Your child's progress and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

We see each individual child as A Unique Child and we promote positive relationships.  We provide a stimulating environment for learning, with resources that are led by each child's play with adults supporting and extending their learning.  We observe each child's development through observations and interaction which enables us to monitor and plan for every child.  We spend quality time with each individual child so we can learn all about them and their unique needs.  We also believe that sharing with our Parents and Carers is paramount to make each child's journey at Pre-School fulfilling and educational.  To do this we share news with our parents on a daily basis and have our weekly newsletter which highlights the things we have done.  We have parental update sessions every term where we share our observations, create next steps and review each childs' progress with the parents. 

From observation, we know that children develop and learn in different ways and the way a child interacts with other people and their environment is at the centre of their learning and development. Through the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning we support each Unique Child to ensure they are engaged and motivated by playing & exploring, active learning and critical thinking. The Characteristics of Effective Teaching & Learning, underpin all areas and support the development of the child in the process of learning, rather than the outcome.

Monitoring Growth and Development
​All children have an individual profile.  We make both written and photographic observations of your child's learning and development while they are in Pre-School.  These are shared with family through the Famly App so that you can see your child's play and learning, we also welcome photos and observations of your child's time at home too! Through playful interactions our experienced practitioners plan for and support your child's next steps around their interests so it is always a fun and stimulating experience for them. We continually observe and assess each child's progress to ensure their needs are catered for. The Learning and Development Summary celebrates each child's development as they come to the end of their time at Pre-School.  This information is passed onto their Primary School to support their transition to school as a guide to continue your child's learning and development journey. We value the parents/carers input with this too and you will be included in this during a parent update in the summer term before school.

We are very aware that some children may need more personalised support at Pre-School and we are very happy to provide this. We have two trained SENCo's (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators); Jenny and Bex who have experience in a variety of strategies for those with emerging or identified needs, to give your child the best start to their early years education.

We will support the whole family through the journey, holding regular meetings together to ensure we are doing the very best for your child. We will always discuss progress with you and include things that are happening at home too. We will identify any barriers to learning and devise a joint approach to help overcome these. We hold TaF (Team around the Family) meetings regularly and involve outside agencies as appropriate such as speech and language, health visitors or paediatricians. We welcome agencies into the setting such as Specialist teachers etc so that we may make as much progress with the child as possible. We welcome feedback from our families to ensure our service is of a high standard. 

If you have any concerns you wish to discuss, please give us a call on 01954 268050.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q.) How does Pre-School know if my child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?

A.) All children are observed when joining the setting. Discussions take place with parents to determine a child's 'starting point' and any barriers to learning that may arise. We are always happy to hear a parents concern(s) regarding their child, so please feel free to mention anything you may be worried about. 

Q.) How will the setting staff support my child?

A.) Although we support all children, we will provide extra for any child identified as needing this. We have high staff to child ratios to allow prompt 'intervention' by staff and one to one support in the required moments. We have consistent boundaries that help our children to feel safe and secure and know what to expect. We are a small setting so all staff members are able to provide the desired responses for the child at any point, this means that the child experiences constant positive interactions and support when it is needed. 

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

A.) We have created our curriculum to be flexible and adaptable to all children and their needs, therefore we can easily adapt it to allow for any barriers to learning the child may have and they will still make good progress in our setting. 

Q.) How will both you and I know how my child is doing? And how will you help me to support my child's learning?

A.) We have regular parent updates to discuss your child's progress and we also hold Team around the Family (TaF) and other meetings in between, to review and discuss the progress made. We encourage our parents to request a chat/conversation whenever they require some assistance or would like an interim update. We assess children constantly and use our 'tracking system' termly which is shared on our Famly App. We also regularly review the Individual Child Plan (ICP) targets a child may have with the family, so that we may work on them together to have the best impact. 

We are proud to be able to help our families with next steps, aims and sometimes just moral support. We have regular telephone calls or meetings (short and long) to help you feel involved and in partnership with us whilst we are working together to ensure your child has the best start in their early years education. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have;

Email - elsworthpreschool@outlook.com

Tel - 01954 268050