Rexton House Nursery School
Early Years Offer
How do we know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
At Rexton House Nursery, all our teachers are familiar with the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Early Years Outcomes. We have dedicated co-ordinators for SENCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).
All our teachers use their knowledge and expertise to assess individual children within their key group using individual observation and learning journeys to record the progress of each child. All children are also entered on to a tracking form to enable the management to review the progress of each child. If a child appears not to be meeting expected EYFS framework milestones, this would be discussed with parents, our SENCo and the Nursery Manager. Should a need be identified, we work closely with other professionals such as health visitors, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists, to ensure the very best care and educational opportunities for your child.
If your child has an identified special need prior to joining Rexton House, teachers will work with you to try to ensure everything is in place (care plans, staff training etc) before your child joins us. This can be discussed fully during our induction meetings for new children.
How will the setting’s staff support my child?
At Rexton House, we recognise every child as an individual.
Observations are written for every child by all the teachers, then key persons plan and prepare activities to support and extend areas. If teachers are concerned about your child’s progress, and our SENCo feels it would be beneficial, an IAELD (Individual Assessment of Early Learning and Development) will be completed, in conjunction with parental support, to further identify areas to be addressed.
Our SENCos will also contact the Early Years Inclusion Development Officer (IDO) or local advisory Teacher for any additional support.
Our SENCos are always available for support, advice and signposting. Your child’s key person will develop a strong bond with your child to ensure they are happy, settled and well-supported at Rexton House Nursery.
How will I know how my child is doing?
Parents are given informal verbal feedback at the end of each session from one of the teachers, about how your child has been during the day. You are also welcome to phone or email during the day to discuss your child’s wellbeing.
A more formal parent consultation is held twice a year, with a written report provided at this point. Children’s learning journeys are always available for parents to look through, or take home.
Teachers and key persons are available at all times; please speak to us if you have any concerns.
How will the learning and development be matched to my child’s needs?
Upon starting at Rexton House, every child is allocated a key person. From the very first day children start, their progress and achievements are tracked and recorded. Through the EYFS, all teachers observe and assess children; these observations inform us how your child is learning and any areas they might need support in. Children’s “next steps” are planned using these observations. Teachers at Rexton House adapt activities to suit the progress of all children, to ensure all are suitably challenged.
Additional training can be accessed from outside professionals on how to best support your child’s particular needs and our SENCo ensures all training is cascaded to all teachers.
What support is there for my child’s overall wellbeing?
Rexton House is committed to meeting the needs of all of the children, and our caring, nurturing ethos is of paramount importance. Our underlying Montessori ethos ensures children develop the self-care skills they need and the vertical grouping supports younger children learning skills from older ones, and the older children developing a caring, fostering spirit.
We build good relationships with our families so all feel comfortable and secure in the environment. We support you and your child in any relevant issues (toilet training, eating issues, family problems and bereavement); our teachers are experienced and confident dealing with these matters and others.
Our meals and snacks are healthy and prepared on site, by our full-time chef at the Aldenham site and by staff at the Kent Lodge site. Your child will have frequent access to play outdoors, using resources to develop their co-ordination and balance. Teachers are always available to support children requiring extra help and guidance.
All teachers have a positive approach to children’s behaviour management, and our Behaviour Management Policy outlines this in more detail. The testing of boundaries is part of growing up, and we work with you to put in place strategies to support and enhance your child’s positive behaviours.
If your child has specific medical needs, our teachers may be able to undergo training in these areas, for example, epi pen training, diabetes management etc. We are able to administer, with your consent, medication prescribed by a hospital or GP.
What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the setting?
Our SENCos work full-time at Rexton House, and have experience of dealing with a wide range of needs. Our co-proprietors sit on the Advisory Board of Radlett and St Albans, and also Shenley and Park Street, and Borehamwood Forums.
