Little Scholars Day Nursey Childcare Local Offer
Little Scholars Nursery University of Wolverhampton Randall Lines Halls of Residence, North Road, Wolverhampton WV1 1RN
Telephone Number: 01902 322909
Email Address: email@example.com
Little Scholars day nursery is open Monday to Friday 8am -6pm, for children aged from 9 months to 5 years old.
How does the Early Years setting know if children need extra help, and what should parents/carers do if they think the child may have special educational needs?
At little Scholars Nursery we feel that parents are the best source of information.
When a child first starts nursery parents are asked to fill in information in their child’s Learning Journey in the section of ‘I am a unique Child’. This information will help staff to put in place any support required by the child prior to staring nursery.
A risk assessment will also be carried out to see if there are any reasonable adjustments the nursery has to make, or any additional training requirements required to support their time in the setting.
Little Scholars uses a Key Person approach where each child is allocated a Key Person during their time in each room upon entry to the setting. The Key person enables a close, secure adult–child relationship, which is critical for early development. In addition, the key person can consider the needs of the child when planning and setting the curriculum and individual goals for the child. The key person maintains links with the child's home setting, working with parents through shared record keeping, to ensure that all children are supported in reaching their full potential.
The Key Person role also involves keeping records of key children’s developmental progress, contributing observations to records kept by colleagues, observing their key children and analysing the information gathered through observation, sharing records with parents and writing individual education plans for key children with special educational needs.
The key Person uses various assessment tools including the two year old check, electronic assessments ECAT and the EYFS. These tools help the Key person to identify any areas of development where the child may need support.
If parents do have concerns regarding their child’s development or a member of staff have raised concerns then the SENCO is notified and a meeting will be arranged with the parents, SENCO and Key Person to discuss the child’s needs.
How Will Early Years Setting Support My Child?
The SENCO, Key Person and Nursery manager will liaise closely with parents and outside professionals with support from the manager to create a realistic plan to support the child’s development. Any assessment or reports made by agencies are shared with the Key Person and SENCO and are incorporated in any target setting or support plans. Targets are set on a weekly basis relating to the needs of the child then assessed and reviewed by the Key Person, SENCO and parents. If a child does not make progress then a review of the targets set will be re-evaluated by the professional involved with the child.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Each Key Person carries out regular observations of children
Activities are planned each week and these are adapted to meet the needs of the individual child.
An Individual Assessment Plan sets targets which have been specifically designed for the individual child.
How will you and l know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
Regular feedback will be given to parents and meetings will be arranged to discuss their child’s progress. Children’s Learning journeys are available to view at any time and parents are able to arrange times to discuss these with the Key Person.
Parent’s involvement in their child’s learning is integral therefore the Keyperson or SENCO will offer guidance or suggestions to parents about their child’s learning at home.
What will be there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
Our Unique child forms provide us with information which helps to create an overall picture of the child about their likes dislikes as well as any information on medical needs or existing SEN Needs.
We ask parents to contribute to the child’s Learning Journey about special events or achievements at home so the Key Person can build on the child’s learning which helps to strengthen home relations.
A number of our Nursery Team are Paediatric and first aid trained.
We ensure the selection of activities we provide support children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; respect for others; social skills; and a positive disposition to learn. We also ensure support for children’s emotional wellbeing helping them to know themselves and what they can do, to encourage independence and celebrate difference.
Medication is recorded and administered in accordance with our medication policy.
What Specialist Services and Expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?
If a child requires support from outside services, parents will be consulted by the Key person or Manager before an external agency is contacted to any support actioned. Some specialist services may attend the setting and observe the children in the nursery setting.
We can signpost parents to the local Children Centre who offer advice and guidance to parents on various schemes and classes.
The SENCO OR Key Person can liaise with the Health Visitor and in conjunction with can refer a child to specialist services. The setting is also in contact with Early Years Help who offer advice and support to the setting and Parents on various issues.
What Training are the Staff supporting Children with SEND had or are having?
Nursery Staff attend SEN workshops and training courses provided by Wolverhampton early Help.
If staff require specialist training identified in a risk assessment then specialised training can be arranged.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
The setting organises trips to the Local Park, library, shops etc. A risk assessment is carried out to ensure there is access for each child. Additional staff is included if a requirement is identified through the risk assessment. Parents are sometimes invited to join us as additional helpers.
How accessible is the settings environment?
Doors are wheelchair accessible
Car parking Available
Ramp Access to rear Garden
How will the setting prepare and support my child to join the setting, transfer to a new setting or the next stage of education or life?
A meeting can be arranged with the Key Person and parents to discuss the individual needs of their child.
Information will be gathered through a variety of means, child’s Learning Journey, nursery reports, professionals reports and discussion with parents.
The settling in process often begins with a visit to the nursery by a parent/carer. Once a place has been offered to a parent, they are encouraged to visit with their child and are taken through a short induction process with a senior member of staff, during this induction the settling-in period is discussed. As all children are individuals the settling in process can vary depending on the individual needs of the child and family. The settling-in period is intended to bridge the gap for the child between home and nursery. It should help them to become accustomed to the nursery and form an attachment with their key person, who will be with them for much of the time.
How are the settings resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
Once the needs of the child are established the setting may apply for double funding to be allocated for 1:1 support if applicable and specific resources can be purchased to meet the needs of the child.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
A decision about the type of support needed will be based on discussions with parents, SENCO and the Keyperson and the recommendations made by the relevant professionals.
An IAP is designed to provide specific targets and Support which are reviewed on a regular basis.
How are parents involved in the setting? How can l be involved?
Little Scholars Nursery believes parents play a vital role in helping their children enjoy their nursery time. We work hard to promote a happy and harmonious relationship with both children and parents as we recognise that the best childcare is achieved through close co-operation with the family. A successful partnership with parents is based on the exchange of information, knowledge and expertise, we will endeavour to achieve this through:-
Assigning each child in our care a Key Person and our aim is to build trusting and supportive relationships between not only your child and us, but also with the parent.
Our staff will at all times be willing to discuss your child’s activities, achievements, and contributions throughout their time at nursery. Parents should feel free to discuss any concerns they may have with either their Key Person or the Nursery Manager.
Little Scholars Nursery holds a parents evening for all parents to attend to discuss their child’s development.
Parents have access to their child’s written development records.
We discuss with parents how our setting is run and discuss all policies and procedures that we abide by.
All parents are made aware of our complaints procedure and have access to our policies and procedures.
Planning for each age group is displayed in each base room for parents to view and parents are welcome to contribute home experiences.
We invite comments and suggestions on all aspects of the nursery as we value parent’s opinions and endeavour to act on them.
An open door policy welcomes parents to spend time speaking to staff about any issues regarding equipment, menus, health & safety, curriculum, policies, procedures, care, staffing, staff training, fundraising, etc. issues of a personal nature will be treated as confidential.
We continually seek to improve the quality of our service and the Nursery environment; we will endeavour to be responsive to requests and suggestions where possible.
Parents are invited to family activity sessions or invited to volunteer their skills within the Nursery.
Who can l contact for further information?
Nursery Manager Helen Hall – 01902 322909
Deputy Nursery Manager Donna Boddison- Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator-01902 322909
Names, Roles, Telephone numbers of key contacts outside of the setting
Gem centre- 01902 446270
Gem centre-Speech and Language Department-01902 444363
Parent partnership-01902 556945
Multi Agency Support Team (MAST) -01902 550609
Information for families – 01902554242
Whitmore Reans Children Centre- 01902 550585
Early Help 01902 555894
For more information: - http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/send/