Westfield Nursery School
A Local Authority maintained 39 place Nursery School in Normacot.
Who to contact
Where to go
Stoke on Trent
- ST3 1QZ
- Contact Name
- Holly Spencer
- Contact Telephone
- 01782 235405
- Local Offer Age Bands
- 0-4 years
- What kinds of SEND does the school provide for?
Westfield Nursery School provides support for children with a wide variety of needs within a mainstream setting. We support children with speech therapy needs, physical disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, social and emotional needs and global developmental delay.
- How does this setting know if their children/young person needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
We have excellent links with Westfield Children’s Centre and the neighbouring private day nursery. This means that many children with additional needs are identified well before entering our setting. Transition work to support children with additional needs begins early on and parents are fully supported throughout this. We also have regular meetings with Health Visitors and Family Support workers to ensure that the needs of all children that will be entering our setting are fully met. All children receive a home visit before entering the setting. This is an excellent opportunity for parents/carers to meet with staff and discuss any pertinent issues/needs that their child may have. Bilingual staff participate in our home visits and so families are able to communicate in their home language if this makes them more comfortable. Any parents/carers that may think their child has additional needs have a number of opportunities to discuss this with key staff within the setting. Any inductions and transitions are then planned carefully to fully ensure that the children’s needs are fully met.
- How will the setting support my child/young person?
At Westfield our school logo is “letting each child shine” and we are passionate about this. All children are individuals and it is our responsibility to ensure that they meet their full potential during their time with us. Our Early Years curriculum is imaginative, child-centred and language rich. All children have access to free flow activities throughout the school day and our outdoor learning environment is just as important as our indoor environment. We have regular visits to off-site locations, such as Park Hall Country Park, and all children participate in these visits. Additional support is given where appropriate to ensure that all children are able to access every aspect of the Early Years curriculum to their full potential.
- How will teaching approaches and the curriculum be matched to my child or young person's needs?
Our curriculum is personalised to the needs of the children in our setting. All staff actively pursue children’s interests and use this as the basis for all teaching and learning. Children are encouraged to contribute, either verbally or non-verbally, what their main interests are and staff support them in extending their learning in this area. New areas of learning are covered in a creative and child-centred way and at a level appropriate to the learning needs and styles of the children.
- How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support their learning?
Parents/carers are the first educators of our children and the main source of all information when we meet families for the first time. Throughout the year we prioritise keeping an open dialogue with all parents about their children’s progress. We have two Parents’ Evening during the academic year; a chance to share successes and talk about forthcoming opportunities. We also encourage parents to have a daily dialogue with staff members; another opportunity to celebrate successes and talk about concerns. Parents/carers who are unable to come into the setting regularly are offered the opportunity to discuss any concerns via a home/school link diary or via the telephone. Children are formally assessed four times during the academic year – September, December, March and June. This information is used to inform future planning and target support and interventions where necessary. This information is shared with parents in an appropriate and meaningful way. We also run a number of parents’ workshops throughout the year which aim to offer tips and ideas to support your child’s learning at home.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?
The health and wellbeing of all children at Westfield is the most important thing to us. All staff place a high emphasis on the development of personal, social and emotional skills. We also run several small groups during the week which aim to give children who may need additional support in this area some more focused time. We also have excellent links with Westfield Children’s Centre and regular signpost parents to services such as Health Visitors, Family Support and further training.
- What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?
We have two teachers based at Westfield and both are Specialist Leaders for Education (SLEs). There is a wealth of experience within the school staff. We also work regularly with staff from the Local Authority Inclusion Service, the Educational Psychology Service, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and the Children’s Centres.
- What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?
Our SENCO is an SLE for Special Educational Needs and has a wealth of experience in this area. All small groups are lead by highly experienced practitioners. All staff in the school have received a wealth of training including working with children with physical disabilities, speech and language needs and other specific areas of SEN. Staff training and development is a priority for us to ensure that we are all highly skilled and able to best meet the needs of the children in our care.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
All children are included in all activities. Reasonable adjustments are made where appropriate. Each situation is dealt with on an individual basis.
- How accessible is the environment?
Please see the school Accessibility Plan.
- How will the setting prepare and support my child/young person to join the next stage of education and life?
Induction is a priority for us; if your child has a positive first experience of school this will hopefully encourage them to have a lifelong enthusiasm for learning. Home visits are carried out at the start of the autumn term for all children before they start at the Nursery, and we also offer a number of “Stay and Play” sessions for children during the summer months. Children who have been identified as possibly needing additional support with induction will be offered additional visits and a personalised induction timetable. All children have a number of visits to the primary schools that they will be attending during the summer term of their year with us. They are fully supported during this time and much of our curriculum is devoted to “moving on”.
- How are the setting's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
The school has a dedicated SEN budget which is used to purchase items, training or resources as appropriate to each year group. Specialist services are engaged when appropriate to ensure that children’s needs are fully met.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
All of our children receive quality first teaching; learning opportunities are maximised and play is child-centred and purposeful. Additional support and interventions are made according to children’s needs; this will be determined by the SENCO and key worker following conversations with parents/carers. Any additional support is carefully monitored to ensure there is an impact. Additional support from outside agencies is requested where appropriate and parents are kept fully informed.
- How will our child and young person be involved in the decisions about their learning?
Children and their families are involved in all decision making about their needs as much as is possible. When EHC plans or intervention programmes are reviewed children are encouraged to give feedback in a way that is appropriate to them; this may be via speech, drawings or a picture exchanges system.
- How will we be involved in the decisions about the learning of our children and young people?
Children and their families are central to all that we do. We always consult family members/main care givers. Daily contact with parents/carers is central to all that we do, as part of our "open door" policy.
- How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?
Parental involvement is the key to effective home/school working. We encourage parents to be involved as much as possible. Parents are regularly invited into school to discuss their child’s progress and share in workshops and activity mornings. Parents are also encouraged to become part of the Governing Body. There are also opportunities throughout the year to be involved in activity sessions, workshops and end of year celebrations.
- What do I I do if I want to make a complaint?
Please contact our Chair of Governors, in writing initially, via the school.
- What other support Is available to parents and how can I contact them?
We liaise regularly with the Health Visiting team and family support service, based at Westfield Children's Centre