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    Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

    at Goodway Nursery School


    Your child’s educational journey, at Goodway Nursery School, is very important to us. Your child’s key person will visit you at home, before they start at nursery, to talk about their learning and development needs.  At Goodway Nursery School we offer:

    •Open and honest communication

    •A partnership approach

    •Appropriate and effective teaching and learning

    •A broad and balanced curriculum for all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and disabilities.

    Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

    Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is Lucy Collins.  The SENCo is at Nursery from Tuesday to Friday and is usually available for parents and carers to speak with.  If you need to speak to the SENCo, you can make an appointment by contacting the school office on 0121 464 3078.

    How we identify and assess Special Educational Needs?

    We use a variety of different ways to assess whether a child has Special Educational Needs.  These may include:


    •Nursery based assessments

    •Information from parents

    •Specialised assessments carried out by external agencies

    •Information from previous settings

    •Discussions with the key person, class teacher and other members of our staff team

    Communication about support 

    Your child’s views about their education are important.  Your child’s key person will will talk to them about what they are learning and what their next steps are.  Your child will be involved in making decisions about what they will be learning about.

    Throughout the year, your child’s key person be in regular contact with you about your child’s progress through every day informal discussions.  Parent’s consultation meetings will be held once every term.  You can also make an appointment at any time to discuss your child’s progress if you have concerns.  If your child’s key person or teacher feels that extra support and/ or assessments would be helpful to enable your child to make better progress, they will contact you to discuss this and inform you of the type of intervention your child may need.

    Communication with outside agencies

    We work in partnership with a wide range of specialist support services which are available to support your child if needed.  These services include Paediatricians, Educational Psychologists (EP), Speech and Language Therapists (SALT), Occupational Therapists (OT), Community Paediatricians, Child Development Centre (CDC) and the Communication and Autism Team (CAT).  Please feel free to speak with Lucy Collins (SENCo) for more information about any of the services.  You will be informed and consent will be sought from you, if any of these services need to be involved with your child.

    Complaints about SEND provision

    We and our Governing Body take complaints seriously and will act upon these on an individual basis.

    Concerns about your child’s SEND learning needs and/or provision in our school should be made to the class teacher or SENCo in the first instance. Tel: 0121 464 3078

    If the problem cannot be resolved, we operate a complaints procedure, details of which can be found in the policies section of the website, or ask for a copy of our complaints procedure at the school office.


    Click on our SEND Information Report to view and download full details of our Local Offer.


    Please find below the contact details for information and support services:

    •Parentlinkservice@birmingham.gov.uk  or 0121 303 8461

    SEN Parent Partnership - 0121 303 5004     Email: SENDIASS@birmingham.gov.uk

    •Communication Autism Team - 0121 675 5057      Email: a2e@birmingham.gov.uk

    •SENAR (Special Educational Needs and Assessment Review) - 0121 303 1888

    •Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub - 0121 303 1888

    Children’s Centre Services

    Lakeside Children’s Centre: 0121 386 6150

    Your GP or Health Visitor will offer advice and support if you have any concerns about your child’s development.