We are a family run nursery with the Director/Manager (Lisa) and Acting Manager (Kelly) being Mother and Daughter as well as Dad being the handy man! Our last Ofsted report was done in July 2014 which we were awarded GOOD. The practitioners and owners are extremely proud of this achievement and are now working towards to next level.
At Toddle-Inn Nursery we aim to:
- Provide a safe and stimulating environment in which children feel happy and secure.
- Encourage the emotional, personal, social, physical, creative, and intellectual development of the children.
- Encourage positive attitudes to self and others and develop confidence and self esteem.
- Create opportunities for play.
- Encourage children to explore the World.
- Provide opportunities to stimulate interest and imagination.
- Extend the children's abilities to communicate ideas and feelings in a variety of ways.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES INFORMATION - LOCAL OFFER
1. How will the Nursery/Pre-school know if my child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
At Toddle-Inn Day Nursery we strive to provide welcoming and appropriate learning opportunities for all children. We do this by catering for each individual child’s needs in care, learning and development with planned activities and continuous provision based around each individual child’s next steps. Through this, each Key Person is aware of the development each child is making and is able to recognise and identify difficulties at an early stage.
In line with the SEND Code of Practice, we consider a child to have special educational needs if he/she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age or has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities the we as a setting offer to those of a similar age.
If you are concerned about your child’s development and/or behaviours please discuss these with Laura Moore, our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).
2. How does the Nursery/pre-school evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for my child?
We aim to respond quickly to any concerns that are raised. By working closely with parents as the child’s main educators and the people that understand their child’s needs and development the best, we can support your child’s development together, allowing the best outcomes for your child through all working together.
Once concerns have been raised to Laura by our staff or yourselves, Laura will gain your permission to observe and monitor your child and she will hold a feedback discussion with yourselves to relay her findings and plan how we will support your child, possibly with an Individual Education Plan and gaining support and intervention from external agencies such as the Area SENCo, Speech and Language etc.
Laura will support your child’s Key Person in working towards the targets set in the Individual Education Plan, assessing and reviewing the progress made and highlighting any further support that may be required.
3. How will both the Nursery/Pre-school setting and I know how my child is doing and how will the setting help me to support my child’s learning?
All staff members at Toddle-Inn will be aware of your child’s special educational needs, enabling them to effectively contribute to the tracking of their progress. The Nursery Manager and SENCo will lead all staff to ensure that effective provision is being offered to your child. This will support their progress and enhance the opportunities to gain good outcomes,
4. How will Nursery/Pre-school staff support my child?
We will support your child by ensuring that their environment is effectively offering provision that will enhance your child’s learning and development. Staff will be evaluating and amending continuously to allow for the environment and provision offered to continue to support your child’s ever changing development.
5. How is the decision made about the type of support my child will receive?
Toddle-Inn will be guided by the Area Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator to plan the areas that need further support, how this can be implemented through the Individual Education Plan and also any additional intervention and support that can be offered in the local community.
6. How will my child be included in activities outside the Nursery/Pre-school including outings?
All parents are encouraged to give their permission for their children to participate in all trips. If your child’s special educational needs require adaptations being made to suit them during outings e.g. 1 to 1 support, we will endeavour to meet those requirements.
7. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
Toddle-Inn aims to provide a safe and stimulating environment in which children feel happy and secure. Through observation and assessment in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, we monitor each child’s learning and development. If your child requires on-going medication, we are able to administer this. At present 60% of our staff is Paediatric First Aid qualified with Epi-Pen training. This will be 100% by November 2016. We will happily do any additional training in specialist medication if your child requires it.
8. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the Nursery/Pre-school?
Outside agencies that we would regularly gained support from for special educational needs includes the Are SENDCo and Speech and Language Therapy. The Area SENDCo will also refer to other agencies if they feel the child will benefit from these services. Current staff training includes The 5P Approach, Elklan Speech and Language and Portage. Soon, all staff will be doing a QCF short course in Understanding Autism.
9. How accessible is the Nursery/Pre-school both indoors and outdoors?
Due to Toddle-Inn being situated in a converted house, we have not yet added ramps etc. to allow the building to be wheelchair accessible. If a child would like to attend Toddle-Inn that requires adjustments to the building, every effort will be made to accommodate these needs.
10. How are parents involved in the Nursery/Pre-school? How can I get involved?
At Toddle-Inn, we recognise the importance of working together with parents as they are their children’s first and primary educators. All parents are invited twice a year to meet with their child’s Key Person formally and discuss their development. We encourage our staff members to speak to parentinformally at pick up and collection for both parties to receive updates on the child and their needs for the day. If you child has special educational needs you will be invited to meetings to discuss their progress and next steps with the SENCo.
11. How will the Nursery/Pre-school prepare and support my child to transfer to their setting/school?
If your child is moving on to school, the Area SENDCo will arrange a person centred planning meeting that will be attended by us, yourselves as parents and the school SENCo. This will give us a plan to make sure your child has a smooth transition between Toddle-Inn and school. The school will also be able to offer you and your child opportunities to visit the school so your child has a chance to experience their new surroundings.
12. Any arrangements made by the governing body or the proprietor relating to the treatment of complaints from parents of pupils with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) concerning the provision made at the Nursery?
We feel that that happiness of the children in our care and their families are a key priority. We will always attempt to resolve any issues you may have. Information about our Complaints Procedure is in the Complaints Policy which can be found in the Policy Booklets in the foyer.