Local Offer for Children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

At Step by Step Pre-school (Billericay) we treat every child as an individual. Your child will be allocated a key person who will be responsible for your child’s development. Through the use of observations and planning for their next steps we are able to identify any concerns which we will share with you, and with consent we will contact other professionals if required.

If you have any concerns about your child you should speak with your child’s key person who will be able to advise you further.

Your child’s key person will work with both you and your child. This relationship will ensure that we share knowledge concerning your child and their development. This knowledge begins with the ‘Welcome Pack’ and the ‘All About Me’ form. Through continual observations we can plan for your child’s next steps and access additional support from other professionals if required.

With your permission, we will contact our Area Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and implement strategies and advice offered as appropriate.

Every child is considered unique and therefore we plan for your child’s development based on observations of your child and evidence gained from their Learning Journal.

A strong relationship between the setting and parents is important to the Pre-school. You have access to view your child’s Learning Journal on request and your child’s key person is available to discuss your child’s development and next steps at any time. We are always available to discuss any concerns you have regarding your child’s learning.

We offer ‘settling in’ sessions which will familiarise your child with the Pre-school and also enable support for your child to be discussed before they commence at Pre-school. Care routines will be discussed prior to starting at the Pre-school, including nappy changing. We are able to administer prescribed medicines once the appropriate form has been completed. If additional training is required to administer medicine we will undertake this as necessary.

Promoting positive behaviour is important to the setting. Our motto is ‘kind hands, kind feet and kind words’ and we utilise a range of techniques to ensure this is met. We will always discuss any behaviour concerns with you in order to maintain a consistent approach between home and the setting.

The safety of your child is paramount. A daily register is taken on arrival and details of who is due to collect them at the end of each session. We will not allow any child off the premises if the person collecting them is not known to the setting.

We work with all professionals as required for each child and always encourage these persons to come and visit the relevant children in the Setting.

If speech and language concerns are identified by the setting, we will advise the parents to take their child to the Speech and Language drop in sessions at the Family Centres. We work with Speech and Language therapists and the reports they provide to support the children in their language development.

Our staff receive training and undertake refresher courses as required. Staff are qualified within Early Years or are currently studying for qualifications. Our SENCO and other staff have attended a wide variety of SEND training including; promoting positive behaviour, English as additional language; speech and language, use of visual aids, Makaton and Autism training.

We continually reflect upon our practice and will attend training when a particular need is identified.

All children are welcome to attend trips. Parents are notified before trips in order to identify any particular needs. Risk assessments are completed. Volunteers to assist on the trip are requested from the children’s families. On any trips all children wear high visibility jackets and a mobile phone and first aid kit is always taken.

We will work closely with all parents to access any specialist equipment that may be required.

Visual timetables are used to assist children with the daily routine and language books are shared with families of children with English as Additional Language to aide communication.

Before your child joins the Pre-school we encourage you to visit the setting several times so that you can both become acquainted with the environment. We work closely with each family to develop a settling in routine to match your child’s needs.

If a child attends more than one setting or is moving to a different setting we share the child’s ‘next steps’ with that setting.

We liaise with local schools to arrange visits of both the children to the schools and the teachers to visit the children at the Pre-school to aid the transition to new schools.

We are registered charity with limited funds, however we are able to apply for funding from Essex County Council to support individual children as required. We would also ensure staff attend any specific training necessary.

The Manager and SENCO will work closely with you and other professionals to determine your child’s needs. We have regular Team meetings to involve all practitioners in any support required. In additional the key person will be able to identify any additional support through the observation procedure required by the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We are a committee run Pre-school and therefore every parent can become a member of the Committee and is welcome to attend meetings.

Strong relationships with parents are important to the Pre-school. We operate an open door policy and newsletters are available every half term.

More detailed information is available in our policies, specifically; Promoting positive behaviour, Inclusion, Administration of medication and Supporting children with Special Educational Needs.

To register your child at the Pre-school please contact our Administrator on admin@step-by-step.org.uk or phone 01277 654473.

If you would like to discuss your child prior to starting at the Pre-school please contact either the Pre-school Manager Tracy Dix or SENCO Barbara Bannell on 01277 654473.

Once your child has started at Step by Step Preschool (Billericay) they will be allocated a key person to support them and you will be able to discuss any concerns or progress with them as well as the Manager or SENCO at any time.