At Writtle Green pre-school we are dedicated to the care and welfare of your children. Our staff team and committee are all CRB/DBS checked and most staff have relevant childcare qualifications up to level 5. Additionally, we have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and an Equality Named Co-ordinator providing specific support as needed.
We are regulated by Ofsted and the Pre-School Learning Alliance and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We are governed by a parent based committee which manages the running of the pre-school as well as supporting fundraising activities.
We work on a ratio of 1 adult to 4 children for two year olds, and 1 adult to 6 children aged 3 and older We have a maximum of 18 children during the morning sessions and a maximum of 19 in the afternoon. We have a key person system in place for all children and their families, allowing us to develop personal relationships with the children and guide their play and learning to fully support and increase their learning potential whilst at pre-school. We have regular open evenings for you to come and speak with your child’s key person as well as see some of their work.
We also hold a baby & toddler group on a Friday morning during term time from 9.30am to 11.30am. This is in the large hall at Longmeads House, admission £2. No need to book, just come along.
SEND Local Offer
Local Offer for children with Special Educational needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)
The aim of our local offer is to provide information for families on how we can help and support children within our setting who have SEND requirements. We have used the Essex County Council ‘guideline questions’ format in order to answer some of the questions you may have about our provision.
How does Writtle Green Pre-School know if young children need extra help and what our Parents/carers should do if they think their child may have SEND?
Before the child starts preschool parents complete a registration form that gives details about their child which includes if their child has any medical conditions and if the parent has any concerns. During the induction process for all the children the parent and child are invited into the setting for a taster session, the child will be allocated a key person, this is a good time for parents to discuss if there are any concerns regarding the child’s development, how best to support the child settling in, any additional resources, or care that the child may require. The parents are also invited to complete a child profile either at home or with the child’s keyperson, the profile gives us information regarding the child’s development. Once the child starts preschool we will carry out observations on the child and log these starting points into their individual learning journey called “tapestry”. We link these observations to an age development area set out in the early year’s foundation stage framework. We also carry out a progress development check after the first half term with us, we highlight any concerns we may have regarding the child’s learning and development, and we discuss the progress check with the parent and they are given a copy. We understand that each child learns and develops in different areas and at different rates but if we feel that the child would benefit from enhanced support we will discuss this with the parent and work in partnership with them. If the parent has any concerns and feels their child may have SEN then we are happy to discuss this at any time before the child starts at preschool and during their time with us, we can then seek further advice if necessary from our area senco or other professionals with the parent’s consent.
We have staff qualified up to level 5 at Writtle Green preschool, they have many years’ experience in working with children in early years and have a good knowledge of child development
How Writtle Green Pre-School supports young children with SEND
When the child has been identified with SEND we work closely with the parent, sharing information and working together towards the child’s next steps. We ask the parent to complete an ‘All About Me’ child profile, this gives us information of what’s important to the child, the parents and how we can support the child working towards their outcomes. We gather together all the information on the child including observations, doctor’s reports, speech and language reports etc and together with the parent we plan how best to support the child, this may involve making a request and obtaining a SEN premium. The child may benefit from enhanced support, additional resources, visual aids etc. We obtain parent consent before sharing information with other professionals. The deputy supervisor at Writtle Green preschool is SENCO trained, and other members of staff have training in SEN. We work with our area senco for support, advice and borrowing of resources.
How Writtle Green Pre-School creates learning and development opportunities for individual children with SEND
Every child is unique with their own interests, learning styles and are at different stages of learning and development. We work with the parent and using the child’s interests we create a learning environment that is accessible to each individual child. We put in practice a variety of strategies to support the child to reach their full potential. We provide activities that are challenging yet achievable. We are continuously evaluating the setting and look for areas of improvement to best support the children who attend the preschool. We ensure that all the activities are accessible and we make any adjustments when required.
How Writtle Green Pre-School works in partnership with parents/carers
Parents are given opportunities during drop off and pick time to discuss any issues with the child’s keyperson, the supervisors, senco, staff and our administrator. We have an area where confidential information can be discussed. If these times are not suitable for the parent we can arrange a mutual convenient time.
