Statement linking early years to the Wandsworth local offer:
At Apples and Honey Nightingale we provide an environment in which all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, are supported to reach their full potential. We value each child’s unique contribution and gifts. We endeavour to make each child feel safe, stimulated, and happy during their time with us. We work closely with parents/carers to make sure each child’s needs are met.
Name of setting and introductory inclusion statement
At Apples and Honey Nightingale we believe that equal opportunities for all are an integral part of education. We aim to build on the skills and experiences of each member of our nursery community, irrespective of their race, gender, home background, or impairment, provided there are good prospects of meeting their needs without unduly prejudicing the education and welfare of other children. We know that parents and carers want the best for their child and by working in partnership with them and consulting with them when needed; we hope that each child will thrive and achieve their full potential with us. The staff team work closely together, involving parents, to support each child’s individual learning journey and by doing this, we can identify early if a child may have a specific need, therefore getting them any additional support they may require.
The nursery may be unable to admit children with severe physical disabilities due to restrictions on space, facilities and personnel trained to deal with profound disabilities. We shall, however, assess each child on a case-by-case basis and, if we feel we can cater or adapt for the specific needs of a child, we shall endeavour to do so.
At Apples and Honey Nightingale, our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator is Laura Kenny and parents are welcome to speak to her or their child’s key worker at any time if they have concerns about their child.
What should I do if I am concerned about my child’s progress or special educational needs?
The nursery operates an open-door policy. If a parent has any concerns about their child’s progress, they can speak to their child’s key worker. Their key worker is the practitioner who is responsible for observing, evaluating, and planning for the individual needs of their children. They are also there to encourage the families to participate in their child’s learning, and to help each child form positive relationships with the other staff and children in the nursery. A parent can also speak with our Managers, Laura Kenny or Kathy O’Brien, about any concerns they may have regarding their child.
Under Covid-19 government guidelines, all meetings with staff will be held over Zoom at a mutually agreed time.
How does the setting decide whether a child has special educational needs and what extra help they may need?
If a child arrives at the nursery and has already had a SEND (Special Educational Need or Disability) identified, we will work with the team who have already been put in place to support the child. We will use the information available to us to implement their EHC plan (Education, Health and Care plan) so we can support and manage them to the best of our ability.
If a parent expresses concerns that their child has a SEND or our staff feels a child has a SEND, we will discuss it with the parents and determine whether the child’s understanding and behaviour is the same at home and nursery. We will then work with the parents, involving them at every stage, following the process set out in our ‘Supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities’ policy. This follows the graduated approach of Assess; Plan; Do; Review.
If we feel it is appropriate, we will have a meeting with the parents to discuss bringing in an outside agency to help support the child.
How will I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
Apples and Honey Nursery operates an open-door policy where parents can come and chat to the managers, their child’s key person or the SENDCo either before nursery or at the end of the morning. Parents have access to their child’s on-line learning journal, which tracks their progress and celebrates their achievements. Once your child leaves nursery, their learning journal will be available for you to download online.
The nursery holds a parents’ evening in the Spring term.
An end of year report is given to all parents at the end of the Summer term.
Parents also have the email address of their child’s key worker as a further means of contact.
If your child has a SEND, as a parent/carer you will be involved in every decision that is made regarding your child’s support and we will put in place a plan which will be used in the nursery and that can also be used to support the child’s learning at home.
Under Covid-19 government guidelines, all meetings with staff will be held over Zoom at a mutually agreed time.
How do you assess and review my child’s progress?
Each child’s key person is responsible for assessing their child’s progress. Your child’s key person will observe their children, evaluate their observations and plan for their individual needs and is constantly monitoring their progress in all 7 areas of learning, set out in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). The nursery also has weekly staff meetings where each child’s progress can be discussed in confidence amongst all teaching staff which also helps inform the planning for each child.
When a child is able to do a task or achieves something wonderful at nursery, this is recorded in their online learning journal. Once checked and approved by a Manager this will be made immediately available to parents on the app.
When a child is between 2-3 years old, parents will receive a short, written summary of their child’s development (The Two-Year Check) in the three prime areas which are:
Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
These prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. This progress check will help to identify each child’s strengths and highlight any areas where a child may need additional help.
If a child has a SEND, as mentioned above, a plan is implemented with the agreement of the parents with targets and dates to review the child’s progress and achievements are set together.
