Additional Needs Policy


Since opening in January 2010, Truly Scrumptious has maintained a firm commitment to the
integration of children with Special Educational Needs. A network of contacts has been
sustained to ensure appropriate referrals are made in both settings in Romford (LB of
Havering) and Ongar ( Essex County Council).

The nursery has a very good relationship with Early Years and will seek help through the
Special Needs Advisor. Please contact the Nursery Manager directly for further details

As an Ofsted regulated Early Years provider we recognise that some children have special
needs (SEND) and take steps to ensure that they are provided appropriate care to promote
the welfare and development of that child. Initially, a consultation with the parents will
take place to find out about the child’s specific needs (these may be dietary, physical,
behavioural, or learning related) to assess how we can meet these needs as well as maintain
quality of care for other children.

At Truly Scrumptious Early Years Nursery we aim have the DfES Code of Practice on Special
Educational Needs. The Nursery recognises the right of each individual child, including
those with special needs, to an appropriate quality under 5’s experience, which combines
care and learning through play and education.
The nursery is sensitive to the needs and feelings of children with SEND and their families
and will ensure individual needs are recognized and addressed.
Parents/ carers will be involved at every stage and in any plans that are made to meet a
child’s individual needs.
Equality of opportunity for all children is essential and it is important that children with
special needs have the opportunity of learning alongside their peers. If your child has special
needs of any kind, we will discuss:

  • How the child and parent can be helped.
  • How nursery staff can be helped.
  • What advice and practical help we can get from outside agencies.
  • What adaptations need to be made.
  • How we can support and help the parent.
  • What behavioral or educational plan needs to be devised, with outside agency help,
    tailored to each individual child.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Promote an inclusive environment where all children are encouraged to reach their
    true potential and build a firm basis for lifelong learning
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is accessible to all children and
    recognises individual need.
  • Work in partnership with parents and other professionals to monitor individual
    progress and plan future targets.
  • Keep up to date with current initiatives and attend training on Special
    Educational Needs whenever possible.
  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCO): Brittany, Lauren (ROMFORD).
  • Patricia & Kim (ONGAR)
  • The needs and progress of all children with Special Educational Needs (SEND) will be
    monitored by our SENDCO.
  • All children are treated as individuals with equal opportunities and rights.

The SENCO’s role will be to:

  • Be familiar with the code of practice
  • Work in close partnership with parents and staff to identify and monitor plans for
    individual learning for those with special needs
  • Attend regular training courses and be aware of the training needs of other adults
    (including parents where appropriate) working within the setting
  • Liaise with and work alongside outside agencies and key professionals as necessary
  • Ensure that up to date records of children with SEND are made and that these are
  • monitored regularly
  • Ensure that records are made accessible to parents, key staff and professionals
    working with the child
  • Attend multi agency meetings

THIS POLICY WAS REVIEWED BY Brittany V – Manger – 16/11/2020