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At Abacus Nursery we are committed to the inclusion of all children. All children have the right to be cared for and educated to achieve the best possible outcomes, to share opportunities and experiences and develop and learn alongside their peers. We provide a positive and welcoming environment where all children are supported according to their individual needs. The ‘settling in’ period at Abacus nursery will be in accordance to each child’s individual needs.

We recognise that some children may have additional needs that may require particular help, intervention and support. These needs may be short-lived for a particular time in the child’s life or may require longer-term or lifelong support. At all times we will work alongside each child’s parents and any relevant professionals to share information, identify needs and help the child and their family access the support they need.

In accordance with our admissions policy, we are committed to providing a childcare place, wherever possible, for children who may have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities (SEND). Abacus Nursery will make wherever possible, reasonable adjustments to continuously strive to provide a high standard of care, we are however (due to restraints of our building) not suitable for those children who require wheelchair access.

Where we believe a child may have learning difficulties and/or a disability that has not previously been acknowledged, we will work closely with the child’s parents and any relevant professionals to establish the child’s needs and to secure any action that may be required. We recognise that children with disabilities may not have SEN but may need the nursery to make reasonable adjustments to enable them to make full use of the nursery’s facilities.

Where we have emerging concerns about a child and/or where a child has identified additional needs or a disability, we will find out as much as possible about the needs of the child and any support the child or family may need to ensure the child makes the best progress in their learning and development. We do this by:
• working in partnership with the child’s parents
• monitoring each child’s development through planning, observation and assessment
• writing Support Plans (old IEP's - Individual Educational Plans) • Purchasing/hiring additional equipment/resources as required
• liaising and welcoming any other relevant professionals engaged with the child and their family at Abacus Nursery
• Seeking additional training as required
• seeking any specialist help and support including funding
• sharing all reports with the child’s Key person and all relevant staff to ensure the professional advice given influences our practice
• attending any assessment or review meetings with the local authority/professionals (including transition to School)
• Maintaining a register of all children and the agencies we are working with
• Adhering to The New Code of Practice (2014)