Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Information about St Helen’s Pre-School SEND Local Offer

What is the SEND Local Offer?

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Local Offer is information set out in one place about provision that is available, and expected provision, across:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Social care

for children and young people who have SEND.

The whole SEND Local Offer can be viewed at www.norfolk.gov.uk/send 

St Helen’s Pre-School Local Offer Information

We are a 44 place Pre-School offering sessional care for 2-4 year olds. We offer a home visit for all new children which allows the key person to begin to build a trusting relationship with the child and their family. It also gives the parents/carers the opportunity to discuss how we can meet the needs of their child. 

Where complex developmental and sensory needs have already been identified, we work closely with parents/carers and other professionals such as portage, sensory support, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, health visitors etc to ensure the needs of the individual child are met, our highly trained staff make sure every child is able to access all of our provision by offering differentiated activities/resources and adapting an approach that is suitable to the age and stage of development of the child. 

A continuous close working relationship with parents/carers allows them to confidently approach their key person or any staff member if concerns arise over any aspect of their child’s development. The parent/carer and key person along with support from one of our Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) will then decide together the best way forward to support their child. 

Both our SENCOs have completed the 3-day setting SENCO course with Norfolk County Council and have several years’ experience working in the role and one has recently completed the Level 3 Early Years SENCO Award and is also Mental Health Champion. 

All our staff hold a current first aid certificate and have completed Step On Training within the last 2 years giving them an understanding of challenging behaviour and providing children with a consistent approach. We also have staff members who have completed the Autism and Social Difficulties Awareness Training, Lego Therapy, Understanding the Sensory Needs of Children with Autism/Social Communication Difficulties.

Our Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCO) is also trained in Zumbini, Yoga and Mindfulness and all staff are willing to undergo further training to ensure we continue to meet the needs of all the children who come into our care.

At St Helen’s we have two Equality Named Coordinators (ENCOs) who work closely with staff and families to promote equality and identify and eradicate any aspects of inequality, to ensure our setting is fully inclusive. Proactively enhancing and promoting inclusive practice and removing barriers to learning.