Our building is on a single level enabling access for all.
On entry to our playgroup parents are invited to attend to meet with the key person allocated to their child. We have an 'All about my child' document for parents to complete to start discussion about their child's learning and development.
When a child starts with us we make initial assessments and observations to build a picture of their specific stage of development. We differentiate activities to ensure all children have the opportunity to access them. If we have any areas of concern the SENCO works with the key person and parents to ascertain if any further interventions are necessary. If outside help is necessary this will be organised with parental consent.
Staff within the playgroup use Makaton signing and have one member of staff who has training to level 4 and leads in this area.
We use symbols in our daily visual timetable for all children, in the playroom and toilet area.
We have experience and training of working with children with ASD and have had training and use the Now and Next Activity Board and PECS systems.
Our SENCO operates a Social Communication and Interaction group to support children in this area.
Specific staff have experience and training of working with children who have epilepsy.
We operate a robust system to support children with severe allergies of which we have experience and Epipen training.
We have experience and confidence to support children with Asthma and Hypermobility.
We work with outside agencies to support children with speech and language difficulties, implementing strategies and activities as required.
We are happy to take time to attend meetings outside of the setting to support you and your child, especially at transition times.
Our playgroup ensures a budget for staff training if it is necessary to support a specific child's need.