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SEND Information Report April 2019

SENCO –      Jenny Tuck                                          SEND Governor – Lynn Stokes

Contact – tuckj@alexandra.bolton.sch.uk, 01204 332678

Local Offer – Alexandra Nursery Schools local offer can be viewed at http://www.localdirectory.bolton.gov.uk/send.aspx

Whole School Approach

We aim to provide the highest quality of education possible for students of all abilities. In doing so, we aim to positively encourage each child to achieve the best they can, develop friendships and social skills, enjoy being creative and imaginative, develop critical thinking skills and become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

To achieve this, we provide a diverse education in a safe, supportive environment that promotes self-discipline and motivation. We provide and maintain a calm, trusting and caring atmosphere where teaching and learning are meaningful and developed. We work in partnership with our staff, students, parents and wider community to achieve our vision.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, with additional interventions when appropriate for children and make reasonable adjustments where necessary to meet the needs of all children.

Our staff have a wealth of experience in working with and supporting children who have a wide variety of SEND, prioritizing staff training and use of any specialist equipment that is required.

How will I know how my child is doing?

At Alexandra Nursery School, we ensure staff are always available to meet with parents to discuss any worries or concerns they may have. In order to keep parents updated, we have;

  • Regular Early Help Assessment updates with parents.
  • Parent consultations to discuss each child’s progress.
  • Meetings with other agencies.
  • Each child has a developmental tracker to show the progress they are making, which is shared with parents.
  • Some children have a developmental journal and an individual learning journal, which is shared with parents.
  • All children have a baseline assessment when they start at nursery.
  • Daily informal communication with parents.
  • Some children have daily communication sheets or diaries as necessary.
  • All parents and carers have the opportunity to come to school for a variety of occasions and events such as Christmas or Eid celebrations and trips within the local community.

What training have staff supporting children with SEND had?

Our staff team consists of 3 qualified teachers, 1 High Needs Base Lead and 11 Early Years Educators.

Staff have attended a wide range of different training in order to support children with SEND, for example;

  • Sign a long
  • PECS
  • Hoist training
  • Gastro feeding
  • De-escalation training
  • First Aid, adult and paediatric
  • Moving and handling
  • Safeguarding
  • Autism Training
  • Attention Autism
  • Social communication support
  • Aided language stimulation
  • Sensory processing
  • Social communication and interaction.
  • Training in the use of Epi-pens

Staff regularly meet and receive advice and support from other professionals such as SALT, Occupational Therapy, physiotherapists, Educational Psychology and Ladywood Outreach Service.

If any children require specialised equipment, they are trained and advised on how to use this appropriately within the nursery environment.

 

How will you help me to support my child in their learning?

At Alexandra Nursery school, we work in close partnership with parents and carers to ensure regular and purposeful communication and subsequently support at home.

We do this by;

  • Sharing children’s Individual Support Plans with parents and carers.
  • Regular Early Help updates.
  • Parent Consultations to discuss each child’s next steps and ways in which parents and carers can support at home.
  • Sharing of and discussion about reports from other professionals.
  • If appropriate we will discuss with parents if it is appropriate to refer to other services or professionals.
  • Discussion about application for Early Years Inclusion funding or an Education Health and Care plan.

How accessible is the environment?

At Alexandra Nursery school, all buildings are on one level.

We have moveable changing beds and access to disabled toilets.

There are no steps and all doorways are ramped and wide enough for wheelchairs to access them.

Some children require specialised equipment, which can be used within our environment.

We have a High Needs Base, with places for 12 children with SEND, which is a calm, sensory environment.

We have access to a room for 1:1 interventions to take place.

 

 

How will you help my child to transfer between buildings or to prepare for the next stage of their education?

We organise transition visits for children moving from the Under 3’s nursery up to the nursery School. This is done with their keyworker.

We hold meetings with parents and other professionals when children with SEND are moving to primary school. We will organise extra supported visits if necessary and provide additional support where necessary.

We pass on all appropriate paper work to other settings if they are moving to another provision.

A Team around the Child meeting may be held if appropriate, where all professionals involved with the child will attend and share information.

We may create a transition booklet, with photos of their next environment and staff for the child to take home to support them in their transition.

 

 

How will the resources and funding be matched to the children with additional needs?

The budget of the school is organised by the Business Manager, the Head Teacher and the Governing Body.

The SENDCo will make an application for Inclusion funding or an EHCP if considered necessary.

They will also make applications for access to the High Needs Base and for support with transport if this is considered to be appropriate and required to support the child and meet their needs. Funding for the High Needs Base comes from the Local Authority and places are allocated by them.

 

 

How can I find information on the Local Authority’s Local Offer of services and provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?

The Local Authority offer can be found on the website, www.localdirectory.bolton.gov.uk/send.aspx

The Start Well website.

 “The Bolton Start Well Service incorporates the Council’s former Early Years and Childcare Team and the Children and Family Support Service. The service works with the early years workforce; children and families and other professionals to ensure the best possible start in life for every child.”

 

 

 

 

Who can I contact for further information?

For further information you can contact the following Practitioners at the school;

  • The Head Teacher, Miss N. McDonnagh
  • The SENDCo, Mrs J.Tuck
  • The High Needs Base Lead,Mrs Sarah Gemmell – Andrew

 

What should I do if I need to make a complaint? 

If you wish to make a complaint you;

  • Can have a discussion with your child’s Key person.
  • You can meet with the Head Teacher or SENDCo to discuss your concerns.
  • Further advice can be sought from the Chair of Governors or the SEND Governor through the school office or in writing.
  • We have a complaints procedure, which is available on our website or from the school office.
  • The Local Authority Local Offer will also give you further information, see website mentioned above for the address.

How will Alexandra Nursery School further develop SEND provision? 

  • Practitioners will continue to develop the SEND provision and curriculum in response to the needs and interests of the individual children, during their time at the setting.
  • School will continue to provide training for staff and keep their knowledge and skills up to date.
  • Targets are set within the SEND action plan and the School’s strategic Development plan.
  • There will be continued multiagency work.
  • Inclusion Funding is monitored by the Local Authority
  • SNUFS volunteers usage is monitored.
  • SEND reports are provided to governors.
  • Staff provide reports for High Needs Base panel meetings and the work undertaken within the High Needs Base is monitored by Local Authority High Needs Base lead.

How do you gather the views of parents, carers and staff in relation to SEN? 

We gather the views of parents and carers by meeting with them regularly.

We update their Early Help Assessments when necessary, discuss their child’s current needs and make any necessary referrals.

Some children have communication books, where parents can communicate with their child’s Key Worker on a daily basis.

We have parent consultation meetings where children’s progress and needs can be discussed in confidence.

 

 

 

 

What legislation and guidance has been considered when compiling this report? 

The SEND Code of Practice January 2015.

The Children and Families Act of 2014.

The Local Authority SENDCO Handbook September 2015.

Bolton Council Early Years SENCO Handbook 2015.

Links to these documents can be found in the SEND policy on the website.

Awaiting ratification from Governing Board – Summer term 2019.

Date of next review: July 2020.