At Wingate Nursery School, we pride ourselves in being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. The creation of a rich, beautiful, calm environment that is thoughtful and inclusive is fundamental to our work. Because all children learn in different ways and at different rates, opportunities are available each day, in all spaces, indoors and outdoors. One of the key aspects of the educator’s role is to create a holistic learning climate, that is both physically and emotionally conducive to high quality play, with modifications made to support all levels of need. If the adults get this right, all children, including those with SEN will naturally become deeply engaged and involved.
We follow the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage at a level and pace that is appropriate to children’s abilities and level of need. By encouraging independence at all age and ability levels we endeavour to develop confidence, improve self-esteem and promote enthusiasm in all our children through a rich, stimulating environment and a variety of additional opportunities.
At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. For example, in our baking area, we wouldn’t expect all children to follow a recipe and produce an end product. However, the opportunity to mix ingredients, perhaps in a large bowl on the floor could be offered.
To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:
- Ensure that all pupils have access to the school curriculum and all school activities.
- Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
- Pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem.
- To work in partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
- To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
- Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
- To promote self-worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.
- To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
- To regularly review the policy and practice in order to achieve best practice.