At Marple Childcare, we are committed to the inclusion of all children. All children have the right to be cared for and educated to achieve the best possible outcomes, to share opportunities and experiences and develop and learn alongside their peers. We provide a positive and welcoming environment where children are supported according to their individual needs.
We 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 and any relevant professionals to share information, identify needs and help the child and their family access the support they need.
In accordance with our admissions policy, we are committed to providing a childcare place, wherever possible, for children who may have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities according to their individual circumstances, and the setting’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 one of our settings according to their individual needs.
Where we believe a child may have difficulties and/or a disability that has not previously been acknowledged, we will work closely with the child’s parents and any relevant professionals to establish the child’s needs and to secure any action that may be required. We recognise that children with disabilities may not have SEN but may need the setting to make reasonable adjustments to enable them to make full use of the settings facilities.
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 the child’s parents
- 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.
The relevant legislation underpinning this policy includes:
- Special Educational Needs and disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years
- The Children and Families Act 2014, Part 3
- The Equality Act 2010
- Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014
- Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (from September 2014)
- Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013
Please refer to our policy for further information. Our Policies and Procedures can be found under ‘information & resources’.