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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) & Local Offer

All children have different needs and I will endeavour to make sure every child’s individual needs are met. Where necessary, I will undertake training and seek advice from other professionals in order to provide quality care. I will provide children with relevant activities and play opportunities that promote their welfare and development and offer appropriate challenge.

As a result of sections within the Children & Families Act 2014, a new Special Educational needs Code of Practice has come into effect on 1st September 2014. This highlights that all children and young peoples are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress.

I recognise that I am the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) for my setting and if I felt a child needed additional support I would contact my PACEY Network Co-ordinator or my Area SEN Advisers for advice.  A copy of my setting's Local Offer is available on request.  I have downloaded and can access the SEND Code of Practice 2014 for further information.

Southend Borough Council's Local Offer has two key purposes:

*  To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the provision available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families.

*  To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children and young people with SEND, parents/carers and service providers in its development and review. 

If a parent needs support or information, I will direct them to the SHIP website (www.southendinfopoint.org) for up to date information on the Local Offer.  

If you have any concerns or questions regarding this policy, please do not hesitate to contact me.