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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities-Local Offer

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Worth Park Playgroup

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1. How does the early years setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?

Every child has an allocated key person who will continually observe, assess and monitor the individual needs and development of each child. Through our observations we can identify any concerns we may have, this will then be discussed with you and with your consent we will contact other professionals when and if needed.
Equally if you have any concerns about your child you can discuss this with your child's key person who will be able to advise you further.

2. How will early years setting staff support my child?

Your child will be assigned a key worker who will plan for your child's individual learning, development and care. The primary role of the key person is to develop a plan for your child's development. At intervals the key person will ask you about your child's interests and for your Knowledge about your child's development, after all nobody knows your child better than you do. We also have the support of a INCO/SENCO within the setting who will contact the FIRST TEAM if required, with your consent, for advice or to make a referral with any concerns.

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

Individual observations are collated and used in our planning and assessment process, to enable our learning environment to be effective for every child's individual  needs.

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?

We have an open door policy and welcome parents/carers to discuss their child's progress with their key person.Learning journals are available to parents at all times. we regularly meet with parents/carers to discuss progress and next steps.

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

Your child's well-being is very important to us at Worth Park Playgroup. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety and emotional well-being of every child. We ensure that each and every child's learning and development plan is implemented.

6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years setting?

If we feel that a child in our care needs extra support, with your consent we will contact the FIRST Team who will provide us with additional support if required.

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

All staff are qualified to level 3 or working towards this level. Staff have ongoing training in Speech and Language, SENCO, INCO and promoting positive behaviour.

8. How will my child be included in activities outside the early years setting including trips?

All children will have the opportunity to join in with activities outside of playgroup, including farm trips, local walks etc. We ask for parent/carer helpers to assist us with extra activities. Additional support will be provided if needed.

9. How accessible is the early years setting environment? (indoors and outdoors)

A ramp can be provided for accessibility into the building and the outdoor area can be accessed around the outside of the building. The main hall is accessible to wheelchair users and a disabled toilet is also available. Visual time tables are available to assist children with daily routines,Makaton signs are displayed around the setting and we will use any specialist equipment relevant to the child's needs.

10. How will the early years setting prepare and support my child to join the early years setting, transfer to a new setting/school?

Starting a playgroup is obviously a big step in a child's life and the way in which a child responds will vary, We therefore encourage parents/carers to stay with their child, if necessary, until they feel confident in their new environment. We will work closely  with you and your child to make the transition into playgroup as easy as possible. For the early stages settling into playgroup, we will be led by how you and your child feel.
To help with the children moving on to school, we will arrange visits to the relevant schools. Teachers are also invited to visit the children at playgroup. We will liaise with teachers and any other professionals to discuss the child's individual progress, to help make the transition run smoothly.

11. How are the early years setting's resources allocated and matched to children's special educational needs?

Worth Park Playgroup is a registered charity, we regularly assess, monitor and review each child's individual needs and would ensure staff attend any specific training where necessary. All equipment and resources are fully accessible to all of our children.

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

The manager, SENCO and key worker will work with you and any other professionals through on-going detailed assessments. Individual educational plans and play plans will be made if necessary and these will be monitored and regularly reviewed with parents/carers and key worker.

13. How are parents involved in the early years setting? How can I be involved?

We have an open door policy and staff are always available to answer any questions/queries you may have. Parents/carers can email or  phone us directly. we operate a rota where parents/carers are invited to stay and play with their child. There is also a termly newsletter for parents/carers. we are a committee run playgroup therefore every parent/carer is invited to join our committee, this is a great opportunity to get to know the staff and other parents/carers.

14. who can I contact for further information?


If you would like to discuss your child prior to starting at playgroup, please feel free to contact our team using the Contact Us page.


If you would like to discuss your child prior to starting at playgroup, please contact our manager; JACKIE MOORE or SENCO Amy Hammond on 01293 611148 or you can email us on worthparkplaygroup@googlemail.com 

Once your child has started at Worth Park Playgroup 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 manager or SENCO at any time.
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