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Early Years Offer

 

 

Setting name

Tots Day Nursery Ltd.

        Telephone

01923 681092

Address

Leavesden Green JMI,

High Rd.

Leavesden.

Watford.

WD25 7QZ.

        Website  

http://www.totsnursery.co.uk

   

       Ofsted no:

EY448399

Age range

3mth -5yrs

       SENCO

Heather Harvey

 

Manager

Heather Harvey

       Date

05/01/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Tots Nursery

Tots nursery is situated within the safe and secure confines ofLeavesdenGreenSchool. It enjoys easy access from the surrounding area including Abbots Langley, Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead, St. Albans,Watford, the M25 and the M1.

            Tots Nursery has three large rooms, a separate messy area and a large enclosed garden. Room structure is based on chronological age though exceptions are made when the need arises. Our youngest room, named the 'Honeysuckle room' caters for babies 3mths to 18mths. Our toddler room, the 'Buttercup room'  host children from 18mths to 3yrs and our pre school room, named 'Sunflower room' consist of children 3yrs to 5yrs.

The key person is responsible for observing, planning and reviewing individual children's needs and informing you on a regular basis of their progress.

            Tots nursery has a family atmosphere where we cater for the developing needs of the individual child in a happy and friendly environment. We aim to foster confidence, self-reliance, sociability and a sense of fun.

            Choosing the best daycare to meet the needs of your child and your own circumstances is an important and sometimes difficult process. As a private nursery we are eager that you should have every opportunity to see the nursery on as many occasions as necessary. Places are limited but should you wish to visit the nursery and meet the staff, please telephone and we will be happy to arrange a convenient appointment.

 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITY (SEND) LOCAL OFFER

 

The aim of our local offer is to provide families with clear, comprehensive and up to date information about what provision is available to support disabled children and children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and how to access Tots Day Nursery.

 

This easy to understand information will set out what is available in our nursery to help children with lower level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child.

 

Tots Day Nursery LTD is committed to the inclusion of all children. All children have the right to be cared for and educated to achieve the best possible outcome and reach their full potential. They have the right to share opportunities and experiences alongside their peers through positive practice. We provide an encouraging and welcoming environment where children are supported according to their individual needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does the setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

  • At Tots Nursery we encourage parents to share any information or concerns about their child's development prior to them starting.
  • Heather Harvey is a dedicated coordinator for special educational needs and disabilities and will ensure any extra requirements   are in place. Your child's key person will work closely with Heather to continually monitor and review your child's development and progress in the setting. This is through observation's which are then cross referenced to the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). This would highlight any concerns regarding the child's development, and we then share these with the parent's.
  • We use many other forms of assessment i.e. 2 year old developmental checks, yearly reports, termly assessment toolkit (all 7 areas of development)  and where appropriate the IAELD.
  • We work very closely with other professionals such as health visitors, speech and language therapists, educational psychologists and other healthcare professionals to ensure that your child is given appropriate support and that we provide the very best care  and educational opportunities for your child.

 

 

How will the setting staff support my child?

  • The Nursery Manager Heather Harvey is a specialist SENCO for the setting she has a wide range of experience of helping children with different needs.
  • Your child will be allocated a key person who will develop a bond with your child and work closely with the family to ensure their transition into the setting is smooth.
  • The SENCO alongside the Key person will liaise with other professionals. You will be involved in all aspects of your child's journey to enable the best outcomes.
  • Staff regularly attend external training courses and workshops. The SENCO's also attend cluster meetings and regularly update team members and relevant policies.

 

 

How will I know how my child is doing?

  • Feedback will be given on your child's progress on a daily basis this maybe written or verbal. Your child will have a learning journal which is available for you to view at any time and a full report will be written in June.
  • Formal and informal meetings will be held frequency dependant on the individuals level of need. Consultation meetings are held twice yearly and children's progress is recorded on the termly assessment toolkit.
  • Communication is of the upmost importance please feel free to chat informally at the end of the day if you have any concerns or pop in for a chat.
  • We have many social events throughout the year which you are invited to attend with your child. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet your child's friends, their parents and observe them in the setting environment.

 

 

How will the learning and development provision be matched to my child’s needs?

  • We value each child for their uniqueness and the key person will ensure  that all activities are tailored towards their personal interests and adapted where necessary.
  • Through the EYFS we will observe and assess your child and then plan their learning and development provision around our observations.
  • We will follow advice from other professionals on how to support your child's particular needs and the SENCO will ensure training is accessed for staff, where possible, to support your child's learning.  