Contact can be made by telephone, text and email
We share information through the child’s on line learning journey called “tapestry”
With have an open door policy where all parents are welcome to stay and play
We share with the parent the progress check
We work with the parent on the child’s next steps, outcomes and planning for the child
Parent and child may complete a ‘All about Me’ child profile, planning for the child’s outcomes
We provide wow stickers for parent to share achievements and experiences at home
Children may have a home/preschool/child minder/ nursery diary for sharing information
We have a daily news board
We share news via letters and news time on tapestry
Parents are invited to join the committee
We hold parents evenings, family fun events, outings
We share some resources and information books, leaflets, websites
How Writtle Green Pre-School supports the well being of young children with SEND
Through following our policies and procedures and carrying out risk assessments we endeavour to make the preschool a safe environment for the children in our care.
We work with the parent and may need to put into place a care plan for individual children to meet their needs including the administration of medication. It may be necessary to put in place a personal emergency evaluation plan. We work with other professionals, such as occupational therapists and work with their recommendations to support the child.
Each child is allocated a keyperson to build a relationship with the child. We support the child emotionally and understand that some children require additional support settling into preschool and knowing that children achieve more when they are emotionally secure. We assist with personal care when necessary and also encourage independence.
Staff training and experience in supporting young children with SEND within our setting
Our deputy supervisor is senco trained and keeps up to date with information and undertake any relevant training.
The supervisor and deputy have completed level 2 safeguarding and level 3 in designated person safeguarding and also complete online training.
All staff have completed level 2 safeguarding and completed online training.
Most staff are paediatric first aid trained.
Most staff have training in food hygiene.
We have a member of staff who role is Equality Named Coordinator and has training to fulfil this role.
All members of staff have had in-house training in Autism and most members of staff have completed on line training. We are working towards the Autism Friendly Bronze award.
All staff undertake relevant training courses, in-house training and online training as well as keeping up to date through research. Some staff have attending in-house training in managing behaviour in children this was delivered by our area senco.
(This information relating to staff training and qualifications is correct as at 6th February 2018)
We have experience in supporting children with epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, downs syndrome, autism, speech and language difficulties, food allergies. All staff completed relevant training to give support to these children.
Specialist services and expertise accessed by our setting
We work closely with other professionals, we seek advice and support from our area senco and put in place the recommendations given to us.
The children’s centre and health visitors’ clinic is held twice a month at the library.
We plan visits from our professional such as speech and language therapists and specialist teachers who visit to observe the child in our setting.
Reports and plans from other professionals are included into our planning to support the child.
We always obtain parent consent before sharing information and any observations carried out by other professionals.
How our setting includes young children with SEND in community based activities and outings
We ensure that every child has the opportunity to be included in activities and outings. We visit the venue beforehand to carry out a risk assessment and to ensure that it is suitable and accessible to all. Our outings include the parent/family of the children. When we have an outing where the parent is not present, for example we occasionally visit the local school, we would ensure that the child is given support throughout the visit and arrange any addition resources to ensure the outing is accessible we would also notify the venue to ensure there is suitable access and any additional requirements planned for and put in place before the visit.
Our accessible environment
We are continually evaluating our setting to ensure that it is accessible to all. The main entrance to Longmeads house has a ramp and so does our entrance via our main outdoor play area.
We have a member of staff as Equality Named Coordinator, who continuously evaluates the accessibility of the setting.
We sought advice and support from our area senco to ensure accessibility to the environment and activities we provide.
We have made recent changes within our setting to some of our resources and our snack that we provide so that all the children that attend can be included in these activities.
When planning for children with SEND we follow the graduated approach, following the cycle of Access, Plan, Do then Review.
How we decide on appropriate support for a young child SEND
Working in partnership with the child, parents, keyperson, SENCO, our Area SENCO and other professionals such as Speech & Language therapists, we decide on planned support for the child. The keyperson and other practitioners work with the child to implement the One Plan. The One Plan is regularly reviewed, evaluated and updated.
How we involve all parents/carers in our setting.
Our open door policy ensures that all parents and carers have the opportunity to have first hand experience of pre-school life. We encourage ‘stay and play’ sessions and parental involvement. We pride ourselves on being welcoming and supportive to all of our families.
Who to contact for further information.
When requiring more information about Writtle Green Pre-School please contact:
Sarah McCarron(Supervisor) or Ashleigh Barrett (Deputy Supervisor) on 07950 944612
or you can Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.