Our provision for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)
We offer 'Outstanding' provision for children with SEND (as recognised by outside agencies), enabling all children to access the Early Years.
Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Jenna Jefferies, holds a CACHE level 3 qualification for Special Educational Needs and oversees both settings; supporting staff, children and parents. Jenna also holds a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and is studying for a PGCE with EYTS.
Our Lead SENCO is fully trained in Attention Autism and offers specific, detailed planning for children with SEND, including Workstations and Sensory time.
We are committed to engaging with early years research and understand the value it can add to our practice. Our Lead SENCO has worked with the national charity, NASEN, to create a case study based on our provision. This has been published on their website as an exemplar of good practice.
We also have three research projects published on the Bristol Early Years website, two of which are Jenna's own research. Both pieces were graded a first and were completed as part of Jenna's BA (Hons). One is centred around our provision for children with English as an additional language (EAL) and the other investigates how we capture the voice of children with SEND.
Our third piece of research was part of the Bristol Achieving For All (BAFA) project.
Our nurseries are accessible to all, and we are committed to working with families to make reasonable adjustments tailored to their needs. We have also invested in woolly clouds from The Woolly Shepherd which hang from the ceilings of our preschool classrooms to support the acoustics and enable learning; benefiting all children and especially those who are hearing impaired.
We believe that all children should feel valued and respected and we are devoted to providing inclusive practice at Charlton Nursery and Preschool.