SEN(D)

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Noah’s Ark Christian Pre-School strive to meet the needs of children with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure all children, regardless of their specific needs, Noah’s Ark Christian Pre-School are as inclusive as possible, with the needs of a Special Educational Need(s) child being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible and where families want this to happen.

How does Noah’s Ark Christian Pre-School know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?

Each child is allocated a key person who will observe and monitor their key group of children and liaise with parents to discuss any concerns.  The key person will also discuss any concerns with the manager, SENCO and other professionals if necessary.

We welcome visits before children start with us and we invite anyone considering our setting for their child to pop in and stay with their child for a session.  This will give you the opportunity to see Noah’s Ark in action and also to ask questions.

How will the staff support my child?

Every child has their own key person and will work with you and your child to ensure that your child is fully supported.  They will make next steps plans for your child to aid their development and our SENCO will make specific play plans focused on your child’s area of need.  These plans will be shared with you.

Noah’s Ark has access to information and guidance from the Area SENCO and other specialists and teachers.  The Area SENCO visits our setting to guide staff and observe the special educational needs children.

We are able to access funding for some children dependant on their individual needs and this allows us in some circumstances to provide a one to one member of staff.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

We plan for the individual child based on the curriculum.  Every child has a learning journey, which is a book containing observations and photographs of your child.  Also included in this will be assessments and progress checks, which are kept up to date and enable staff to plan effectively for each child.

How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

We have highly effective partnerships with parents at our setting and offer key person and SENCO consultations on a regular basis.  We operate an open door policy and are willing to discuss any concerns you may have at any time.

What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

Noah’s Ark has policies and procedures in place to ensure every child’s absolute safety here.  We have a key person system in place and all our staff, including kitchen staff and play workers are safeguarding trained.  Our staff are also Paediatric First Aid trained.  There is individual support for children’s social/emotional needs and if required there are strong links with outside agencies to provide additional support.

What specialist services and expertise are available at accessed by the setting? 

Noah’s Ark does not offer any specialist services, however we are happy to work alongside and communicate with any specialists that are involved with your child and they are welcome to come and visit your child at the setting.

What training is the staff, supporting children with SEND, had or is having?

Staff have attended SENCO and Positive Behaviour.  Our SENCO regularly meets with the Area SENCO.

We are always updating our knowledge through training and have recently had a behaviour training session for all the staff.

How will my child be included in activities outside the setting, including trips?

Every child is included in all activities including trips to the local community and staff ratios are high to ensure safety at all times. We require parent support for these trips to take place, as we pair 2 children to 1 adult.

How accessible is the setting?

Our building has wheelchair access and two accessible toilets. 

Our garden area currently has access only via 2 steps, but we have a portable ramp for wheelchair access. We had hoped to have a door directly from the building into the garden, which would have allowed for better access & the option of free-flow for all children. Unfortunately due to the age and structure of the building, this is not possible. We are instead looking at other options, including having a permanent ramp into the garden installed.

How will Noah’s Ark prepare and support my child’s transition to school?

Our busy bees group are prepared and supported by their key people to prepare them for school.  They have registration time, small group activities, P.E. and lunch days. 

Teachers from early year’s settings are invited to come in and visit the children who will be joining their school, and we liaise with the schools to arrange for children to visit.

How will Noah’s Ark resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

We carefully assess, monitor and review each individual’s needs.  Resources are then allocated so that all children can have full access to the equipment and to all areas of learning.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

Our manager and SENCO will meet with you to discuss your child’s needs.  A plan will be developed and support will be put in place. 

Individual plans for your child will be reviewed and monitored and additional support from outside agencies will be accessed where necessary.

How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?

Parents are invited to help out with sessions via our parent rota, often coming in to share their skills and experience with the children. 

We hold regular friends of Noah’s Ark lunches to enable parents to get to know each other and our staff.

We ask parents what their children like to eat at home, so that we can ensure that children have food from different cultures and understand differences.

We request that parents fill in parent questionnaires and this gives parents an opportunity to express their views about what we are doing at Noah’s Ark and suggest any improvements.

Who can I contact for further information?

Please contact our manager who will be able to discuss any issues with you.

You can contact us by telephone on 020-8505-5828 or by e-mail – info@noahspreschool.org