Special Educational Needs and Disability

Little Treasures at Wheeler Children’s Centre aims to provide appropriate play/learning opportunities for each child regardless of their individual needs and beliefs. Our philosophy is that all children with Special Educational Needs have the right to develop alongside their peers in a safe, secure and caring environment, giving children chances to share opportunities and overcome any disadvantages.

Hull’s Local Offer

The local authority has a legal duty to publish information about what is available in the local area to support children with special eduational needs and disabilities and their families.

To find out more, click on the link below:

Further information for parents:

The best thing to do is to make an appointment to have a chat with your child’s key worker. They will listen to your concerns and talk about what your child is like at nursery.

Together you will decide what needs to happen next. This might simply be a case of monitoring the situation, or together you might decide to put some extra support in place. Sometimes it might be appropriate for you to have a chat with the SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator); your child’s key worker will discuss this with you.

Parents are always consulted and informed when concerns are raised around their child’s development at all stages.  Initially, this may be through informal chats when the child arrives or leaves the setting through to a more formal meeting to discuss in detail any concerns we and/or the parents may have regarding the child.

To decide whether or not a pupil has special educational needs we look at the legal definition of SEN in the SEND Code of Practice 2014. This says that:

“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child has a learning difficulty or disability if they;

  • Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
  • Have a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.”

Our decision is based on lots of things. Your views are very important, as are the views of your child and their key worker.  We observe children in the setting and may sometimes carry out other assessments so that we have a better understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. This helps us to target support more effectively.

The type of SEND support we give to each child is tailored to meet their individual needs.  We differentiate planning and activities to make sure all children are included and are able to achieve to the best of their abilities.  The SENDCO will use all the information to decide ways forward and support the child’s key worker to implement these.

The SENDCO is responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the provision through termly reviews regularly at staff meetings and monthly with senior staff. We assess and review all SEND children termly.   All Early Intervention and APDR documents are regularly updated and reviewed termly, this is done with the parents, SENDCO and key worker. Any child who accesses additional funding must have an extra review form completed and sent into the authority on a termly basis.

Most of the time your child will work with key worker.

There are a range of other agencies that with work closely with to support pupils with SEND to ensure they have their individual needs catered for.

These include: 

    • Speech and language Therapy
    • Portage
    • Health visitors
    • Educational Psychologist and Behaviour Support
    • Family Support
    • Tweendykes & Northcott Outreach Service
    • IPaSS (Integrated Physical and Sensory Service)
    • Area SENDCO

We will always let you know before someone from outside the nursery works with your child.

We support parents at all times and promote an environment where parents and carers feel able to talk to us at any time regarding any aspect of their child’s development.  We have termly open weeks where parents/carers are invited into the setting to discuss their child’s development and are shown the children’s file containing observations.  Parent/carers of children with SEND are also invited to a further termly meeting to discuss their child’s development and update all paperwork such as Early Identification, APDR and IHPs.

If you have concerns about your child’s progress, however, you don’t need to wait until the next progress meeting. Simply contact the nursery to make an appointment to see your child’s key worker.

Transition is very important to Little Treasures and we worked closely with other settings.  We are extremely fortunate to work as close as we do with our major partner setting, Wheeler Primary.  The Foundation Stage Co-ordinator and the Day Care Co-ordinator work together on a daily basis to ensure that all children’s transition is good, but we can also ensure that any child with SEND transition is tailored to meet their individual needs.

For pupils who would benefit from additional support we make special transition arrangements. These can include:

  • Preparation of a transition book which includes photographs of key people and places in the new classroom or setting, as well as other useful information
  • Short visits to the new classroom or setting
  • Introducing new staff to pupils in familiar surroundings
  • Communication Passports containing important information about the child to share with new staff

If you require any further information please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help in anyway they can.

Further information can also be found in the following policies which are located in the entrance hall of the Nursery.

  • SEN Code of Practice
  • SEND Policy
  • Policy for Positive Behaviour.
SENDCONursery Management Team
Name/sTracy Turner-BoneKathryn Ward Kirsty Lane Lindsay O’Brien Claire Sharkett.
Contact number01482 30334701482 303347
Email Address Tracy.Turner-Bone@hcat.org.uk
AddressWheeler Primary School. Wheeler Street. Hull. HU3 5QE Wheeler Primary School. Wheeler Street. Hull. HU3 5QE

“Thank you for helping me to learn and grow, giving me cuddles when I cried, sharing my joys when I did something for the first time. Thank you for always making me feel safe and loved and my mummy says Thank you for helping to raise me!”

Dexter

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“Thank you so much for making me feel so comfortable and welcome during my lunchtime feeds with Anna. You made the transition back to work much easier and I couldn’t have chosen a better group of ladies to leave her with each day. We both look forward to her time still to come in the Yellow Room.”

Laura and Anna

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“Thank you so much for all you have done for both Arthur and Stanley. You have cared for them through the tears and tantrums and breath holding! Stanley has had such an amazing time here and it was through your dedication and care and support. It is sad that he is leaving but I am sure he will settle in his new nursery because of the confidence and skills you have given him. Thank you!”

Nikki and Mike

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