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1)    HOW DOES THE EARLY YEARS SETTING KNOW IF CHILDREN NEED EXTRA HELP AND WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK MY CHILD MAY HAVE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OR DISABILITIES?  

Parents are invited to inform me of any additional needs that their child might have before they start by filling in an appropriate section on their registration forms.   Children who attend The World Around Me Childminding setting are observed in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). When your child reaches 2 I will complete a 2 year progress check. If there are any concerns these will be discussed with you at the time and all information will be shared with both parents /carers and other professionals with the parents/ carers permission.   I talk to my parents at the start of the day to learn about how they are and at the end to update parents about how they have been during the day with me. I believe this regular and ongoing communication on a daily basis will help parents and myself to recognise and areas for concern with their child. Parents also have the opportunity to discuss with me any concerns they have during our termly meetings.   I carry out termly reports for all children that attend my setting. The report focuses on the prime areas of learning which are: Personal Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Physical Development (PD), Communication and Language along with the other areas of learning which are incorporated within the activities that are enjoyed within the setting. The child’s next steps are also on the termly reports which we will discuss together as each child’s development varies and is not always in line with the child’s age.   When your child starts my setting for the first time they are assessed to see what their individual needs are and how we can develop the child’s needs. If there are any concerns I would discuss these with you and with your permission I would speak to other professional providers to gain further advice.        

2)    HOW WILL THE EARLY YEARS SETTING STAFF SUPPORT MY CHILD?

  Working within a home from home setting I provide one on one support, giving continuous care and support. This will help build a child’s self- confidence and self-esteem, physical and emotional development.    I involve and communicate with parents/ carers continuously. Sharing your child’s learning journal with you allowing you to add any experiences your child does for the first time at home. I can then work on incorporating these experiences into the setting.   By observing your child on a regular basis I can see where your child’s strengths are and help to boost their  self-esteem and self - confidence which will help with your child’s progress within their learning and development.   When a new child attends my setting I send home some papers to complete which is titled ‘All About Me’ These papers have questions on such as your child’s likes and dislikes, interests, family members, Comfort items, languages and their strengths.    

3)    HOW WILL THE CURRICULUM BE MATCHED TO MY CHILD’S NEEDS?

  All curriculum planning is based around the child’s strengths and needs using observations as a starting point. I use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum as a guide for each child’s development. You can find out more information from the following website: (https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/improving-the quality-and-range-of-education-and-childcare-from-birth-to-5-years/supporting-pages/early-years-foundation-stage) The children are able to explore the setting with confidence indoors and outdoors. (for example the park, garden or other outdoor activities.) All planning is tailored to your child’s development needs and not their age. This is done by looking at observations that I have made and evaluations which will highlight any development needs. Planning will then be focused on within these areas of learning. 

4)    HOW WILL BOTH YOU AND I KNOW MY CHILD IS DOING AND HOW WILL YOU HELP ME TO SUPPORT MY CHILD’S LEARNING?

I continuously keep parent’s/carers informed about your child’s progress and achievements. I achieve this through their early learning journals which contains their observations, daily discussions with their parents/carers and daily diaries which are sent home for the parents to read, comment upon and return to me to keep within your child’s portfolio.   I use photos in your child’s learning journal for observations and in their daily diaries to share your child’s day and achievements. Your child’s learning journal will be sent home at the end of each term for you to look through and see your child’s progress and make any comments you may have.   I am happy to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home. If a child does not speak English as their first language then I will seek other professional support and advice on resources that I can use within the setting to help the child and parents. If a child is not making progress, I can access support from my local children and family centre. Any concerns will be discussed with the parents first before seeking further help, unless it is a safe guarding issue then I will follow my safe guarding policy.   My setting has a big range of resources for your child to access which are age related or support the development stages of your child. I have a good selection of art and crafts materials, small world toys, garden furniture such as a trampoline, interactive toys, puzzles, Montessori early learning resources and a large variety of books including touch and feel books. If there are any resources I don’t have I can borrow from another Childminder or the toy library.    

5)    WHAT SUPPORT WILL THERE BE FOR MY CHILD’S OVERALL WELL-BEING?

