Special Needs Policy
Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery Ltd is
committed to the Helping Children Achieve More by providing high quality support
for children and adults with special needs.
At Stepping Stones Montessori
Nursery Ltd we believe it is a positive experience to be able to share
the same opportunities and overcome any difficulties together.
Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery Ltd has written
this policy to ensure that best practice and procedures are carried out at the
Nursery. This policy complies with the legal requirements of the Early Years
Foundation Stage statutory framework (DFE, 2014), Special educational needs and
disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years Code of Practice (DFE, 2014),
Children and Families Act 2014 (DFE, 2014) and Equality Act (2010).
To recognise any
special needs a child may have and ensure all staff are aware of the Code of
Practice on identification and assessment of special needs
To appoint a member of staff who is
experienced in the care and assessment of children with special needs and
ensure they receive training to help them fulfill their role.
To make a thorough assessment of each
individualís specific needs and adapt the services and support they are
given to meet their needs.
To develop strong partnerships with support
agencies and professionals to provide a cohesive and integrated support
package for individuals with special educational needs or disability.
Implementation of Policy
At Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery
Ltd we follow the procedures outlined below;
All members of staff will be responsible for individuals with special will be
expected to facilitate their inclusion at the Nursery.
Staff Responsibilities will include:
The Nursery Manager must ensure that staff
members receive training and development, which helps them to keep up to
date with special needs legislation and best practice when working with
individuals with special needs.
Accessing and attending appropriate skills
and training opportunities.
Ensuring that any actions recommended by
parents or other agencies are carried out.
Accurately assessing each individualís
specific needs and adapting the Nurseryís facilities, procedures, services
and activities to ensure that they are able to access and improve their
achievements and outcomes.
If a staff member believes that a child has a
Special Need they have a duty to report their concern to the settings Senco
(Penelope White) who will complete a record of concern which will be shared
with the childís parent(s)/carer(s)
identified needs and support provided, check who is involved and who could
support the setting.
Request specialist support from EP/Drumbeat etc
and implement strategies for at least half a term in order to be able to
Agree targets and outcomes and review.
Maintaining and helping the child meet the
targets outlines in the Education Heath Care (EHC) plan. Recording
observations to place in the childís file and communicating with parents/carers.
Plan with the person and the family not for
Assess, plan, do, review
Ensuring that systems are in place to
adequately implements the Special Educational Needs policy and that all
staff members are made aware of their roles and responsibilities in relation
to Special Educational Needs.
The Nursery Manager will ensure that
individuals with Special Educational Needs are planned for inclusion when
devising services and activities. Every practical step will be taken to
ensure inclusion at the Nursery.
The Nursery will have excellent communication
with the parent or carer to offer sensitive support and advice and share any
reports and individual Educational Health Care (EHC) plans for the
individual. An EHC plan provides a holistic picture of the childís current
likes, dislikes, needs and aspirations and enables the child, family and
professionals to work towards identified and jointly agreed life outcomes.
An EHC plan specifies the strategies and resources to meet the child special
The Nursery Manager will ensure effective
liaison with partner agencies and professionals to provide support and
training for staff which enables them to effectively support individuals
with special needs and help them to achieve more.
Will follow procedures published from SEND
Local Offer which sets out in one place information about provision they
expect to be available across education, heath and social care for children
in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those children who do
not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.
Every individual with a Special Educational
Need will have an individual plan (My Plan) which identifies their needs,
targets and support the Nursery will be provided. The plans will be devised
with support from support agencies and professionals and will be shared with
the parent or carer. The individual plans will be reviewed regularly and
amended to take into account any significant changes or developments.
The Nursery Manager will enable members of
staff and volunteers to gain skills and experience in the teaching and care
of individuals with special needs by providing high quality professional
The Nursery Manager will ensure equality of
opportunity for all by rigorously analyzing information and data gathered
about individuals with special educational needs to ensure the services and
support offered at the Nursery are improving outcomes for the individual and
helping them to achieve more.
The policies, procedures and practices of the Nursery in relation to children
with Special Educational Needs are in line with current legislation and
guidance. Legislation includes:
Early Years Foundation Stage statutory
framework (DFE, 2014), Special educational needs and disability code of
practice: 0 to 25 years Code of Practice (DFE, 2014) and Equality Act (2010) and
Children and Families Act 2014 (DFE, 2014).
Any questions or concerns regarding this policy should
be made to the Nursery Manager