Question 1

How does the setting know if a child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?


All children attending the nursery are observed on their learning and development. These assessments will identify if your child needs additional support. Your child will be montitored and supported by the nursery and outside agencies with parental consent. Each child is allocated a key person, this person is responsible for the monitoring of your childs development file and builds a strong relationship with your child to get to know them well. Discussions with you and your child where appropriate, will take place with your childs key person. We cater for children with special educational needs such as autism, speech and language difficulties and social communication difficulties. We cater for the local diverse community and actively involve groups such as travellers. Learning Land Nursery includes all families in parents evenings, boomerang books and a completion of an 'All About Me' form on admission.

Question 2

How will the setting staff support my child?


Our staff are widely trained in a lot of areas which include speech and language and behaviour management. The key person approach involes each key person to plan around their childrens individual needs. Each key person tracks their childs devlopment and reviews their progress termly at parents evenings. We use daily information sheets and boomerang books to support communication between parents and key persons. Your childs key person will inform parents what their child is working on each month and what activity their parents can carry out with their child at home to support their learning. On induction each child receives an 'All About Me' form which focuses on their strengths, areas of development, home life, interests and language.

Observations, assessment and planning along with the routine of the nursery is explained on induction. Each term, we send a parents questionnaire to each family to gather opinions on the service and support we provide to children and their families. The results are used to inform nursery developments. The nurserys Special Educational needs coordinator (SENCO) is familiar with the SEN code of practice, monitors records and ensures they are kept up to date regarding informaton about your childs learning and progress. Our SENCO establishes and maintains positive relationships with our parents, informing of any progress, ensuring the nursery staff are familiar with the SEN policy and that it is reviewed annually. Our SENCO supports staff with children with SEN. The nursery SENCO liases with the Early Years Adviser/Area INCO and other professionals and attends SENCO cluster group meetings. The SENCO when in need of support from the area INCO regarding your child, they would undertake a process of referral and a meeting would be arranged for the area INCO to attend the nursery to observe your child.

Question 3

How will the curriculum be matched to my childs needs?


Every child is different. At Learning Land Nursery we take into consideration your childs progress and plan and support the child at their own pace. We use the Early Years Outcomes as a guide for your childs development. The Nursery SENCO helps children who need extra support. They will provide each childs key person with support and activities for your child to learn within the area of need. Progress will be evidenced in your childs Learning Journey and Individual Education Plans (IEP) will be written to support learning in the nursery and in the home. IEP's will be reviewed monthly to view your childs progress. Observations are taken on your child and an assessment is made, which will highlight areas of devlopment that may need to be focused on. Planning will be addressed within these areas of learning.


Question 4

How will I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my childs learning?


Learning Journeys hold each child's observations and assessments, tracking sheets, the childs creative work, along with photos telling the story of the childs progress. IEPS will also be found within your childs learning journey which explain what area of learning your child needs support in and how the key person and parent can support his at home and in the nursery setting. We assess each childs development using the Cumbria County Council Progress Checks, this is how we monitor and adapt targets to maintain and challenge a childs devlopment progress. Parents are their childs first educator; at nursery we involve their parents in their childs learning and devlopment. Parents are encouraged to be involved in supporting their childs learnign at home. We operate an open door policy, parents are welcome to come into the setting at any time. Key persons will discuss daily with you, how your child is doing and any progress that they have made. Termly parents evenings are focused on the childs devlopment. Newsletters are posted on our website and a paper copy is given out to children each month. They contain dates for open days, parents evenings, outings and any updates or news that we need to let you know about. Any additional copies can be given for grandparents etc.

Question 5

What support will there be for my childs overall well-being?


Nursery staff can administer medicines with parental consent. A child with behavioural difficulties will be supported by all staff. We have a policy in place to support behaviour, special educational needs and disabilities and inclusion. The child and their family will work together with the nursery to ensure the child receives the amount of support needed. Every child has a choice and a voice. Children are invited and supported to play, learn and develop. The nursery has a sensory room to encourage calm down time. Emotions and feelings are discussed within activities and group times. Small language groups and circle times are held throughout the session to encourage positive language and social skills and to build self esteem.

Question 6

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?


We are specialists…

All staff are experienced working with the Early Years age group and understand Child Development. Our staff members have amazing training and work hard in making a difference in children’s lives. They have attended multiple courses on child development and participated in County Council training such as Every Child A Talker, All Our Children, Autism Awareness

We have experience…

We have experience of working with children with Speech Delay, English as an additional language. As a setting we have supported many children and families through the EHCP process and ensured a smooth transition to school. The setting endeavors to cater for children from other cultures and religions and has multi-cultural resources within our setting. We value and respect others beliefs and visual support if given such as communication books, photos and visual timetables. All children make very good progress within our setting and are happy and well catered for.

And we seek further specialists…

We have links with our local Children’s Centre and can sign post you to support which is available through there, for example drop in Speech and Language sessions, parenting class, learning to play…

We will work alongside the specialist services involved with your child and they are welcome to visit us. Working closely with you and your child will enable us to build stronger relationships and understand your support needs better. We also work with County specialist to support all children in our setting such as portage, Speech and Language, Educational psychologists,health visitors and many more. Parental agreement will always be obtained before specialists become involved with any individual child.

Question 7

What training is the staff receiving or have completed to support children with SEND?


We have a broad nursery-based programme of in-service training for childcare practitioners. Recent training for staff has included: All Our Children Training, Advanced Safeguarding Training; Attention Autism; Good Practice in Autism (Autism Education Trust training); support for pupils with Speech and Language needs; Mindfulness training; Developmental Co-ordination Disorder training; Lego Therapy training; Emotional Assistant training.

Further training for staff is linked to appraisal and/or to the needs/priorities of the nuresry as set out in the nursery development plan

We are able to access other training for example through our links with external agencies i.e. the community nurse (e.g. training on emergency medication) and the Educational Psychologist.

Question 8

How accessible is the setting environment?


The preschool room is accesible to wheelchair users. Located around the nursery are routines demonstaring the structure of each session in each room. Each member of staff supports their key group, and is there to support your child when needed. Our outdoor environment is spacious and each room has their own allocated outdoor area. We have a sensory garden which has many resources and experiences to offer.

Question 9

How will the setting prepare and support my child to join school or to transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?


We will read books about “going to school” and have the books available in the reading area for the children to look at themselves.

Talk about moving on to ‘big’ school at circle time, asking the children what they are looking forward to.

Talking with the children about a visit that they may have made to the new school, what they have seen there and do they know any of the children.

Encourage the new teachers to visit the nursery to see the children in familiar surroundings.

An up to date summative sheet, a copy of the child’s most recent progress check and a transition sheet is also sent to the school before the child starts.

Question 10

How are the settings resources allocated and matched to childrens special educational needs?


The SENCO and the nursery manager meet every term to discuss the budget for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability.

The SEND budget is allocated each financial year. The money is used to provide additional support or resources dependent on individual and group needs. 

The additional provision may be allocated after discussion with your child’s Key Person.

Resources may include deployment of staff depending on individual circumstances. 

We're here for you:

Tel: 01900 601222


Opening hours

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 18:00 

Closed Bank Holidays


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Learning Land Nursery

65 Derwent Street


CA14 2DW


Learning Land Nursery will be closed for the following bank Holidays Friday 19th April 2019 and Monday 22nd April 2019 sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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