Whizz Kids Pre-School strive to meet the needs of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure all children, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in preschool.
All pre-schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of children with a Special Educational Needs and Disability being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.
Whizz Kids is a pre-school set in the heart of a lively village community in Hockley held at Hockley Community Centre. It is a sessional pre-school for children from the age of 2 to 4 years old. We are open from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm Monday to Friday, with an optional early morning club from 8.30 am to 9.30 am and an additional Lunch Club session from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm Monday to Thursday.
We have Joint Managers, Mrs. Sara Ward and Mrs Terina Wilkinson, who have overall responsibility for the management of the setting. There is a named person with responsibility for different aspects such as: equality monitoring, supporting behaviour, nominated safeguarding officer and a SENCO/ANCO.
All staff are responsible for monitoring the provision and the learning environment on offer within the setting, which is overseen by the Managers.
The setting is based within Hockley Community Centre. It is a single storey building that is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a large car park and parking directly outside the entrance to the building. There are parent information desks in both the Room 1 and Room 2 areas. These provide information about our setting, including a copy of our policies and procedures. We also have information that is regularly updated about activities and events in the local area. We can provide information about the pre-school electronically if necessary.
We have two rooms at pre-school. Room 1 is used for children from 2 years of age, with Room 2 being allocated for our older children. The environment is something we think about very carefully, where we create flowing and calmer spaces indoors and outside. We have textures, mirrors, quieter areas and different levels of lighting to help add to the sensory experience. Rugs are used to make comfortable areas for play and relaxation as well as tables, allowing us to have accessible resources at all levels We are a pack away pre-school which means that we set up each day, the benefit of this is that we have total flexibility to move and rearrange furniture as necessary. We are happy to work with families to access any specialist equipment needed. We use visual timetables and other visual aides to support routines and communication with children and their families. All childrens resources are age appropriate and we also use many natural resources such as sand, shells, textures, dough and waterplay during the sessions.
We have accessible garden areas where resources are chosen each day and chosen to suit the individual needs of the children that attend the setting.
At Whizz Kids, every child is treated as an individual and staff are experienced in observing, assessing and planning next steps for children. If you have concerns about your child you should speak with the Manager, your designated keyworker or SENCO (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Officer) who will be able to help you.
At Whizz Kids Pre-School, each child has a designated Keyworker. Their role is to develop trusting sensitive relationships with parents and children to enable respectful sharing of information. The children are always at the heart of everything we do.
Ongoing observational assessments are made of all children and are linked to the EYFS Development Matters ages and stages of development. We also undertake the Two Year Old Progress Check. This is a requirement of the EYFS and completed for all children 2-3 Years. These observations, in some cases, identifies additional areas where a child may need extra support. If your child’s Keyworker has identified a possible need, they will discuss this with you and the SENCO and plan with you to support your child’s learning and development. Reports from external health care professionals, such as health visitors, speech and language therapists, will also identify your child’s individual needs. We welcome parents and professionals sharing these reports in order to plan appropriately to meet these needs.
At Whizz Kids a Personalised (One Page) Plan will be drawn up, detailing next steps for your child. This Plan will enable Whizz Kids Keyworkers to target specific areas of development and plan additional opportunities for the child within the setting to support their individual need.
We will work in partnership with you, reviewing the Personalised Plan, planning new ones together, and give ideas to use at home to support your child. We can provide copies of the Personalised Plan for use at home and/or other carers that are involved with your child so we can all work together to help achieve positive outcomes.
Our SENCO will offer support and advice to your child’s Keyworker and other staff in the setting and will also liaise with other professionals, with your permission, to seek advice and support in identifying individual needs if necessary. Whizz Kids can seek support and advice from the Essex Early Years SENCO Team. This Team are a local body, who offer settings advice and support to ensure we are meeting your child’s needs and can refer appropriately.
We can provide individual provision maps for your child whilst he/she is in the setting to support your child’s development. Parents/carers are invited to comment on these and we welcome their comments.
Our setting works within the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Development Matters and Statutory Guidance. The prime areas of development are:
- Personal Social and
- Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
There are also four specific areas of development through which the prime areas of development are strengthened.
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
In the age 2-3, the three prime areas are the significant areas of focus with an emergence in the four specific areas in development and learning. In the age 3-4 years the prime areas continue to be a focus with an increasing balance with the four specific areas of development and learning.
Children are involved in their own planning, with their input at circle time for example or through dialogue with their keyworkers. Children’s ideas and suggestions are taken into account, which in turn contributes to their development and learning experiences.
Every child at Whizz Kids has an individual Learning plan (PLOD) compiled for them by their Keyworker, based on the curriculum and the child’s individual needs. They will also have a Learning Journey which will contain observations and photographs of your child to support the staff to assess and make plans to progress your child’s development. You and your child are welcome to see their Learning Journey at any time. If your child has been identified with having a SEND need, they will have a PLOD, a Personalised Plan, an individual provision map and a Learning Journey.
Staff are qualified and very experienced. They are able to access additional support from the Essex County Council SENCO Team when needed. Should your child require prescribed medication, for example, then a named member of staff will be responsible for the administering of this and you will be required to sign for this. Risk assessments are made daily for both Room 1 and Room 2, indoors and outdoors.
We promote positive behaviour and named staff are trained to support this. Should your child display unwanted behaviour then we will work with you and your child to provide a consistent and planned approach to improve the behaviour. You child will be involved in the development and implementation of this approach.
We have access to a number of external professionals who we can call upon for support and advice as necessary, including our Area SENCO, health visitors, speech and language therapists, children’ centres etc.
We are happy to work alongside the specialists involved with your child and they are welcome to visit your child at the setting. What training do the staff supporting children with SEND, had, or are having? Staff have attended speech, language and communication training. Promoting positive behaviour training, Senco and Inclusion co-ordinator training. Makaton, First Aid Training, English as an additional language training and the Senco regularly attends Senco network sessions.
Staff continuously update their training. All practitioners have regular appraisals and we seek out opportunities to support further professional development. We reflect on our own practice and hold regular staff meetings, which allow us to make changes within the setting for the benefit of the children in our care.
More detailed information is available in our polices, specifically our ‘Achieving Positive Behaviour’, Diversity and Equality’, ‘Supporting children with Special Educational Needs’ and Disabilities and ‘Working in partnership with outside agencies’. All our polices and procedures are available at the setting on this web site.
To register your child at the pre-school and if you wish to discuss your child prior to starting you need to contact either of the Managers- Sara Ward & Terina Wilkinson on 07948 970027.