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Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

We have an embedded system to ensure that a key person is allocated to every child. This key person completes regularly observations that are then used to inform the child’s planning around their individual needs and interests. These include interests from home and interests at nursery. The key person completes assessments on every child to identify any support that may be required. These assessments are shared with the parents who are encouraged to add their comments.

When a child initially starts with us, we provide a ‘stay and play session where the child can familiarise themselves with the new surroundings and their key person can identify the child’s individual needs, interests and abilities. This is the initial opportunity for the parents to identify any needs with the key person so that these can be catered for. 



SENCO: Meet Megan

We have a trained nursery SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator) to support the key person, child and families to ensure that the child’s individual needs are met.

Megan will work closely with the key person to differentiate resources, experiences and activities to support the child.

Megan will work with the key person to provide personal plans for each individual child based around their abilities and interests.

Megan will liaise with other professionals (with the parents’ consent) such as Early Years Inclusion Officers, Speech and Language Therapists and Health Visitors to gain further advise in supporting each individual child. Megan and the key person will work collaboratively to ensure that these targets and strategies are implemented.

The plans and activities will be reviewed by the key person, Megan and the parents regularly to update plans and provide support for all children.

Parent’s communication is valued, and the key person will work together with the parents to ensure that every child’s learning is supported.

At the initial settling in sessions the parent/ carers will work with the key person to settle the child into the nursery. Throughout this time the key person will complete the registration form to understand the child’s individual routines, needs, interests and abilities.


Supporting Room & School Transitions:

Transitions are a key time for any child. The key person ensures that these transitions are well planned and supported.

When a child first starts at the nursery the key person will work with the parent to develop appropriate times for the child to settle into the nursery at their own pace.

When a child transitions to another room throughout their time at Roots and Shoots, the key person works with the new key person to relay and hand over relevant information for that child.

The new key person will ensure that the child’s interests and needs are catered for and that the child is well adjusted to their new room and children.

When a child is ready to transition to School the new teachers will be informed through the key person of all relevant transition supporting documents are completed and conveyed to the School to ensure a smooth transition takes place for all children.

For further information please contact

the Nursery Manager.