Special Education Needs & Disabilities

Special Education Needs and Disabilities

1. How does The Dales Playschool know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities? 
At The Dales Playschool we treat every child as an individual. Your child will be allocated a key person who will be responsible for your child's development. Through the use of observations and planning for their next steps The Dales Playschool are able to identify any concerns which we will share with you, and with consent we will contact other professionals if required.
If you have any concerns about your child you should speak with your child's key person who will be able to advise you further.
2. How will Early Years staff support my child?
Your child's key person will work with both you and your child. This relationship will ensure that The Dales Playschool shares knowledge concerning your child and their development. This knowledge begins with the 'Welcome pack' and 'All about me' sections from the learning journals and home journals. Also regular meetings relating to their next steps. Through continual observations The Dales Playschool can plan for your child including assessing additional support from other professionals as appropriate.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs?
Every child is viewed as 'unique' therefore The Dales Playschool plan for your child's development based on observations of your child  and evidence gained for their  learning journal. The environment your child plays in, will be appropriate for their needs and additional support or resources will be supplied as appropriate.
4. 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 strong relationship between the setting and parents is important to The Dales Playschool. You have access to view your child's learning journal every session and your child's key person will meet with you regularly to discuss your child's development and next steps. The Dales Playschool are always available to discuss any concerns you have regarding your child's learning.
5. What support will there be for my child's overall well being?
The Dales Playschool offer 'settling in' sessions which will familiarise your child with the playschool and also enable support for your child to be discussed before they commence. Care routines will be discussed prior to starting, including nappy changing. The Dales Playschool are able to administer prescribed medicines once the appropriate form has been completed. If additional training is required to administer medicine we will undertake this as necessary.
Promoting positive behaviour is important to the setting. Our motto is 'caring and sharing' and we utilise a range of techniques to ensure this is met. The Dales Playschool will always discuss any behaviour concerns with you in order to maintain a consistent approach between home and setting.
The safety of your child is paramount. Staff sign children in and out of each session. The Dales Playschool will not allow any child off the premises if the person collecting them is not known to the setting. The Dales Playschool regularly undertake and review risk assessments on our equipment from a 2 ,3 and 4 year old perspective. Risk assessments are completed before any trips including short walks around the local community.
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by The Dales Playschool?
The Dales Playschool work with all professionals as required for each child and always encourage these persons to come and visit the relevant children in the setting.
If speech and language concerns are identified by the setting, The Dales Playschool will advise the parents to take their child to the speech and language drop in sessions at the children's centre. The Dales Playschool work with speech and language therapists and the reports they provide to support the children in their language development. 
7. What training are the staff supporting children with SEND, had or having?
All staff are highly qualified with NVQ level 3 in early years. Staff continually receive refreshes in their training. Staff attend statuary training such as: Safeguarding, Leadership Forums, First Aid, Food Hygiene and Risk Assessment as well as enhancing their knowledge by attending further courses such as: Positive behaviour, CAF, Autism etc. We continually refelct upon our practice and will attend training when a particular need is identified.
8. How accessible is The Dales Playschool?
The Dales Playschool will work closely with all parents to access any specialist equipment that maybe required. The Dales Playschool is accessible to a wheel chair. 
9. How will The Dales Playschool prepare and support my child to make new transitions?
The Dales Playschool has strong links with the local cluster schools. Teachers are encouraged to visit pre-school children at our setting. Followed by practitioners visiting schools.
If a child attends more than another setting or is moving to a differenet setting The Dales Playschool share the child's 'next steps' and learning journal.
10. How are The Dales Playschool resources allocated and matched to children's special educational needs?
The Dales Playschool is a registered charity with limited funds, however we are able to apply for funding from North Yorkshire County Council to support individual children as required. The Dales Playschool also ensures that staff attend any specific training necessary.
11. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
The manager and SENCo will work closely with you and other professionals to determine your child's needs. The Dales Playschool have regular team meetings to involve all practitioners in any support required. In addition your child's Key Person will be able to identify any additional support through the observations procedure required by the Early Years Foundation Stage and will introduce an Early Years Action/Action Plus if necessary.
12. How are parents involved at The Dales Playschool? How can I be involved?
The Dales Playschool is run by a Committee which is made up of volunteers. The Committee has termly meetings.
The Dales Playschool feels very strongly about having a good relationship with parents. The Dales Playschool has a open door policy and share a home journal with every child. A newsletter is sent out half termly.
The Dales Playschool offers parents the opportunity to volunteer and help out during the sessions.
13. Who can I contact for further information?
To register your child at The Dales Playschool you can contact us on 01756753515 or email us at thedalesplayschool@info.com.
If you would like to discuss your child prior to starting at The Dales Playschool please contact either the Manager - Charlotte Chute or the Deputy Rachael Lowther on 01756753515.
Once your child has started at The Dales Playschool they will be allocated a Key Person to support them and you will be able to discuss any concerns or progress with them and the manager or SENCO at any time.