How does Pebbles know if my child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special needs?
Staff plan for each child on an individual basis and record their progress. If we feel your child needs additional help in any area then their key person will speak to you and invite you to meet with our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCo), Aimee Clay. The key person will also feed back any concerns the parent may have to the SENCo.
How does Pebbles support my child?
The level of support will depend on the needs of your child. The SENCo offers meetings to all parents receiving additional support. At Pebbles we have SEN Early Years Practitioners and Early Years Key Persons working in rooms to support children along with the SENCo. The Key Person and SENCo will review children’s progress every half term against agreed targets. This then feeds into One Planning meetings whereby three primary outcomes are decided for the nursery and parents to be working towards over the next couple of months.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Planning is done for each child on an individual basis to suit their needs and abilities. The key person will offer additional support during group activities if needed.
How will we know how my child is doing and will you help me to support my child’s learning?
The progress of all individual children is monitored half termly. Their Key Person will discuss with you each half term suggested targets for your child to achieve. If your child is on the Special Education Needs Register then they will also be given a One Plan. This will be monitored by the SENCo, Specialist Teacher and any other adults working with your child every term, and new targets will be set. You will be invited to these meetings and your child’s individual Learning Journey is available via Tapestry for you to access at any time. If it is felt appropriate then a home/school book is used.
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
At Pebbles a child’s well being is supported in many ways. We look at Children’s rights and responsibilities and each class has their own class rules. We have Anti-bullying and Anti-discriminatory Policies which all children and staff adhere to. Part of the role of the Key Person is to offer close support to their key children and families. We also have access to a variety of other outside agencies and services that are able to support those children with more social and emotional needs.
What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the school?
Family Support Worker
Child Development Centre
Family Key Worker
Key Person with Polish as first language
These individuals can also signpost us to other professionals if needed.
What training have the staff supporting children with SEN had or are having?
Staff training needs are assessed regularly. All staff have received safe guarding training. Staff have accessed paediatric first aid training, epilepsy training, working with children on the autistic spectrum and ELKLAN training. Specialist workers are welcomed to the setting to work alongside and train Key Persons in work they do with specific children.
How will my child be included in activities outside?
A risk assessment will be carried out then necessary steps taken place to ensure that your child can take part in all activities.
How accessible is Pebbles?
The ground floor is wheelchair accessible and there is a disabled toilet provided. All activities are available on the ground floor. Areas are painted yellow to identify possible trip hazards for sight impaired children.
How will Pebbles prepare and support my child to join the setting and transfer to school?
You and your child will be invited to the setting for trial visits to exchange information, meet the staff and identify and additional equipment which may be needed. Your child will not start until you are happy that everything is in place. The SENCo and your child’s Key Person will support you and your child in choosing their next school and the transition there. Your child’s Learning Journey will be sent along to the school along with additional information thought relevant to help ensure a smooth transition.
How are Pebbles’ resources allocated and matched to the child’s special educational needs?
Where children have a SEN premium we allocate resources appropriately and carefully. This could include the allocation of 1:1 support, allocation of outside specialist support and time to work with the SENCo. We may also fund specialist equipment and resources needed.
How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?
We recognise that parents are children’s prime educators. We aim to involve you in every decision making process.
Who can I contact for further information?
Please contact Aimee Clay (Manager, SENCo and Designated Safeguarding Lead) on 01255 433339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org