 I carry out risk assessments daily before children arrive. Any broken toys are removed and replaced. Risk assessments are carried out by myself and are kept with my policies for parents to access at any time. As an early years provider I am responsible for making sure your child and other children in the setting feel safe and secure physically and emotionally. I have a behaviour policy and house rules at the setting which are implemented when required. A copy of these are given to the parents and are discussed with the children.   I have a level 2 paediatric first aid qualification which is renewed every 3years. I also have a food hygiene and safe guarding certificate which is also renewed every 3 years. I have the appropriate home insurance to be a childminder which is renewed each year the same as my car insurance. Training is reviewed regularly in accordance with any changes to the law or where appropriate. Myself, my husband and any person that lives in my home over the age of 16 are all DBS checked (this is the new name for the Criminal Records Bureau check)   My policies are renewed annually and amended where necessary, my risk assessments are also reviewed but these are done every three to six months. These policies are kept within the setting and are available for parents to read as and when they like. Parents are issued permission forms to read and sign for outings, photos, use of outdoor equipment and administering first aid or medications.    

6)    WHAT SPECIALIST SERVICES AND EXPERTISE ARE AVAILABLE AT OR ACCESSEDBY THE EARLY YEARS SETTING

I have a good network of Childminding collegues who between us all have a variety of experience and expertise among us and any conversation that is discussed about a child will remain confidential as per my confidentiality policy.   I can contact my local first team or special education needs co-ordinator (SENCO) through the family information service for West Sussex.  

7)    WHAT TRAINING HAVE THE STAFF SUPPORTING MY CHILDREN WITH SEND HAD OR ARE HAVING?  

I have a level 2 paediatric first aid qualification along with a level 2 food hygiene and safeguarding qualification which I update regularly. I am happy to do further training in order to better my skills and to help children’s development. I am also happy to do further training relevant to your child’s particular special needs.  

8)    HOW WILL THE CHILDREN BE INCLUDED IN ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE EARLY YEARS SETTING INCLUDING TRIPS?  

All trips are planned and are risk assessed  to make sure that all children on the trips are catered for i.e buggy, wheelchair access, changing facilities , toilets. As a childminder I have an inclusion policy which is extended to outdoor activities. I welcome parents ideas and suggestions.  

9)    HOW ACCESSIBLE IS THE EARLY YEARS SETTING ENVIRONMENT? (INDOORS AND OUTDOORS)  

I work from home. As you approach my front door I have two steps leading directly into my hallway. I work from my living room which has two safety gates, one limiting access into the hall/stairs and the other into the adjacent kitchen. I have patio doors from my living room leading out onto a decked area in my garden. My toilet is upstairs along with toddler potty. Both my indoor and outdoor areas are accessible at all times but not currently suitable for wheelchair access.  

10)  HOW WILL THE EARLY YEARS SETTING PREPARE AND SUPPORT MY CHILD TO JOIN THE EARLY YEARS SETTING, TRANSFER TO A NEW SETTING?  

I have a settling in policy which I follow when a new child starts my setting. The child attends the setting with the parent for an hour to start and then visits on their own for two hours in the weeks leading up to the child’s starting date. This helps the child get used to their new surroundings, other children and the routine. I am happy to visit the child’s new setting and with the parents help I will prepare and finalise their child’s learning journal to be forwarded.  

11)   HOW ARE THE EARLY YEARS SETTINGS RESOURCES ALLOCATED AND MATCHED TO CHILDRENS SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS?

Additional resources can be accessed through the toy library in response to professional recommendations.

 12)    HOW IS THE DECISION MADE ABOUT WHAT TYPE AND HOW MUCH SUPPORT MY CHILD WILL RECEIVE?  

The observations and assessments that are done for your child’s learning journals along with their two year check will determine if your child requires any additional support. This is shared with the parent/carers to determine what support should be put in place to help your child’s development.   If further advice is required, with the parent/carers permission I will seek advice from the local family centre or other professionals at the West Sussex learning team.  

13)   HOW ARE PARENTS INVOLVED IN THE EARLY YEARS SETTING? HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED?  

Every child is provided with a daily diary which will inform you of what your child has been up to that day. It will also have information in there of how well your child has eaten that day, toilet information, if your child has been happy. This allows a two way communication as you can also write in their daily diary too.   I hand out questionnaires for parents to complete allowing you to have your say and any ideas you may have to help me improve my setting.  

14)   WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION?  

You can find further information from your  Local children and family centres The family information service Health visitors Area inclusion team If you have any concerns I am always happy to arrange a time for us to discuss any concerns you may have at a time when your child is not present if you would rather.

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