High Needs Base - Environment.
At Alexandra nursery school every child is welcomed and valued. Within our school we have an Early Years SEND High Needs Base. The places for this are allocated by the Early Years SEND High Needs Base panel which consists of a group of SEND professionals within the Local Authority.
Children can be referred for a place in the High Needs Base by a professional who works with them and their family such as a health visitor, social worker, GP, speech therapist or nursery practitioner.
We currently offer 6 morning (9-12 am ) or 6 afternoon (1-4 pm) places for children aged 2-4years. If your child is eligible to 30 hours funding (www.childcarechoices.gov.uk) this will be a full time place, (9am-3pm)
All of our sessions are term time only. If your child is staying for lunch, they can bring a packed lunch and there will be a charge of £32.50 per week for this provision.
The Base provision offers a smaller nursery environment and is carefully planned by the staff to meet each individual child’s needs. As much as possible the children are included in mainstream activities and some children will join in with "together times" where appropriate. We have 3 full time members of staff and work on a 1:2 adult to child ratio.
Working with other agencies and professionals
We work closely with other professionals involved with your child’s care, such as Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language therapy, Ladywood Outreach Service and Educational Psychologists.
Our staff attend specific training for individual children’s needs to ensure we are providing the best outcomes for the children in our care. You may see some of these professionals in nursery working with our children.
We arrange regular meetings with parents/carers and other professionals involved to discuss your child’s care, development, progress and to ensure a smooth transition to primary school.
We have a Speech and language Therapist who works with all of the Children in the High Needs Base on a regular basis. She provides regular reports and offers advice and support to staff and families where appropriate.
Transport to and from school
If parents do not live close to Nursery and are having difficulties with transport, they can apply to Bolton Council to see if they meet the criteria to access local authority transport services. Their phone numbers are 01204 332047 or 01204 338612.
For children accessing transport we have a home/school diary system in place as a way of communicating effectively with families. This will be written in by your child’s key person each day, and we encourage parents/carers to do the same.
A choice of fruit will usually be offered as a snack each day and a choice of milk and water. If children prefer a different snack such as toast, breadsticks or other foods this can be provided.
Drinking water is also available throughout the session.
Any allergies or intolerances children have will be catered for.
Children who stay for lunch will be asked to bring a packed lunch with them each day. Dduring snack and lunch times a high staff ratio is maintained to support children who may benefit from this to develop their social, self help and communication skills.
Each child has individual, weekly targets that they work on daily with their keyworker, their progress towards these are closely monitored.
Staff deliver small group "together times" everyday where children undertake activities to develop their social skills and their listening and attention.
Children will follow a structured timetable that is developed by their keyworker, based upon each child's individual needs.
On occasion staff will take children out to visit places in the local area, such as the library, the park or the supermarket, to develop their social skills and awareness of the outdoor environment.