Local offer

Statement linking early years settings to the Wandsworth local offer

The purpose of a local offer is to enable parents and carers to see what services are available for children with SEND in their area and how to access them. The following questions and answers forms our local offer and shows how we provide for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Schoolroom Two Nursery aims to offer excellence and choice to all children whatever their ability or needs.

Name of setting and introductory inclusion statement

At Schoolroom Two we believe that all children should be equally respected and valued and can learn and make progress according to their individual development needs. We use our best endeavours to make sure that all children have access to the resources, provision and interventions they need and to feel positive about themselves and their learning. Staff at Schoolroom Two monitor children, observing, evaluating planning and writing weekly diaries. They support and work closely with parents, consulting with them if need be about their child’s individual learning journey and any additional needs they may have.

At Schoolroom Two, our Special Education Needs Co-ordinator is Janet Jakeman and her deputy is Shane Reed.

Janet can be contacted on 07745250093 or 0208 8781949, email janetjakemansr2@gmail.com

Parents can speak or email 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?

At Schoolroom Two each child has a designated Key Worker who would be the first point of contact if you would like to discuss your child’s needs. If your child’s key worker has identified a possible individual need they will discuss this with you and plan with you to support your child’s learning and development. Our SENCO will offer support and advice to your child’s Key Worker and other staff in the setting and will also liaise with other professionals to seek advice and support in identifying needs if necessary. Support and advice can be sought from the Early Years Advisory Team with your permission.

How does the setting decide whether a child has special educational needs and what extra help they need?

Prior to your child joining us you will be invited to a “Getting to Know You” session. In this session you and your child will be introduced to your Key Worker. You will be asked if you know or are concerned about any part of your child’s development. If your child has an already identified SEN or disability, we would ask to liaise with you and any professionals already involved at the earliest opportunity. This will enable us to prepare for their transition into our nursery. Your child’s Key Worker will develop a trusting sensitive relationship with you and your child and will produce ongoing observational assessments that are linked to the Early Years Outcomes document. If any individual needs are identified we would discuss this with you in private and plan together to support your child’s learning and development. We take a graduate approach to supporting SEN in line with the current SEN Code of Practice: assess, plan, do and review.

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

Schoolroom Two has an open door policy and you are welcome to speak to us at any time. You can discuss your child’s progress on a daily basis and use the weekly diaries as a two way communication between us. Assessment systems are in place such as the 2 year progress review and ongoing over 3’s next steps which are linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development. Parents are involved in this process and invited in to share information. Weekly plans are displayed on the parents board and are supported each term by an “Activities at Home” information sheet.

How will my child be involved in and consulted about how their special educational needs are met and what progress they are making?

At Schoolroom Two children are encouraged to spend time with their Key Worker discussing how they feel and talk about their likes and dislikes. They will be encouraged to discuss how they are going to make progress. Children’s achievements are celebrated and they are helped to develop an understanding of the uniqueness of them as individuals. We encourage parents to involve their children as appropriate when making plans for their needs.

How do you assess and review my child’s progress?

It is the Key Worker’s responsibility to assess and monitor children’s progress in all 7 areas of learning set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Regular tracking of children will highlight progress made or any developmental concerns.

Children with SEN will be regularly monitored under the graduated approach using assess, plan do and renew cycle. The children will have their individual SEN plans reviewed by their Key Worker/SENCO who will, in conjunction with parents regularly set targets and discuss progress made.

How is teaching and the curriculum adapted to my child’s needs?

At Schoolroom Two we ensure that all children have had access to enriching and valuable play experiences. Your child’s Key Worker will use their professional judgment to plan activities that can be made easier and more challenging providing age appropriate challenges for each child and to give support when needed. Each child will be given opportunities to join in activities which will give them a chance to explore at a speed that is appropriate to their needs.

What support is there for my child’s emotional well-being?

At Schoolroom Two all our staff are welcoming and friendly providing an inclusive sensitive and positive approach for your child. Each child has a Key Worker who will be a good role model for positive behaviour and a constant in the day to day care of all our children. We have policies in place for managing behavioural difficulties, the administration of medication and for providing personal care. Personal health plans can be adopted if necessary and staff will be trained in giving the appropriate medication for your child if required.

All members of staff are trained in child protection and safe guarding and we have members of staff who hold current paediatric first aid certificates.

How do you promote positive behaviour?

Our deputy SENCO is also our practitioner for behaviour management and has undertaken training in this area. She can offer advice and strategies to cope with unwanted behaviour. We have a set of procedures for managing behaviour and will work with parents to support strategies for use at home as well as nursery.

