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Our SEND Offer

At Green Hedges Day Nursery we are committed to the inclusion of all children. All children have the right to be cared for and educated to develop to their full potential alongside each other through positive experiences, to enable them to share opportunities and experiences and develop and learn from each other. We provide a positive and welcoming environment where children are supported according to their individual needs and we work hard to ensure no children are discriminated against or put at a disadvantage as a consequence of their needs.

We believe that all children have a right to experience and develop alongside their peers no matter what their individual needs. Each child’s needs are unique, therefore any attempt to categorise children is inappropriate.

We are committed to working alongside parents in the provision for their child’s individual needs to enable us to help the child to develop to their full potential. We are committed to working with any child who has a specific need and/or disability and making reasonable adjustments to enable every child to make full use of the nursery’s facilities. All children have a right to a broad and well-balanced early learning environment.

Where we believe a child may have additional needs that have previously been unacknowledged, we will work closely with the child’s parents and any relevant professionals to establish if any additional action is required.

Unique children

On-going observational assessments are made of all children and linked to the development matters ages and stages of development within the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). This can, in some cases, identify individual needs. These observations from key persons will be discussed with room leader, setting SENCO and setting manager. Each child is assigned a key person. Their role is to develop trusting, sensitive relationships with parents and children to enable respectful sharing of information. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, ask for a time when you can discuss this in private with them. Likewise, if the key person has identified a possible individual need, they will discuss the matter with you in private and together a plan can be instigated to support your child’s learning and development.

The setting has a trained SENCO (currently Sarah Nolan, who is also our Deputy Manager and a qualified Early Years Teacher) who can offer advice and support to the key person and room practitioners. The SENCO will liaise with other professionals to seek advice and support in identifying individual needs if necessary. With parents permission, support and advice can be sought from the Area SENCO and the Early Years Advisory Teacher.

Reports from health care professionals such as health visitors, speech and language therapists identify children’s individual needs. Nursery welcomes parents and professionals sharing these reports with them in order to plan appropriately to meet individual needs.

Where a child has additional needs, we feel it is paramount to find out as much as possible about those needs; any way that this may affect his/her early learning or care needs and any additional help he/she may need by:

  • Liaising with the child’s parents and, where appropriate, the child
  • Liaising with any professional agencies
  • Reading any reports that have been prepared
  • Attending any review meetings with the local authority/professionals
  • Observing each child’s development and monitoring such observations regularly.


All children will be given a full settling-in period when joining the nursery, according to their individual needs.