Special Educational Needs and Disability
At Canterbury, children and their families are at the heart of an encouraging and challenging environment, where everyone recognises and celebrates differences, actively communicates the importance of learning and believes everyone can achieve.
At Canterbury Nursery School we are committed to providing an appropriate and high quality provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for all the children.
At Canterbury we believe that every child matters and inclusion is an important part of care and education. We will ensure that every individual will achieve, contribute, feel valued and enjoy learning. We believe that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them, and to be fully included in all aspects of Nursery School life.
We believe that educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all learners, including parents, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, impairment, attainment and background. We pay particular attention to the provision for and the achievement of different groups of learners: We will respond to learners in ways which take account of their varied life experiences and needs.
At Canterbury Nursery School & Children’s Centre we are fully committed to inclusion. We believe that all children have skills, talents and abilities and we have a responsibility to develop these to the full. We recognise and celebrate the positive achievements of all children.
We aim to identify and remove any barriers to inclusion within the school environment, teaching and learning strategies, attitudes, organisation and management.
We welcome all children sensitively and positively.
We believe and actively promote parental participation and working in partnership with the school in order to support their child’s needs.
WHAT DOES OUR NURSERY SCHOOL OFFER CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OR DISABILITIES (SEND)?
We work hard to ensure all pupils become the ‘best they can be’, personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum, (regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, physical ability or educational needs).
If a child’s progress is significantly slower than others in any area, or has recently slowed or stopped, they may have special educational needs or disabilities which require additional support, sometimes for a short period, sometimes for the longer term.
If a child has an ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’, then we provide the support detailed in the plan.
At Canterbury we will:-
- Identify children with additional needs as soon as possible.
- Plan and provide a carefully differentiated curriculum to meet individual needs.
- Give all children access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
- Assess children’s progress regularly.
- Include children with SEND in the full life of the school.
- Provide equal opportunities for all children.
- Support and train staff
- Keep parents informed of their child’s progress and inform them as soon as concern is raised.
SEND PROVISION THE SCHOOL OFFERS WHEN REQUIRED
- Individual Learning Programmes and Additional Teaching
- Speech and Language Therapy at school
- Links with Health Visitors and Other Professionals– to support family and school with child’s health and medical issues
- Interventions tailored to children’s needs e.g. All Aboard, Forest Schools, Dance, Music and Immersion Therapy.
- Support and signposting for parents
EARLY YEARS ENHANCED SPECIALIST PROVISION
Canterbury Nursery School is a designated Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision and is specially resourced for children with complex SEND needs. The Early Years Inclusion Panel (EYIP) allocates these places.
PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS
To ensure effective communication and partnership, staff work hard to:
- Encourage parents to make an active contribution to their child’s education
- Value the information parents and children have, and their feelings and wishes at all stages
- Holding regular shared learning meetings with parents to discuss concerns, what to do and to set targets
- Supporting parents to help their child at home through various workshops and family events
- Providing support from the SENDCo, Head of School, Deputy Head of School and Parent Support Advisor