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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

The Pre-school aims to support parents and children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.  We believe in addressing concerns and providing support as early as possible rather than relying on a “wait and see” approach.  This provides children with the best possible start and is more effective than providing support later on.


Emma Burt and Beth Budden are the members of staff responsible for special educational needs (known as the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator or SENCo) and they are available to discuss any concerns that you may have, including access to activities or requests for additional support.  The Joint SENCos have undertaken training for this purpose which is regularly updated. 


The ways in which families and children can be supported are set out in the Pre-school’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) Policy.  This includes devising individual education plans (IEPs) tailored to children’s specific needs and stages of development, providing resources and liaising with professionals such as the Speech and Language Therapist.

The Government have changed how children with special educational needs and disabilities (abbreviated SEND) are supported. As part of this reform the pre-school has to provide information about how we support children in the pre-school with special educational needs and disabilities. The information is published online as part of the 'Local Offer'. The Local Offer should provide all the information parents need to support their children and make decisions about their care and education. 
The Local offer can be viewed at:


A small group of children take part in Narrative Therapy (Wilbur's Group) several times a week. It helps their speech and language development, literacy and attention skills and confidence. The children follow a picture timeline which consists of a hello song activity, where we ask each child how they are today, continuing with an activity such as singing, or stories with props, and finishing with a wave good bye song.

We also use signing during Wilbur's group for the rules "good listening", "good looking", "good sitting" and "good talking".

EARLY SUPPORT:  Early Support produces information booklets for parents on a variety of topics including Sleep, Behaviour and Speech Language & Communication Needs. The Pre-school has some hard copies which may be borrowed but all the publications are also available at:


SPEECH AND LANGUAGE: There is a really useful website called Talking Point which is designed to support parents and settings with children's speech, language and communication skills. If you are concerned about your child's speech, language and communication, you can check the progress of their development and make use of their online resources.