Our Local Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Offer

Clophill Preschool is committed to early identification of special educational needs and adopts a graduated response to meeting special educational needs in line with the Code of Practice 2014.

 If you are interested in attending our setting we will invite you and your child in for a visit to show you around and introduce you to our staff during which time we can discuss any additional support your child may need. If you decide we might be right for you we will book a home visit and that’s when we complete the relevant documents for your child to start. During these meetings we will discuss your child in detail, the more information you can share with us the better picture and understanding we will have of them.

 Once your child starts with us they will be assessed using the development milestones taken from The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the Department of Education document Early Years Learning Outcomes. The importance of early identification, assessment and provision for any child who may have special educational needs cannot be over-emphasised. The earlier action is taken, the more responsive the child is likely to be. If we have any concerns regarding a child our SENDCo (Christine Martin) will arrange a confidential meeting with you to discuss and explain how we can further support your child.

 We may arrange a further meeting with you to start a SEND Support plan and then regularly review this with you to adjust targets and feedback on progress. We will also meet with you and other agencies to ensure that we are part of the wider support network e.g. Health Visitors, Speech & Language and Early Years Support Teachers.

 Clophill Preschool has a clear policy to promote positive behaviour. We believe that children flourish best when they know how they are expected to behave and when they are encouraged to respect themselves and each other and express their emotions through play and discussion.

 Clophill Preschool has a clear policy, procedure and recording system for administering medication. All staff are Paediatric First Aid trained and we have termly in-house refresher courses. All our staff have a cleared and relevant DBS and they also complete a staff disqualification form every term. All staff have attended safeguarding courses relevant to their position on the team.

 Clophill Preschool is owned and led by a teacher with 15 years’ experience, 12 of which were in Early Years and a Nursery Nurse with over 10 years’ experience. Our staff have a wealth of experience of child development and all Key Workers have achieved a relevant minimum Level 3 in a Child Care Qualification. We have experience with working with children with a range of SEND including children on the autistic spectrum and speech, language and communication difficulties. Our SENDCo has attended the three day SEND training, professional study groups and ASD workshops and on-line courses. Other members of staff have attended training including Positive Behaviour, Equal Opportunities and Transitions and Change.

 We risk assess all aspects of Preschool to ensure that all activities and outings are accessible and safe for all children. Risk assessments are done on the environment and activities to minimise the hazards and risks to enable the children to thrive in a healthy and safe environment.  

All children are included in all parts of the Preschool‘s curriculum. We ensure that we offer all activities, where possible, on a rotation of days and weeks so that everyone has the opportunity to take part. When we hold in house events, everyone is invited whether they are in that session or not, inclusion is paramount at Preschool.

 We have a car park on site, there is a ramp from the car park to the front entrance where we are able to open a set of double doors. We have an extensive outdoor area with good access, however, as we are a woodland preschool we have a lot of uneven natural surfaces as well as large flat areas both inside and out. Exploring natural resources and the world around us is an important part of every child’s development and something we ensure is available to all.

 We use a large individual toilet to change nappies and this is accessible for wheelchair and rollator users. We provide potties and have child seats for the toilets and work with parents when potty training starts. We have invested in child sized sinks with easy use taps. We use visual prompts, visual and object schedule timetables and Makaton to support children with language and communication issues empowering them to participate and achieve success and independence.

 What is most important of all to us is that every child has a voice; each child should not only be given the opportunity but the support, encouragement and constructive challenge in their learning and development. Our children feel safe and secure in an environment that supplies them with a wealth of experiences including texture, sound and colour. We give them the opportunity to explore, experiment and discover with a team of dedicated, caring and enthusiastic staff.

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