Please note: Due to Covid-19 we know that many children have not attended schools or settings for a long time. Therefore the ideas on the following pages may be helpful when supporting all children back to schools and settings. You can use the ideas and adapt them to support your own practice both now and for any transition into school in September. Please ensure that you refer to the following guidance: press here
For children with more complex needs a bespoke approach is needed, as with any transition, to ensure the best possible start to school. It is crucial to gather as much information as possible from all of those who know the child, and to read any relevant documents for example, the child’s Education Health and Care plan, in order to understand how to most effectively meet needs. Aim to be flexible in your approach and if you are considering different contexts, always start in your head with “What might that look like in my setting?” And remember it will probably look different!
Key questions and considerations:
- Do we need to make any physical changes and adaptations? If so you may want to seek advice from the Local Authority Physical and Medical Needs Advisory Service
- Deploy staff effectively depending on skills and knowledge. If staff need specialist training try to ensure where possible, that this is organised before the child starts with you. You may find useful advice in the SEN File.
- Has everyone involved read the EHC Plan and do they all understand how they can contribute to it’s implementation?
- Have you thought about wider staffing implications for break times and what they will need to know or what training they will have need to attend for example, if a child communicates using Makaton, ensure that the relevant adults understand what the child is communicating and are able to respond (see further links within these pages to appropriate resources).
To support schools and settings in welcoming their new children there are a range of websites with information and guidance to support. These are helpful in gathering the most up to date information, guidance and support for a range of specific needs.
Makaton uses signs and symbols to help people communicate.
Click to be taken to the resource.
These templates have been devised as starting points for schools and settings to adapt and personalise to meet their own requirements. They can be adapted for targeted and specialist use, as well as universal:
- Cohort summary completed by EY setting for transition to school
- Day Nursery room to room transition completed by key person
- All about me completed by child with parent on transition to setting
- All about my child- completed by parent with key person during home visit or initial visit to setting
- All about my child- learning and development- completed by parent and key person
- Individual child Progress tracker completed by key person
- Settling in plan completed by key person and parent
- Transition conversation prompts. Reception teacher and EY practitioner
Early Years SEND Partnership resources
The Early Years SEND Partnership organisation has published a wide range of resources available to help children in many different ways. This includes some materials that will help support all children’s language development. This includes , for example:
SLCN Commitment Declaration: A tool for settings to monitor and share with parents and staff what they are doing to support the development of communication and language skills. Click here
SLCN Strategies Declaration: For settings to display to parents and staff what strategies they are using to develop communication and language skills. Click here
SLCN Intervention Record: For sharing detailed information about a child’s identified needs and the interventions being used to support those needs. Click here
SLCN Quick Review Checklist: A comprehensive RAG rating tool that allows settings to assess their current practice and make a plans for developing practice. Click here
SLCN Needs Calculator: A quick way for settings to work out their levels of SLCN. Click here
Visual SLCN Pathway Tool: An introduction to what an SLCN pathway looks like. Click here