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Little Sunbeams Pre-School

Offering services to:
  • Children 0-5
Carescheme type:
  • Pre-School Playgroup

Who to contact

07522 541266 07522 541266

Where to go

Locks Heath Free Church

PO14 4PG

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Age Ranges

Inclusion Information

Special Needs provision
Challenging behaviour,Developmental delay,English as additional language,Hearing difficulties,Medical difficulties,Physical difficulties,Soc. Interaction Difficulties,Speech and lang. difficulties,Visual difficulties
Can make special cultural provisions
Relig. and Cultural Awareness

Childcare Information

Funded Places

Offers 3 & 4 year old funded places
Offers 2 year old funded places

Opening Times & Facilities

Car Parking
Messy Play Area
Outdoor Play

Local Offer

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

Each child is allocated a Key-person and co-key person who will get to know them and their parents. They will plan around their individual’s needs. The keyperson tracks the child’s development and reviews their progress formally once a term and shares this with parents at a meeting; this includes discussion of next steps of development and how this may be achieved in setting and at home. Parents complete an ‘All about me form’ which discusses homelife, likes, dislikes and interests. We ask for information on special words used. Three times a year the keyperson also sends out a questionnaire to parents to update this information. The preschools Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is familiar with the SEN Code of Practice, monitors records and ensures they are kept up to date regarding information about your child’s learning and progress. Our SENCo supports staff with SEN children. The SENCo liaises with the Services for Young Children Area Inclusion Coordinator(InCo) and other professionals; attends the professional’s SEN support group and coordinates transitions to school. Where appropriate a form ‘child of concern’ would be completed and a meeting arrange for the InCo to attend the preschool to observe your child. The SENCO resources and create resources to support children in setting and at home for example notice boards, bags of support (toileting information etc). The committee and trustees are not involved in the day to day running of the preschool. Regular supervision meetings between management and staff ensure individual’s needs are reviewed.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

Each child’s needs are individually considered. There are individual plans in place for each child. Individual’s needs are considered for each activity and adult support and equipment varied as necessary. Each child has an electronic learning journey (Tapestry) which has written observations, photos and videos which are linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and shared with parents. Parents are asked to also record their own observations to enable us to work together. Parents are recognised and respected as each child's first and best educator. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as a guide for a child’s development along with other recognised child development resources to link observations to age and stage of development. Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) can be written to support learning in the preschool and in the home. IEP’S will be reviewed termly to view your child’s progress. Observations are taken on your child and an assessment is made, which will highlight areas of development that may need to be focused on. Planning will be addressed within these areas of learning.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

We promote regular discussion with parents/carers at the start and end of a session. Where this is not possible we offer a home contact book or contact by text or email. The Tapestry system allows for parents to have an immediate view of their child's learning experiences and comment on them. More formal parent meetings are held once a term to formally review your child’s progress and discuss next stage of development. At this time we will discuss learning in setting and at home. We send out questionnaires each term to revisit your child’s interests and find out what they are doing at home. We offer parents the opportunity to record their child’s home learning wow moments by completing a leaf for our wow tree. These achievements are celebrated at circle time and will be included in your child’s learning journey. We have a wealth of information displayed in setting on the Early Years Foundation Stage and information on home learning which is available for parents to borrow or read in setting

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

Staff can administer medicines (see administering medication policy). Critical incident care plans are agreed with parents/carers and shared with all staff so they are fully aware of procedures to follow should your child become unwell. A child with behaviour difficulties will be supported by each member of staff. An Individual Education Plan will be put in place to support their needs. Please see our policies on Behaviour, Special educational needs and disabilities and inclusion. The child’s keyperson and co-keyperson support the child physically and emotionally and usually deal with intimate care such as nappy changes. Potty training information/guidance is provided through our ‘potty bag’ with daily support provided through sticker charts and reminders at intervals as directed by parents/carers. We provide areas for rest and will ensure children that require a sleep are given a quiet, secure area to rest. Four of our five permanent staff are qualified to at least a NVQ level 3 and are first aid trained. At least one manager is present each day; both are qualified to NVQ level 4, and have received safeguarding training, all other staff have received a safeguarding briefing. Managers meet with staff formally every term to discuss children and supervise care (see our supervision policy). Children’s care and planning is also discussed at half termly staff meetings. At snack time a member of staff sits with children to help them self-serve drinks and prepare/choose snack items. Staff sit with children at lunch and assist with opening packets and encouraging/supporting eating.

