Additional needs policy

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The Playbox aims to have regard to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014 on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs, and to provide a welcome, and appropriate learning opportunities, for all children.

At the Playbox we have due regard for the Equality Act 2010 so children with special needs, like all other children, are admitted to The Playbox after consultation between parents and The Playbox leader, so that we can endeavour to meet each child’s needs.

Our aim is to provide for the developmental needs of each child in the group.

ALL children in the group, irrespective of their special needs are encouraged wherever possible and appropriate to participate in all the groups’ activities

Our groups Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator or “SENCO” – Mrs Amanda Darley, monitors the needs and progress of children who have special educational needs.

A system of observation and confidential record keeping operates, in conjunction with parent briefings, to enable us to identify and monitor children’s needs using the graduated approach -Assess- Plan-Do- Review

Our Key person system ensures each adult is especially responsible for, and close to, a small group of children, so each child receives plenty of adult time and attention.

We work closely with parents of all children in the group to ensure that –

The group draws upon the knowledge and expertise of parents in planning provision for the child.

The child’s progress and achievements are shared and discussed with parents on a regular basis.

Parents know the identity of the group’s SENCO.

Parents are aware of the arrangements for the admission and inclusion of children with special educational needs.

If parents have a complaint about our SEN provision they know that it will be dealt with promptly by the Playbox Leader/ SENCo.

If it is felt that a child’s needs cannot be met in the group without enhanced ratios or additional equipment, funding will be sought to ensure that our provision is appropriate to the child’s needs.

We work in liaison with relevant professionals and agencies outside the group, including therapists, health visitors, psychologists, social workers, paediatricians and portage workers, to meet children’s specific needs.

Our staff attend whenever possible in-service training on special needs arranged by the Suffolk  Children and Young Peoples Workforce Development and other professional bodies.

Please refer to The Playbox Special Educational Needs Policy Framework for more information on our SEN provision for children with special educational needs.

This policy was adopted at a meeting of The Playbox committee held on 11th September 1996.

This policy was reviewed & updated at a meeting of The Playbox AGM on 18th October 2011.

This policy was reviewed & updated at a meeting of The Playbox AGM on 16th October 2012.

This policy was reviewed & updated at a meeting of The Playbox committee held on 26th March 2013.

This policy was reviewed & updated at a meeting of The Playbox AGM on 14th October 2014

This Policy was reviewed at a meeting of The Playbox committee held on 23rd November 2015.

This policy was reviewed  at a meeting of The Playbox committee on 7th November 2016

This policy was reviewed & updated at a meeting of The Playbox committee held on   6th March 2018.

This policy was reviewed & updated at a meeting of The Playbox committee held on   9th May 2019

Signed  John Boardman, Chairperson

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