9.2 Supporting children with special educational needs

General Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Equal opportunities

9.2 Supporting children with special educational needs

Policy statement

Hanney Pre-School provides an environment in which all children, including those with special educational needs, are supported to reach their full potential.

  • We have regard for the DfE Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001).
  • We ensure our provision is inclusive to all children with special educational needs.
  • We support parents and children with special educational needs (SEN).
  • We identify the specific needs of children with special educational needs and meet those needs through a range of SEN strategies.
  • We work in partnership with parents and other agencies in meeting individual children’s needs.
  • We monitor and review our policy, practice and provision and, if necessary, make adjustments.

Procedures

  • We designate a member of staff to be the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and give his/her name to parents. Our SENCO is Amy Long
  • We ensure that the provision for children with special educational needs is the responsibility of all members of the setting.
  • We ensure that our inclusive admissions practice ensures equality of access and opportunity.
  • We use the graduated response system for identifying, assessing and responding to children’s special educational needs.
  • We work closely with parents of children with special educational needs to create and maintain a positive partnership.
  • We ensure that parents are informed at all stages of the assessment, planning, provision and review of their children’s education.
  • We provide parents with information on sources of independent advice and support.
  • We liaise with other professionals involved with children with special educational needs and their families, including transfer arrangements to other settings and schools.
  • We provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum for all children with special educational needs.
  • We use a system of planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing individual educational plans (IEPs) for children with special educational needs.
  • We ensure that children with special educational needs are appropriately involved at all stages of the graduated response, taking into account their levels of ability.
  • We have systems in place for supporting children during the Early Years Action process
  • We have systems in place for working with other agencies through the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) at each stage. Early Years Action Plus (stage 3 on Continuum of Need), Statutory Assessment and the Statementing process (stage 4 on Continuum of Need).
  • We use a system for keeping records of the assessment, planning, provision and review for children with special educational needs.
  • We provide resources (human and financial) to implement our Special Educational Needs Policy.
  • We provide in-service training for parents, practitioners and volunteers.
  • We raise awareness of any specialism the setting has to offer
  • We ensure the effectiveness of our special educational needs provision by collecting information from a range of sources e.g. Individual Education Plan reviews, staff and management meetings, parental and external agency’s views, inspections and complaints. This information is collated, evaluated and reviewed annually.
  • We provide a complaints procedure.
  • We monitor and review our policy annually.

Further guidance

  • Issues in Earlier Intervention: Identifying and Supporting Children with Additional Needs (DCSF 2010)
  • Early Years Foundation Stage and the Disability Discrimination Act (DCSF 2010)
  • The Team Around the Child (TAC) and the Lead Professional: A Guide for Managers (CWDC 2009)
  • The Common Assessment Framework for Children and Young People: A Guide for Managers (CWDC 2010)
  • Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (DfES 2001)

 

This policy was reviewd by Hanney Preschool committee on the 13th March 2013 – Signed by Georgia Newman Co-Chair
(The original signed copy of all policies are held on site and can be viewed upon request)

Other useful Pre-school Learning Alliance publications

  • The Role of the Early Years Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator SENCO (2006)

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