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1. How does Cygnet 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?

At Cygnet Pre-School we treat every child as an individual.  Your child will be allocated a key person who will be responsible for monitoring your child’s development.  Through the use of observations and planning for their next steps we are able to identify any concerns which we will share with you, and with consent we will contact other professionals if required.

If you have any concerns about your child you should speak with your child’s key person who will be able to advise you further.

2. How will Early Year’s staff support my child?

Your child’s key person will work with both you and your child.  This relationship will ensure that we share knowledge concerning your child and their development.  This knowledge begins with the ‘Home Visit’ which is offered to all children starting at Cygnet Pre-School.  You will be asked to complete the ‘All about Me’ section from the learning journal and have regular meetings with your child’s key person during their time at pre-school.  Through continual observations we can plan for your child including assessing additional support from other professionals as appropriate.

With your permission, we will contact the Area Senco if required either for advice or to make a referral with any concerns.  We will implement strategies and advice will be offered as appropriate.

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

Every child is viewed as ‘unique’ therefore we plan for your child’s development based on observations of your child and evidence gained for their Learning Journal.  The environment your child plays in, will be appropriate for their needs and additional support or resources will be supplied as appropriate.

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

A strong relationship between the setting and Parents is important to the Pre-School.  You have access to view your child’s Tapestry online learning Journal and your child’s key person will meet with you regularly to discuss your child’s development and next steps.  We are always available to discuss any concerns you have regarding your child’s learning.

5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well being?

We offer ‘settling in’ sessions which will familiarise your child with the Pre-School and also enable support for your child to be discussed before they commence at Pre-School.  Care routines will be discussed prior to starting at the Pre-School, including nappy changing.  We are able to administer prescribed medicines once the appropriate form has been completed.  If additional training is required to administer medicine we will undertake this as necessary.

Promoting positive behaviour is important to the setting.  We will always discuss any behaviour concerns with you in order to maintain a consistent approach between home and the setting.

The safety of your child is paramount.  We will not allow any child off the premises if the person collecting them is not known to the setting. We regularly undertake and review risk assessments on our equipment from both a 2 year olds and 3 year old perspective.  Risk assessments are completed before any trip including short walks around the local community.

6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by Cygnet Pre-School?

We work with all professionals as required for each child and always encourage these persons to come and visit the relevant children in the Setting.

If required we will contact and work with the Area SENCO. We will obtain parental consent before contact is made and we will include parents in all decisions made and meetings held.

If speech and language concerns are identified by the setting, we will advise this service and work with the Speech and Language therapists and the reports they provide to support the children in their language development.

7. What training are the staff supporting children with SEND, had or having?

The staff continually receive and refresh their training.  All staff are qualified within Early Years.  Staff have attended; Promoting Positive Behaviour, English as additional language; Special Educational Needs training.

We continually reflect upon our practice and will attend training when a particular need is identified.

8. How will my child be included in activities outside Cygnet Pre-School including Trips?

All children are welcome to attend trips.  Parents are notified before trips in order to identify any particular needs.  Risk assessments are completed.  Volunteers to assist on the trip are requested from the children’s families.  On any trips all children wear high visibility Jackets and a mobile phone and first aid kit is always taken.

9. How accessible is Cygnet Pre-School?

We will work closely with all parents to access any specialist equipment that may be required.

Our purpose built building has a ramp to the front of the building with wide doorways leading to the playroom.  There is a disabled toilet in the front lobby. The play room is fully accessible to a Wheel chair.  There is one step to the garden from the back doors however once outside the patio area is flat.

Visual timetables are used to assist children with the daily routine and Language books are shared with setting and families of children with English as Additional Language to aide communication.

10. How will Cygnet Pre-School prepare and support my child to join the pre-school or transfer to a new setting or school?

Before your child joins the Pre-School we encourage you to visit the setting several times so that you can both become acquainted with the environment.  A home visit is arranged close to your child’s start date. At the home visit, a member of staff will bring a selection of toys from the pre-school to play with alongside your child.  The pre-school supervisor will go through the welcome pack and discuss any concerns you may have relating to starting pre-school. We work closely with each family to develop a settling routine to match your child’s needs.

If a child attends more than another setting or is moving to a different setting we share the child’s ‘next steps’ with that setting.

We liaise with local schools to arrange visits of both the children to the schools and the Teachers to visit the children at the Pre-School to aid the transition up to new Schools.

The Area Senco will support with transition to school for any child they have been involved with at the Pre-School.

11. How are Cygnet Pre-Schools resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

We are a registered charity with limited funds, however we are able to apply for funding from Somerset County Council to support individual children as required.  We would also ensure Staff attend any specific training necessary.

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

The Supervisor and Senco will work closely with you and other professionals to determine your child’s needs.  We have regular Team meetings to involve all Practitioners in any support required.  In addition the Key Person will be able to identify any additional support through the observation procedure required by the Early Years Foundation Stage and Individual Educational Plans will be made as necessary.

13. How are parents involved at Cygnet Pre-School?  How can I be involved?

We are a Committee run Pre-School therefore every parent is automatically a member of the Committee and welcome to attend termly meetings.

Strong relationships with parents is important to Cygnet Pre-School.  We operate an open door policy.

Parents are welcome to stay and play during pre-school sessions.

14. Who can I contact for further information?

More detailed information is available in our policies, specifically;Child protection – Safeguarding, Promoting positive behaviour, Inclusion, Administrations of Medication, Supporting children with Additional needs and working in partnership with parents.

Please contact us to be sent our policies.

To register your child at Cygnet Pre-School please contact the Supervisor, Sally Jenner-Hurford on 01460 57444 or via email at cygnetpreschool@yahoo.co.uk

Once your child has started at Cygnet Pre-School they will be allocated a Key Person to support them and you will be able to discuss any concerns or progress with them as well as the Supervisor (Sally Jenner-Hurford) or SENCO (Chris Tuck) at any time.