Answers to some frequently asked questions

Different Needs (Local Offer)

Supporting children with Special Education Needs or Disabilities at Chantry House Nursery School, our 'local offer' provides information about education, health and care services, leisure activities and support groups in one place. The two main purposes are for us as a setting to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available and also to make us as a provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations. As a setting we understand this is useful information to provide, however you will gain hugely from arranging a visit to come and have a look around and have a discussion with the SENCO.

Q. "How does the school know if a pupil need extra help?"

Each individual child's progress is monitored throughout their time at Chantry House by their key worker. Each child has their own individual learning journal where all their development is recorded. Through regular recording, observing and closely monitoring your child's development, we get a very detailed picture of your child's strengths and therefore their learning needs can be established, which is then reflected on to see if any further support is needed.

Q. "How will early years and the school support my child?"

We will support your child with educational needs; the nursery will offer support that can develop your child's learning as needed. The nursery will record the steps to meet the individual child's needs.

Q. "How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs?"

The curriculum matches your child's needs by quality teaching. Thorough observing of your child is undertaking to support your child's needs, and how we can support your child and move them forward with all aspects of learning. There development is closely observed and monitored and every six to eight weeks you can come and discuss your child's development. If we need to the support from outside professionals this is always discussed with the parents beforehand before taking further action.

Q. "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 hold regular learning journal meetings with the parents to discuss how we plan and support your child's learning. We will also discuss how the parent can support the child outside the nursery. We look at the progress your child has made and we reflect from your child's Learning Journal and agree on the next steps to help your child's progress. Your child's key worker is always available to speak to at the beginning or end of the day for any concerns you may have. If you have further concerns then this can be discussed with the SENCO/INCO member of staff. If your child already has an education health care plan, play plans, general early years setting reports these are reviewed regularly to make future plans and improvements.

Q. "What support will there be for my child's overall wellbeing?"

Our mission at Chantry House is to be a friendly local day nursery where everyone feels welcome and included. We aim to provide families with high quality care and education whilst embracing the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our friendly environment incorporates the needs of all children and their families alike. We believe that a homely atmosphere is paramount and aim to provide a safe and caring environment where all children can feel happy, relaxed and develop to their full potential. The unique child will be supported to develop to their full potential, where no one child is left behind. The first five years of a child's life are important informative years and at playtime we focus on the needs of the unique child. Chantry House Nursery is committed to providing equal opportunities for all children and families. The diversity of all individuals and communities is respected and all families are welcomed and valued. All the staff are all highly experienced and aim to provide and create an ethos where children want to achieve and know they are supported and encouraged.

Q. "What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years setting?"

The specialist services that can be accessed by the early years setting are:

Q. "What training is the staff, supporting children with SEND have or are having?"

Each member of staff undergoes regular training. The designated SENCO/INCO member of staff regularly updates training and attends local network forums. All training is cascaded to all members of staff.

Q. "How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?"

The nursery aims to provide learning opportunities for all children based on children's individual needs. All children are encouraged to participate in all activities and outings. We believe every child should be given as many opportunities as possible. We carry out risk assessments beforehand to ensure each child's needs are met, making any adaptions if necessary and provide any extra support. We ask parents their views, and opinions and ideas about appropriate outings. We also involve parents by asking if they would like to come along and help.

Q. "How accessible is the nursery?"

The nursery is very accessible to wheelchair users as it is a single story building. There are no steps in the building and the doorways are wide enough for wheelchairs. We have a disabled toilet/changing area which is always available. We work closely to various agencies to support the child needs. Staff also attend relevant training courses where necessary.

Q. "How will the early years setting prepare and support my child to join the early years setting, transfer to a new setting/school?"

When your child starts at Chantry House they attend 2 settling in sessions to support their transition. The first settling session is with the parent/carer and the second settling in is to give the child a short time to settle. If your child finds it hard to settle after these few sessions, we offer further settling in sessions. They also complete an "all about me" form so we know personal information about your child to support them to settle in the nursery. We support them moving on to the next setting by arranging their new teacher to visit them in the nursery setting as well home visits. We share information with the next setting to help transition. We work with the schools to support their settling process, including taking the children to visit the school.

Q. "How are the early years setting's resources allocated and matched to children's special educational needs?"

Resources are purchased regularly for all areas of development throughout the classrooms. If specific learning resources are required then this is discussed with all the staff, in order to purchase the resources needed. We hold fund raising events in the nursery and purchase great resources with the money raised.

Q. "How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?"

We monitor the child's learning from their learning journals to identify their individual Strengths. We can then see if any further support is needed to get the desired outcome for your child. We agree the outcome with the parents and get any support we may need from outside agencies.

Q. "How are parents involved in the early years setting? How can I be involved?"

Parent views and opinions are always valued and put into practise. I base improvement plans on the questionnaire feedback I get from parents. We have a comment book that parents can access at all times to write their thoughts, views and comments.

Q. "Who can I contact for further information?"

Vanessa Beresford, Chantry House Nursery Manager, 01243 788727

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