SEN and Disability Local Offer.




Railway Nursery  

How does the pre-school/ nursery know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?


We use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Development Matters method, which helps to underpin a key person’s knowledge of a child’s development. We also use 2 year old EYFS learning and development summary, observation and learning journeys for each child in the nursery, following up with an end of year assessments to monitor children’s needs. We can access additional support from the Early Years Teaching and Support Service.


Parents can raise concerns with the key person, the SENCO or the manager about their child’s individual needs. We also have a SEND policy outlining what support we can give. Staff are prepared to go on any training courses that are available, to gain further knowledge about different aspects of special educational needs and disabilities.

How will the pre-school/ nursery support my child with special educational needs?  


The key person will support your child with the help of the trained SENCO, along with other staff. We are able to get additional support from the outside services, i.e.  early years support, speech and language etc, and meetings with all those involved with a child’s individual needs will help to set up an Education Health and Care plan (EHC) for a child.



The keyperson follows the above cycle to observe and be able to plan next steps for your child. The SENCO is trained in additional needs to be able to offer support to the key person, additional needs that need further training will be arranged by the nursery manager. The SENCO also assists the key person in completing the EHC plan.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?


When a need is identified in a child, the key person discusses the need with the SENCO, nursery manager and the parent. From this meeting a plan is produced to how we can use our onsite resources/knowledge and/or develop or purchase further training/resources or equipment. The nursery work alongside Eary Years Support for guidance and funding.


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How will the pre-school/ nursery review my child’s progress and how shall they share it with me?


We observe each child every time they visit the nursery. The key person is normally available to speak to you before and after each session. The EYFS has different pin points and age groups to show at what stage a child is at. We use these points to assess where your child is at at that time and how we can develop within the areas of learning.


We hold two parent consultations each year to discuss your child’s needs. All observations and planning is uploaded onto each child’s Tapestry account, there is available space for parent’s to leave their comments/feedback.


What support will there be for my child’s overall well being?



We have two qualified SENCO’s, They can give advice to a child’s key person. We also have a medicine policy and most staff have had training on administering medicines.


As yet, we have not needed to exclude a child from the Railway Nursery. We discuss with the children their behaviour and what is kind and good, and what is not so nice. We have a behaviour management policy outlining how we deal with bad behaviour.


If a child is potty training we have potties for them to use. Children are encouraged to use them by themselves with some help if needed. East Sussex County Council has a leaflet on intimate care and toileting, for nurseries and parents.


We use part of our daily routine to discuss with others how we are feeling and what we have and not particually liked within our day.

What training do the staff have in supporting children with special educational needs or disabilities?


SENCO practitioners have completed appropriate training to learn the knowledge they hold, this training is followed up at regular support meetings and further training required to carry their role out to its full potential. Should a need arise that requires further training then this is provided for and completed. All staff complete other training opportunities such as Makaton and Autism knowledge.

What specialist services and support are available to the pre-school/nursery?


Railway Nursery makes full use of other local professionals and their input, we work very closely with others such as speech & language, family support and physiotherapists. By working closely with others we are able to produce appropriate plans seeing good outcomes for the children.


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How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the pre-school/ nursery, including trips?


We have a selection of buggies to use for outings to the park, walks to the local shops or along the river, etc. We have a 1 adult to 2 children ratio on trips. If we go further afield then we will ask parents for additional help. The children have access to all the toys and resources in the nursery


How accessible is the pre-school/ nursery?


The building has one step by the double doors at the side of the building. The main entrance has no steps which is good for buggies. There are no disabled toilets but we do have a separate area for nappy changing, for privacy. For children with English as a second language we will ask parents for a selection of words such as “toilet”, “yes”, “no” etc., that the child may use at home.


We have pictures used for a time line which children will understand, and we also give them to parents to help discuss at home with the child. We can get grant funding for additional resources. We also have access to the internet where we can get useful words in other languages.


The main part of the hall could be made wheelchair friendly if needed, and the furniture is movable.

How will the pre-school/nursery help my child move on to school?


When a child starts at Railway Nursery we have settling in sessions and these can be with the parent, and take place up to three or four times.  If a child starts in the baby section they will be introduced to the older section gradually before their second birthday.


We encourage school teachers to visit a pre-school child in the nursery so they can get to know each other and we can pass important information to them about what the child like doing, who their friends are and how they are achieving. Some schools in the area will let us visit them, too.

At group time we will discuss new schools with the children and what they might find there, such as where they might hang their coats, the toilets, the playground etc. The child’s final assessment will go to the school for the teacher to look at and keep for their records. Children also visit the school with their parents and we will discuss this visit with the child.

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The local offer- what is available for children and young people with special educational needs in East Sussex


Information for Families (including SEN and disability advice service)

Phone: 0345 60 80 192

Text: 07797 870317



Date issued: November 2016

Review due: One year or before due to local updates