Additional Learning Needs Policy

Within Bijou nursery we recognise that all children have the right to access a broad and balanced curriculum. We will be implementing the Foundation Phase Program which will be our starting point for planning that meets the specific needs of children.

Following the program will allow children to access learning at the correct level and pace of their individual abilities. Our staff believes that all children have the right to gain experience and develop their understanding, therefore, expanding upon their knowledge.

Bijou nursery is sensitive to the needs and feelings of SEN children and their families. We will strive to ensure individual needs are met. We believe equality of opportunity for children is essential and it is important that children with additional needs have the opportunity of learning alongside their peers (even from a younger age). Bijou playcentre currently run Autism and additional needs sessions that allow these children to play in a safe, calm environment. We run these sessions every other Sunday as we believe as stated above, equality of opportunity for children is essential and significant to their well-being and self-esteem.



  • Bijou nursery will provide clearly defined enrolment procedure that will endeavour to facilitate access for all children. We will use our staff expertise and nursery resources.

  • Parents will be asked to fill in a registration form "All about me". During the application process, staff have the ability to identify children who may or may not have additional needs.

  • If necessary, a consultation with the parent/carers will take place to find out about a child's specific needs; (these may be dietary, physical, behavioural, or learning related) to access how we can meet these needs as well as providing quality care for all children.

  • Staff will always encourage children's contributions, especially when establishing individual programmes to support learning. We will ensure that all children, regardless of difficulties will maximise opportunities to incorporate their views and progress.

Staff are responsible for:

  • Staff are required to monitor each child's individual progress and development through accurate observation and record keeping. Through this process, staff will be able to identify any child who may be experiencing difficulties in specific areas. We will ensure that children's individual needs will be met.

  • Ensuring that parents/carers are fully informed regarding our curriculum.

  • Establishing collaborative approach between staff and parents/carers.

  • Responding to parents/carers needs and supporting and giving guidance where necessary.

  • We are aware that a delay in learning and development in the early years may or may not indicate that a child has SEN. Equally, difficult or withdrawn behaviour does not necessarily mean a child has SEN.

  • We strive for inclusion and have wheelchair access within Bijou nursery.

Special educational needs code of practice The nursery has regard to the statutory guidance set out in the Special Educational Needs code of practice for Wales (2004) to identify, assess and make provision for children's special educational needs. The Code of Practice for Wales recommends that our creche should adopt a graduated approach to assessment through Early Years Action and Early Years Action Plus. Good practice of working together with parents, and the observation and monitoring of children's individual progress, will help identify any child with special educational needs.

Our nursery has identified a member of staff as a SENCO / ALNCO who will work alongside parents to assess the child's strengths and plan for future support. The SENCO/ ALNCO will ensure that appropriate records are kept according to the Code of Practice for Wales.

Statutory assessment If the help given through Support Plan is not sufficient to enable the child to progress satisfactorily, it may be necessary for the nursery, in consultation with the parents and any external agencies already involved to request a statutory assessment by the local authority. This may lead to the child receiving a statement of special educational needs.