 

 

 

What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

  • We will liaise with other professionals to ensure we support your child in all areas of their development. We will offer support during toilet training and any other issues which occur. If unable to assist we will seek guidance from appropriate professionals.
  • We aim to offer a warm, safe and secure experience for your child offering opportunities to interact with varying ages and siblings.
  • Practitioners will undergo appropriate training to support any specific medical conditions eg epi pen training.
  • All practitioners are First Aid trained and senior practitioners  will administer the medications your child requires.
  • Tots Nursery has a behaviour policy which outlines the procedures used , however, if specialist help is required to manage the behaviour we can request the support of the inclusion development officer employed by the local authority.
  • All practitioners have a positive approach to all children's learning and development and are sensitive to their needs. Unwanted behaviour and testing of boundaries is often part of growing up, we will work closely with you to put strategies in place to support and enhance your child's positive behaviours.
  • ·         Praise and acknowledgment of all children is a strongly embedded at Tots Nursery.        

 

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by Tots?

  • Heather Harvey  has had numerous years of experience in the role and has worked alongside children with a wide range of needs including Children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Speech and Language Difficulties and the Deaf.
  • Heather has also taken exceptional needs cases to panel and been successful in gaining funding. TAF meetings have been directed by Heather who has also has been fully involved in the implementation.
  •  The setting has been trained on basic signing and works closely with outside agencies and professionals.
  • We have very good links with our local children's centre and we work with a wide range of agencies such as advisory teachers, autism specialists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, health visitors, social workers and children's schools and families.
  • We also endeavour to maintain good relationships with our local feeder schools to enable smooth transitions for all into school. 

 

What training and/or experience do the staff, supporting children with SEND, have?

  • All staff have experience of working with a variety of special needs.
  • Staff have a knowledge of basic Makaton sign language and access the internet for signs to complement this.
  • All room's have visual time tables displayed. We have a wide range of photographic and symbolic aid's to enable children to become more familiar with making choices and help erase fears of what is happening next.
  • ·         Our SENCO has over 20 years supporting children with a wide range of needs and disabilities.

                        

How will my child be included in activities outside the setting?

  • We include all children regardless of their individual needs and adapt staff ratios accordingly. On our annual summer trip all children if attending that day will have the opportunity to accompany staff. Alternatively a parent/carer would be required to maintain ratios.
  • Risk assessments are carried out for all activities inside and outside and adapted to individual children's needs.
  • ·         Children do occasionally go for a walk to the local shops or to the park. The maximum ratio for this is 1:2 (staff:child). A mobile phone and first aid kit is taken in case of emergency.  Medication for any child requiring it while off the premises would be taken and administrated by a senior member of staff in line with our policy.   

 

 How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s learning and development?

  • Your child's key person will be available to discuss your child's needs, however it may be necessary to arrange a time which is mutually convenient for a meeting.
  • Team around the child meetings are regularly carried out with the parents/carer and all professionals involved.  
  • ·         Parental consent is always sought prior to referring to outside agencies and any letters or reports are always copied and given the  parent. 

 

How accessible is the building / environment?

  • The outside environment is very accessible and meets the current disability regulations. A ramp both to the front entrance and the rear garden is in place.
  • We are happy to make any reasonable adjustment to our environment that may be compulsory.
  • The building has wide corridors and is on one level.
  • Furniture is at your child's level and equipment and toys are appropriate in meeting individuals needs.
  • The garden area is on one level with tarmac, grass and safety surface areas.
  • ·         We do not have a disabled toilet on the premises but the children's toilets are large enough to accommodate a wheel chair.

                    

How will the Tots Nursery prepare and support my child with transitions between home, settings and school?

  • Prior to your child starting with us we offer settling in sessions which aim to build a bond between your child, the key person and you the parent/carer.
  •  During this time you will be asked to fill out a Me and My Family form to give us an insight into your child's strengths along with a Health Care Plan if necessary.

         

How will Tots Day Nursery resources be used to support children’s special educational needs?

  • All equipment and toys are moveable and can be made accessible to all children.
  • Equipment is age and stage appropriate and differentiated by the child's level of need.
  • Where deemed appropriate we will seek to borrow specific equipment needed for individuals specific needs.
  • Tots Nursery works on a excellent staff/child ratio, so your child will receive  ample adult support.
  • We are a very inclusive setting and have a range of resources and strategies in place to support children with a range of needs. For example visual time tables both visual and symbols around the environment which may be used in speech and language delay and English as an additional language.

 

Who can I contact for further information about the early years offer in the setting?

 

Further information on our policies are available on our website totsnursery.co.uk

To request a viewing ring Heather 01923 681092

 or email totsnursery@hotmail.com

For further information on the local authority’s Local Offer of service and provision for children with special educational needs and disability go to www.hertsdirect.org/localoffer

 

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