We provide an environment in which all children, including those with special educational needs are supported to reach their full potential.

As part of the setting’s policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. The setting works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2014).

Inclusion policy

‘Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care, and must use this information to plan a challenging & enjoyable experience for each child in all of the areas of learning & development’ (EYFS, 2012)

What is SEND?

SEND stands for Special Educational Needs & Disability. The SEND Code of Practice 2014 shows 4 broad areas of need for children and young people with SEND. These are

Communication & interaction

Children with speech, language and communication needs have difficulty in communicating with others. This may be due to not being able to say what they want or difficulties in understanding. They may have difficulties in all or some of these areas.

Cognition and learning

Support may be needed for children when they are learning at a slower pace than that of their peers. There can be different levels of learning difficulties.

Social, emotional difficulties

Children may experience a wide range of social & emotional difficulties. These could be social isolation, a child becoming withdrawn or displaying challenging behaviour. Other children may have attention or attachment disorders.

Sensory and/or physical needs

Some children may need SEN provision because they have a disability, which prevents or hinders them from making use of the activities and resources. Children may have some form of visual, hearing or multi-sensory impairment. Some children may need specialist equipment.

Who is responsible for SEND on a daily basis?

Julie Curtling St. Johns Preschool

Rebecca Kelly at Cottage Preschool

Our SENDCO’s have attended appropriate training and work closely with other staff and children and will have the main responsibility for the management and upkeep of the SEND policy. The SENDCO will support staff while developing & assessing strategies and support within the setting. Please see our prospectus for further information.

Local Offer

All local councils have a duty to produce information about the services and provision available in the area for children and young people with SEND. this is called ‘Local Offer’ go to www.havering.gov.uk/Pages/Services/Local-offer.aspx to find more information.