How does the early years setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?

We continually assess and review all children in our care in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is a legal framework written by the Government for all childcare professionals.

All children who are new to my child minding service are accessed within 6 weeks of starting to attain a baseline or starting point.  This is then reviewed on a regular basis to access their progress. We produce a detailed evidence file which included photographs where possible of activities that demonstrate children’s learning against the EYFS elements.
Parents are briefed each day by way of a chat and / or a daily diary sheet outlining what the child had done each day, what has been achieved and a number of other key aspects relevant to their care.

We produce a comprehensive ‘activities and achievements’ book which is shared with parents on a regular basis which shows what their child has been doing and what they have achieved.  Where appropriate the activities will refer to the EYFS elements.

We have an online portal which parents are given access to which contains information on EYFS together with some photos and video etc.  Our policies are also located on the portal.

We share termly reports with parents of all our pre-school children regarding their progress and development.
The two year old development check is completed with parents to review ongoing progress and identify any gaps in development which may cause concern.

I have extensive child-development knowledge which I have gained through regular training and working within the childcare profession for over 25 years, I use this knowledge, experience and expertise when making judgments and decisions about support.

Any concerns we have will be discussed with you initially, and with your permission, would then speak to professionals to gain further specific advice.

If I have concerns about any child I would follow my Inclusion Policy.