Local Offer

Local Offer

The purpose of a local offer is to enable parents and carers to see clearly what services are available for children with SEND in their area and how to access them. The following questions and answers forms our local offer and shows how we provide for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

1. How does Little Rascals know if children need extra help and what should I do if I have any concerns that my child may have special educational needs or disabilities? 

We are a fully inclusive setting and are committed to ensuring that all children receive the support they need to make the best possible progress. When registering at the setting we encourage parents/carers to let us know if their child receives additional support for example speech and language therapy, or any concerns that they may have or that have been noticed or raised by a previous setting/carer. This information is then used to help us prepare for a child’s admission. 

We operate a key person system at Little Rascals with each child having a Key Person and a significant other. Their role is to spend time getting to know the children and parents and, developing trusting and sensitive relationships. Key persons carry out observational assessments on all children in our care. These are linked to the Early Years Developmental Matters, ages and stages of development, which can help us, identify individual needs of the children. If you have any concerns about your child’s development you can ask for time to discuss this in private with them. If your child’s key person has identified a possible individual need they will discuss the matter with you, and our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and together we will plan together ways to support your child’s learning and development and we will suggest activities that could be encouraged at home.

Our SENCO coordinator, with parent’s permission, will liaise with other health care professionals to seek advice and support in identifying, planning and supporting individual needs of the child.

2. How will Little Rascals staff support my child? 

We have experienced staff who as part of the role work closely with parents forming relationships and with families in order to fully understand each individual child’s need and requirements. On induction to the setting the key person and if involved the SENCO and parents share information about the child’s interests, strengths and needs of the child. The parents will have the opportunity to accompany their child on a visit to help settle them and develop a relationship with the key person. The child will always be at the heart of all we do. We work with the parents and support the child together.

Through listening, playing and building relationships, with your child, and by sharing information with you, the key person will be able to identify your child’s individual needs. 

We use a range of strategies and resources to meet individual children’s needs, including the use of Makaton signing, visual timetables and communication books. Each child’s needs will be individually met for example some children may work with a particular member of staff in a small group or on a one-to-one basis. Your child’s key person will be able to explain who is working with your child, how often, and the outcomes that they are working towards.

All staff attend training to maintain and enhance their continuous professional development and SENCO attends relevant training which enables them to support the staff team if any concerns are raised about a child.

The key person will work with the SENCO to write an Individual Learning Plan to plan next steps to focus on your child’s area of need. Your child’s progress will be reviewed regularly, and if staff are concerned that your child is not making as much progress as expected, with parents’ permission we will seek support from other outside agencies.

3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Meeting the individual needs of all children lies at the heart of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and is embedded in our practice. We ensure that we incorporate the seven areas of learning for each child and provide a wide range of resources and opportunities both indoors and out. 

Each child on entry to Little Rascals will be set up with an online Learning Journal. This is a working document that through observations and photographs records a child’s achievements and progress of your child’s journey at Little Rascals. 

The journal is used to support the key person to plan for each child’s individual care and learning requirements, and take into account any additional needs. There is a clear cycle of observation, assessment and planning for each child. Planning is carried out taking into account children’s interests. Key persons plan activities to support children to develop knowledge and skills in way that is appropriate for their stage of development. 

This means that all planned activities are carefully differentiated so that your child can access them at an appropriate level. In the case of child-led activities, staff will sensitively support and extend your child’s learning, taking into account their interests, needs and the current targets. 

4. How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my
child’s learning?

At Little Rascals we recognise that parents/carers are their child’s primary educators and we seek to work in partnership with you to support your child’s learning. We operate an open door policy allowing parents to consult with their child’s key person at any time, on their plans and their progress. Within the setting there are communication systems in place, for example; home/setting books, parents evenings, parents meetings, daily handovers/conversations with
the parents when they collect/bring their child to nursery, newsletters, website, Facebook page and information boards. As a setting we can agree a comfortable form of communication with the parents including verbal, written or email.

We invite parents to share their knowledge with the staff about their child’s ‘wow’ moments which are displayed for others to see in the hallway on the special news tree. This allows the children to share their achievements with their friends and develop a sense of self-esteem. Children’s learning journals and planned next steps in learning are shared with parents at their request and at parent’s evenings. 

