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The Down's Syndrom Association

Our Aims

At Early Years, we aim to provide all children with a broad and balanced learning environment that is committed to the inclusion of children with Special Needs. Our philosophy is that all children with or without Special Needs should have the opportunity to develop their full potential alongside other children in the educational environment and have equal access to the curriculum. We aim to work within the guidelines for Special Educational Needs set out in the 2015 Code of Practice. 

At Early Years we have a designated Special Educational Needs and Disability team (SENDCO) who are responsible for coordinating support for the needs of children who may require further sipport or who have been identified as having special educational needs. 

Inclusion within Early Years

We welcome the opportunity for both parents and children with special educational needs to visit the setting prior to enrolling and discuss ways in which we can meet the child's needs. We will establish whether the setting is the most appropriate for the child and that we can support their learning to the full. 

We will pay due regard to the views and wishes of both the parent and child equally with regard to their particular special educational need and will include other professionals if necessary. 

Positive partnerships with parents

Our staff understand that good working relationships with parents is paramount to the education and development of every child. We work closely with parents, listening to their views to build on the child's previous experience, understanding and skills. We encourage discussions so parents feel free to share guidance, knowledge or concerns about their children, in complete confidence. No action will be taken without parents having full understanding of and providing consent to any activities planned to help their child.