Our Local Offer

August 27, 2020

Our Local Offer

 

Starting at Nursery

Our experienced team of practitioner’s will support your child as soon as they start their settling sessions at The Pink Cottage Day Nursery. There is the option to arrange a home visit before settling sessions commence at nursery. During the settling sessions your child’s key person will spend time with you and your child getting to know them. There is some paperwork to complete which we will pass on to you during the first settling session.

Our nursery is in a detached house with the younger children based upstairs and our pre- school children downstairs. The pre-school children have direct access to the garden. We have bathrooms on both floors of the nursery.

Individual Support for each Child

Your child’s key person will support your child’s individual needs and unique capabilities during their time at The Pink Cottage Day Nursery. We use ‘Tapestry’, a secure online learning journal to share your child’s progress with you. Practitioner’s will post regular observations and updates and encourage you to share observations with us too. Once a term the key person will complete a development overview and a report and share this with you. With your input next steps will be arranged to support your child’s developmental level and interests. We ensure there are always opportunities for parents/carers to discuss progress with nursery practitioners at the beginning and end of the day.

Where a need for extra support is identified your child’s key person, along with our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO), will work with you to create a One Page Profile and an Individual Plan tailored to your child’s needs and interests. If appropriate, we can also apply for funding from the local authority to support your child at nursery.

Staff Training

Our SENCO works within our pre-school. She has many years of experience and attends termly meetings run by West Sussex County Council. Our staff team have the opportunity to update the continued professional development and we fully support this. Information from training courses is cascaded to the staff team at our regular staff meetings. Recent training courses completed by some of our team are: Introduction to Baby Signing, Autism Awareness and Talking Clearly.

Outside Agencies

We can access support from our local authority – West Sussex County Council and through our Early Years Childcare Adviser. Some of the agencies we work with are: Speech and

Language, Healthy Child Program, Health Visitors, Children’s Social Care, Occupational Therapy and Portage.

Transitions

When children move to a new room at The Pink Cottage Day Nursery we arrange for them to visit the new room with their current key worker. We are a small setting with a shared garden and our practitioners get to know all of the children well.

Before children move on to school we liaise with the local schools and attend a Transition Event organised by our Early Years Childcare Adviser. This is an opportunity for us to share information and ensure all children are supported. Key workers are involved as well as our SENCO. Over the years we have developed good links with our local schools.

Further information can be found on the West Sussex County Council website

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