We have established excellent links with both our local Children’s Centres, Early Years IDO and also Advisory Teachers. We work with a wide range of agencies, such as Autism Teachers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, Speech and Language therapists, health visitors and others.
We have good relationships with local schools, enabling us to support the transition process to new schools for your child.
What training and/or experience do the staff, supporting children with SEND, have?
All teachers at Rexton House attend regular training courses in all areas of the EYFS and child development. We are committed to the continuing professional development of our staff, and in maintaining a high quality provision.
If your child has a particular need, we would arrange, where possible, for group training for the whole staff team, to ensure we are all able to support and assist your child.
Our SENCos have experience in supporting children with a wide range of needs and disabilities. Our SENCos and Managers have SENCo training and regularly attend SENCo clusters.
How will my child be included in activities outside the setting?
At Rexton House, we take full advantage of the local communities and activities outside of the setting. Our Kent Lodge nursery regularly takes trips out; full risk assessments are carried out. Our Aldenham and Kent Lodge nurseries regularly invites outside agencies into the nursery, such as local fire fighters, taxis and buses, to provide children with hands-on experience of such roles.
Once a year, Rexton House holds a joint Sports Day at a local sports ground; all children participate and parents attend and join in. Again, full risk assessments are carried out prior to the event.
How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s learning and development?
Parents regularly talk to their child’s key person and other teachers within the setting. All the staff are very approachable and enjoy sharing information about your child’s day. If you need a longer discussion, your child’s key person or a member of management is available to discuss your child’s needs, at a mutually convenient time.
Parent consultations are held twice a year. These are an opportunity to celebrate your child’s progress with their key person and also to discuss next steps for the future terms.
If outside professionals visit your child at Rexton House, parents are always informed and consent is gained. If appropriate, parents are welcome to attend nursery while the outside professional is visiting; if this is not possible, a meeting or report is prepared for parents information.
How accessible is the building and the environment?
Our day nursery in Aldenham is very accessible and meets the current disability regulations. Unfortunately, our Kent Lodge nursery does not have access for wheelchairs. At our Aldenham site, we have a large, ground floor toilet, with sufficient space for wheelchair users. We also have child-sized toilets and hand basins. Our garden is all on one level, with a ramp to access it. Our toys and equipment are at children’s level and appropriate to children’s needs. We are able to access specific resources via the local toy library, for example, sensory items and Braille books.
How will the setting prepare and support my child with transitions between home, settings and school?
Before your child starts at Rexton House, we offer “settling in” visits, initially with and then without, a parent. Often three settling in visits are arranged, but we recognise every child and parent as an individual and more settles can be organised prior to your child’s start date. If necessary, a home visit to assess and observe your child can be carried out and a Health Care Plan can be completed during these sessions.
When your child leaves Rexton House, we contact the new setting and invite them to visit your child at nursery. During this visit, the new teacher may meet, play and chat to your child, and discuss their development and progress with their key person. At Rexton House, our Montessori ethos ensures all children are well prepared emotionally and physically for their new setting. Children learn to become independent in their self-care skills through our Practical Life activities, and our strong nurturing and supportive basis ensures they are prepared to take on new challenges and experiences.
How will the setting’s resources be used to support children’s special educational needs?
All our equipment, toys and resources are age and stage appropriate; they are moveable, so can be made accessible for all children. We are able to borrow specific items from our local Toy Library, to meet specific needs and to enhance our provision, for example Sensory items and dual language books.
We are a very inclusive setting and have a range of resources and strategies in place to meet individual needs; our staff team are very knowledgeable and experienced, and our high adult/child ratio ensures every child receives plenty of adult support.
Who can I contact for further information about the Early Years Offer at Rexton House?
Hemani Dhanani, our daycare nursery manager, will be able to answer any further questions you may have. Please contact us via:-
Rexton House Nursery School
Kent Lodge, The Scout Hut
Scrubbitts Park Road
Herts WD7 8JN
Rexton House Nursery School