Additional Needs & Disability Policy
The nursery is committed to the inclusion of all children. All children have the right to be cared for and educated to achieve the best possible outcomes alongside each other through positive experiences, to enable them to share opportunities and experiences and develop and learn together. We provide a positive and welcoming environment where children are supported according to their individual needs.
Pangbourne day Nursery recognise that some children may have additional needs that may require particular help, intervention and support. These needs may be short- lived for a particular time in the child’s life or may require longer – term or lifelong support. At all times we will work alongside each child’s parents/carers and any relevant professionals to share information, identify needs and help the child and their family access the support they need.
We believe that all children have a right to experience and develop alongside their peers no matter what their individual needs. Each child’s needs are unique, therefore any attempt to categorise children is inappropriate.
We are committed to providing a nursery place, wherever possible, for children who may have additional needs and / or disabilities according to their individual circumstances and the nursery’s ability to make any reasonable adjustments in order to provide the necessary standard of care.
All children will be given a full settling in period when joining PDN according to their individual needs.
Where we have emerging concerns about a child and / or where a child has identified additional needs or a disability, we will find out as much as possible about the needs of the child and any support the child or family may need to ensure the child makes the best progress in their learning and development.
We do this by:
- Liaising with children’s parents / carers.
- Observing each child’s development and monitoring such observations regularly.
- Liaising with any other relevant professionals engaged with the child and their family.
- Seeking any specialist help or support.
- Researching relevant publications/sources of help
- Reading any reports that have been prepared
- Attending any assessment or review meetings with the local authority/ professionals.
- Attending relevant training.
Grace Lewington is the SEND Co-ordinator.
Alice Fright is the Deputy.