What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

We have a SENCO Our SENCO holds a NVQ level 4 childcare qualification and has attended the introduction to SENCO course, she attends the SENCO support groups termly. These meetings contain important information regarding changes to legislation or new ideas to support children with SEN. We are in regular communication with the Area Inclusion Officer to discuss and refer children. We have working relationships with individual Speech and Language Therapists, Portage, Health Visitors and Outreach. Little Sunbeams has policies and procedures in place to support the running of the Preschool and the safety and wellbeing of the children and staff.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

Little Sunbeams have 5 members of qualified staff, each member of staff holds at least NVQ Level 3 in childcare. The two managers both hold a NVQ Level 4 in childcare. Four members of staff are qualified in First aid. One manager and the deputy have attended advanced Safeguarding training.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

>We take occasional trips to the local area; the park, the greengrocers etc. We gain parental agreement to small local trips in our registration process. We ensure a good ration of adults to children to ensure the safety of all children. We use reins, buggies or walking rings as directed by parents and carers.

How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?

There is a ramp at the front of the church building for wheelchair access however our playroom is on the first floor up a set of stairs. There is no lift. Our outside play area is at the back of the church in a car parking area which we section off during session times. The garden is accessed by a step with no ramp access. There is a disabled toilet on the ground floor. Guidance from specialists would need to be sought if specialist equipment is required as the pre-school is in a church building that is also used by others. English as a second language is catered for by the [ Ethnic Minorities and Travellers Achievement Service (EMTAS)] who help with translation of information for parents. We provide: books, posters and culturally appropriate items whenever possible.

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

We will consult with parents and carers and any other agencies involved with your child to ensure appropriate care and equipment is in place. We will ensure staff are trained to meet your child’s needs to make entry into preschool as smooth as possible. Before your child starts at pre-school, you are asked about your child’s interests so that the curriculum can be tailored to ease transition from home to pre-school. We encourage parents and children to visit prior to starting so they can familiarise themselves with the environment and staff and discuss needs. For children progressing to Year R we ensure a smooth transition in a number of ways. In the term before they leave us to start Year R we read stories about going to school, provide school uniform dress up in home corner. Children can also bring in a PE kit from home to practice getting changed. Year R teachers from all receiving schools visit us in setting and staff members accompany children on visits to their new school. We compile a ‘transition pack’ for school including an ‘all about me section, data on current levels of development in key areas and summaries of achievement. For children requiring extra support to access their local main stream school an Inclusion Partnership Agreement (IPA) is set up in collaboration with the pre-school, the feeder school and you to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. Information is shared with the feeder school that is relevant to the transition.

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

All children receive up to 570 hours per funded year of free early years education the term following their third birthday. The pre-school includes children who are in receipt of 2 year old funding, which is accessible to families meeting a number of criteria including low income. Additional funding can be claimed for children with special educational needs (SEN). The funding is allocated to enable the child to achieve their full potential, possibly one to one support, specialist equipment, and appropriate toys to aid development or the creation of pictorial support aids .This is decided upon through consultation with all who are involved with the child at a “Team around the child”(TAC) meeting.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

If your child has already had a diagnosis then a TAC meeting will be held before he or she starts at the pre-school. Decisions are made through consultation with all parties involved with the child’s care; this includes you, specialists, as well as the Pre-school’s SENCo and key staff. If your child has no diagnosis but you have expressed concerns or the Key Person has identified a problem at the 2 year check (which is carried out during the child’s first term) then a meeting will be held with you to explore ways of supporting your child. Observations and behaviour records (ABCC) are carried out and shared with you on a regular basis. The Key Person draws up an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in collaboration with you and the SENCo; this is reviewed each half term. Monitoring of progress is carried out termly and recorded; to ensure that the curriculum is ensuring progress in all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

We have a management committee made up of parents. Parents are invited to attend meetings or take on roles such as Chairperson or Treasurer. Parents are invited to share information with their child’s key person with regards to their home learning and interests. Parents share their child’s latest home learning achievement via Tapestry and in person through their key person. Ideas for home learning is included in the next steps summary discussed every term. Parents are asked to suggest activities for their children based on home interests. Parent’s views on the preschool are sought once a year in a formal questionnaire. A child’s interest form is also issued termly. The key person speaks with the child’s parent/carer formally 3 times a year in a termly review meeting, more informal conversation occurs daily in person or through a contact book. Parents are asked to contribute to our daily snack by contributing cash or fruit or veg in our snack basket. Parents are asked to contribute to craft/care items. Parents have access to a comments book and we have a parent representative who is part of the committee and acts as liaison between parents and committee

Offering services to:
  • Children 0-5
Carescheme type:
  • Pre-School Playgroup


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Last Updated: 11 September 2020

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