We provide an environment in which all children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported to reach their full potential.
Lindsey Walker is our designated member of staff appointed as our special educational needs and disabilities coordinator (SENDCo). Lindsey has a Level 3 in supporting children in Early Years with SEND, and has experience in supporting children with complex SEND, ADHD, ASD and Speech and Language difficulties.
All the staff at Kymbrook Pre-School have training in ‘Supporting children with SEND in the Early Years’ and are given advice by the SENDCo, on how to provide children with SEND the highest quality of care and support.
Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) information at Kymbrook Pre-School is available for families and children upon request. We recognise that children may have additional needs, therefore ensure that we endeavour to meet a child’s needs through a range of different methods including, specific strategies and techniques to suit individual children’s SEND. We ensure that we provide an accessible setting to promote inclusive practice for all our children at Pre-School. This may be done by providing differentiated activities and interventions to meet the child’s abilities, interests and child’s choice of play.
We value the importance of early identification and early intervention, as both are essential for ensuring better outcomes for all children. Therefore, we have a clear approach for identifying, responding to and meeting children’s SEN. We support and involve parents (and where relevant children) by actively listening to, and acting on their wishes and concerns. We work in partnership with parents/carers, the Local Authority and other agencies to ensure the best outcomes for children with SEN and their families. We also monitor and review our practice and provision and, if necessary, make adjustments.
Where it has been recognised that a child may require support, we will always invite parent/carer in for a meeting to discuss how we can support them as a family, and the child through the best of our endeavours. We provide parents/carers with information regarding external agencies and what help and support is available to them.
We follow the graduated approach of assess, plan, do and review using short, measurable, achievable targets (SMART).
We assess the child to see where the child is having difficulties in their development and learning, then plan suitable provision to support the child in the areas of need, then do the proposed plan and finally review, to assess if the child has made progress and if so, with what support and if any further support is needed. This process is then repeated to continuously support the child and their developmental outcomes in alliance with the SEND.
This approach helps us, help the child in obtaining their next level of development through a differentiated approach that works for them. This may include, visual cues, visual timetables, Now and Next boards, 1:1 and, or small group interventions.
Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy can be found here: Completed Policy for SEND
As we are located within Bedford Borough Council, we advise parents/carers to explore and make use of the Local Offer. The Local Offer provides children and young people with SEND and their families infomation to help them locate the right help and support within the local area.
Bedford Borough website for the Local Offer: https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/home.page
We follow and have regard to the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities (2015) which can be found here: