Local Offer Description
Local Offer last reviewed 09/03/2018
1. How does the childminder identify children with additional needs or SEND ?
When children start at the setting, parents are asked for information about their child's development in relation to each area of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), including the child's strengths and areas that he or she requires support with.
Regular observations are made of each child giving evidence of the child's development in each area of learning. These are recorded in a 'Learning Journey' scrap book, along with next steps. These observations are used to plan provision and are shared with parents, as a minimum, three times a year. Targets and provision to support the child in meeting the targets is planned every 6 - 8 weeks. Parents and carers are encouraged to share information about their child. This is encouraged informally, face to face, as often as required. Parents and carers can write comments on stickers provided in a daily book and contribute to the Learning Journey. Three times a year, the child's developmental stage is recorded in a tracker references to the EYFS.
2. How will I be informed / included about the ways in which my child is being supported ?
A daily book explains the key activities a child has been engaged in during the day and summarises his or her response to it. The Learning Journey records developmental achievements and references both the stage of development that the child has demonstrated and indicates next steps for learning.
Parents will be informed about any additional support or training the childminder receives to support the child.
3. How will the childminder adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child?s needs ?
I use a good knowledge of each childs interests, strengths and areas of development as well as a secure understanding of the EYFS, to plan activities matched to individual children's needs. This knowlege is gained from my own observations and from parents and carers. Children have the opportunity to safely access a range of activities, in the home, outdoors and on visits.
4. What additional support does the childminder provide for children with additional needs or SEND ?
I am able to access advice and support from Wokingham Borough Council. If it was considered useful to involve another professional, permission and involvement from parents would be sought.
Activities are carefully planned to support each child's individual needs.
I am able to meet with parents and carers at an agreed time outside usual working hours, if a more detailed discussion is required.
5. How will the childminder monitor my child?s progress and how will I be involved in this ?
Progress of each child's achievements is recorded in their Learning Journey continuously and summarised in their EYFS tracker three times a year. From this, targets relating to the EYFS are set and provision planned. Parents and carers have access to the Learning Journey as requested and it is formally given three times a year.
Daily feedback between childminder and parents and carers is encouraged face to face and through a daily communication book. Parents are encouraged to contribute to the learning journey, through recording observations of achievements and interests on stickers.
6. How does the childminder ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips ?
Visits and activities that all children can access safely are planned and relevant risk assessments are carried out. A pre visit and the venues own risk assessment where available are taken into account. These include adjustments that may need to be made for the needs of different children. When a child is visiting a particular type of place for the first time, parents are asked for specific information that might be useful. For example, how a child responds to a dark room or how high they can safely climb. Activities are only carried out if all the children attending and that time can safely and purposely be involved.
7. How accessible is the childminder?s home for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users ?
There are steps of varying heights at each of the four entry doors to the house. There is a downstairs toilet and shower. Organisation of furniture and the space both indoors and outdoors is considered carefully to keep children and adults safe. Space available around the necessary furniture may be limited for children with mobility difficulties or wheelchair users.
8. How will the childminder contribute to my child?s transition to a new setting or school ?
All relevant record keeping can be explained and passed on. With parental permission arrangements can be made to attend meetings and settling in / transition visits and for staff from school to visit the child in the childminder's setting.
Activities can be planned to support the child with being ready for school.
9. How does the childminder assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation ?
The effectiveness of provision is assessed through reviewing the progress that children have made and through feedback.
10. What should I do if I am considering registering for a place with this childminder ?
Contact the childminder directly using the details provided by Wokingham Borough Council.
11. What arrangements does the childminder have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints ?
Feedback is welcomed through the daily book and Learning Journey scrap book. Open and honest communication monthly through email is also encouraged. A complaints policy, detailing the process, is provided to all parents prior to signing the contract.