SEND Policy- Local Offer


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Policy

Ruth Thomas———————————-Sept 2014-08-07

Wendy Keates———————————Sept 2014-08-07

Definition of Special Educational Needs

Children have a learning difficulty or disability if they;

  1. Have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;
  2. Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally produced for children the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority
  3. Are under compulsory school age and fall within the definitions above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them

A child has Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special provision to be made for them.

Children do not have a learning difficulty or disability if their first language differs from the language they are being taught.

Rainbow Nursery Aims for Children with SEND

  1. To identify and assess children with SEND as early as possible
  2. To support children with SEND in achieving their full potential
  3. To enable children with SEND to have full access to a broad, balanced and relevant education, including our curriculum for the foundation stage, alongside their peers
  4. To take into account the views, wishes and feelings of the child and the child’s parents enabling them to participate as fully as possible in decision making and, with our support, achieve the very best outcomes

Role of the Key worker

  • To regularly monitor and assess a child’s development in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
  • To communicate regularly with parents about a child’s development and progress, or where there are any concerns
  • Set ‘Next Steps’ together with parents and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
  • To communicate effectively with the nursery SENCO, parents and any outside agencies who may be involved with the child
  • To attend any additional training that the SENCO considers appropriate in order to work effectively with her key group

Role of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO)

  • To be responsible for the daily implementation of the SEND policy
  • To meet prospective parents to discuss the needs of their child
  • To ensure the key worker has all relevant background information from parents and outside agencies
  • To ensure staff are aware of any child with SEND and are fully informed as to the nature of those needs and how to support them
  • To offer support and advice to staff working with children with SEND
  • To ensure staff have sufficient training to support children with SEND
  • To communicate effectively with and seek advice from relevant outside agencies
  • To ensure appropriate records are in place, including Individual Education Plans and targets, including next steps
  • To support the key worker in evaluating any targets set and ensuring provision is supporting the child effectively
  • To information share at times of transition, with parents, other nurseries, schools and outside agencies


Support Available to Children with SEND at Rainbow

At Rainbow nursery we treat every child as an individual. We have high expectations of children regardless of special needs or disability. We have a highly qualified and experienced staff team who are confident in monitoring and assessing the ability of all children. We will adapt practice where we feel it is necessary and where we feel it will benefit your child, for example working in smaller groups. We have an experienced manager who is also the nursery SENDCO who supports staff in adapting activities to suit the needs of a range of children. We have good links with a range of professionals in the local area, including health visitors, speech therapists and paediatricians. We use their advice to adapt activities to suit children with SEND.

High Needs Funding:

Early Years Action

Rainbow nursery operates a graduated approach to supporting children with SEND. Where concerns are identified information is shared with parents and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is written. This sets out some targets for the children which are agreed with parents. This will be reviewed and evaluated by the key worker, parents and SENCO at regular intervals.

Early Years action Plus

If children at the early action stage make little or no progress then our SENCO will advise that additional professionals are involved, for example, speech therapists or paediatricians, this is known as Early Years Action Plus. For a child at this stage we would seek advice from outside professionals and use their recommendations within our provision. The SENCO will ensure effective communication and information sharing between the nursery and other agencies. We will ensure that parents are informed of who we are sharing information with and for what reason.

Statutory Assessment

If little or no progress has been made at this stage then our SENCO would recommend making a request for Statutory Assessment. This would be agreed with parents where the nursery and other professional’s feel that the measures put in place within Early Years Action and Early Years Action Plus have not been sufficient in ensuring progress. To make this request we would gather existing documentation, including IEP’s and reports from other professionals. We would put together an application requesting long term support at a higher level.

Our Environment and Facilities

Our nursery occupies three floors of a converted house. The babies and toddlers are on the downstairs floor and the preschoolers on the second floor. The third floor boasts an enclosed garden and mud kitchen. There are some steps to access the various floors. We do not have a disabled toilet. We do have child sized toilets and sinks for the children to use which are adjoined to the main play rooms in both the toddler and preschool rooms for easy access. We would endeavour for all children to have access to all areas of our nursery and would make any reasonable adaptations necessary to include every child.

All of our staff are trained in Somerset Total Communication (STC) enabling us to create an environment which supports and values all types of communication, verbal and non-verbal. Pictures and signs can be seen around the nursery and are used to support the communication of the needs of the children in our care.

We strive to communicate effectively with all families including those whose first language is not English. We access the skills of an interpreter regularly who works with the children and also helps to translate in meetings with parents. We print communication to families in their first language where possible.

Rainbow Nursery Owner- Ruth Thomas

Rainbow Nursery Manager and SENDCO- Wendy Keates

01373 462553