What is the Local Offer?
The draft Children and Families Bill (2013) outlines the government’s plans to require local authorities to publish information on services and provision across education, health and social care for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The purpose of a local offer is to enable parents and carers to see more clearly what services are available for children with SEND in their area and how to access them. The process extends to early years settings and all the information below forms our local offer and shows we have provided for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
How does Raysfield Preschool know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities)?
At Raysfield Preschool each child is treated as an individual and each child has a key worker. Their role is to work with both you and your child and develop a trusting relationship to enable respectful sharing of information. This knowledge begins with completing the detailed ‘all about me’ sheets when starting at our setting. These will help us to share information about your child’s strengths and needs. Through the use of continual observations, listening to your child and planning, we can identify any concerns and we will share these with you. With consent, we will contact other professionals if required. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, you can speak to your child’s key worker who can advise you further.
Alternatively, you can discuss any matters with our designated SENCo lead, Deborah Carey or our person in charge of Child Protection/Safeguarding Donna Fessey.
How will staff support my child?
Your child’s key person will be in most sessions your child attends. They will identify individual needs and plan next steps, accessing additional support from other professionals where necessary. We will explain how children’s individual needs can be met by planning support using a Setting Support Plan (SSP) and advice from the Early Years Intervention Officer. Observations, assessments, and evaluations all contribute towards SSP’s and your child’s key worker would oversee the targets on the SSP to help your child achieve their full potential. Your key worker will work closely with the SENCo lead.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Each child will be signed up on Tapestry which is an online learning journal which will contain observations and photographs of your child’s progress and development. We plan for your child’s development based on observations of your child and evidence gathered for their Leaning Journal. The environment your child plays in will be appropriate for their needs and additional support or resources will be supplied as appropriate. We will seek additional staff training, if appropriate, to meet your child’s needs.
How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
Our open-door policy means you are always welcome to tell us how your child is doing and provide ongoing two-way communication between us. If parents/carers work or are unable to attend with their child, then telephone calls, emails or Tapestry are welcome to update on your child’s progress. Assessment systems are in place which is all linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) ages and stages of development. Regular review meetings are held to discuss the child’s SSP targets and how the parent/carer can support their child at home.
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
All our staff are welcoming and friendly, providing an inclusive, sensitive and positive approach. We offer ‘settling in’ (induction) sessions which will familiarise your child with the setting and enable support for your child to be discussed before they commence at Raysfield Preschool. Care routines will be discussed prior to starting, including nappy changing. Personal health care plans can be adopted if necessary and staff will be trained in giving the appropriate medication for your child if required, once the ‘medication’ form has been completed and signed. If specialised training is required, your child will not be able to start preschool until this has been completed. Activities will be adapted to ensure your child is able to fully interact with their environment and visual strategies such as a visual timetable can be used to help them understand our routines.
Promoting positive behaviour is important to us and we use a range of techniques to ensure this is met. Should your child display unwanted behaviour we will work with you and your child to provide a consistent and planned approach to improve behaviour.
The safety of your child is fundamental to us. A member of staff will not allow any child to be taken off the premises if the person collecting them is not known to the setting. Passwords are in given by a parent/carer to allow a child to be collected by a different person.
What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by Raysfield Preschool?
We work alongside specialist services involved with your child and they are welcome to visit the setting. We will always obtain parental consent before contacting these services.
- Educational Psychologist
- Occupational Therapist
- South Gloucestershire Early Years Intervention Team
- Health Visitors
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Our SENCo attends regular network meetings to keep up to date with the latest information, news, and details of any further services/training available.
What training do the staff supporting children with SEND have (or are having?)
The staff continually receive and refresh their training. A record of staff training is kept on file.
At least one member of staff has attended the following training workshops/courses
Specialist training will also be accessed and attended as the need arises.
How will my child be included in activities outside of Raysfield Preschool (Including trips)?
All children are welcome to attend trips and we plan them so it includes all children. We will notify parents before trips to identify any particular needs.
A risk assessment would be carried out prior to a visit.
We would take along any aids or medication (along with consent forms) that your child may need. We carry the preschool mobile phone and emergency contact details for everyone.
How accessible is Raysfield Preschool environment indoors and outdoors?
We will work closely with all parents/carers to access any specialist equipment that may be required. The main hall is fully accessible for a wheelchair. We have one disabled toilet with wheelchair access and our doors leading out to the garden are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. The garden is flat and suitable for all children to access. We would make adaptions to existing resources to ensure all children can access them.
Signs, posters, and pictures can be translated or use dual language. When a child that uses English Additional Language, starts at the setting, their English and mother tongue is assessed, to see if they and their family require additional services such as translators, document translations and information in their native language. Visual aids will be used to support understanding.
How are resources allocated and matched to children SEND?
As a non-profit making registered charity with limited funds. Inclusion funding and Discretionary funding for 1:1 support can be applied for.
We will ensure staff attend training necessary.
All children are regularly assessed to ensure resources are matched/presented in a way accessible to all children.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
The manager and SENCo will work closely with you and other professionals to determine your child’s needs. Extra support can be put in place is necessary with the aim of your child becoming independent with the setting. If we feel it relevant we may apply for extra funding to aid us in providing the support or equipment needed for your child’s care.
How will Raysfield Preschool prepare my child for school?
We liaise with local schools to arrange teacher visits to the preschool to aid the transition to primary education. We will hold a transition meeting at your convenience to plan transition for your child into their primary school, ensuring we give the primary school time to make necessary plans for changes they may need to make. We share targets on your child’s SSP’s and minutes of review meetings along with any other information that may be relevant to your child.
How are parents involved at Raysfield Preschool? How can I be involved?
You are involved in identifying needs, information sharing, identifying targets and next steps to focus on at home and in the setting and in reviewing progress towards these targets and SSP review meetings.
We are a committee run preschool. We have a full committee with a dedicated parent liaison officer. Strong relationships with parents are important to the preschool.
You are welcome to be involved in fundraising (this does not have to be on a regular basis)
Who can I contact for further information?
If you wish to discuss your child’s needs prior to starting you can contact the preschool who are happy to answer any questions/concerns you may have. Visits are also welcome.
Manager – Donna Fessey
Raysfield Preschool Playgroup
Dodington Parish Hall
Tel: 01454 324688