Local offer for Children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)
The aim of this document is to enable families to see the support that they would receive for their child within our setting. It will provide clear information about what we already have in place to enable all children to reach their full potential, as well as reassure you that we value each child as being unique and endeavour to meet their individual needs. We are an inclusive setting with a wealth of experience in supporting and promoting children’s needs, learning and development.
How does Pebbles know if a child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?
At Pebbles Preschool every child is allocated a key person. Their role is to build a trusting relationship with you and your child. This enables the key person to make regular observations of your child linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) ages and stages of development and 'The Effective characteristics of Learning'. These observations will help identify individual needs which the key person will discuss with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) and yourself and plan with you how best to support your child’s learning and development.
Our SENCo will offer support and advice to yourself and all staff within the setting and will also liaise with other professionals to seek advice and support in identifying individual needs if necessary, with your permission.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s development, you can speak to your child’s key person or the setting’s SENCo.
How will Pebbles support my child?
When you and your child start at Pebbles Pre-school you will complete, with your child’s key person an ‘All about me’ booklet. The information you provide about your child helps the key person to identify your child’s specific areas of strength and those that need developing.
If there becomes a point at which your child needs extra support your child's key person will work with you, your child and the SENCo to set up an OPP (One Page Profile). Observations, assessments and evaluations will contribute to your child’s One Page Profile (OPP) and your child’s key person will oversee the next steps, which is to produce a One Plan (OP) that addresses the individual needs of your child. This includes your input, as well as your child's key person and the child's, when appropriate. We will work in partnership with you, regularly reviewing the OP and planning new ones together. We will give you new ideas to use at home to support your child.
Parents are involved in the creation of their child's OP and in the decision to involve other professionals. With your permission external professionals' advise is incorporated into your child's individual plan.
How Pebbles works in partnership with parents/carers?
As mentioned above we gain knowledge from you about your child from the very beginning in the form of the ‘All About Me’ booklet. We have an open- door policy whereby your child’s key person is available to discuss your child’s progress and development. Each term we send home ‘Next Steps’ which highlights your child’s achievements and tells you which Learning Outcomes we will be working on with your child. We provide ideas on how you can help your child’s development in these areas at home.
If for any reason your child is not attending Pebbles at the time that the Next Steps are sent home, we will email you a copy.
When possible, Pebbles offers weekly stay and play sessions (once a term). These sessions enable you to look at your child's Learning Journey; discuss your child’s progress wheel and most recent Next Steps with their key person; as well as seeing what your child gets up to at Pebbles. If we are unable to offer these sessions we will send Learning Journey's home over a two day spell, once a term so that you can see the progress they are making and if you have any questions you can email your child's key person.
What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
We offer settling in sessions which will enable your child to familiarise themselves with the setting and the staff. This is also a good opportunity for you to discuss any concerns/needs with the staff.
Pebbles Pre-School follows the Safeguarding, Welfare, Learning and Development Requirements of the EYFS framework. These policies, as well as all our other policies, are available to view within the setting and on this website (under Policies).
We ensure that all staff are aware of the medical conditions of the children and follow all necessary procedures to meet the children’s needs. When choosing the key person for a child we consider the experience of the key person as well as how well the child responds to them.
We work with all professionals as required by individual children and always encourage these professionals to come into the setting, whenever possible, to visit the child. Parental permission is always sought before advice/referrals are made.
How accessible is Pebbles Pre-school? Both indoors and out?
Our building has a tarmacked ramp to one of the doors. There is a disabled parking spaces at the front of the school building.
We have a grass and hard standing outdoor space which are both accessible by wheelchair, although has a gate installed in the adjoining Early Years area (belonging to the school) and therefore, a new access would need to be installed when the need arose.
We use visual timetables to support routines; reduce anxiety and aid communications. Photographs of the preschool toys and resources are used within the setting to help children identify the resources they want to play with.
How will Pebbles Preschool prepare and support my child to join the preschool and/or transfer to a new setting/school?
As mentioned above we offer settling in sessions when you can bring your child to play before they officially start. We encourage parents to stay with their child for at least one of these visits so that your child knows you are also happy in the setting and communicate with the staff. As all children are different, we are flexible and have many strategies to help your child settle.
When going to school, the school’s Early Years teacher is invited to the setting to see the children and speak to the child’s key person. Your child will make visits to their new school to meet their new teacher. We pre-empt and follow these visits with lots of positive discussions about stating school. Sharing booklets, we have made with the children about their new school. If your child is going to attend Bulmer school this will be a very easy step for your child due to the continual contact we have with the school.
How Pebbles organises its resources to meet the needs of young children with SEND?
We ensure all resources are accessible to the children and provide a free flow environment enabling the children to choose whether they want to be indoors or out. When buying new resources, we consider the varying needs of the children and the areas of the EYFS that need improving.
Our most essential resource is our experienced staff. We ensure that our adult to child ratio is always higher than required by Welfare Requirements which enables the staff to meet the individual needs of the children. We also ensure that our staff attend training relevant to the needs of the children in our care. Therefore, all staff have received training in Autism Awareness and ELKAN (a communication and language programme).
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
The key person will make regular observations linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development. An assessment of your child will be completed on their entry to the setting using a progress wheel. The progress wheel will then be reviewed/updated each term. If your child is or falls below the expected EYFS ages and stages of development and little progress is evident your child’s key person will arrange a meeting with yourself and the setting’s SENCo, when the setting will identify what support is required.
A One Page Profile (OPP) will be put in place by the key worker, SENCo and yourself. The SENCo will give advice on meeting your child’s needs within the setting. Reports from professionals working with your child will be used to plan support within the setting. The key person will keep all staff up to date with your child's needs. This will ensure all staff working with your child knows your child’s strengths and needs and how to support them.
We think Early Help is essential at this stage and we contact professionals and services offered within Suffolk and Essex ourselves to support the child, family and setting, or signpost parents to these services when appropriate. Early Help portals can be found on the 'Contact Us, Early Help and Helpful Links page' of this website.
How are parents involved in Pebbles Preschool? How can I be involved?
We are a committee run Pre-School so in effect the parents run the pre-school. All parents are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting and are encouraged to become members of the committee.
The committee organises fund raising events which require the parents and sometimes the children’s involvement and support.
We send out parental questionnaires, ask for comments on your child’s ‘Next Steps’ sheets as well as providing a comments book in the lobby in which we welcome and review all comments.
Who can I contact for further information?
More detailed information is available in our policies which are located within the Operational Plan within the setting (please ask a member of staff if you would like to view any of the policies) and on our website.
If you would like to discuss your child prior to starting at Pebbles Preschool please contact Mandy Davies (the Pebbles SENDco) or Rebecca Fitzpatrick (the Pebbles Manager) on 07734 189681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com