SENDCo Local Offer

As part of the Children’s and Families Bill (2014) all schools are required to make available their Local SEND Offer to families which details how they support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

We are an inclusive nursery and aim to support all children to enable them to make the best possible progress and achieve well. To accomplish this aim we offer a broad and balanced curriculum with high quality teaching. We provide effective support for children with special educational needs and disabilities.   We make sure that additional needs are identified early and we offer a range of provision to meet individual needs.   Teachers assess individual needs, plan and carry out one to one and small group activities as necessary as detailed in each child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).  Teachers work closely with other professionals such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and Physiotherapists.   We also work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure that each child is supported when they leave to go to their next school.  Please refer to our SEND Policy and Equality Policy, however should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Who are the best people to talk to in this setting if I am concerned about my child’s progress?
The first point of contact would be your child’s class teacher or key worker. Please approach them at any time if you have any worries about your child.  You can also talk to the Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO) /Head Teacher Jayne Taylor email  We also have a named Governor for SEND who is Lucy Mairs.  Please send an email care of and this will be forwarded to Lucy.

How will the Nursery School let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s development?
Termly consultations are available for every child where parents are invited to meet with the class teacher to talk about their child this is an opportunity to share any concerns.  The teacher/ key person and or SENCO may also arrange a separate meeting with you to discuss concerns that are identified.   Informal discussions can take place at any time to share information.

What are the different types of support/approaches available for children with SEN and /or Disabilities in this school?

For all children the nursery provides:-

  • Good/outstanding classroom teaching where the teacher will have the highest possible expectations for your child. 
  • Teaching that is based on what your child already knows their interests and what they can do and can understand. 
  • Differentiated ways of teaching to support children’s different learning styles.

Sometimes a different approach and/or additional support are required for a child who is not making the desired progress.  This may be implemented through: 

  • Small group work and or /1-1 working and may involve some of the following strategies depending on the child’s area of need.
  • Area of need support strategies at Ranges 1-3 
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions Assessment of the classroom environment to reduce sensory overload.
  • Adjustment of the environment as required.
  • Use of visual strategies such as Visual Timetables and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
  • Preparations for changes in routines.
  • Reducing complex language, especially when giving instructions to children.
  • Sensory assessment and provision of a sensory plan.
  • Use of specific assessment tools e.g. Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transitional Support programmes (SCERTS).
  • Speech Language and communication Needs Makaton Sign Language for developing communication and language.
  • Simplifying the level/pace/amount of adult talk.
  • Implementation of a Speech and Language Therapy programme.
  • Identifying and supporting a child’s preferred learning style.
  • Cognition & Learning Needs Small step approaches. 
  • Opportunities for repetition and reinforcement of developing skills.
  • Visual cues, multi- sensory strategies.
  • Individualised level/pace and adult talk.
  • Teaching generalisation of skills.-using learnt skills in different situations.
  • Use of specific ICT programmes.
  • Behavioural, Emotional and Social development Schools systems based on positive approaches.
  • Detailed behaviour plan shared with all staff and parents/carers.
  • Recognition of learning styles and increased differentiation.
  • Access to quiet area in/out of the classroom.
  • Planning and preparing the child for any changes in routines. 
  • Risk Assessments to ensure the safety of all.
  • Safe handling plans.
  • **Also see Behaviour Policy

How will we monitor the progress of your child in school? And how will I know about this?
• Your child’s progress is continually monitored by his/her class teacher through ongoing observations and records of achievement.
• All children are assessed using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS, 2017) developmental ages and stages.
• Some children will have an Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) which are planned jointly with parents/carers

• Termly review meetings are held to discuss your child’s progress at home and at school and to plan next steps.

• The Early Support Programme is used to ensure co-ordination of services for disabled children and their families. 
• For some children we will use the Developmental Journal profile to provide detailed small steps assessments.   You can have your own copy of the Developmental Journal to keep a track of your child’s developments.

• When there are other professionals involved the review may be widened to a Team Around the Child meeting (TAC).   This forms a cycle of OBSERVE, ASSESS.PLAN, DO, REVIEW.  All written information and reports will always be shared with you.  We are also able to share information during day to day discussions, phone calls or e-mails.