What training and specialist skills do the staff supporting children with SEND have or are having?

Both our SENCOs have attended “The Role of the SENCO” training and pass on this information to other staff at staff meetings. This training is provided by Wandsworth so is up to date and relevant.

Our SENCOs have many years of experience working in the childcare sector and have a real passion for what they do. Miss Janet is Montessori trained and Miss Kelly holds a level three childcare qualification. Other staff either hold a level two child care qualifications or are working towards level three.

3 out of our 4 staff hold first aid qualifications. Further training will be sought and accessed to support an identified SEND.

What do you do to make the setting environment and curriculum accessible for all children?

Schoolroom Two is based on the ground floor of a tennis club. It is a large airy bright room with access to a large mostly grassed garden. The toilets are accessible and changing facilities are available. We aim to provide equal opportunities for all of our children including those with disabilities or SEN.

If you are a parent/carer whose first language is not English you can nominate a representative who speaks English, or if possible, we can arrange for an external interpreter. We provide multi-sensory activities and make the curriculum accessible for all children by making the activities age appropriate and by adapting them to meet the needs of each child.

Our weekly planning is displayed on the parents board and our policies are updated regularly and are available for parents to view on our website or hard copy kept at school. We will endeavour to seek out suitable equipment or adapt equipment or facilities to support children with SEN or disabilities. Regular risk assessments are carried out to ensure our environment is safe and secure.

How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom?

We include all children in trips and outings with the written permission from parents/carers. This includes trips to the post box, mosque, Battersea Zoo and Barnes Wetlands Centre. Where necessary any additional support is put in place through discussion with the parents and by carrying out risk assessments.

How will the setting prepare my child to join the setting and transition to the next school?

When children join Schoolroom Two we offer a flexible setting in policy, taking the lead from parents on how best to manage the process should your child have difficulties settling-in.

Prior to your child starting we invite you into a “Getting to know you session” where you will be given the opportunity to discuss any requirements with your child’s Key Worker.

If any introduction sessions are required children will get the chance to become familiar with the nursery, their Key Worker and the routines. Parents will be given a “Getting to know You” form which gathers information needed to ensure that we can plan appropriately for your child. We will provide the opportunity for you to share with us your child’s needs and the involvement of other agencies and to agree with you a consistent approach to ensure the continuity of care for your child.

When transferring to another setting or moving to school we would invite your child’s new key worker and SENCO to discuss your child’s strengths and needs. We will share targets on your child’s SEN plans and review any other information that may be relevant to your child.

We aim to make sure that every child’s transition is as smooth as possible and that where possible each child is independent and ready for the transition.

What specialist services from outside does the school use to help meet children’s needs and how do you work together?

All staff are experienced working with early years age group and understand Child Development. They are offered training in all areas of child development. Some staff have specific areas of responsibility and receive extra training. If your child has SEN we will work in partnership with you and will often bring in an outside agency to support your child. We work alongside the specialist services involved with your child and they are welcome to visit us at the nursery.

What will you do if my child has medical needs?

Our aim is to ensure that children with medical needs receive proper care and support at school and that such children are able to integrate as far as possible into normal school life. Any health issues will be supported by our first aiders and a senior member of staff who will oversee the administration of medicines. You will be asked to complete a medical consent form. A record of administered medicine will also be entered in our medicine book, which is signed and dated by the teacher and approved by the parent on collection.

What should I do if I am unhappy with my child’s support or progress?

If at any time you are unhappy with any aspect of our provision or practice we would ask that you first approach Miss Janet the Principle and she will endeavour to deal with the complaint or concerns efficiently and without delay. If you are still unhappy a more formal approach should be made in writing to the Principal expressing a complaint or concern.

Minutes will be taken at any meetings which may take place between you the Principal and nursery staff. A plan of action will be prepared, put forward and agreed by all parties. All relevant paperwork will be attached to the files of the child concerned. Should parents still remain dissatisfied they should contact OFSTED directly.

The name and address of Ofsted is as follows:
Ofsted Early Years
Piccadilly Gate
Store St
M1 2WD

Telephone: 0300 123 4666
Email: enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk

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. 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 The Positive Parent Action website or telephone 020 8947 5260.

For more information about the Local Offer of services and support for children and young people with special needs and disabilities in Wandsworth, visit The Family Information Service website. Their helpline is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; 020 8871 7899.

The information in this report is accurate now, but we regularly review and make changes to what we offer and keep this information as up to date as possible.

Feedback this offer is intended to give you clear, accurate and accessible information. If you would like to comment on the content of the offer or make suggestions to improve the information, please email janetjakemansr2@gmail.com.