SEND Coordinator - Mrs Sarah Bird
Chuckles and Chums comply with the Code of Practice (2014) in which the Department for Education explains the duties and responsibilities of providers of early years education who deal with children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and their families.
Each child is carefully monitored and individual learning plans are put in place to ensure that they are making progress and thriving within our nursery.
Our experienced staff will sensitively alert parents to any concerns they may have about a child's development, and our SEND Coordinator will ensure that the right help is sought at the right time.
The Specialist Inclusion Support Service (SISS) provides specialist support to children who are on the autistic spectrum. They work alongside the nursery to provide bespoke interventions to help children with autism (ASD) and Asperger’s Syndrome to manage a mainstream setting. Often a member of the team will observe children in nursery and write reports which can support in getting a diagnosis of autism. They will also meet with parents to discuss strategies which might help children in the home setting. SISS also provides a range of support for parents and families through courses and events to which Mrs Bird can signpost.
Eligible children under the age of 3 may also access Speech and Langauge Therapy services within the nursery setting. We have two regular Speech and Language Therapists that visit children who are experiencing speech and language difficulties. The Therapists provide detailed and individualised learning plans for staff to implement and also provide resources for parents that can be used at home.
Some useful websites for further information:
Resources for autism - https://resourcesforautism.org.uk/
The National Autistic Society - http://www.autism.org.uk/?gclid=CKPW4ODX6tECFYW87QodSGAEfQ
Autism West Midlands - http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/