Special educational needs & disabilities (SEND):
We have a SEND team that work together to ensure that all children have their individual needs fully met.
Tracey Dakin our SEND Manager and Frances Bartlam work together to co-ordinate our SEND provision and team.
Tracey is qualified with a range of SEND experience. Tracey has 15 years experience as SENCO working with a wide range of additional needs and is constantly seeking and attending training to update her professional practice. Tracey has a level 3 childcare qualification and many years experience working in early years settings.
Staff have attended in-house training for Autism, Attachment and Makaton. Staff have also received visual impairment training, epilepsy training and training on using a peg feeding tube (gastrostomy) to enable us to meet a child's individual needs. We are keen to seek out and attend relevant training on a regular basis to constantly update and improve our practice. We have also received training on being a 'hearing friendly' setting. We will always attend or update any training that is relevant to enable us to support an individual child.
We currently have 4 children who have 1:1 additional adult support and we receive additional support and inclusion grant funding to fund this. We have strong connections and good working relationships with many outside agencies that are involved in the children's care including Brighton and Hove Inclusion service-BHIS (formally PRESENS), Speech and Language therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Sensory needs service, Seaside view child development centre, Paediatricians, Specialist health visitors and Health visitors whom we work particularly closely with, meeting regularly to ensure we are fully inclusive and support each individual child's needs efficiently.
We believe that all children are entitled to an education and early years experiences that enables them to achieve the best possible learning and developmental outcomes, and become confident young children with a growing ability to communicate their own views and be ready to make the transition into school.
We follow The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is the statutory framework for children aged 0-5 years, we follow the safeguarding, welfare, learning and development requirements unless an exemption has been granted.
The benefits of early identification are widely recognised – identifying need at the earliest point, and then making effective provision, improves the long-term outcomes for children. We will be alert to emerging difficulties and respond early. In particular recognising that parents/carers know their children best, therefore we will listen and understand when parents express concerns about their child’s development. We will endeavor to make sure that a child with SEN gets the support they need and ensure that children with SEN are able to engage in the activities of our setting alongside their peers inclusively.
Ofsted quotes from inspections:
“Staff work well as a team, and together they create a friendly and calm atmosphere where children are able to flourish. The environment and routines are exceptionally well planned to ensure play is child-led and children learn from everything they do. Staff are very well deployed and excellent use is made of the space, time and resources available. The joint managers are ambitious and have very high standards. They are eager to share their knowledge and experience with their staff team and others within the community through various means. Children's individual needs are met well and those with special educational needs are particularly well supported. Funded one-to-one workers provide a high level of support and comfort for the children that require it. Children who speak English as an additional language are also well supported.Staff encourage the use of Makaton, and numbers and letters in home languages are displayed to help children to feel at home".
‘Tracey has been our SENCO for 7 months to help with my daughter’s speech development. During this time we had regular meetings where Tracey kept me up to date with my daughter’s progress, what activities/games were being used to help her speech and develop her confidence, and what the next targets were. Tracey is always approachable and will always find time to discuss anything. Her calm and warm manner made me comfortable and confident that my daughter was being cared for.
Quote from Lorna Cadwallader, Senior Teacher, BHISS (formally PRESENS):
‘Little Lambs Kindergarten works effectively in partnership with the Brighton and Hove Pre-school Special Needs Service (PRESENS) to provide an inclusive environment for children with additional needs. They have regard for the Code of Practice to ensure that all children have access to an appropriate caring and stimulating environment and are well supported in their learning and general development. They provide excellent support to families who have children with complex additional needs.’