Supporting Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Anita Love ~ SENDCO
Blue Bell Woods aims to provide inclusive quality care and education provision to all children regardless of their abilities and learning differences. We will work with a child’s parents/carers and the specific workers who support the child, in ensuring where possible that the child’s needs are best met.
At Blue Bell Woods, equal opportunity and inclusion is at the heart of all that we do. We are committed to continuous improvement and evaluating what we do to help us provide the best possible care. We challenge ourselves to ask questions, seek solutions and embrace new ideas. We are actively committed to valuing individuals and to inclusion.
We aim to foster a positive attitude and approach throughout everyday learning activities and experiences through:
- Use of appropriate resources
- Supporting children for whom English is an additional language
- Challenging bias and discrimination
- Providing clear direction for staff and children
- Developing and nurturing strong relationships with parents, carers and outside agencies including other childcare settings
- A nominated SENDCO (Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-Ordinator) who will attend appropriate training
- Requesting additional relevant training when it is identified Regularly reviewing and evaluating our work
- Regular meetings and updates to ensure continuity of care and objectives are met and cascaded to all staff
On application for a place at Blue Bell Woods Nursery, parents/carers should inform the key person that their child has an identified disability or learning difference. This information should be recorded on the ‘All about me’ form at enrolment. The SENDCO and parents/carers will then arrange a time to meet to discuss how best we can plan to support the child and begin to make links with the relevant involved external services, e.g. Speech and Language Therapy. This information would then be used to provide starting points for the development of an appropriate curriculum for the child.
The observation and assessment of all children is an integral aspect of our work in relation to planning for children’s development and learning. Where a concern is raised about a child’s learning and development and they are identified by parents/carers, a specialist agency or through the observations and assessment of staff as having special educational needs, Blue Bell Woods will follow the Department for Education (DfE) Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014 on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs along with The Equality Act 2010 and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Emotional and mental health difficulties
- Sensory and/or physical needs