All children are welcome in our setting, we liaise with local support and services such as speech therapy to help ensure that all our children are given the best possible care during there time with us at Acorn. For those children with additional needs we endeavour to get them additional funding which we spend on supporting the child by employing additional staff (one to one worker) or to buying in equipment that would be beneficial to the child.
September 2014 saw the commencement of the new Special Educational Needs code of practice spanning from birth to age 25. The code sets out the requirements for early years providers to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Local authorities must publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.
The Local Offer has two key purposes:
To give clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the available provision and how to access it.
To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review.
Requirements for early years providers:
The code of practice sets out that all early years providers must follow the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the EYFS Framework 2014 and the learning and development requirements. These arrangements should include a clear approach to identifying and responding to SEN. The benefits of early identification are widely recognised – identifying need at the earliest point, and then making effective provision, improves long-term outcomes for children.
Our local Offer is below.