Local OfferYes (details below)
AgeFrom 1 month to 5 years old
Contact phone01457 829 300
Free childcare possible for 3/4 year oldsYes
Free childcare possible for 2 year oldsYes
Takes childcare vouchers?Yes
Special diets offeredYes
Provides for special needsOn discussion with parents
Provides for different cultural needsYes
How do you identify special educational needs and disabilities?We observe and monitor each child to ensure that every child reaches age appropriate milestones within the EYFS. Their development is tracked continuously and this documentation identifies any areas of concern, therefore allowing early intervention and any additional support required. We carry out a variety of assessments using the following systems; 1 Individual observations for each child, 2 Graduated approach of Assess-Plan-Do-Review 3 SMART ( Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic and time bound) targets 4 Various intervention tools are used – ASQ, ELKLAN, WELCOMM. 5 We have a designated Language Champion. 6 We work in partnership with Health Visitors and a 2 year check is conducted between the age of 2yrs and 2yrs 6 months which summarises the child’s learning within all areas of the EYFS.
How do you involve parents/carers?Parents/carers are actively involved in their child’s development throughout their journey at Swan Meadow Nursery. Parents/carers are encouraged to contribute to their child’s learning. We regularly update parents/carers on their child’s progress through termly parent’s evenings & by feeding back at the end of each child’s nursery day allowing them opportunities to share any concerns that they may have. Opportunities are provided for us to discuss progress, achievements and concerns both formally and informally. Parents/carers have continued access to all the nursery’s policies and procedures, including any information regarding Send. Parents are also given additional information on agencies & professionals outside of the nursery who will be able to help & support them with their needs such as, SALT drop ins, these are held locally across a variety of districts enabling easy access & POINT which is Parents of Oldham in Touch. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
How do you support a child’s learning and development?We understand the importance that as parents/carers you are the child’s first educators and we pride ourselves in providing opportunities for each child to thrive within the setting using the information passed onto us by yourselves. We strive to ensure that each child reaches their full potential. Through regular meetings, both formal and informal we hope to provide all relevant information that will empower parents to feel confident that their child is taking the right steps with us at Swan Meadow.
How do you meet a child’s educational needs?Through an effective system of observing, planning, reviewing and implementing child led interests, this ensures positive results and continual teaching of independence. This is also promoted within our daily routines and boundaries set. Where further intervention is required we work alongside parents & outside agencies to ensure that each child reaches their full potential. We as a nursery understand that working together delivers better outcomes.
How do we know my child is achieving agreed outcomes?Each child has an individual file which the SENDCO regularly reviews and updates. We will regularly meet with parents/carers, Room Leaders and Key Workers. Individual plans and strategies are put in place by the SENDCO, to staff are shown how to implement these. Parents/carers will be involved and informed every step of the way to ensure that the individual plans are effective in meeting the individual child?s needs. Plans are reviewed every six weeks by the SENDCO unless earlier intervention is needed.
How do you adapt for a child with extra needs?We value each child as an individual & believe in equal partnerships, therefore we have ensured the nursery environment has easy access, all areas have been carefully planned to enable the setting to accommodate children with additional needs. Activities are easily adapted to be implemented at different heights or floor level ensuring that all children have uninterrupted access to all resources and have the same opportunities. Any specific needs would be addressed on advice from parents or other professionals.
How accessible is your service, outside and inside?The Early Years Environment is accessible in all areas. There is wheel chair access to all rooms within the setting and there is a specially adapted disabled toilet. This access continues within the outside environment also. The front play area is entered by large gates and wide doors with ramps. The Sensory Garden and Nature Trail is also accessible by wheelchair and any other disability aids.
How do you involve children in outings and trips?All areas we visit are carefully selected to ensure the safety, well-being and inclusion of all our children. Facilities and transport are carefully selected to ensure that all children can participate. Ample staff and parents attend our outings.
How do you work with other organisations?Outside agencies may be contacted verbally, written or invited into the setting to assess the children’s developmental needs. We work in partnership to ensure that each child reaches their full potential. Working together brings better outcomes for each child.
How do you support children when they start and leave?On entry to the setting we offer pre-enrolment sessions allowing us to gain background information regarding individual children and also build relationships with both parents/carers and children. This enables us to gain a good starting point. Transition review meetings will be held to plan transitions for children into schools/settings. As well as parents/carers and nursery staff these meetings could include Foundation Stage school teachers, school SENDCO, receiving setting staff and relevant professionals. All relevant documentation will be shared. We invite receiving school/setting to visit us, enabling them to familiarise themselves with and observe the child. This also gives the perfect opportunity for the sharing of information on a personal level. If the need arises that we feel an individual requires extra support within their transition, the nursery will arrange extra transitional meetings with schools & arrange for the child’s key worker to accompany the child & parents on these visits. We operate an open door policy and our staff welcome families and professionals to visit our setting. We aim to work together to include any child with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
How are you/staff trained in extra needs?The SENDCO attends regular training, she has attended training of 'The Role of the SENDCO' and attends regular network meetings held by OMBC.
What is your policy on compliments, complaints, concerns?The nursery manager on 01457 829300, who will deal with any queries promptly and effectively.
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