Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – Local Offer
At Young Explorers Goring we believe that every child is a unique and creative individual and needs to be valued and respected in order to allow them to flourish and develop. We are committed to providing an enabling environment which allows all children to achieve and thrive.
How does Young Explorers Goring know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs/disabilities?
We work closely as a team with parents/carers, staff and other agencies, where necessary, to provide support for all children.
Each child joining Young Explorers will be assessed by their keyworker during their first few weeks at our setting. These assessments will be recorded as a ‘baseline’ on each child’s online Tapestry Journal. From this baseline assessment we will track each child’s progress during their time with us. This allows us to help identify children who may benefit from additional support. Any children identified as potentially benefitting from additional support will be discussed by both the child’s keyworker and the settings Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).
We offer opportunities for you to meet with your child’s keyworker at regular intervals including prior to your child joining us as well as during each term, when we will work with all parents to establish each child’s next steps in their learning.
As a parent you are encouraged to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child at any time, we have an open-door policy meaning you do not have to wait for a planned meeting should you have concerns at any time.
How will Young Explorers support my child?
The needs of your child will be discussed with the SENCO and your child’s keyworker. A personalised plan will be developed which may include: a play plan, liaison with other professions (e.g. health visitor, physiotherapist, speech and language therapists, the West Sussex County Council Facilitating Inclusion through Reflection Support and Training (FIRST) team; regular meetings with you to ensure good communication and working together to achieve the best for your child. The nursery SENCO will work closely with your child’s keyworker and everyone involved throughout your child’s time at preschool. If required we will source additional staff training and qualifications.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs how will you help me support my child’s learning?
We follow in an enquiry based learning approach, which views all children as capable individuals. This puts the child at the centre of their own learning. All children will be provided with the opportunity to learn and explore at their own current level and be scaffolded by staff to reach the next steps in their learning . We will start from their interest and recent enquiry and extend this by fostering a love of learning and their natural curiosity. We consider the process to be more important than the end output. Your child’s learning will be uploaded to our online Learning Journal (Tapestry) regularly and you will be able to securely see this online.
How will both you and I know how my child is doing?
We encourage all parents to use both Tapesty and discussions with staff to allow us to share your child’s current learning with you and also support you in sharing any interests, developments your child has made at home so that we can work together to provide a relevant and stimulating learning experiences for each child.
All children’s progress is monitored through Tapestry, so any gaps will be highlighted and talked through with the keyworker and the parents. We have detailed handovers every day and may also have day sheets that will be passed on to you at the end of each session. We have two parents consultations per year and there will be also regular meetings in place if required to keep fully up to date with your child’s learning.
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
The wellbeing of all children at Young Explorers is paramount and we have policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety, happiness and overall wellbeing of everyone involved with Young Explorers.
Specific support for individuals is dependent on the child’s needs. We can administer medication if required as long as it‘s been prescribed by a doctor. If extra support is required we may apply for extra funding as your child may benefit from an additional adult in the setting available to ensure their needs are met. We may also contact the FIRST team to acquire extra support.
What specialist service and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years setting?
We have staff members who use sign language (Makaton). All staff undertake numerous training courses throughout their time here at Young Explorers and we are very keen to up-skill our practitioners in all areas of development. New staff members undergo an induction period whereby they can learn our policy and procedures and complete online training to provide them with the latest guidance in areas such as safeguarding, SEND and the EYFS.
What training are the staff, supporting children with SEND, had or are having?
The SENCO staff members attend termly Network Meetings and receive regular bulletins form West Sussex to ensure we have up to date knowledge of current guidance and procedure. At staff meetings we talk about any children with additional needs and what support the whole staff team can do to support them. We have a Designated Child Protection Officer (DCPO) and all staff have either attended safeguarding and child protection training or will attend a course within their first 12 months with us. Where it is identified that training in a specific area is required we will endeavor to ensure staff attend training in that area as soon as possible.
How will my child be included in offsite trips when at Young Explorers?
All parents are required to sign a consent form for offsite activities, these will include the local environment, the local beach and Goring Green. Any planned trips further afield will require a more formal consent form. A full risk assessment is carried out before any trip. No child will be exempt from an outing, if needed we will have extra staff (1:1) rather than (1:2 or 1:3) ratio or it may be that the parent/carer is asked if they will attend. This would be discussed in full before a decision is made with the manager/parents/carer.
How accessible is the early years setting environment? (Inside & Outside)
Our building is entirely located on ground level, with an accessible toilet. We have double doors leading to the outdoor area which is also on one level. There is one small step leading to the outdoor area, which is relatively low. If necessary a ramp can be provided. We accommodate families whose first language is not English by having our Prospectus translated into their language. We can also assist them with filling in registration forms. If necessary we will find someone who could translate for us. All equipment for children with specific needs will be discussed if appropriate with their parents/carers.
How will Young Explorers prepare and support my child to join the early years setting, transfer to a new setting/school?
All parents/carers are required to fill out a registration form. This form asks for information to allow us to get to know your children better before they join the setting. We ask for information on interests, any additional needs or involvement with other agencies. This allows us to plan in advance with you and any other relevant agencies for any additional needs and to make a plan where necessary for a smooth transition into our setting. We offer flexible settling sessions as we value all children as individuals and understand that all children have different needs. We will make a plan with you for the best settling process for your child.
Once your child is ready to move onto school or a new setting we will forward their Learning Journal. We will also work with your child to prepare them to move onto school/a new setting. We will use a range of materials and activities with your child and attend a school visit to meet the SENCO and the new teacher. In addition the teacher/ new key worker will be invited to our setting. A transition meeting may also be held with the parents, the nursery and the various agencies involved to discuss the best way forwards with the transition.
How are Young Explorers resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
Our budget includes training and developing for our staff, including any training requirements for special educational needs. At present we do not receive any special educational needs funding, but we will apply for funding if required. We will provide, where possible, anything recommended by specialists to support each child’s needs.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
We will monitor your child through observations linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development. These will be discussed fully with parents/carers. A decision will be made based on the available evidence and the views of all parties, including outside agencies if needed. The SENCO and keyworker will communicate back to the parents/carers how we will offer the level of support that has been decided upon and who will be involved.
How are parents involved in Young Explorers? How can I be involved?
We welcome input from parents at any opportunity. We share in newsletters any upcoming events and invite parents to be involved in various projects. If a parent/carer would like to make a suggestion we would more than be happy to try and accommodate this.
Who can I contact for further information?
Please feel free to contact us, mention the needs of your child and we will be happy to support you: