will involve school entry planning meetings with the school and all professionals involved in their care; from these meetings a transfer plan will be put together.
Who do I contact for further information on the nursery?
Nursery Manager: Louise Finden
Nursery Deputy Manager: Jo Williamson
Nursery Senco: Louise Finden
Tel: 01935 453731
Mobile: 07557 380852
The nursery manager is available to contact via the mobile from 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday.
The nursery is open from 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and you will be able to speak to the manager, deputy or a supervisor.