How we support children/young people with SEN starting at our school
Transition into nursery for children with SEN is planned in advance through consultation with parents and where appropriate the LA and previous providers. If applicable visits are made by the SENCO/Deputy Headteacher to the previous provider. Transition arrangements are tailored to the individual needs of the child and family. Sometimes home visits are arranged in order that staff can begin to build relationships with the child in an environment in which they feel most comfortable. At times shorter sessions are planned initially to enable the child (and the family) to gain confidence in the nursery. Visits to nursery can also be organised out of school hours in order that the environment is quiet.
Each child will have a key person who will support their transition. This member of staff will liaise with parents, ensuring that they are given information on how their child is settling. Key groups are planned in advance, and where possible, children with SEN are taught in smaller groups.
How we support children/young people with SEN moving between classes in our school
If children with SEN are moving from our Two Year Old room to the main nursery room, visits to the room are built into the daily routine well in advance. Children will be accompanied by a member of staff from the Two Year Old room in order that they feel comfortable and secure. These visits will enable the child to build relationships with new staff and familiarise themselves with the environment.
Our Two Year Old staff ensure that they liaise with the child’s new key person in order that they understand individual needs. Documentation/plans are shared and discussed at a transfer of information staff meeting.
How we support children/young people with SEN leaving our school
We arrange extra support and visits for pupils with SEN, in liaison with their chosen primary school. The Headteacher or key person can accompany parents and children during these visits. Staff from feeder schools are invited to spend time in our nursery to ensure that relationships are built within an environment in which the child feels comfortable. Meetings with the primary school staff, families and nursery staff will be arranged to ensure that transition is as smooth as possible and that important information about the child is discussed and understood. Pupils with SEN are welcome to return to Nursery to use the facilities available such as climbing frames, sensory resources or for part of their day to aid their transition upon starting Primary School.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.