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Special Educational Needs Policy

The aims and objectives of our SEN policy

The emphasis of our SEN policy is on the early identification of any difficulties a child may have, and on offering an appropriate learning environment in which we provide a range of differentiated activities to meet all individual needs.

  • For difficulties to be identified by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and the relevant staff members.
  • To ensure that activities set from appropriate early year's curriculum is still offered, with sufficient changes made, to meet the child's individual needs.
  • To ensure that planning, assessments and recordings is user friendly for staff, parents/carers and outside agencies (with parents consent)
  • To ensure that the relevant planning, assessments and recording is being completed to meet the needs of a child identified as having a Specials Educational Needs (SEN).
  • To develop a relationship with parents/carers and to confer and consult with parents/carers regarding any difficulties we/they feel their child is experiencing.
  • To liaise with other professionals to ensure that the child with SEN is being offered the most effective provisions for their individual needs (with consent from parents).
  • Encouragement of staff training to ensure an appropriate learning environment is achieved.

The name of our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is


The SENCO's role is to:

  • Promote effective relationships with parents of children with SEN
  • Ensure all staff understand and are familiar with the SEN Code of Practice.
  • To ensure all staff follow the SEN practice as stated in the policy.
  • Promote staff development in relation to SEN, ensuring appropriate SEN training for all staff.
  • Monitoring the SEN policy and setting dates for evaluations and reviews.
  • Contributing to any written reports and parents on the SEN policy.
  • Communicate on a regular basis with other professionals; this is to ensure that the correct and effective provisions are being offered to children with SEN (with parents consent).
  • Working in partnership with parents/carers and for the SENCO to consult with parents/carers if he/she feels a child is having difficulties.
  • To oversee and assist with the preparing and writing of the Individual Educational Plans (I.E.Ps).
    The admission arrangement for children with SEN is:

We welcome all children and aim to respond to each child's background and individual needs. We ask parents/carers to give as much notice as possible if a child is disabled, or has special educational needs. This will enable us to explore with parents/carers and with any outside professionals how we can provide most effectively for that child.

  • An initial meeting will be held with parents/carers to collect the necessary information with regards to the child's needs to ensure that they are met.
  • Outside agencies will be contacted with the consent of the parents/carers, to help us offer the correct and the most effective provisions and care for the child.
  • For parents/carers to give as much notice as possible if a child joining the nursery is disabled or has SEN, as this will help us to ensure the child receives the best possible care with the help of parents/carers and outside professionals.

Specialist facilities and staffing

We have one staff member who is a fully trained SENCO within the nursery; other staff members have attended courses to help work with individual children as appropriate.

Our nursery has wheelchair access throughout the whole of the nursery and no steps at all on site.

Recourses we provide for children with SEN:

We aim to include all children within our nursery in all areas of the curriculum. If we are unable to meet the needs within the nursery we will make use of outside recourses (including Early Years, Occupational therapy, Area SENCO, etc).

Identification and assessment of children with SEN:

  • When a staff member or parent/carer has concerns about a child this is the first step to identifying a child has SEN, the SENCO will then observe the behaviour over a course of 2-3 days
  • Once the SENCO as gathered relevant behavioural observations he/she will voice their concerns to the parent/carer in a confidential manner.
  • Following on from this a further 2-4 week period of observations should be recorded by relevant Early Years Practitioners relating to the concerns.
  • A this point a second discussion will take place between parents/carers and SENCO were the decision will be made as to whether or not professional advise is sort.
  • If parents/cares give consent for the SENCO to contact the Area SENCO written consent will be needed.
  • Once the Area Senco is contacted he/she will spend a good session at nursery observing the child.
  • The area SENCO will devise an action plan individual to the child from her evaluations.
  • A meeting with parents/ carers will take place where the area SENCO will discuss her assessment and targets will be set and aimed at to be achieved; these will then be reviewed within a 4 week period.
  • The area SENCO will remain in close contact with the SENCO and Nursery.