Our aim at Rainbow Day Nursery is to provide a fun, stimulating, safe environment for children to learn, which is inclusive to all. Some staff have many years of experience of supporting children with additional educational needs including children on: the Autistic Spectrum, with communication difficulties, physical disabilities, sensory difficulties and health conditions.
Each child has a key person who will work closely with the child and the family to link home and Nursery to support the child's development. Children are recognised as being individuals and unique and their interests are considered when planning for play and learning. We use observation from children's learning to plan and differentiate activities to involve all children.
We have a trained member of staff as a designated SENDCO for the setting. The SENDCO will support children and families with Special Education Needs and Disability. This staff member is not considered in the staff ratios therefore, more time can be implemented to supporting children, families and staff regarding special education needs. We follow the guidelines of the SEND Code of Practice (2014) and have a' Graduated Approach' to supporting children's learning. We do this by; assessing children's progress, planning for their next steps in learning and considering how their learning has progressed and what the next steps might be.
All staff are trained in assessing and planning for children's learning through play and have experience of supporting children with a range of different learning styles. They work closely with the families and the SENDCO daily to ensure children's development is supported. A high proportion of staff are trained in Makaton and Makaton is used in the setting daily. We use signs, symbols and visual cards to aid understanding.
Children who are assessed from observation, as needing additional support over and above what we normally provide, are set targets. After discussion with the key person and the parents, these targets are reviewed approx every eight weeks to assess the child’s progress. This progress is shared with the parents and next steps are considered and implemented.
We work closely with other professionals to help children to progress effectively with their learning and supporting them to develop life long skills.