Patchwork is committed to the inclusion of all children.
All children have the right to be cared for and educated to develop to their full potential alongside each other through positive experiences, to enable them to share opportunities
and experiences and develop and learn from each other. We provide a positive and welcoming environment where children are supported according to their individual needs.
How does Patchwork know if a child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?
At Patchwork we observe and assess your child while they are in our care; this enables us to identify your child’s individual needs. Any concerns you may have about your child can be discussed with your child’s key person, deputy or manager. Our inclusion co-ordinator (INCO) and special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) trained staff work in partnership with parents and if necessary they seek guidance with outside services for further support. This can include speech and language therapists, outreach workers, social services and the local children’s centre.
How will Patchwork staff support my child?
When your child starts at Patchwork they will be introduced to a key person who will ensure your child’s development and progress is continually tracked. They will plan activities using next steps that have been agreed between you and the key person.
We are sure we have an effective provision for special educational needs as we have had experience in providing support for children with various needs.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Our focus is to keep your child’s individual interests at the centre of their development. We will plan activities based around their interest and next steps.
If your child has special educational needs their key person and our SENCO will work together to create an individual education plan. This highlights certain areas of development for particular focus.
How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
We have parents evening at the end of every term. If you feel you need to communicate any particular queries or concerns you can call, email or talk to your child’s key worker anytime throughout the day, you will receive daily feedback at the end of each day. We track your child using guidance from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and using the staffs knowledge and experience.
Your child will have an online learning journal which is used to evidence your child’s development and progress. It will contain detailed observations, photographs, video clips and any information we have received from you at home. You are also able to add observations, news and events that will help build a broader picture of your child’s learning both at home and Patchwork.
What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
We have many policies and procedures in place to ensure your child’s welfare. In addition to this, all staff have regular training on safeguarding children and paediatric first aid.
We aim to follow your child’s needs and routines as closely as possible to ensure continuity between home and Patchwork.
Your child’s views are listened to and recorded and used as evidence to further their individual development.
There are opportunities for your child to view their opinions and feelings throughout the day. Support is given to help with emotional needs and outside agencies are always on hand to provide additional support.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years setting?
We have the support of outside agencies such as the Hampshire Early Years Advisors and Services For young Children.
What training are the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?
Both the Manager and SENCO attend termly meetings for updates on changes to special educational needs provided by Hampshire. We have access to a number of training courses, recent training has included Makaton, Reducing Barriers and Inclusion, Language Groups and Sensory Play.
All staff have ongoing training including, behaviour management and speech and language.
How will my child be included in activities outside the early years setting including trips?
If your child has any special educational needs their key person and SENCO work together to ensure the best plan is made to provide the opportunities for your child to access all activities in the setting and out and including trips.
Activities may be adapted as to ensure your child’s participation.
How accessible is the early years setting environment? (Indoors and outdoors)
The nursery building is not currently wheelchair accessible but the pre-school is and has ramps and wide opening doors.
Both the nursery and pre-school have visual time tables for your children to follow, a dedicated sensory room with bubble tube, fibre optics, sound system and equipment that stimulates the senses. We ensure that we do all we can to support those children with special educational needs.
How will the early years setting prepare and support my child to join the early years setting, transfer to a new setting/school?
At Patchwork we follow an induction process of which all new child and their parents/ carers starting at our setting go through.
You will receive a prospectus; with all the key information which is included on our website.
Settling in visits are very flexible and free of charge. They arranged over a 2-3 week period prior to your child starting so there is a smooth transition into the nursery/pre-school.
More settling in visits can be arranged, if you child finds it hard to separate and settle with us as we are aware that all children are different.
During the induction you will be given a welcome pack with forms for you to fill out. This information about your family, child’s interests and pictures of familiar people in your child’s life, enables staff to talk to your child about people close to them.
Before starting your child is assigned a key person, this key person will ensure a smooth transition into nursery from home and then from nursery to school.
All our planning is based around your children’s interests; we ensure that any particular toys or activities that are of interest are available from your child’s first day.
For the transition to school, new teacher visits are arranged and your child’s key worker will discuss and go through your child’s learning journal with them.
How are the early years setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
We observe and assess your child which gives us a clear idea of their individual needs. We then allocate our resources so that your child is included in all activities and can access equipment in all areas of learning.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
Your child is observed and their progress tracked. Communication between you and your child’s key person is invaluable. We will then talk with the SENCO and they will implement an individual education plan. This plan is reviewed every six weeks with the parents. During this process discussions with specialist outside agencies may also take place to provide maximum support.
How are parents involved in the early years setting? How can I be involved?
Parental involvement in a child’s development at nursery is essential and therefore we greatly value parents’ sharing their knowledge about their child’s needs, interests and progress.
All parents have the opportunity to be involved in the setting. We have an open door policy and actively seek your ideas and thoughts through questionnaires, focus groups and social events.
We have end of term parent’s evenings, this is an opportunity for you to go over your child’s next steps and, with discussion with your child’s key worker, will give you a holistic understanding and view of your child, their development and progress.
Who can I contact for further information?
If you are interested in your child attending Patchwork then please contact us either by phone, email or just by popping in. We will be happy to show you around the nursery and pre-school as well as answer any questions you may have.
Once your child starts, they will be assigned a key person who will be available if you wish to discuss anything about your child.
Michelle Osman is our named SENCO’s; if you have any concerns regarding your child’s learning and development please contact he directly.