The SENCO and key person will discuss with you how they are supporting your child’s learning and development within the setting so you can do similar or complementary activities at home There are regular meetings with parents to discuss children’s next steps in their learning and to review learning plans. You can also request an informal meeting with your child’s key person at any time, if you wish to discuss your child’s progress. We recognise that some parents are
not able to come in during the day due to work/other commitments, we therefore offer evening and Saturday consultations and play sessions to enable you to see and participate in what your child is learning at nursery, and to discuss your child’s progress.

5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
We consider ourselves to be inclusive, creating a safe, secure and happy environment that is suitable for all children to flourish. Daily checks are carried out to ensure all equipment and areas of play are clean and well maintained and Risk Assessments are regularly updated. Where it would be deemed necessary an individual risk assessment, in partnership with the parent, would be carried out on a child, to ensure their needs are met. 

All of our staff team are trained first aiders and all our staff has undertaken training on Child Protection. We will ensure that medicines that need to be taken during setting hours are safely kept and properly administered. We ask you to complete medication forms with us so that we can be sure that we are administering according to your GP’s instructions. Should your child require long term medication a health care plan is drawn up and reviewed on a regular basis.
On entry to the setting we provide parents with core policies, Admissions, Safeguarding policy, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Behaviour and Inclusion. All about me forms are given to parents to complete to help practitioners meet the individual needs of the children. A parent’s folder which contains all of our policies and procedures can be found in the parents
welcome area.

We provide a flexible approach to routine and environment which are based around the needs of the children. Open, transparent communication is encouraged from the start. Staff act as good role models for positive behaviour and a continual positive approach to behaviour management is maintained. We concentrate on promoting the children’s Personal, Social and Emotional skills, building on what they can already do and creating challenges to build their confidence and self-esteem. We acknowledge the importance of supporting children to learn to get on with others and to make friends, to understand and talk about their own feelings and those of others, to develop an understanding of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and the importance of making good choices, and to
develop personal independence. Personal care needs, such as nappy changing, are carried out sensitively, ensuring that the child’s dignity and privacy are respected. 

During the daily routine visual time tables are used to support children in understanding routine. Older children are supported to manage their own personal care and manage risks for themselves. Resources are stored on open and low level units to enable the children to independently access them. There are sensitive, warm interactions between adults and children.

6.What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by Little Rascals?
All staff have access to child development training and have experience of working with children within the Early Years age range. 

Our SENCO attends regular meetings with the local authority and cascades relevant information and updates to policies and legislation to the staff team. We receive support and guidance from the local authority Early Years Support Co-ordinator.

The child / family can access a number of services available in the locality linked to the child’s identified needs these would be primary through the health care service. The setting has good links with the local children centre and staff sign post parents to support available

7. What training are the staff supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, (SEND) had or having?

All staff attend Early Years Foundation Stage training and additional training recommended to us by outside agencies/or relevant to current individual needs. We welcome any professional into our setting who can advise and give additional support to the staff. Staff regularly attend external training courses e.g. Communication and Language development, Makaton, Including all children, Promoting Positive behaviour, and the SENCO regularly attends the local network

In addition to training courses, we have regular planning and staff meetings which enable the team to discuss individual children, ensuring that we all work together to support the needs of the children in our care.

8. How will my child be included in activities outside Little Rascals including trips?
All children have the opportunity to participate in all of our activities. If a child has a specific requirement this would be discussed with the parents and procedures put in place to enable them to participate. Reasonable adjustments would be made where possible, for example the use of wheelchair or provision of an additional member of staff to support a child with additional needs. Risk assessments are carried out on all the activities we provide inside and
outside of the Nursery.

The babies and toddlers are taken for walks in pushchairs within the local community. As well as local trips to the Library, beach and museum the preschool children also go a little further afield, such as Shoreham Airport, Sea life Centre, Garden centre to name but a few! For these trips we may use our mini bus or use public transport. 

Parents are required to sign consent forms to enable their child to participate in visits and outings.

9. How accessible is the environment? (inside and out)
Little Rascals is a two story detached house. The first floor playrooms are accessed by stairs. The downstairs comprises of a further three playrooms and access to the garden. The layout of the playrooms is designed appropriately to be wheelchair accessible and there is a ramped access to the rear of the property and garden. In the garden specialist surfacing provides a safe, highly durable surface for children to play on. There is an accessible toilet within the nursery.

We aim to be proactive in our practice of improving accessibility; We are committed to making reasonable adjustments for disabled children and adults. This means that an adjustment will be made in the case where a disabled person would be at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled people if the adjustment was not made. 

