Special educational needs policy

A child is considered to have special educational needs ( SEN ) if they have significant learning difficulties in comparison to their peers. This means they need extra special attention, or if a child has a disability that hinders or prevents the child from using educational facilities generally provided for the same age range.

The School's policy in relation to children who experience difficulties in learning or in adapting to the physical, social or behavioural demands of the nursery environment is described below.

LSE nursery recognises the right of each individual child, including those with special needs, to an appropriate quality under 5's experience, which combines care and learning through play and education.

The nursery is sensitive to the needs and feelings of children with SEN and their families and will ensure individual needs are recognised and addressed. Parents/carers will be involved at every stage and in any plans that are made to meet a child's individual special needs.

Equality of opportunity for all children is essential and it is important that children with special needs have the opportunity of learning alongside their peers. For this reason, the special educational needs of children will normally be met in the mainstream setting.

If your child has special needs of any kind, we will discuss:

  • How the child and parent can be helped.
  • How nursery staff can be helped.
  • What advice and practical help we can get from outside agencies.
  • What adaptations need to be made.
  • How we can support and help the parent.
  • What behavioural or educational plan needs to be devised, with outside agency help, tailored to each individual child.

The nursery has an Early Years Special Needs Advisor who is available for consultation and advice. Please contact the Nursery Manager directly for further details.