We will organise TAC/TAF meetings where appropriate, in order to liaise effectively with parents and all professionals involved in the child’s care.
How is teaching and the curriculum adapted to my child’s needs?
At Apples and Honey Nightingale staff are trained to plan a child’s individual activities so that each child can learn at their own pace and in their own way. The staff are there to adapt resources, provide age and stage appropriate challenges for each child, and to give support when needed.
The nursery will also provide training for staff if needed to support a child and additional resources or materials will be purchased if it can enhance a child’s learning.
The nursery follows the EYFS; we have areas dedicated to each of the 7 areas of learning and we understand that they are all important and interlinked. Children can start at the nursery from 3 months of age, so we make sure that the curriculum is flexibly structured. As each child approaches the end of their time with us, at four plus, they are fully prepared for their next school in line with best educational practice.
What support is there for my child’s emotional well-being?
Each child has a key worker who is responsible for making them feel secure, safe, and happy in the nursery environment. They are also there to encourage children to build positive relationships with the other staff and their peers. Before a child starts at the nursery, we ask parents to fill out the “All about me” form so that before they start, we know who is important to them, what they like doing, if they have attended a setting previously and other important information that we can use to help them settle more quickly with us. Children are welcome to join parents when viewing the nursery, where they will also be introduced to the staff. Our new joiners are offered settling in sessions prior to starting nursery.
How do you promote positive behaviour?
At Apples and Honey Nightingale we know that a successful behavioural management policy depends on good communication and positive relationships between children, staff, and parents. We are always fair, consistent, and clear in our response to behaviour and positive reinforcement is used as much as possible.
All the staff are there to help the children build good relationships within the setting and this is encouraged when staff role modelling positive behaviour and language.
What training and specialist skills do the staff supporting children with SEND have or are having?
Laura Kenny and Kathy O’Brien have attended Designated Safeguarding Lead Training,
Laura Kenny has also had training on the Role of the SENDCo and regularly attends SENDCo Network meetings to keep her knowledge updated. She has specific additional training in Autism and has completed a level 3 qualification in Speech and Language support for under 5s (ELKLAN).
All our staff have many years of experience working within the childcare sector and have a real passion for what they do.
What will you do if my child has medical needs?
If your child has medical needs, the school can administer prescription medicines. Prior to this parents, must complete a medicine consent form. The medicine will be administered by a senior staff member, witnessed by a second senior staff member, and will be recorded in our medicine book, which is signed by the teacher, dated, and then signed and approved by the parent on collection. All medicines are stored safely in the locked first aid box in the staff cupboard and all medicines must be clearly labelled prescription medicines, in the original packaging, with printed instructions given.
Do your staff have First Aid qualifications?
All our staff are trained in first aid and have regular updates to their training . . .
What should I do if I am unhappy with my child’s support or progress?
If you have questions about your child’s progress or have any concerns about their progress and the curriculum being offered to them, you could first speak with your child’s key person if you feel it appropriate. If a parent wishes to make a complaint or raise any concerns that they might have, they should approach Laura or Kathy. Either will endeavour to deal with the complaint or concerns efficiently and without delay. At this point all relevant parties will be informed.
If the above procedure is insufficient to resolve the issue, a more formal approach should be made in writing. After a consultation between the manager, parents/carers and the nursery staff where appropriate, a concerned plan of action will be prepared, put forward and agreed by all parties.
Minutes will be taken at any meetings which may take place and these, along with any other relevant paperwork must be attached to the files of the child concerned.
Should parents remain dissatisfied at the end of this process, they can contact OFSTED directly.
The name and address of Ofsted, is as follows: –
Ofsted Early Years
Where can I go for further advice and support?
The Wandsworth Parent Partnership Service provides an impartial and confidential service to all parents of children with SEND. Visit their website at https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/pps or telephone 020 8871 8061
The Wandsworth Parents’ Forum “Positive Parent Action” works with the Council to improve all provision for children and young people with SEN and Disabilities aged 0 to 25. If you want to get involved in influencing services, visit their website at: www.positiveparentaction.org.uk or telephone 020 8947 5260
More information about the Local Offer of services and support for children and young people with special needs and disabilities in Wandsworth can be found on The Family Information Service website at http://wandsworth.childrensservicedirectory.org.uk. Their helpline is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday 020 8871 7899.
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