Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy
Every child has a right to enjoy and achieve to their full potential regardless of Special
Educational Needs or disability. Rainhill Nursery is committed to enabling every child to
experience the highest quality curriculum in an inclusive environment, with learning opportunities
tailored to reflect individual learning needs. We recognise the requirements of the Disability
Discrimination Act 2005, and the school’s Disability and Equality Duty.
- To provide inclusive experience for all children within a broad, balanced and relevant
- To work with parents to identify children’s individual learning needs and respond quickly
- To provide sufficient resources to support and ensure inclusive practice.
- To explore the most appropriate and effective teaching and learning styles which will
engage all children and enable them to achieve.
- Ensure that curriculum planning takes account of diverse needs.
- To monitor children’s progress, identifying areas of concern and taking action to
provide support, additional adult help or outside agencies.
- To plan opportunities to motivate, support and develop children to help them to be
involved, concentrate and learn effectively.
- Plan opportunities which build on existing knowledge, experience and interests and
develop self-esteem and confidence.
- Work in partnership with parents and carers in the monitoring and assessment of
children’ progress and achievements.
- Provide appropriate training for practitioners to equip them with the skills to address
the diverse needs of individual children.
The classroom and outdoor area
The Nursery is an open plan building with easy access to all the play areas. The layout is
designed to facilitate easy access to children in wheelchairs or who need mobility aids.
Furniture is of low height and there are opportunities to access resources on low, as well as
standard tables. Although the sit-in sand area has a step up, additional sand play is available at
table height. The main entrance has no step, and a ramp facilitates access to the outdoor area.
The staff toilet may also be used as a disabled toilet with adequate space for a wheelchair user.
One of the children’s toilet cubicles has been modified to include a variable step unit and a
handrail. The outdoor area is planned to offer similar opportunities to learn to those provided in
the classroom. There are a range of wheeled toys of different sizes, and plans have been drawn
up to provide pathways, sand and water features which will be accessible to children in
wheelchairs or with mobility difficulties. The nursery has a sensory room containing soft mats, a
bubble tube and fibre optic lights. The room provides a quiet, calm space for children and whilst
it is used by children of all abilities, it is particularly designed with the needs in mind of children
with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disability.
A wide range of equipment is used in the Nursery to cater for children at different levels of
development and levels of ability.
Many of the resources used in the Nursery are particularly appropriate for children with Special
Educational Needs and Disability: large easily manipulated puzzles, jigsaws, crayons and pencils,
construction kits, assisted easy grip training scissors, large roller ball computer controls and
many more resources designed to stimulate all the senses and develop a range of skills.
The Staffing ratio is sufficient for the mainstream intake of children. More severe SEND
pupils may need additional support in order to gain full access to the nursery curriculum, and the
nursery works closely with the Local Authority to ensure that applications for additional funding
for this purpose are submitted at the appropriate time.
The role of the SENDCO
- To support staff in identifying, as early as possible the learning needs of individual children, and in particular Special Educational Needs and Disability.
- To ensure al practitioners are familiar with the SEND policy and Code of Practice.
- To consult and liase with parents and carers of children with SEND, involving them at all stages of the process as appropriate.
- To liase with other professionals and to seek advice, make referrals and work in partnership with such professionals to ensure that children’s needs are met.
- To advise and support other practitioners in their daily practice to ensure that children’s needs are met.
- To write, monitor and review Individual Education/Behaviour plans.
- Ensuring that relevant background information about individual children with SEND is collected, recorded and updated, and transferred to schools/settings at the time of a child’s transition as appropriate.
- To maintain a register of children with special educational needs, including records of meeting, reviews, reports and assessments.
- To submit applications to Provision Agreement Panel where appropriate, if extra support is needed.
Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy
If a parent feels that the school has not met their child’s educational needs they should:
- Discuss their concerns with the class teacher
- Consult with the SENDCO
- Consult with the Headteacher and SEND Governor
- Follow the school complaints procedure
- SENDCO – Miss Emma Nicholson
- Download our Complaints Procedure