Information for Families

Parents

What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs and disabilities (SEN/D)?

  • Your child’s class teacher or key worker is the initial point of contact for any concerns.

  • If you have further concerns please contact the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) – Deborah Hayward.

How will I know how my child is doing?

  • You will be able to discuss your child’s progress at Parent Consultations (termly) with your key worker or Support Plan review meetings (half termly) with the SENCO.

  • Class teachers review children’s progress against the EYFS and track individual progress for each child (termly).

  • Your child’s class teacher will be available at the end of each day if you wish to raise a concern.

  • Appointments can be made with the class teacher and/or the SENCO if further discussion is required.

 How will you help me to support my child?

  •  The class teacher / Key worker may suggest strategies of how to support your child during parent consultations.
  • The SENCO may meet with you to discuss how to support your child with strategies at home.

  • If outside agencies have been involved, suggestions and programmes of study are normally provided that can be used at home.

What do you offer for parents?

We offer:

  • An annual parents information evening

  • Coffee mornings throughout the year for parents of children with SEN/D

  • A varied programme of parental training through our Children’s Centre

  • We signpost parents to other relevant training within the borough throughout the year

  • Regular parent workshops throughout the year

How will I be involved in discussions about and planning my child’s education?

All parents are encouraged to contribute to their child’s education; this may be through:

  • Discussions with class teacher

  • Discussions with SENCO, Head Teacher or other professionals

  • Support Plan and/or Annual Review meetings

  • Coffee mornings

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How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

  • Activities and school trips are available to all.

  • Risk assessments are carried out and procedures are put in place to enable all children to participate

  • If it is felt necessary, a parent or carer may be asked to accompany a child during the activity depending on the intensity of the 1:1 support.

How will the school prepare my child when joining Comet Nursery School or transferring to a new school?

Many strategies are in place to ensure effective and smooth transitions between schools. These include:

  • Discussions between the previous or receiving schools prior to the pupil joining/leaving.

  • Class teachers from new schools are invited to visit the children at Comet Nursery wherever possible.

  • Additional visits are arranged for pupils who may need extra time in their new school/class.

  • The SENCO will liaise with SENCOs from the relevant other schools to share information regarding SEN/D pupils.

  • Where a pupil may have more specialised needs, a separate meeting may be arranged with the SENCO, other relevant SENCO’s, parents/carers and pupil if appropriate.