We are a small friendly day nursery catering for 50 children per day, this itself enables the setting to be very homelike which enables children to feel settled very quickly, because of this every child knows every staff member which makes transition from one room to another that much easier. We have relatively small classes which enables our staff to develop further bonds with the children and give quality care and assess the needs of all individual children.
We are a fully inclusive setting with experience in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, we have 3 trained and experienced SEND Co-odinators who have worked with children with many different types of SEND. We also have staff who support children with additional needs within their own family, and understand the fears and support some parents may need. We work closely with parents and carers and value their input and support. Parents and specialist teachers, or medical professionals are invited into the setting to work alongside the SEND co-ordinators to write their child’s one page document, and the graduated response approach, Individual Education Plan and care-plan if required. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage national curriculum planning activities based on children’s interests, needs and developmental stage.
Throughout the setting we use visual timetables and use visual props in our daily routine. The staff also use visual props to support behaviour and children are encouraged to help in making their own rooms visual timetable and choice books, they are encourage to speak about feelings and how they are treated by others, the children are taught makaton from 2yrs of age. The setting has a large garden where we are able to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs providing sensory experiences.
The settings SENDCo works closely with our Area SENDCo, outside agencies and specialist teachers to provide continuous support. They are available to support us and provide additional resources to support children’s individual needs.
The setting has worked as a team to develop knowledge and understanding in the Early language development programs, Speech and Language, Autism and behaviour and social development. The setting also has 2 members of staff who has completed a Senco Accreditation, Elklan Speech and Language and Elklan Complex Needs. Staff have all been trained in SEND and Autism Awareness meaning all staff have a thorough understanding of how to support children in their care.
The setting also has experience of working with children with allergies and staff have participated in relevant training for administration of epi-pens.
The setting insists on ALL members of staff being paediatric first aid trained and completing refresher courses.
All staff are DBS certificated and are trained in safeguarding, the setting also has 3 designated safeguarding officers who have undergone relevant training to a level 3.
The setting has a named ENCO (equality officer) and an ENCO committee; equality monitoring and impact questionnaires are carried out during staff meetings.
We are committed to providing support by following the principles of Early support and the Code of Practice 2014.
Staff – Parent Relationship
We believe in working in partnership with our parents and carers and have an open-door policy, we also utilise home / school diaries, have regular meetings with parents as well as yearly parents evenings . We also like to invite you along to our many outings and fun days.
We are committed to providing support by following the principles of Early support and the Code of Practice 2014. We work closely and in partnership with the area Senco.