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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.
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
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.
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.
WILL THE EARLY YEARS SETTING STAFF SUPPORT MY CHILD?
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.
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.
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,
items, languages and their strengths.
WILL THE CURRICULUM BE MATCHED TO MY CHILD’S NEEDS?
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.
can find out more information from the following website: (https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/improving-the
children are able to explore the setting with confidence indoors and outdoors.
(for example the park, garden or other outdoor activities.)
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.
WILL BOTH YOU AND I KNOW MY CHILD IS DOING AND HOW WILL YOU HELP ME TO SUPPORT
MY CHILD’S LEARNING?
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.
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.
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.
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
SUPPORT WILL THERE BE FOR MY CHILD’S OVERALL WELL-BEING?
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.
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.
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
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
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)
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.
SPECIALIST SERVICES AND EXPERTISE ARE AVAILABLE AT OR ACCESSEDBY THE EARLY
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
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.
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.
HOW ARE PARENTS INVOLVED IN THE EARLY YEARS SETTING? HOW CAN I BE
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
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.