Local Offer (SEND

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SEND - Our Local Offer (Summary)

A document setting out how we will support parents and children who have Special Education Needs and/or disabilities.



Manager and Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo): Helen Monks
Deputy Manager and Behaviour Management: Claire Crabtree

Key person – you will be assigned a Key Person when you start at ChipMonks – Your Key Person is responsible for day to day contact with you, your family and most importantly your child and for building a trusting, close and mutually supportive relationship.

  • We will do regular observations and assessments of your child and if we have any concerns about their development, we will speak to you.  Sometimes these observations show individual needs that we have to investigate further – we will always do this in partnership with you.
  • All staff are fully trained to level 3 standard with the Manager and Deputy having further qualifications.
  • We use the expertise of the Area Senco and Early Years Advisory Teacher and with your permission seek their advice and support.
  • Reports from health care professionals such as Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists and Parent Support Advisors are welcomed and encouraged.
  • We remain child focussed and all action will be in the best interests of your child.
  • An Individual Learning Provision Plan (ILPP) will be designed to support your child’s development and will be reviewed regularly with you and other professionals.
  • We can arrange home visits from staff if deemed necessary and depending on your child’s needs we may visit on more than one occasion.
  • You will be invited into ChipMonks to spend some time settling your child in if appropriate.
  • We will require information from any previous settings that your child may have attended and will actively encourage conversations with old Key Persons/Sencos’.
  • We provide Key Person boxes for you to take home and look at with your child prior to them starting at ChipMonks.  These provide photos and general information so you can get to know them.
  • It is vital that all people involved in your child’s care are using the same consistent approach to their care/behaviour.  We will liaise with you in this regard.
  • When your child is ready to move on from ChipMonks, we will make the transition as smooth as possible – working really hard with you and the new setting to ensure all information is correct and handed over.
  • If you have concerns about your child, speak to your Key Person in the first instance and then they will pass information onto Helen Monks (SENCo) who will arrange a meeting.
  • If for any reason you are unhappy with any aspect of ChipMonks please speak to the Manager or Deputy Manager immediately.  The Complaints policy is set out on the disk that you will receive when you join ChipMonks.
  • Manager/Deputy Manager are responsible for writing and ensuring implementation of inclusive policies.
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is on the agenda at staff meetings when necessary.
  • We have made our building as accessible as possible, securing a right of access through the neighbouring garden should we need wheelchair access.
  • We hold parents evenings and the  SENCo is always available to chat through any concerns.
  • All staff at ChipMonks model good behaviour and manners and we have a comprehensive and strong, positive behaviour management policy.
  • If your child needs 1:1 support, we will provide this.

In short, we strongly believe that each and every child deserves the best possible level of education, care and fun and it is our mission to ensure that each and every child reaches their full potential whilst in our loving, caring and supportive environment.

A full Document reflecting our Local Offer is available on request.