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom?
• You will always be invited to attend nursery trips if you wish to and are able to come along. 
• Your child will be given the appropriate support to ensure they can successfully take part in the outing.
• Careful consideration will be given to your child’s safety and a risk assessment may be drawn up and shared with you.

How will extra support be allocated to my child?
The school budget, received from Bradford Local Authority, includes money for supporting children with SEND at Ranges 1-3.   Children at Range 4 and above may be supported through Education Health Care Plan

• The Head Teacher and Governors decide on how the budget for Special Educational Needs & Disabilities is spent, on the basis of the needs of the children in the Nursery School. 

• The Head Teacher and the SENCO discuss all the information they have about SEND in the Nursery School and decide what resources/training and support is needed to meet the children’s needs.

• All resources/training and support are reviewed regularly and changes made as required.

The Sunshine Club offers before and after school childcare for all children at Hirst Wood Nursery School and Children’s Centre.   Priority of admission is offered to children with SEND

How accessible is the setting?
• The building is fully accessible and compliant with Equality legislation.
• There is a hygiene room with a hoist for toileting children.
• Visual information is used to support children’s understanding.

• We hold a Gold Quality Award for Inclusion. 

• Accessibility is audited annually as part of our Single Equality Duty.

What support do we have for you as a parent of child with an SEND?
• Arrangements can be made at any time with your child’s teacher / key person to discuss any concerns
• The SENCO (or Head teacher) is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns/worries you may have.   The class teacher and /or SENCO will also arrange to meet with you to discuss any new ideas suggested by outside agencies for your child. 
• Individual Education Plans’ will be reviewed together and include supportive ideas for you at home.
• If you child is undergoing any further assessments you will also be supported by the SENCO to ensure that you fully understand the process. (see SEND policy)

Who are the other people providing services to children with SEND in this Nursery School?
The Local Authority Teaching Support Services in Bradford are:
• Visual Impairment Team.                                                  • Support Team for the Deaf.
• Physical and Medical Team                                                          • Multi-Sensory Impairment Team.
• Autism Spectrum Team                                                    • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Team.
• Specialist pre -5 Early Intervention Team

A referral can be made to these services for additional advice and support as appropriate.

Educational Psychology Team (EPT)
An Educational Psychologist is able to provide guidance and advice for all aspects of child development and learning.   All Bradford schools have an allocation of time from the EPT and are able to purchase additional top up sessions

Health Service – Bradford NHS Trust can provide :-
• Physiotherapy                                                                     • Speech and Language Therapy.
• Occupational Therapy                                                       • Professional training for staff
• Health Visitor

Information Advice and Support from Bradford SENDIASS 

The Information, Advice and Support Service is for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the Bradford area - and for their children too.

Our staff help parents and children to work together with schools and the local authority so that they have a good understanding of what support is needed and to make sure that it is put in place.

What can we do?

We provide independent and impartial information, advice and support to parents of children and young people who have or may have special education needs (SEN). Children and young people may also access support from the service.

How can we help?

Our support worker can help you with the following:

  • providing access to information regarding SEN provision, Education, Health and Care Plans, statements, transport, exclusions and appeals
  • helping to explain the content of reports/letters
  • making telephone calls on client's behalf and supporting them with writing letters
  • supporting clients to arrange meetings with schools and other professionals and attending the meetings with parents
  • accompanying clients on visits to alternative educational settings
  • liaising with schools, the local authority and other agencies to promote positive relationships with clients disagreement resolution services
  • equipping clients with the skills and confidence to work with professionals
  • signposting clients  to other sources of support  

Contact us

Tel: 01274 513300

Email: Bradford SENDIASS

Facebook: Bradford SENDIASS

Twitter: @BradfordSENDIAS

How will we support you child when leaving this Nursery School? 
We recognise that ‘moving on’ can be difficult for a child with SEND. We also recognise the anxieties for families and we take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible. When your child is moving to another school:-

• We will contact the new school and arrange a transition meeting. 
• A transition plan will be drawn up. 
• Any special arrangements and support will be put in place for you and your child. 
• We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible to the receiving school.