Special Educational Needs and Disability

In order to fulfil the Club’s objectives of creating an environment free from discrimination and maintaining a welcoming, inclusive environment to all, and In line with the EYFS the setting will have in place arrangements to support children with SEN or disabilities. This is in response to the Send Code of Practice.

Our company will do the following:

 

  • All children will be respected and their individuality, diversity and potential recognised, valued and nurtured.
  • Activities and the use of play equipment offer children opportunities to develop in an environment free from prejudice and discrimination.
  • Appropriate opportunities will be given to the children to explore, acknowledge and value similarities and differences between themselves and others.
  • All children in the setting are given the opportunity to reach their full potential. Sometimes this means adapting an activity to the child's ability and stage of development, providing additional resources or giving one child more attention and support than others during a particular activity or routine.
  • All children in the setting are given the opportunity to play with all the toys. No toys are just for girls or just for boys. The setting will try to ensure toys reflect positive images of children and people from different cultures and with different abilities. The setting has toys and resources that challenge stereotypical ideas on what careers are open to men and women.
  • No child in care will be discriminated against in anyway, whether for their skin colour, culture, gender, ability or religion. Staff will challenge any remarks that they feel are inappropriate.
  • We encourage the children in care to learn more about their own culture and to find out about the culture and religions of other children. The setting does this in a fun way through sharing books, colouring sheets, cooking and eating food from around the world and celebrating special festivals. The setting will provide resources such as woks and chopsticks, dressing up clothes and multicultural skin tone crayons and pencils.
  • We encourage the children to develop a healthy respect of each other’s differences and to value everyone as an individual.
  • We encourage parents to share with us any festivals, special occasions or artefacts, which may enhance the children's learning and understanding.
  • We are aware that some children may have special needs and to be proactive in ensuring that appropriate action is taken when a child is identified as having special needs or starts in my care. The setting must promote the welfare and development of the child in partnership with parents and other relevant agencies.
  • We ensure that our services are open and available to all parents/carers and children in the local community.
  • We treat all parents/carers and children with equal concern and value.
  • Information, written and spoken will be clearly communicated in as many languages as necessary and known to the staff. If we are not familiar with the language we shall identify tools from the internet such as key words which will assist communication issues.
  • Bilingual/multilingual children/adults are an asset. They will be valued, and their languages recognised and respected by all involved with Creative Kidz.
  • We have a regard for promoting understanding, respect and awareness of diversity and equal opportunities issues in planning and implementing the Club’s programme of activities.
  • We recognise that achieving the objectives of our Inclusion policy relies on the active involvement of parents/carers, as set out in the Partnership with Parents/Carers policy. As such, the Club will both welcome and encourage parents/carers to comment on the effectiveness of its policies and procedures.

 

Food

  • All Medical, cultural and dietary needs will be met.

Resources

  • These will be chosen to give the children a balanced view of the world and an appreciation of the diversity of our multi-cultural society.
  • We encourage the children in our care to learn more about their own culture and to find out about the culture and religions of other children. We do this in a fun way through sharing books, colouring sheets, cooking and eating food from around the world and celebrating special festivals.
  • We will provide relevant resources such as woks and chopsticks, costumes and role play resources for example.

 

Celebrations and festivities

  • We will help all children to celebrate and express their cultural and religious identity by providing a wide range of appropriate resources and activities.
  • We encourage the children to develop a healthy respect of each other’s differences and to value everyone as an individual.
  • We encourage parents to share with us any special events, festivals, occasions or artifacts which may enhance childrens learning and understanding

 

Additional needs

We are aware that some children have additional educational needs and/or physical disabilities that require particular support and assistance. We are committed to taking appropriate action to make sure that all children are able to access our services, made to feel welcome, and that our activities promote their welfare and development.

 

Creative Kidz is committed to the inclusion of all children in its care. The club also believes those children with additional educational needs and/or physical disabilities have a right to play, learn and develop to their full potential alongside other children. Wherever possible, children with special educational needs and/or physical disabilities will have access to the same facilities, activities and play opportunities as their peers.

 

Everyone stands to gain if all children are allowed to share the same opportunities and are helped to overcome any disadvantages they may face.

 

We understand that the special needs of the child may fall into any/all of the following categories:

 

  • Learning Difficulties
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Behavioural Problems.
  • Medical Problems

 

The club believes that by identifying individual needs and taking proactive steps alongside parents/carers and other statutory professionals or agencies, all children should be able to play a full, active and equal part in the Club’s activities. The Club will also ensure that children with additional educational needs and/or physical disabilities are fully considered when activities are being planned and prepared.

 

Sensitivity and privacy will be given the utmost consideration when staff or volunteers deal with intimate care, toileting, administering medication e.t.c.

 

We are aware that some children may have special needs and to be proactive in ensuring that appropriate action is taken when a child is identified as having special needs or starts in our care, we must promote the welfare and development of the child in partnership with parents and other relevant agencies.

 

We have, therefore, put the following procedures in place: If we think a child in our care has a special need we will:

 

  • Keep observational notes.
  • Share these with the child's parents.
  • Discuss what support is available.
  • Keep all matters confidential (unless they are of a sareguarding nature and then we are duty bound to report to childrens services department)

 

If staff are caring for a child with special needs they will include them by:

 

  • Valuing and acknowledging children's individuality and help them to feel good about themselves.
  • Seeking information from parents about the child's routines, likes and dislikes.
  • Adapting activities to enable children with special needs to take part.
  • Arranging access to specialist equipment if needed.
  • Considering any risk factors.

 

Encouraging children's confidence and independence.

 

The setting will work in partnership with parents and discuss:

  • Agencies that are also involved in the child's support and care.
  • Equipment that the child may need.
  • Advice or support that will help the setting to provide the best care possible for their child.
  • The setting will consider how to ensure the privacy of a child with special needs whilst continuing to supervise other children in care.

 

Our club abides by the policies, procedures and practices consistent with current legislation and guidance with regards to inclusion, special needs and disabilities. These include (but are not limited to) the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, The Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, the Human Rights Act 1998 ,the Race Relations (amendment) Act 2000 and the Equality act 2010.

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