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Policies & Procedures

Special Needs

We provide an environment in which all children are supported to reach their full potential.

We have regard for the DfES Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

We include all children in our provision.

We provide practitioners to help support parents and children with special educational needs (SEN)/disabilities.

We identify the specific needs of children with SEN/disabilities and meet those needs through a range of strategies.

We work in partnership with parents and other agencies in meeting children’s needs.

We monitor and review our practice and provision and, if necessary, make adjustments.


We designate a member of staff/s to be Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and give his/her name to parents/carers

We provide a statement showing how we provide for children with (SEN)/disabilities.  Our Local Offer can be found on the Hampshire County Council website.

We ensure that the provision for children with (SEN)/disabilities is the responsibility of all members of the setting.

We ensure that our inclusive admissions practice ensures equality of access and opportunity.

We ensure that our physical environment is as far as possible suitable for children with disabilities.

We work closely with parents of children with (SEN/disabilities to create and maintain a positive partnership.

We ensure that parents are informed at all stages of the assessment, planning, provision and review of their children’s education.

We provide parents/carers with information on sources of independent advice and support.

We liaise with other professionals involved with children with (SEN)/disabilities and their families, including transfer arrangements to other settings and schools.

We use the graduated response system for identifying, assessing and responding to children’s special educational needs.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all children with (SEN)/disabilities.

We use a system of planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing individual educational plans (IEPs) for children with (SEN)/disabilities.

We ensure that children with (SEN)/disabilities are appropriately involved at all stages of the graduated response, taking into account their levels of disability.

We use a system for keeping records of the assessment, planning, provision and review for children with (SEN)/disabilities.

We provide resources (human and financial) to implement our (SEN)/disability policy.

We ensure the privacy of the children with (SEN)/disabilities when intimate care is being provided.

We provide in-service training for practitioners and volunteers.

We raise awareness of any specialism the setting has to offer, e.g. Makaton trained staff.

We ensure the effectiveness of our (SEN)/disability provision by collecting information from a range of sources e.g. IEP reviews, staff and management meetings, parental and external agencies views, inspections and complaints.  This information is collated, evaluated and reviewed annually.

We provide a complaints procedure.

We monitor and review our policy annually.

The named persons who co-ordinate Special Educational Needs (SENco) are Hazel Scott and Sue Barton-Leigh.

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