10. How will Little Rascals prepare and support my child to join the nursery or to transfer to a new setting or school?

We recognise that starting a setting can be both an exciting and anxious time for children and their parents/carers. With this in mind, we put in place a number of strategies to enable the child’s transition to be as smooth as possible. We invite new children and families to attend play days before they start to support the child’s settling in to nursery. These sessions allow the child time to play and become familiar with the environment and for parents and the key person to discuss routines and care plans. 

The SENCO will meet with you to gain as much information as possible from you and any other professional involved with your child before the child’s start date, enabling us to ascertain the level of support needed and appropriate targets for their Individual learning plan. The nursery offers a visit to meet the family and child in the home environment. To aid transitions between other settings, we would talk to the relevant staff involved, arrange meetings and visits where information can be exchanged and the child can be supported in the new environment, familiarising themselves with the surroundings. 

Prior to your child starting school we invite the teachers to visit the nursery. We have school transition books for the schools in our local area which we share with the children and parents. We take children to the schools for visits. We provide story books on starting school, role play props, such as school uniforms and also photo albums of the local schools. We promote discussion with the children, giving the children the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings.

11.How are the resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
All areas of the nursery are well-resourced and equipment is age appropriate.
The key person plans activities and equipment around the children’s interests and
developmental abilities to ensure all children’s experiences are full of learning through a play based environment. 

We have a delegated budget which is used to provide additional resources or to adapt existing resources. We have purchased a number of specialist resources to support children’s learning. If your child has needs that require a very high level of adult support, we may seek financial
assistance from the local authority, with the aim of providing additional staffing to help meet your child’s needs.

Where a child needs or would benefit from specialist equipment to meet physical needs such as a frame to aid walking, advice will be sought from the relevant service such as occupational therapy or physiotherapy.

12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
The key person will discuss this with the SENCO, both will work closely with the family and outside agencies to ensure your child is receiving all the additional support required.

The key person will make observational assessment linked to the EYFS and knowledge of child development to ascertain whether your child will benefit from additional support. Extra support will be put in place if necessary with the aim of enabling the child to become independent within the environment. 

On-going partnership working with parents by the setting and other professionals involved with the child/family will support the decision making process. The SENCO will advise on the process of applying for extra support. The inclusion funding process will identify the level of need based on the evidence submitted to the panel from the setting and other professionals working with the child/family. Reports from health care professionals or others working with the child and family will be used to plan support within the setting. 

Our SENCO will work with parents to agree achievable outcomes for their child and together they will write an Individual Learning Plan. (ILP) The ILP shows clear progress targets, and how agreed resources are going to support the child to reach these targets. The ILP will include how parents can support their child at home. Staff meetings within the setting will ensure all staff working with the child knows the child’s need and how to support them. This ILP is reviewed over a term to learn what impact the support has had on your child, and what should
be put in to place next

13. How are parents involved at Little Rascals? How can I be involved? At Little Rascals we recognise that parents are the first educators of their children and we value the knowledge you have on your child and want to work closely with you to ensure that your child’s learning is effective We value and respect the contribution of the parent to the child’s learning, from the outset your key person will involve you by asking you to complete key information about your child, helping us to understand their interests, likes/dislikes and favourite toys/games/places. 

This sharing of information will be on going throughout your time at the setting. We will send you regular newsletters and information letters, outlining what activities, outings and events are planned. On a daily basis we share news on your child’s day through effective handovers daily sheets and photographs. We encourage parents to come in as volunteers, to accompany us on outings, to play or read to the children. We welcome parents to contribute their suggestions and thoughts through questionnaires and by adding comments to in our suggestion box.
We hold regular parents consultations to share your child’s progress and achievements, we ask for your contribution via parent observations, and for you to share special news, your child’s likes, dislikes and interests. 

We value the involvement of our parents within our setting, we run a Parents Nursery Association (PNA) made up of self nominated parent representatives. The purpose of the PNA is to enable parents have a voice, and that parent’s feel supported and encouraged to contribute their views and ideas. They help organise various fund-raising and social events. It is also a great way to get parents involved in the nursery and to meet new friends. The PNA information is on display in the Nursery.

14. Who can I contact for further information?
If you would like to know more about how we could support them please contact the Nursery
Manager on 01903 600577 or via email sharon.littlerascals@ntlworld.com
Our SENCO will also be more than happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may

Full information about the Nursery can be found on our website visit our website

To access the Local Authority’s Local Offer please go to www.westsussex.gov.uk.

Alternatively contact the Family Information Service on 01243 777807

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