Local Offer Description
Local Offer last reviewed 01/07/2019
1. How does the childminder identify children with additional needs or SEND ?
All children in my care are monitored and observed in line with the EYFS, and this is recorded in their learning journeys. A two year old progress check is carried out and shared with parents and any concerns regarding development will be discussed. The needs of all new children are assessed / identified through discussion with parents and completion of a short questionnaire thus enabling starting points to be set. Termly trackers are completed and shared with parents and any concerns discussed.
2. How will I be informed / included about the ways in which my child is being supported ?
Parents will be consulted wherever possible and kept up to date with their child’s progress and development. The children’s learning journeys are shared with parents on a termly basis, including their child’s tracker. The two year progress check is completed following discussion with parents and any concerns discussed and if necessary an agreed plan of action put in place.
3. How will the childminder adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child?s needs ?
Each child’s next steps are based on the child’s own interests and following observations and assessment which may have highlighted an area of development that may need to be focused on. Activities will be provided for your child to learn within this area of need. These activities will be child led and they will be encouraged to explore and investigate by themselves, although support is always given where necessary. All children are able to access the garden to give opportunity to experience the outdoors through physical and sensory activities.
4. What additional support does the childminder provide for children with additional needs or SEND ?
If necessary I would seek advice from my local authority including my Childcare advisor and the inclusion advisor or PACEY. Parents would be informed of my intention to seek advice and involved in putting in place an Individual Education Plan. If necessary I would allow the opportunity to attend speech and language drop ins.
5. How will the childminder monitor my child?s progress and how will I be involved in this ?
Observations are carried out regularly and assessments made using both Development matters and the Early Years outcomes. Trackers will be updated regularly to ensure that progress is monitored. Action plans will be devised using these and input from parents and the child or young person. Meetings will be held with parents to share ideas on activities to extend their child’s individual interests to support their learning. Meetings will also be held, with consent from parents, with any other setting that the child may attend so that everyone is working together. Children with additional needs will have an IEP which will be monitored every 8-10 weeks.
6. How does the childminder ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips ?
Day trips are organised in advance so that arrangement with the venue could be made if necessary. I will always welcome parents input when planning any activity or outing involving their child. They will be able to offer advice and will also be able to discuss the outing/activity with their child and if necessary provide any additional equipment or resources. All areas visited will be wheelchair/buggy accessible and risk assessments will be carried out prior to the outing to ensure each child’s requirements are met.
7. How accessible is the childminder?s home for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users ?
Access through the front door of the property has a step and the rear garden is also accessed via steps, therefore wheelchair access is not possible. The ground floor of the house is used for childminding and I do have a downstairs cloakroom. I have lots of pictures on the walls of the playroom with numbers, letters, colours, etc to aid with visual recognition, and a large range of books.
8. How will the childminder contribute to my child?s transition to a new setting or school ?
When children move on to a new setting or school I would welcome meetings with the school or their key worker together with the parents to discuss the child’s needs and development. Learning journeys and trackers can be shared and a transition report will be prepared.
9. How does the childminder assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation ?
Parental questionnaires are issued periodically to obtain feedback from parents about my setting in order for me to ensure that I am meeting their expectations. I will also regularly update my self-evaluation form (SEF) to ensure that I can assess the overall effectiveness of my setting.
10. What should I do if I am considering registering for a place with this childminder ?
Please contact me to arrange a meeting to discuss yours and your child's needs.
11. What arrangements does the childminder have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints ?
Parental questionnaires are given out periodically for parents to provide feedback and they will be provided with a copy of my complaints policy which includes the contact details for OFSTED.