- 1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?
I use EYFS for my observations and i do 2 year development checks. I have discussions with the parents and they fill in an "All about me form" to identify where they are at before they start in order to identify the childs starting point for their learning journal. I have written permission to share information with other settings/professionals who are involved with the child.
I do observations the children that allows me to know what their next steps are. If the child attends another setting, maybe a nursery i would share my observations and work with them to help them achieve their next steps. I also have discussions with the parents and have a questionaire they fill in. I also will let them know what we are working on and ask if they can help. I also ask if theres anything they would like me to work on with that child.
- 2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?
I think i build very good relationships with parents, i am a very honest person and am accomodating to the needs of children and parents, which i have regular discussions with.
I use daily diaries for young children and i also use whatsapp to send pictures of what we have been doing, texting and sometimes emails where relevant.
I have ' All about me' paperwork which i put in their learning journals which i share with the parents and once they have looked at it they put their comment in the 'sharing record' space provided. I also ask the parents what they would like me to work on with their children and put that for their next steps.
If a child in my setting attends a nursery or a preschool i would share information and share the information with parents.
- 3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?
Most of my planning is child led using their interests to promote their development. I use the gaps highlighted in my observations to play activities to promote development. I also set the children small targets to allow them to achieve at the appropriate rate to their development. I do allow for one to one support which i try to do when other children maybe sleeping or quite happily playing with an activity of their choosing.
I do endeavour to adapt activities to meet the needs of all children in my setting. I am happy to adapt my setting if required and am able to.
I would contact Family Information Services if i needed any additional information, who would then point me in the right direction.
- 4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?
I dont have ave experience in caring for children with additional needs but would seek further training if required.
I treat all children as an individual and adapt activities to meet the needs of all children in my setting. I would seek to acquire resources to support the individual needs for example ..dual language books, visual aids, mobility aids..
I would go to Family Information Services who would point me in the right direction if i needed additional support when caring for children additional needs. I have no specialist equipment to help me support a child or completed any relevant training, but i would endeavour to do so if needed.
- 5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?
I would go to Family Information Services for support who would point me in the right direction.
I havnt attended any specialist training but would seek to do so if required.I dont have any experience in looking after children with special needs.
I have no specialist equipment.
I do have risk assessments in place but may need to change them if i did look after a child with special needs.
I do have a SEND policy
- 6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?
I regularly discuss the progress of the child with the parents. I also share information with other settings and professionals involved with the childs care.
I complete a 2 year check which the parents read and put their comments on and we work on the next steps from it.
I regularly do observations for their next steps progress and plan activities accordingly.
- 7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?
I do treat all children equally. I also risk assess when on outings.
I would also pre-visit places to ensure they are suitable.
- 8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?
I do not have ramps, wide doorways, accessible toilets, handrails or room to accommodate wheel chairs.
My outside space is not accessible or suitable for children with mobilty/wheelchair users.
I would endeavour to make reasonable adjustments in line with the Equality Act 2010.
- 9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?
I will always help the child adjust to their new setting, may it be a nursery or preschool, i believe continuity of care is a good way to help children settle better. So i would offer transitional visits, home visits, and i will share the childs learning journey to help them know what the child likes to do to help them settle.
I would read books about going to nursery or school and what happens when there..
I will share the childs 'All about me' to other professionals so they know what they are like and help them with anything that would help the child settle well.
- 10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?
I have regular conversations about what we have done with the parents and i get feedback from them, normally verbally. I also work with other professional settings, especially if their is something which we all can help with..
I follow the statutory EYFS framework and cover all 7 area of learning to monitor the childrens development .
- 11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?
Myself as i am a lone childminder, so i am the manager.
- 12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?
I do have a complaints/compliments book.
I do display a parents poster.
I do have a questionnaire for parents.. Parents can talk to me anytime or arrange a meeting at a later time, through daily diaries, texts ,phone call or email.
I keep all references, thankyou cards and letters etc..