Additional Needs Policy


As an Ofsted regulated Early Year provider, we recognise that some children have special needs (SEN) and take steps to ensure that they are provided with 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 (these may be dietary, physical, behavioural, or learning related) to access how we can meet these needs as well as maintain quality of care for other children.

At Truly Scrumptious Early Years Nursery we aim to have regards of the DfES Code of Practise 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 SEN and their families and will ensure individual needs are recognised and addressed. Parents/carers will be involved at every stage and in any plans that are made to meet a child’s individual special needs. Equality of opportunity for all children is essential and it is important that children with additional needs have the opportunity of learning alongside their peers. If your child has additional needs of any kind, we will discuss:

  • How the child and parent can be helped
  • How the 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 behavioural or educational plan needs to be devised, with outside agency’s help, tailored to each individual child
  • Classed that may be taking place to benefit the child


The nursery has a very good relationship with the Early Years and will seek any advice through the Area SENCo.


Aims and Objectives

  • Promote an inclusive environment where all children are encouraged to reach their true potential and build a firm basis for life-long learning
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is accessible to all children and recognises individual need
  • Work in partnership with parents and other professional 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 Co-ordinator (SENCo): Brittany Vant/ Katie Wigmore
  • The needs and progress of all children with additional needs/ special educational needs (SEN) will be monitored by our SENCo
  • Maintain visuals/use of Makaton

The SENCo’s role will be to:

  • Be familiar with code of practise
  • Work in close partnership with parents and staff to identify and monitor plans for individual learning for those with additional needs
  • Attend regular training course and be aware of the training needs of other adults (including parents where appropriate) working within the setting
  • Liase with and work alongside agencies and key professionals as necessary
  • Ensure that up to date records of children with SEN 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: Hayley Marsh


30th January 2018