As a setting we have a key person approach. We follow a system of observation, monitoring and tracking through the early years foundation stage (EYFS) http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf.
If there is an area which shows concern the key person would refer to the best practice guidance. To ensure that a universal level of provision is met. The nursery SENCo will be informed and may implement personalised/individual strategies to support the individual children. We also complete a progress check at 2 years and a termly report on your child’s development. We also offer six monthly parent consultation. We are able to show the progress of each child, and each year group through our online program which enables us to evaluate how well we are providing for our children.
If the setting is finding it difficult to be able to provide for the needs for your child, then we will contact you and with your consultation and agreement external agencies, such as speech and language therapists will be approached.
All observations are available on parent zone. If you do not have access to this, we will print these for you. On Parent zone is also a record of any meals, sleep and daily routines which your child has had while in the setting this is published on a daily basis. This app also gives you access to share photographs, comments and observations from you regarding your child’s time at home. This will also feed into our planned targets and activities for them.
When your child arrives at the setting, we will ask you how they are and when you return to collect them, we will feed back to you the activities and experiences which your child has had during their time with us.
Although, we follow the stages of the EYFS. We plan for each child individually, basing the environment and the activities around what they already know and enjoy.
We work very close with several outside agencies to ensure that any children who need extra input are receiving the most skilful assistance we can provide. The specialist teacher, speech and language and occupation therapists are regular and welcome visitors to our setting. We are continually providing and attending training for our SENCo staff and for all staff, to ensure that we are sensitive to children’s needs and how to develop their needs. We have highly qualified staff who will implement visual support, one to one focused play and learning time. We will work closely with families and parents to ensure that we provide a merged service.
Our building is a single storey building, with double doors to all garden areas, The toilets are height appropriate which assist all levels of toileting ability.
When the children are moving into a new room, we will spend ideally a month getting them use to the new environment. When they have their big move into school, we will develop a positive attitude surrounding this, ensuring that we help to get your child excited for their new journey. We work in depth at helping your child realise the skills they have which are needed for school life. We contact all new reception teachers to arrange for them to come in to meet the children here and complete in-depth reports to send to the schools so that they have an insight into the wonderful personalities which we are preparing.
We are an active part of the area SENCo we make a big effort at attending lift meetings to discuss any concerns. Our work with other professionals and parent endeavour to provide the best for every child.