Little Gems Local Offer 2016

  1. How does the early years setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities? As a setting we follow the guidelines as set out by the EYFS which gives us a basic knowledge of what a child can do depending on their age and stage of development. If the setting has a concern we will always talk to the parents first to discuss our concerns and what action we feel needs to be taken. NO action will be taken without parents consent unless we feel a child is at risk.           If a parent has a concern about their child’s development they should talk to us at Little Gems and we can try and sign post them to where they need to go. Alternatively parents can seek advice from their local Health Visitor or GP.

     2. How will early years setting staff support my child? Every child that has attended Little Gems for more than 6 weeks will have a Learning Journal. This journal helps a child’s key worker to provide stimulating activities to continue a child’s development. If a child’s keyworker feels there may be an educational need or disability that needs addressing they will come and speak to our in house SENCO, who is currently Gemma Keulder. They will also do observations and assess what they feel the child may need. Once a basic assessment has been carried out we will talk to the parents and discuss a plan that needs to be put in place to help the child, this may include referring to outside services.

    3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs? Every child is an individual and develops at a different pace. Using the EYFS as a base every child has an Individual Learning Plan. This plan centres around a child’s interests and how best we think they learn, with both of these things we can build and plan activities that will help each child to fulfil their goals and continue developing. We assess every child through observation and assessments to help us to challenge the children to develop further.

    4. How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning? We want to share everything with you as parents (please see partner with parents policy) and make sure you know what your child is doing every day. We try to talk to every parent/carer when they drop off or/and collect their child. We have 2 parent evenings for parents to come and speak to their child’s key worker and have a look at their child’s word. Learning Journals are always on sight and can be seen at any time on request. Additional meetings can also be arranged if parent or keyworker feel it is necessary.

    5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being? A child’s physical and mental well-being is paramount whilst they are with us at Little Gems, a child needs to be secure and feel valued in their environment for them to be able to develop and learn.

We have many policies and procedures we adhere to to ensure that every child is treated fairly and in a safe environment. These policies include: Behaviour management, Child protection, Special needs policy, …

    6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years setting? We can access many areas of support through our local health service, family information service and community. We are very lucky that we have many places to seek help, guidance and support so that we can offer every child the support they need.

    7. What training are the staff, supporting children with SEND, had or are having? Most of our staff are qualified to a level 3 or above status in Childcare and education, this gives all staff the knowledge they need to ensure they use the EYFS guidance to help them to identify SEND’s. At current we have one SENCO with 2 others in training. All staff attend training courses to stay up to date.

    8. How will my child be included in activities outside the early years setting including trips? Our aim is to ensure that all activities we provide can be accessed by everyone at the setting in some way. All outings are risked assessed if it is deemed necessary we are very lucky to have a good amount of bank staff that come and provide extra support on such occasions.

    9. How accessible is the early years setting environment? (Indoors and outdoors) We are very lucky to have a new style building that we rent for Little Gems this means we do not have any steps and gives us wide access doors to all areas.

If English is not the child’s or families first language we try very hard to provide as much information face to face as we can, we also use Makaton actions and pictures to help us communicate and teach English.

    10. How will the early years setting prepare and support my child to join the early years setting, transfer to a new setting/school? We have a fantastic settling in policy which allows parents/ carers to decide how many settle sessions they would like their child to have. A standard settle will be 1. The parent coming to visit and stay with their child for a 1 hour play session. 2. The child coming alone for a 1 hour play session. Then the child may be ready to start. All 1 hour settling in sessions are free and we will do as many or as little as parents/children need. Upon starting at Little Gems we will ask carers to fill out an All About Me form, this gives us a greater understanding of how we can best support a child and their home routines, this form can also include photos to that we can share them with the child if they are sad or need some comfort.

All of this information can be found in our prospectus which available by contacting Little Gems.

   11. How are the early years setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs? Our setting is forever changing its resources and play equipment to match the needs of the children, we are very lucky to have funds that mean we can buy new equipment to enable us to do the best job that we can.

   12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive? Every child is supported through their learning journey with us. We are dedicated to giving every child and family the support they need, we can gauge how much support people need through talking to parents and family members. We also use a tracking tool when following the EYFS to see what a child needs and where we can help the most.

   13. How are parents involved in the early years setting? How can I be involved? We have a parent helping rota that gives parents the opportunity to come and help at the nursery and see what we do. We have an open door policy that means parents can come and talk to us at any time. We also like to tell and share the childrens day with whoever picks up your child and share learning Journals with parents and asking if there is anything they can do at home to help us help their child.

    14. Who can I contact for further information? All member of our team are here to lend a hand and are happy to help with any enquires. If you have a question about your child’s development or day to day enquires please talk to your child’s key worker. For any other enquires please contact Gemma.

Tel: 07525760114 email:

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