SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disability – Local Offer
Information about our SENCo
Our nursery SenCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is Charlotte Talbott who has been working at La Petite Academy since January 2016. Charlotte has experience working closely with children from Babies through to the Preschool room which assists her knowledge in children’s development. Charlotte has a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and many years’ experience in nursery settings. Charlotte is trained in Every Child’s a Mover (Ecam), a tool which helps nursery practitioners to identify concerns around children’s physical development.
Charlotte works across the age groups within the nursery setting and her role allows her to primarily concentrate on supporting practitioners with children with Special Educational Needs. Charlotte works closely with key people to identify areas of concerns, set targets and ensure each child with special education needs access the resources that are available to them and the required support. she has time every week where she is supernumerary to see how children within the setting with additional needs are progressing, provides extra support and guidance for staff, alongside observing the children in the environment and helping them with different approaches and techniques.
How does La Petite Academy know if a child needs extra support?
We have an embedded system to ensure that a Key Person is allocated to every child. Your child’s Key Person will complete regular observations that are then used to inform the child’s planning around their individual needs and interests; these include interests from home and nursery.
Through these observations the Key Person is able to track your child’s development, identifying any support that may be required. During your child’s time at La Petite Academy we will use a variety of observation and assessment tools and methods such as; Progress Checks, ECAT, ECAM, photographs, video and voice recording alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage’s 7 areas of Learning and Development, where we will monitor children’s development in a tracker overseen by the Nursery Manager.
When a child initially starts with us we provide settling in sessions, this gives the Key Person the opportunity to meet with the parent and child and discuss individual needs, interests and abilities; from here we can ensure the individual needs of the child can be catered for.
If a parent has reported concerns about their child, at La Petite Academy we have devised a ‘parents’ referral to SENCo form’ this form will be able to identify set areas of primary need such as; speech, language and communication or a reported concern that parents are unsure about. These forms are placed on the SEN display where parents can freely access this without having to ask a member of staff for the document. Once the form is brought into the setting the SENCo will schedule a meeting where the parents are invited into the setting to discuss the child’s primary area of need. Together with the parent a discussion will take place to set targets to support the child further. If we feel an outside agency needs to be involved (with permission from the parent) the SENCo will make a referral where the outside agency will come into the setting and observe and support by setting targets, to be reviewed termly.
How will the nursery’s practitioners support the child?
Your child’s Key Person is also supported by a Co-Key Person who will take responsibility for your child when their Key Person is on annual leave or absent for any reason, this will support your child gain a sense of trust and belonging and ensures that information about your child is shared with the relevant people.
The SENCo works closely with the Key Person to provide targeted support through differentiating resources, experiences and activities to support the child; keeping at the forefront of our minds the individuality of each child and family who access the setting.
The SENCo will liaise with other professionals (with the consent of the parents) such as Speech and Language Therapists, Health Visitors and the Local Authority Intervention Team to gain further advice in supporting individual children.
The targeted plans and activities will be reviewed and updated on a termly basis by the Key Person, SENCo and the parents to ensure the individual child’s needs are being met. A maximum of four achievable targets will be set per term, where applicable
Through training and experience, the nursery staff have gained knowledge and understanding in a variety of areas; we share our collective knowledge through staff meetings where we deliver the outcomes of recent training attended to the staff group as a whole.
How are you, the parents, involved in your child’s education and curriculum?
Here at La Petite Academy we endeavour to achieve and maintain outstanding partnerships with parents. Your child’s Key Person communicates closely with you to ensure that your child’s needs are being met; you will meet with your child’s Key Person on a daily basis when dropping off or collecting your child. We maintain an open door policy at the nursery where parents are welcome to come in at any time to speak with the Key Person, the nursery SENCo or a member of the Management Team where we can allocate a private area for further discussion.
Parents are encouraged from the initial registration to participate in their child’s learning by completing an ‘All About Me’ form to be discussed at their child’s first settling in session. The Key Person and parents work together in completing observations and liaising about their child’s development and interests so these can be incorporated in the activities that are planned. The nursery offers the opportunity for parents to attend after hours in the form of parents’ evenings where they can discuss their child’s progress and have a look around the nursery - perhaps their child’s next age group, speak to the Management Team and the SENCo and we invite teachers from the local schools in to advise on school readiness.
All this information is collated into a Learning Journey which can be accessed at any time; however we send each Learning Journey home monthly to keep you regularly informed of your child’s progress.
At La Petite Academy we look at children as individuals; some children may need support on a 1:1 basis in which case an application for additional funding is made so as your child is able to spend time in a 1:1 situation with their Key Person to support your child further with their targets and to achieve their potential.
Parents are actively involved with setting their child’s targets and give feedback through meetings in the setting, email, phone meetings or via a communication book. We are aware of parents’ levels of understanding and as knowledgeable staff, we ensure the parents are truly understanding of their child’s situation.
How accessible is our setting?
For families who speak English as an additional language, we ask for translations of simple words in their home language for us to make in to a language book to share with the child; we also ask for translations of focus titles and other written words in the environment for displays. Some members of our staff time are bilingual and assist with translations where possible. Resources accessible to the children are kept in clear boxes or baskets on shelves so children can see what is inside, where this is not possible photographs of the activities are displayed on the boxes; these boxes are rotated on a regular basis.
La Petite Academy is a one story building with accessible ramps up to the nursery and to both of our outdoor play areas. Car parking spaces are located at the front of the building and are wheelchair friendly, alongside double door access to the front and rear of the building. Throughout the setting the background noise is kept to a minimum by placing materials on table led areas to reduce noise levels and only having music on at set times such as music and movement time. Throughout the setting the base rooms are painted in neutral colours to supports the children in focusing on set activities without becoming distracted or over stimulated by vibrant colours.
Should the measures we have put in place be unsuitable, we endeavour to work closely with the child and their parents to ensure an environment where all children can learn and experience with ease.
Who can I contact for further information?
SENCo – Charlotte Talbott or Managing Director – Helen Poyser
01332 774 413 - 07436 808 618
Additional information and advice can be found on the Derby city council website
Your local GP
Child services including Children’s Centres