What does SENDI mean?
SENDI means Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion. Depending on the location of your nursery, you may also know these practitioners as SENCO in England, ASLCO in Scotland and ALNCO in Wales.
How does Bright Horizons identify if a child has SEND or needs extra support?
All our nursery teams are trained in identifying when a child may benefit from a little extra support. Once a need is identified, we work with each family – and other professionals where required – to prepare an individual plan and liaise with their key person to support the child.
Sometimes children will need ongoing support, while others may just need help for a short period. If a child needs a little temporary help, our SENDI practitioners are on hand to offer guidance, as well as arranging external referrals where required.
How will staff support children with additional needs during key transitions such as room changes or the move to school?
Our nursery teams work with individual families to support and transition children through each stage of their early childhood education journey, ensuring that each child is provided with the unique support they need to progress.
This may mean a key person transitioning with your child to the next room, applying for funding or welcoming schools to the nursery to meet children and families.
How does Bright Horizons adapt nursery environments to increase accessibility?
We aim to make our nursery rooms as inclusive as possible to meet a range of physical and sensory needs. This might mean installing ramps for wheelchair users, or designing environments that are calming and relaxing to the senses.
How are families included in their child’s education?
All parents are encouraged to be involved in children’s nursery care and education. This is especially important when a child has additional needs. Our SENDI practitioners work with our nursery teams and families to create a plan tailored to supporting children to thrive.
If you have any questions, or would like more information, please get in touch with your local nursery.
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