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Special Educational Needs and Disability

At Otford Nursery School, we are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment where every child can thrive, regardless of their individual needs. We believe that every child has the right to an education that is tailored to their unique strengths and challenges, and we strive to create an environment where all children feel valued, supported, and included.

We promote Special Educational Needs (SEN) by providing a range of support and resources to meet the diverse needs of our children. We work closely with parents, carers, and external professionals to ensure that each child receives the individualized support they need to achieve their full potential. 

We recognize that some children may need additional support to access the curriculum or participate fully in the activities and experiences we offer. We provide a range of interventions and support strategies to enable children to develop their skills and confidence, and we regularly review progress to ensure that our provision is effective. 

At Otford Nursery School, we believe that providing effective SEN provision is essential for children's overall well-being and future success. Through our inclusive approach, we aim to support each child in developing the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that will enable them to thrive both now and in the future. 

A pupil is defined as having ‘Special Educational Needs’ if he or she: 

a)       has a disability, which either prevents or hinders the child from making use of the nursery facilities.

b)      shows signs of exceptional ability.

c)       has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of his/her peers in the same age group.      

d)  we will ensure that all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum in order that they may achieve their full potential.  We will consult parents/carers at all stages of the Special Education Needs (S.E.N) assessment process, we aim to identify pupils with S.E.N. as early as possible in order to gain access to specialized help for individual children as early in their development as possible.  The S.E.N. policy and code of practice are available for parents to read.

Amber Saunders

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