1 How do we at Diggers know if a child needs extra support?
At Diggers each child has a Keyworker who is responsible for working with the child and parents to ensure that a child’s needs are met. As part of this process the keyworker will look at information gathered when a child first joins the nursery to assess if there is any additional support required. In addition at our nursery we make regular observations, so that we can plan for individual needs. Our policies ensure that we take into account each child’s race, culture, religion, language and family needs. Should a keyworker have any concerns then the child’s parents will be contacted immediately. A keyworker will always respect confidentiality.
2 How will Diggers staff support your child?
In addition to each child’s keyworker, we have a designated SENCO member of staff. We also have policies in place to ensure equality is prevalent throughout the nursery. Our SENCO works with parents and colleagues plus as access to WSCC inclusion support. It is a core part of our ethos and values to ensure that each child receives equal opportunities whilst in our care.
3 How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
At Diggers we spend a large amount of time planning for each child. This is in addition to undertaking their two year check and preparing them for school and indeed life. Each term we produce an individual learning plan for every child in attendance at the nursery. We also carry out observations on each child which record progress and achievements plus aims and next steps. These observations are available to every parent, who has an opportunity to comment on the information and evidence that we have provided to them.
4 How will Diggers and parents know how a child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
At Diggers we offer the parents of every child an opportunity to attend a parents consultation each term. This acts as a good opportunity to discuss with parents a child’s progress and any issues there may be, plus talk through next steps. Every day that a child attends nursery is an opportunity for staff and parents to chat and share information not only about the child’s time whilst in our care but also out of nursery too. We always speak to a parent at collection time to provide them with information regarding their child’s time with us during the course of that day.
5 What support will there be for my child’s overall well being?
We offer a wide range of support for each child at Diggers. Whether it be for the administration of medicine or safeguarding we have policies in place to ensure a child’s wellbeing. These policies are implemented by staff who are trained, experienced and DBS checked. At Diggers to have a Board of Governors who play an active role in ensuring that every child’s needs are met and that they receive the correct support.
6 What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years setting.
We have a member of staff who is our designated SENCO. The member of staff is experienced and trained. We also receive support from West Sussex County Council.
7 What training do we undertake?
We undertake all our training via West Sussex County Council and monitor our requirements on a termly basis. The nursery staff as a team, evaluate what our training requirements are on a regular basis and then book plus attend the relevant courses. There are a wide range of courses on offer from WSCC to ensure that we fulfil our needs. At Diggers the staff meet regularly once a week.
8 How will my child be included in activities outside of the early years settings including trips?
There is no need to exclude any child attending Diggers from any activity or outing that takes place at the nursery, although due to the rural nature of our setting wheelchair access may be challenging for certain outings. We carefully plan each outing to make sure that not only are the children safe, but also to ensure that they will receive the maximum benefit from what is taking place. We make the very best use of what nature has to offer us here in South Harting,
9 How accessible is our nursery?
We have made every effort to ensure that our nursery and the outdoor areas that we use are accessible to as many children as possible. The main nursery building itself has a ramp for wheelchair access and a newly refurbished disabled toilet. Subject to weather and location, many of our outdoor activities and outings are also accessible for wheelchair users.
10 How will Diggers prepare and support a child when they join another setting or go to school.
At Diggers we place great importance on preparing children for school and indeed life. As an Ofsted setting we are required to provide a school leavers report, which they take with them to school. In addition to this we will provide an additional nursery or preschool with any information that they may request should a child leave Diggers or indeed split their time between two settings.
11 How are our resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
The nursery team discuss any special needs that a child within our setting my have. We then work together to ensure that the child has the best possible experience within our setting. In addition, we work closely and communicate regularly with parents and also extended professionals who may be involved. At Diggers we take great pride in providing a stable platform for all children to have the best possible start in life.
12 How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
As referred to in the previous paragraph at Diggers we work closely as a team to establish what is required for a particular child and then decide on how it should best be delivered. Again, when decisions are made we will refer closely to advice and comments made to us by both parents and external professional staff.
13 How are parents involved in our nursery?
Parents are encouraged to be involved in many ways on a regular basis. In advance of each week a weekly planner is sent by email to all parents. Printed copies are available too. The purpose of the weekly planner is to provide information on with regards to what is planned for the week ahead, so that this may encourage parent participation. Parents are encouraged through this means to participate in many different ways. For example by talking to their child about what is planned for them at Diggers, by talking to their child about what they have done when they return home, by donating toys, objects and materials for the activities we have planned and by attending nursery and participating in activities such as walks and picnics. In addition to this, at Diggers we are very proud to have a parents committee, which meet once a term. This provides parents with an opportunity to hear and discuss with the management the plans that we have.
14 Who can I contact for further information?
For further information please contact Alex Levitt using your preferred method of communication using the details provided within the “Contact us” page of our website.