We work closely with families to support the needs of children with SEND. We liaise closely with outside agencies (i.e. Health Visitors, Support Workers, Suffolk County Council, Speech Therapists etc.) to support our practice. We ensure the sharing of information with parents is a priority, being mindful of confidentiality and GDPR when sharing information.
We provide a rich indoor and outdoor learning environment for the children within the Nursery. Inside, there are two stimulating learning environment rooms and bathrooms. The children also have access to the Nursery library and the older children have free-flow access to the outside decking area. The decking is sheltered and children can have access to the garden in all weathers. We also have a grassed area with a range of resources including; mud kitchen, slides, large sand pit, physical apparatus, construction area and much more.
We ensure that staff members at The Lodge are fully qualified in childcare, paediatric first aid and safeguarding. We have experienced staff in speech and language and a fully qualified Speech and Language Therapist. Staff are Makaton trained 1 & 2; the staff will use this on a daily basis to communicate tasks such as; nappy changes, mealtimes, sleep times. We have a wealth of experience and the ability to identify children who are requiring extra help at Nursery. Our staff team are welcoming and friendly, providing a positive and sensitive approach to the care and education of children.
At The Lodge, we have a robust settling-in programme in place for when a child starts with us, providing security for the child before they are left by their carers. Each child will be given two settling-in sessions and depending on the needs of the child this can be increased. Each parent before starting the Nursery will be given a questionnaire about their children containing information about the child’s development. This information is then used to start their learning journey with us. We can also provide home visits, where the key person will gain necessary information regarding the child before they start at the setting.
We have an excellent Key Person system in place which ensures both the Key Person and parents form close relationships. A Key Person will carry out observations and purposeful activities based around the children’s interest, monitoring their learning on a daily basis. We will always encourage parents to discuss any concerns that they have and offer an open door policy. Each child will have their own learning journal which tracks the child’s learning progress from the very start, this is available to parents on their mobile. We encourage parents to become involved as much as possible to support their child whilst at the setting. Twice a year parents are invited to visit the Nursery to discuss their child’s progress and development and how we can support further.
At The Lodge we are committed to offer an inclusive service, which welcomes all children and families. We support many children with special educational needs and cater for the children through their development stages. We have a fully qualified Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (Tamisha) and Deputy SENCo (Megan). Tamisha has a great knowledge of children with Autism and how to plan for a SEND child. Tamisha is qualified in Level 3 CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education and has a Level 3 CACHE Diploma in Management. Tamisha’s main experience is 0-8 years and has worked within many childcare roles.
We have worked with children with Cerebral Palsy, Down's syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay, hearing impairment and speech, language and communication difficulties. It is important that we can provide for children’s needs and if there is a learning need we would encourage early conversations.
We have a comprehensive SEND Policy which is shared to our parents and reviewed with all staff regularly. Our policy aim is to welcome children with SEND needs wherever possible as part of our community and to ensure children have an equal opportunity to become a confident young child. We ensure everyone feels listened to and their contributions are valued, making sure that every child, whatever their additional needs are, is fully involved in all activities. We will ensure to support your child with the extra support needed (i.e. extra adult support, resources, extra staff training). We will use the graduated approach; Assess, plan, do, review for each child and record all significant achievements in their learning journal.