SEN/D & INDIVIDUAL CHILDREN'S NEEDS
At Little Oxford Nursery and Day Care, our intention is to provide a wholly inclusive service.
Statement of Intent
Our intention is to provide a wholly inclusive service. Every child is valued and we seek information from parents about their child’s likes and dislikes as we endeavour to make adaptations to the environment and activities wherever and whenever possible, to enable every child to take part.
We aim to provide all children with equal opportunities to access a broad and balanced curriculum and a learning environment that is committed to the inclusion of all children. This is achieved through our policies for Admissions and Equal Opportunities in addition to the policy for special Needs and Inclusion.
Our philosophy is that all children, with or without Special Needs, should have a positive experience and the opportunity to develop to their full potential alongside their peers, in a mainstream environment.
With high regards for the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework and United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), we aim to provide a welcoming environment, which is suitable for all children, including those with disabilities and Special Educational Needs.
The nursery follows the guidelines below.
All our planning for activities and play is linked to the Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each child’s ability is taken into account when planning and carrying out any activities, making sure each child’s individual needs are met. If additional support is required, we provide additional resources to support parents and children with Special Educational Needs.
Developing a positive partnership with parents
We believe that a positive relationship with parents is paramount to the successful education and development of every child. We welcome parents’ input as they have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of their child which can be invaluable in helping us to effectively meet the needs of their child.
Arrangements for the admission and integration of children with special educational needs
LONDC welcomes the opportunity for both parents and children to come for visits prior to starting at the nursery school and to discuss ways in which the nursery can meet the child’s individual special educational needs. The aim is to enable the child to make a smooth and happy transition from home into the nursery school.
Special needs coordinator (SENCO)
LONDC has a designated member of staff (SENCO). Ms. Zia Ara is our SENCO for Khuzam branch, whereas, Ms. Shaista Mahat, is our SENCO for our Mamourah branch, who has the responsibility for all children with Special Educational Needs within the nursery. The SENCO’S responsibility is to ensure that staff are made aware of all children’s additional needs and kept up to date with training, information, new legislation and all issues relating to Special Educational Needs within the nursery.
Identification and assessment of special educational needs
LONDC has a employed methods to help in the monitoring of all areas of a child’s development. Through this process any concerns may be identified and an assessment of the child’s needs shall begin.. The parents/carers will be fully involved at every stage.
THE STAGED APPROACH PROCEDURES
The Code of Practice for children with special educational needs involves four stages, which include:
-> Early Years Action - After observation, participation, positive parent relations and settling if any cause for concern is identified and discussed with the manager first and then the parents/carer.
-> Planning provision for the child - In the case that identification has been taken place, the parents are expected to inform the nursery so that the Special Educational Needs Coordinator can take responsibility for gathering information and for coordinating the child’s Special Educational Provision.
-> Monitoring the child’s progress - A review of the child’s progress will take place approximately every 6 weeks.
-> Re-planning in the light of this progress - Staff and the Coordinator may also gain support from specialists from outside the nursery.
-> Feedback from parents - At every parent-teacher meeting, we have the parents fill in the SEN parents Questionnaire that helps us to evaluate our working standards with SEN/D.
-> IEP- We inform about our targets and strategies to support SEN/D, we fill in theIEP for every child with SEN/D
If any parents or member of staff have any complaints about our provision for children with special educational needs they should report it to the SENCO or the Director, in the case that the matter is urgent the head teacher will always be available for meetings, discussions and complaints. Every effort will be made to resolve the complaint efficiently and effectively.
All LONDC staff sign up to and are committed by the confidentiality policy of the nursery. To meet the needs of all our children in our care it may be necessary at times to share information with parents and with staff in order to support the children’s development. We may also need to seek help and advice from outside professionals. All information will be on a need to know basis and the contracting parent’s permission will be requested.